Neighborhoods council stays busy with summer plans

Neighborhoods council stays busy with summer plans

The summer has been busy this year. Usually, residents are on vacation and the associations tend to take a break from meetings and events. However, this year is different.

The Neighborhood Associations Council (NAC) held a very informative meeting July 16. First of all, enough praise could not be given to Sherrie Cochran, our city environmentalist, for her dedication to the South Spring Street project.

Along with the grouting of the pavers, Cochran and Sally Williams, assistant to the city’s chief operations officer, are conducting an art camp for children every Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon through Aug. 29 at the project site. Groups are volunteering to create murals on the old slabs at the site.

The project is based on zero landfill, which means all existing materials at the site will be used. It has been a lot of fun for the volunteers. If you want to participate, call 840-2059 or 841-6510.

The NAC discussed plans and formed a committee for building a web site for the associations. Jeanne Lagrone, the president, and others stated people from as far as California are asking about Tupelo neighborhoods but cannot find information. The group felt it would be a good marketing tool for the city neighborhoods. Anyone who would like to participate in its design can call 840-2072.

A comprehensive plan symposium for the city is scheduled for Aug. 6 at the Link Centre. Your attendance and opinion on the future development of Tupelo are important. As it was stated in the meeting, a few should not decide the future for so many.

Lee Acres

The Lee Acres Neighborhood Association discussed during its Thursday meeting the new recycling bins now being distributed throughout the city.

Issues discussed include items being collected and the service to the disabled and elderly who may not be able to place their bins at the curb. Information is posted on the bins, but if you do have any questions, contact 1-800-284-2451 toll free.

The association also voted to have a National Night Out Event on Thursday, Aug. 16 representing the unity of the neighborhood and its stand on crime. The event will be a potluck dinner at Lawndale Presbyterian Church. Everyone is encouraged to come, bring a dish and meet your fellow neighbors.

If your neighborhood is planning a National Night Out event for Monday, Aug. 6, give us a call at 840-2072.

Other notes

The Tupelo Apartment Consortium (met Wednesday with Toby Hedges of Shelter Insurance about rental insurance. All property managers and owners are invited to attend these meetings every third Wednesday. For more information about the TAC, contact Linda Beck, president, at 842-4141.

Don’t forget: This Saturday, the Resident Leadership Committee will have its annual Back to School Giveaway at the Ballard Park pavilion beween 9-11 a.m. All children must be present while supplies last.

Darren Fenton, a certified community developer, is the city of Tupelo’s neighborhood planner. Contact Darren at 840-2072 or at

Coming Up

Wilemon Acres meeting, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, West Main Church of Christ

RLC Annual Back to School Giveaway, 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Ballard Park

Thomas Street meeting, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thomas Street School Auditorium

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