Meeting

Not able to get Library for Monday evening and all the other places I called are booked. I understand short notice. I have talked to a number of people and our task seems difficult to say the least. At this point to get any action on a Library we wil need to go to the Supervisors first. No problem getting to talk to the Supervisors. The problem is getting support from the Lee county citizens. If I lived in any of the cities in Lee county I’m not sure how strongly i would feel about the need to build a new library in Tupelo. That is an assumption on my part but I would guess that I’m probably not to far off the mark. The Library board needs to take the lead and we can support and if they don’t, which I can’t imagine, we can lead. As far as the pool is concerned I don’t have an answer. I still feel that there are more pressing “needs’ at this time. The public meetings that the library board held have given the board the information to move forward. Hopefully they will move quickly and not let the momentum die. For the time being all we can do is address the City Council as to the priorities each of you feel are important. I encourage each of you to address the council on the18th and to do so you need to call Glenda and sign up by the end of business this coming Tuesday.and show up on the 18th to address the council. Remember they respond to large groups of people showing up.In the mean time I will talk to the county Administrator and we will see what the next move is from the Library Trustees. I welcome any comments as this is your forum, not just my thoughts. By the way did you notice on WTVA Wednesday the piece about the 300+ students that pay tuition to the Tupelo School System to attend our schools because of the courses offered. Not everything is a problem in the school system. Interesting.

Swimming Pool vs. Police Department Consolidation, vs. Library

We need to hold another Citizens /task /force meeting to deal with our thoughts on the Swimming Pool, Police Department consolidation and the need for a new library.I am told that almost a year after the Judge awarded the building to the city we still do not have a title.  Unfortunately the following is the way things work. . On the Tuesday prior to the Tuesday council meeting you must given a written request to the Mayor ot to Mr. Pitts asking to speak. You don’t know what will be on the agenda. What really irks the h— out of me is that part of that request to speak is a statment that you agree, by your signature, to not to request to speak again for a year on the same subject. So this is the way it works. If you wish to speak about an issue you must sign up on the 11th to speak on the 18th. And as a side note, if you own a business in Tupelo but live outside the city you are not allowed to speak. I would like for someone to challenge that. Someone that makes their living in Tupelo but lives outside the city limits. At this time the pool issue was put on the study agenda this past Tuesday evenning thus allowing it to be moved up for a vote at the following meeting on the 18th.  What I know for sure is that if you wish to speak at the meeting on the 18th of October you must have signed up by the 11th. I will try and find a place (for free, the Link Ctr is booked)) to hold a Task Force meeting on the 10th, I will check on the Library tomorrow.The citizens need more information on these issues. I will ask for a representative of the Library as well as Police Chief Carlton to attend. If you uwant to be heard on the Aquatic Center remember you must sign up by 4:30 PM on the 11th. A big crowd can get this tabled but one or two won’t impress the council members taht the general public does not their tax money spent at this time on this project.

Dansette