Tupelo recognized for public works, public safety

Tupelo stockBy JB Clark
Daily Journal

TUPELO – The city was recognized with two excellence awards at the Mississippi Municipal League conference Wednesday for the its devotion to public safety and green infrastructure.

The Tupelo Public Works Department’s development and maintenance of the South Lawndale Drive Tree farm earned the city an excellence in public works and commitment to green infrastructure.

Public Works Director Sid Russell said they’ve maintained the tree farm for the past seven years under the supervision of City Horticulturist David Knight to save money on landscaping.

“We do plantings for green space and thoroughfare projects,” Russell said. “In return it helps control air pollution and cleans storm water. It creates a better and more eye-appealing community.”

He said raising trees from saplings instead of purchasing full-grown trees saves the city money.

The second award, for excellence in public safety, was given to Tupelo’s Police Athletic League.

“The thing that we do in the police department is put a lot of emphasis on being in the community and we’re passionate about our area youth,” said Executive Director Sgt. Michael Russell. “It’s rewarding to be recognized for our good works and for our council and mayor continuing to support our program.”

This is the Tupelo PAL’s second time to be recognized by the Mississippi Municipal League. The first recognition was in 2007.

jb.clark@journalinc.com