Aberdeen OKs paving lot at park and rec

By Carolyn Parson

ABERDEEN – The board approved a measure to award Ausbern Construction of Okolona the bid to pave the park and recreation parking lot during its regular-called Dec. 4 meeting.
The bid came in at $80,540, which was higher than originally budgeted for the project.
According to engineer Dustin Dabbs, the increased price of oil has caused an increase in the price of asphalt which prompted the figure. The Monroe County road department recently completed paving on several city streets, but the board decided to go with a contractor instead.
The motion passed with a 4-1 vote, with Ward 5 alderman John Allen voting against it.
The board also approved the appointment of Rick Morrow and Jim Crosby as new members of the Aberdeen Preservation Society as well as hiring a part-time dispatcher for the Aberdeen Police Department. Debra Perry was approved for the 32-hour per month position.
Several concerned citizens turned out to voice concerns and support in maintaining the current city charter that allows for electing a police chief as opposed to the board’s proposal of appointing a chief.
Mayor Cecil Belle assured citizens that all issues would be addressed at a town hall meeting.
The board also approved travel for the mayor, aldermen, city clerk and city attorney to attend the Mid-Winter Conference Jan. 29 – 31 in Jackson and city clerk Jackie Benson to attend the Clerk’s Conference March 21 – 23 in Natchez.

About Ray Van Dusen

I've been with the Monroe Journal since Aug. 2009 as a staff writer, but took the role as news editor in late 2012. I'm always looking for interesting story ideas from around Monroe County. You can reach me via email at ray.vandusen@journalinc.com.