Aldermen incorporate recycling, review fine collections
Green was definitely the color of the day at the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday, June 19. Officials discussed a new recycling effort and ways to collect outstanding fines from municipal court.
Mayor Chuck Cariker said Waste Management, which handles town garbage collections, had agreed to provide the town a recycling bin for $100 per month. The bin will be located on the concrete pad near the MarketPlace. Cariker said it will be emptied as it gets full, and the Town will not be responsible for sorting goods.
Cariker said more details will be available in coming weeks.
People’s Choice deadline close
People’s Choice voters have one more day to turn in ballots for the annual contest. Today (Friday) is the last day to bring your ballot and drawing entry to The Tunica Times office, 986 Magnolia Street in Tunica.
Mailed ballots postmarked June 30 or earlier will also be accepted.
This is the 16th year of the contest, in which Tunica Countians select their favorite individuals and businesses in 80 categories. Those submitting a ballot are entered into a drawing for $500.
Drought plus Fireworks can be dangerous
From the Mississippi Forestry Commission: Due to the current drought conditions and the predicted weather pattern for the next week, the fire danger rating for the state will be extremely high. These conditions, combined with the high winds will create increased risk for devastating wildland fires. A burn ban has been issued for several counties. While Tunica is currently not under one, officials ask citizens to use caution when using fireworks. In these drought conditions, dry grass will ignite readily.
Employee insurance raises questions
A crowd of county employees spilled into the hallway outside the Board of Supervisors meeting room, where officials again took up health insurance matters during their June 15 meeting.
A motion by District 2 Supervisor Cedric Burnett to solicit requests for proposals for health insurance died for lack of a second.
Prior to that motion, Board president James Dunn introduced the topic, saying it was his recommendation to remain with the current plan under Cigna. Burnett agreed.
District 5 Supervisor McKinley Daley said he would like to see the county change to the plan proposed by Nick Floyd and Associates.
“I just don’t think you understand everything,” Burnett said.
Dunn asked Board attorney Andy Dulaney to address the issue.
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