BY NIAH JAMERSON
STARKVILLE – Volunteer Starkville coordinator, Jamey Bachman, appeared before the Starkville Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night to discuss the organization’s accomplishments during the second quarter of the fiscal year.
According to Bachman, members of the Starkville community have volunteered nearly 40 thousand hours since Jan. 2014. In total, 8,702 volunteers have given $628,739 back to the city of Starkville through their service. Several members of the board expressed their appreciation for Bachman’s work as well as the volunteers and events that she helps coordinate throughout the community.
In addition to Bachman’s appearance, several Summer Youth Corp attendees were introduced to the Board of Aldermen. This is the third summer that a grant through the Mississippi Department of Transportation has allowed the city to offer job opportunities to workers between the ages of 16 and 23. Mayor Parker Wiseman conveyed his delight at the two-fold benefits of the program. These benefits being the city’s addition of new workers as well as the program’s participants prospect of gaining job experience.
Alderman David Little expressed concerns over the recent rise of graffiti within the city. Little’s concerns were centered on the way that the graffiti would be perceived by prospective citizens. Little chastised the delinquents responsible for the graffiti.
“We want to come down strong on anybody that intends to vandalize private property,” Little said. Alvin Turner, a Starkville citizen, came before the board to present concerns that were centered around the possibility of job outsourcing within Starkville and its surrounding area.
“We don’t have but a few jobs in Starkville as it is,” Turner said.
He elaborated upon this point before warning Aldermen Lisa Wynn and Henry Vaughn to, “Be careful.”
It is not clear to what this was in reference.
The proposed wire crossing contract with Kansas City Southern was pulled from the agenda and is scheduled to be discussed on June 18.
In other business, the board:
Passed the claims docket, 5-2.
Alderman Roy Carver announced the Fire Department as the winner of the Battle of the Sirens.0