- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - Mayor Carolyn McAdams and three members of the Greenwood City Council will visit with congressional leaders during the National League of Cities’ annual meeting in Washington next month.

McAdams told The Greenwood Commonwealth (https://bit.ly/1dzR5J3) that an important priority for this year’s trip is to secure the remaining balance of some funding from the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

Previously the city received a $2 million grant for replacement of a 24-inch force main sewer line that runs under the Yazoo River. When the work was completed, under the estimated bid, money was left on the table in Washington.

The city has need for other sewer improvements, and “if we get that remaining funding it would help,” McAdams said.

The annual meeting runs March 9-12.

The trip won’t be all fun, games and receptions, said City Council President Ronnie Stevenson.

“You’ve got to make those trips. You’ve got to stay in your congressmen’s and senators’ faces,” he said.

The trips help to secure federal funding on a variety of projects that directly benefit Greenwood, Stevenson said.

“Those trips are definitely worth it. One year that money is going to be there, and you might not be. … You can’t take that for granted. You visit and let everybody know your needs.”

Joining McAdams and Stevenson will be Ward 1’s Johnny Jennings and Ward 4’s Charles McCoy.

The city pays for their travel and lodging.

Stevenson said meeting personally with U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson and U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, helps to communicate the city’s needs to leaders who can make a difference.

A critical project on McCoy’s list for federal funding is the city’s planned linear park. Face-to-face meetings pay off, he said. “You’ve got to keep your face out front. They remember that.”

Jennings, who will be making his fourth trip as part of the city’s delegation, said the congressional delegation seems to be receptive. “They like to solve these problems. They are in the business of getting re-elected,” he said.

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Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, https://www.gwcommonwealth.com

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