Booneville’s city clerk is stepping down.

Aldermen accepted the resignation Tuesday evening of City Clerk LaVaile Shields. Shields gave a two-week notice and her last day on the job will be January 19.

The board voted 3-2 to accept her resignation letter with Ward 1 Alderman Jason Michael, Ward 2 Alderman Jeff Williams and Alderman-at-Large Lisa Stevens voting to accept and Ward 3 Alderman Mark McCoy and Ward 4 Alderman William Scott voting against.

The move came after a lengthy closed executive session of the board to discuss personnel matters in general government. No further information was provided.

The board agreed to discuss a process for hiring a new clerk during an upcoming work session.

Also on Tuesday, Aldermen rejected a request from Williams to amend the city’s alcohol ordinance to allow for the retail sale of single beers in containers no smaller than 24-ounces. The current ordinance prohibits the sale of beer in packages smaller than a six-pack except for on-premises consumption in restaurants.

Williams said he’s had numerous people contact him asking for the change and he doesn’t believe it’s fair for restaurants to be allowed to serve single beers but stores not be allowed to sell in the same quantity. He said he believes the city is missing out on tax revenue from the sales and said the citizens voted for the sale of alcohol and if they want the ability to purchase singles they should be allowed to.

Michael said one of the big concerns with the sale of singles is litter which he said he has seen in Tupelo. Williams said that’s already an issue in the city.

Stevens noted the argument in the past against the sale of singles has also been concerns over loitering with the low price encouraging people to stand around outside retailers asking for cash to purchase one.

Williams said he believes that’s an issue for individual store owners to deal with if they don’t want people loitering outside their business and citizens should have the right to purchase what they want.

Williams’ motion to amend the ordinance died after no other aldermen seconded it to bring it to a vote. He said he’s not giving up on the issue and will bring it up again at a future meeting.

In other business, the board:

accepted the resignation of Melissa Harris effective January 15 and approved posting to hire a deputy clerk.

approved the purchase of a sound system for downtown at a cost of $14,500.

approved hiring Camille Caveness as an office clerk in the gas and water department.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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