Mayor Dale Fortenberry recognized Aldermen Johnny Potts and Lowell Gann saying that the Farmington Board had never had aldermen complete the MML educational programming before.
Potts completed the Professional Development in the Certified Municipal Professionals Program and Gann completed the Advanced Program.
The two aldermen earned and received the recognition during the 2017 Mississippi Municipal League Conference at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center.
This year, the MML celebrated 86 years of service to Mississippi’s cities and towns.
“The MML Annual Conference allows municipal elected officials from across the state to participate in education sessions taught by subject matter experts on topics critical to the operation of municipal government,” according to a statement from Magee Mayor Jimmy Clyde, 2016-2017 MML President.
In other board business:
• Ricky Gibens made a presentation of the Hazard Mitigation Plan.
He said the plan is developed by State of Mississippi then passed down to the counties and all municipalities. Adopting the resolution means MEMA and FEMA can give Farmington grant assistance or help in time of disaster or need.
The board approved the resolution.
• The board took action on several items regarding the Farmington Water Association’s Community Development Block Grant, which covers two projects and will provide improvements to the water treatment plant and add additional water lines.
• The board approved a Fair Housing Resolution; adopted the Standard of Conduct code; approved the posting of advertising notice for the Implementation Public Hearing to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m.; approved an agreement for administrative service for the FWA board contingent upon receipt of the minutes showing the FWA board’s approval; approved two invoices — for $69,325.20 to Hemphill Construction, for the water treatment plant, and $37,750.64 to Buzz Plaxico Dozier Service for the water lines; and the board approved a Change Order for Buzz Plaxico Dozier Service. The change order was needed to repair a water leak.
• With the upcoming Christmas holidays not too far away, the board approved snowflakes to be made to go up on Kimberly-Clark Parkway.
They will obtain 25 of the snowflakes made with regular, incandescent bulbs at a cost of $155 each for a total of $3,875, half to be paid right away and the other half would be paid with next year’s budget, after October.
The decision was between incandescent bulbs and LED. After some discussion, it was decided there was no significant advantage for LED to justify the additional cost, which was nearly twice that of regular, incandescent bulbs.
• The board approved travel expenses for the court clerk in September, the deputy clerk in mid-October and for five board members to attend the Small Town Conference in Oxford near the end of October.
• Property on County Road 216 was approved by the board to be declared as surplus, so that it can be sold.