Citizens protest Aberdeen board meeting

By Jeff Clark/Monroe Journal

ABERDEEN — A group of Aberdeen citizens calling themselves “Aberdeen Deserves Better” protested the Aberdeen board meeting last night with a silent boycott.
With signs reading phrases such as “Aberdeen Deserves Better Answers,” group spokesperson and Aberdeen business owner Jeff Doty said the group was tired of apathy from Mayor Jim Ballard and the aldermen.
“We are tired of asking questions at the board meetings and no one being able to provide answers with what’s going on at the Aberdeen Electric Department” Doty said. “It is our right as citizens to know why there is no consistency with our bills from month to month — all that we end up getting is an angry lecture from the Mayor.”
Ballard, who has been interim department head since the January arrest of former department manger Adrian Garth, has stated that the department is under staffed and the lack of workers is delaying utility bills.
At last night’s meeting, Ballard announced Jackson-based Baker Engineering will be reading the city’s residential meters in an effort to help bring the department to a current billing cycle.
“Baker Engineering will be reading our residential meters for the next six months,” Ballard said. “We are still a couple of weeks behind but we predict we can get back on a 30-day cycle in April.”
The service was unanimously approved by the board.