TUPELO – Within weeks, the Tupelo City Council and mayor plan to step away from City Hall to come up with a game plan for the next four years.
The city’s elected leaders will attend a retreat to develop shared goals to pursue for this four-year term, cultivate relationships with the group and learn more about functions of city departments.
Mayor Jason Shelton set as his main goal when he campaigned for office to attract and retain more middle-class families to the community.
While no date has been set, Council President Nettie Davis of Ward 4 has started coordinating the day-long retreat, expected to happen in the next few weeks.
Davis said the gathering could be at Tombigbee State Park.
“It’s a very important time to get together to work on shared goals,” Davis said.
Ward 5 Councilman Buddy Palmer, one of two first-term council members, said he will find the experience helpful to learn more about city government and get to know his fellow council members. “It will be important to discuss issues that the city will be facing and try to come to some common ground that will benefit all of our city residents, including our new residents of the annexed area,” Palmer said.