- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman has vetoed an order that provided for the installation of a plaque honoring the present board of aldermen, not the previous administration, for helping plan, finance and construct a new municipal headquarters.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/13X7JFI ) that aldermen voted 4-3 last week to recognize themselves even though the previous board approved the $6 million facility.

Wiseman vetoed the order Monday. Five votes are required to override the veto. The board meets on Jan. 6.

“The rule of thumb I use is that this is a historical marker. The most important thing for the marker to do is recognize the history of the project and how that building came to be,” Wiseman said. “In my mind, it’s clear and easy to put the names of those three boards on (the City Hall plaque), and it will accurately reflect the history of the project.”

Wiseman also said West Brothers Construction Company and architect Briar Jones should also be listed on a future plaque.

Construction of the facility began after the previous administration approved a 2012 public-private partnership that utilized certificates of participation to fund the project and renovations to the current City Hall for Starkville Police Department usage.

Turnover from the 2013 municipal election replaced the four votes - former Aldermen Eric Parker, Sandra Sistrunk, Richard Corey and Jeremiah Dumas - key to the plan’s approval.

Their replacements - Aldermen David Little, Jason Walker, Scott Maynard and Wynn - inherited a project they not only were not in office to support, but also one that some actively campaigned against during the election cycle.

The three current aldermen who were in office during the 2009-2013 administration - Ben Carver, Roy A. Perkins and Henry Vaughn - all voted against the new City Hall’s construction and financing plan; however, they all three voted with Wynn last week to support installing a plaque.


Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, https://www.cdispatch.com

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