Wesson to host ‘Town Hall for Hope’

Wesson Town Hall will be one of thousands of sites across the nation to host Dave Ramsey’s Town Hall for Hope on Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m.

“We can seat about sixty people here,” Mayor Alton Shaw told the Board of Aldermen at last Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting.

Town Hall for Hope is an opportunity to sit down with people in the community for a nationwide town hall meeting led by Dave Ramsey. Thousands of venues across the country will host the event, broadcasting Ramsey’s live presentation. In the opening half hour, Ramsey will offer straight talk about the economy, recession, foreclosures and more. He’ll carefully explain where we’ve come from, where we are now, and what we should be doing with our money during this time. Then, Ramsey will spend an hour answering questions live.

Dave Ramsey is a personal money-management expert, an extremely popular national radio personality and best-selling author. For more information visit www.townhallforhope.com.

In other business, the Wesson aldermen heard Nora Berch’s updates on Keep Copiah County Beautiful’s efforts to obtain grants for beautification and litter eradication.

Berch has applied for a $1500 Keep America Beautiful grant which will provide 14 to 15 smoker’s pots which will be placed around the city to eliminate cigarette litter. She asked for the town to decide where the pots should be placed. The city will be responsible for maintenance of the pots. A similar grant has also been obtained for Co-Lin, Berch reported.

A $5000 Waste Management grant will provide $1000 for each municipality in the county. Berch asked the aldermen to turn in a beautification project to use these grant funds.

An old police fine was written off the books for a deceased person.

A paving project on Factory Street was authorized at a cost of about $13,000. It will be cheaper to have it done while the crews are in town working on Highway 51, Mayor Shaw advised.

Librarian Susan Alsbury updated the group on Founders Day plans, detailing what will take place in  Town Hall during the festivities. A full day’s activities are planned.

Computer classes at the library began April 9, Alsbury reported. The classes are free to the public and offer a great opportunity to learn beginning computer skills, she said.

A full time employee was hired in the Water Department. Help will be sought part time to cut grass.

To benefit from the stimulus funds available through the Mississippi Development Authority, the town needs to show 51% low to moderate income population. Mayor Shaw explained that Wesson has shown only 48% in the past, but a door-to-door survey showing 51% would qualify the town for CDBG funds for the next three years. Four people will be hired part time on a temporary basis to do these surveys, one person per ward.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has approved plans for the old school project, which should be presented at the next board meeting.

The board heard from a citizen on his plans to renovate an old beauty shop into an apartment. Mayor Shaw advised that there are restrictions on commercial property in residential zones, but no such restrictions on residential in commercial zones.

The Wesson board meets regularly on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

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