TUPELO - Newly annexed Tupelo residents can learn more about their municipality at a meet-and-greet all day Wednesday at City Hall.
Representatives from each municipal department will be on hand from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to answer questions and provide information about city services, regulations, ward lines, taxes and other rights and responsibilities.
"We want to say welcome and use this as an outreach tool to the community," said city Communications Director Annabeth Wyatt.
The event is geared primarily for the roughly 1,245 households recently annexed into Tupelo, but existing residents are welcome to attend as well.
The annexation became official on Sept. 2. New residents come from six different areas ringing the city that, together, total about 16 square miles ceded from unincorporated Lee County.
All new residents benefit immediately from Tupelo police, fire and code protection, as well as brush removal, right-of-way maintenance and animal control services from the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society.
It will take until Oct. 1 before they get twice-weekly garbage pickup and twice monthly recycling collection from Waste Management, which also will have a representative on hand Wednesday.
Other amenities, like water and sewer service to the areas that don't already have them, will take longer to implement - perhaps a year or more.
New residents also are now eligible to vote in city elections.
But they're now subject to city rules and regulations - no loose pets, no brush fires, no junk vehicles in the yard, to name a few.
"We recognize this as a responsibility and an opportunity," said Mayor Jack Reed Jr. "And we will do our very best to make sure our newest citizens realize the value in becoming a citizen of Tupelo."