- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—The Meridian City Council and Mayor Percy Bland will hold a work session today to discuss a variety of subjects, including tax exemptions, a proposal from Waste Pro on recycling, water department issues and an update from the National Resource Network. The work session will start at 9:30 a.m. from the city hall auditorium on third floor.

City Council President Randy Hammon said the work session was necessary because of several issues that came up during last week’s city council meeting.

“The Waste Pro proposal was one thing, but there were a couple of other issues we need to talk about like these five to 10-year (tax) exemptions, and a pavement plan for our roads,” Hammon said. “The roads are a big thing, especially with the budget coming up.”

Mayor Assistant Richie McAlister will update the council on his latest talks with the National Resource Network. McAlister attended a NRN sponsored event in Miami, Fla., earlier this month.

In last week’s city council meeting, Meridian resident Barbara Ivy made a complaint about the payment system at the city water department. Ivy said the department’s payment policies are not consistent, citing a case where one of her clients received a disconnect notice after the bill was past due for just 42 cents.

“We need some consistency and fairness when it comes to our water bills,” Ivy said.

Another Meridian resident, Mary S. Hatcher, wanted to discuss the city’s ordinance on dogs roaming the streets without leashes. Hatcher said she was attacked by a neighbor’s dog. The dog ordinance and animal control issues has been put on the subject matter for the council to discuss.

The work session will also broach the code enforcement procedure for the environmental court and an update on the E-911 system.


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