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City approves zoning variance for ABB

On recommendation of the Crystal Springs Board of Adjustment, the plans by ABB to construct a 13,000-square-foot test lab expansion was approved by the board of aldermen at their meeting Feb. 4. Citizen Comments Mississippi’s Toughest Kids plans for a 5K run Saturday, May 9 were approved. Plans for a medical mission with 85 doctors, nurses, and dentists on hand were announced for June 20-30. New glasses will be available. There is “no qualification requirement–anyone can participate.” Location is to be announced. In addition, an additional year of work by the military at Camp Kamassa has been made available. Johnny Griffin suggested that a one-cent temporary sales tax be made available to build business structures in vacant spaces in the downtown area. Aldermen Comments Alderman Warren Thornton suggested that effort be made to get headstones installed where needed in the city cemetery. It was reported that a system is now in place to permit contact with family of those deceased to secure headstones. Some of the graves are not identified from previous years. Alderman Ray Brown expressed appreciation for the work that Mary Kitchens is rendering in the community, especially with regard to Camp Kamassa. Alderman Steve Singleton welcomed the new city employees and thanked Police Chief Palmer for his service and return to work. Alderman Darren Powell thanked Mary Kitchens and city employees for their service, and pointed out that officials are responsive to citizen needs. Mayor’s Report Mayor Sally Garland noted the good condition of city streets, thanked Mary Kitchens for her service to the community, and updated citizens that the rental property ordinance is in effect and a number of landlords are already participating. The city is picking up recyclable materials on Wednesday since the cost of commercial service caused it to be discontinued. Citizens are urged to return to use of their recycle bins. The walkway project from downtown to Chautauqua Park is now out for bids. The mayor especially noted the work Harmony Baptist Church members have rendered in the fight against litter. Other Matters After allowing claims of $458,624, officials adjourned until March 3 at 6 p.m.

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