Amory aldermen approve resolutions to fund utility improvements | News

AMORY – The board of aldermen approved documents Sept. 15 presented by city attorney Sam Griffie setting the stage for raising funds through a bond for utilities work throughout Amory.

City utilities manager Mike King said after the meeting the City of Amory Electric Department is planning upgrades to the Mary Haughton and Billie Wright substations to improve electrical reliability and capacity for the entire city’s electrical system.

He continued by stating the improvements will also eliminate the 1960s-era Industrial Drive substation located alongside Puckett Drive. The entire project is anticipated to be completed within two-and-a-half years.

The improvements are to be financed through a revenue bond. The bond will be paid for with electric department revenue and will have a very minor rate impact dependent on the final amount of the bond.

Griffie’s first request was for approval of a bond engagement resolution to employ the firms of Butler Snow and Government Consultants, Inc. to raise money for the purpose of providing funds for improving, repairing and extending the electric generation, transmission and distribution system of the city.

The second request was for approval of a bond intent resolution, declaring the intention of the city to raise money not to exceed $7 million for the project.

King said after advertising, the board will authorize issuance unless at least 20 percent of qualified voters file a protest in writing against the bond as filed.

“We’ve been talking about it for quite some time,” King said at the meeting.

Griffie said the entire $7 million may not be needed, but the amount was set as a ceiling for the bond.

In other business, city clerk Jamie Morgan requested approval to apply for a Mississippi Recreational Trails Program grant in partnership with Wildlife Mississippi and the Amory School District for McAlpine Lake and the school district’s walking track.

“We didn’t get it last time, so we are applying again,” she said.

During the aldermen’s time for comments, Ward 3 Alderman Tony Poss asked for the police department to patrol for golf cart traffic around McAlpine Lake, which has been more frequent between 4:30 and 6 p.m. Poss complained that he has observed juveniles driving the golf cart who he estimated to be 10 to 14 years old.

“They have no license to drive,” he said.

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