Aldermen to contract aerial shots of traffic flow on Highway 15

By REGINA BUTLER
Progress Staff Writer

Pontotoc city leaders want to present federal and state government officials with proof of the traffic congestion on Highway 15 North.
Local officials are not happy with the fact that the stretch of Highway 15 in Pontotoc is being put on the back burner for widening to ease the congestion caused by factories and businesses that have sprung up in recent years.
Pontotoc City Aldermen gave the go ahead to Mayor Bill Rutledge to contract Cedric Holly to take aerial photographs of the highway.
In other business, aldermen granted water and sewer adjustments to C.J. Hardin, Joe Webb and Mrs. Frank Parrish.
Aldermen also approved for the Park and Recreation department to purchase the annual baseball, softball and t-ball insurance which is part of the fees that parents pay when the youngsters sign up.
They also approved to advertise for bids for the concrete work at the tennis courts. “We don’t want folks coming to tennis matches in the mud next month,” Al Rayburn, Park and Rec. director said. “The parents of tennis players have agreed to help spread the concrete if we can get it there but we need a professional to make sure the drainage is pitched right.”
A new tennis court is now complete where the old swimming pool was at one time and concrete sidewalks are needed to go around it.
Aldermen approved for Sammy Jordan and two employees to attend the Mississippi Natural Gas Trade show in Tupelo and for Jordan to attend 2007 management and technical conference in Jackson.
Aldermen approved to pay the Pontotoc Beautification Committee $1,250 and the Pontotoc Chamber of Commerce $10,000 out of the tourism tax money. The Chamber requested $30,000 and the board will pay it out in three month increments, $10,000 at a time.
Tim Roberts, Mayor Rutledge and Barry Crawford were approved to attend the 2007 Management Conference in Jackson; Jim Littlejohn was tapped to attend the 2007 Governor’s Homeland Security conference in Choctaw, Miss. and Shad Long will attend the Regional Law Enforcement Conference.