Mayor needs volunteers

TUPELO – Mayor Jack Reed Jr. will establish four new city task forces to study ways to make Tupelo prettier, smarter, healthier and more economically viable.
The groups will tackle four of the five initiatives Reed outlined during his 2008-09 mayoral campaign. They are:
- Providing good jobs for all residents.
- Promoting “strong, attractive, safe neighborhoods” and public spaces citywide.
- Making Tupelo known as a “center of lifelong learning.”
- Pushing Tupelo to become the state’s healthiest city.
A fifth goal – providing fresh and proven leadership – Reed said he’ll handle himself without the aid of a task force.
For the others, the mayor said he wants enthusiastic volunteers to serve on each group and donate their time and skills to improve the city.
“I’m looking for people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and have the time to do it, not just the desire,” Reed said. “I want to get young people involved, too. And retired people. I want the whole gamut of the citizenry.”
Reed said he already has identified potential leaders for each task force. The next step will be filling the group with volunteers. Those interested are encouraged to send an e-mail or drop a note by the mayor’s office with two or three sentences describing their level of interest and highlighting their background.
The groups will not be formed through municipal ordinance, meaning they won’t be required to meet regularly, elect officers, keep minutes or follow strict governing rules.
They will, however, be expected to study the issues, develop plans and make recommendations.
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.

Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal