By Robbie Ward/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Mayor Jack Reed Jr. appointed three more members to the city’s Major Thoroughfare Committee this week.
With a goal of trying to fill as many vacant positions on city commissions, committees, task forces and other groups before his administration ends in a just weeks, Reed finds particular importance to the MTP committee, which oversees major construction of roads and streets in Tupelo.
“This committee is responsible for helping advise the mayor and City Council on their recommendations for streets and thoroughfares to match the overall mission of development of the city,” Reed said.
Reed selected a local staffer with U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and two ministers for the four-year terms. Drew Robertson is the northern regional director for Wicker, responsible for offices in Tupelo and Hernando. Jeffrey Gladney is pastor of Red Oak Grove Baptist Church, while Theodore Roach, a retired teacher, is a minister at Church of the Living God.
These appointments make a total of five Reed has made this year, which brings the committee to 18 current members. Reed said it can have between 18 to 28 members and he likely plans to nominate one more before the end of his term.
Started in 1992, Tupelo’s Major Thoroughfare Program is funded by taxpayers through a referendum every five years. Currently, the program devotes about $4 million annually to streets in the community.