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Military museum group seeks jet relocation

DAILY LEADER / JUSTIN VICORY / Chad Smith (from right) requests approval from the board of aldermen Tuesday night to relocate an F-86 Sabre jet from Hazlehurst to Brookhaven, while Randall Smith holds a rendering of the jet as it would look relocated to downtown Brookhaven.

DAILY LEADER / JUSTIN VICORY / Chad Smith (from right) requests approval from the board of aldermen Tuesday night to relocate an F-86 Sabre jet from Hazlehurst to Brookhaven, while Randall Smith holds a rendering of the jet as it would look relocated to downtown Brookhaven.

In a boardroom packed with members of the public and city officials, Brookhaven aldermen handled multiple city items with little delay Tuesday night.

Coming off a busy couple of days, which involved investigating a murder in the city, Brookhaven Chief of Police Bobby Bell requested the board hire Jeremy Greer as a certified police officer with six months experience. Formerly an employee in the oil pipeline business, Greer desires to be closer to home, Bell said.

In turn, Bell also presented the board with the resignation of George Melton from the police department. Melton is leaving Brookhaven to follow another line of work in Nashville, Tenn., according to Bell.

In unrelated matter, the aldermen were informed that members of the Military Memorial Museum, the American Legion and veterans from the area intend to raise the money necessary to relocate a F-86 Sabre Jet, currently in Hazlehurst, to downtown Brookhaven. Members plan on providing maintenance and upkeep on the jet well into the future, according to the chairman of the Military Memorial Museum, Chad Smith.

“This is the first step,” said Smith. “First, we needed to get your permission before we did anything else. We will keep the board posted on our progress.”

Smith says the jet would be placed next to the Military Memorial Museum at 125 South Whitworth, close to the railroad tracks. Vice Chairman of the Military Memorial Museum Randall Smith said the group has received permission from the railroad to do so.

“This is for the betterment of the community. All expenses will be incurred by us in this endeavor,” said Randall Smith.

Tuesday night’s group of veterans plan to meet with the board in the future to flesh out the details, and to update the board on other upcoming events they have in mind.

In other business, the board approved 17 purchase orders and revenue receivables in quick order, among them:

• A pay request from Hanco Corp. in the amount of $237,118 for the FEMA 361 building.

• A payment of an invoice from Wier Boerner for architecture work on the FEMA 361 building.

• A payment of an invoice from Jones Walker for the continuing disclosure annual report in the amount of $1,303.

• An approval of city payment for flu shots for city employees.

• An approval for Linda Moak of the Junior Auxiliary, and Ward 4 Alderman, Shirley Estes to attend a recycling coalition conference in Bay St. Louis, Mo., on Oct. 29.

The conference could be a boon for the city of Brookhaven, according to Ward 6 Alderman David Phillips, who has been working with officials in Natchez regarding that city’s recycling initiatives.

“The $300 in expenses at this conference might be parlayed into a $100,000 grant for the city,” Phillips explained.

The board also approved water department purchase orders, and approved the lower of two bids presented by Keith Lewis, supervisor of the Water Department, to relocate water piping near Industrial Park Road.

Director of Public Works Steve Moreton requested board approval to advertise for water chemicals for the water treatment and wastewater treatment plants, and to advertise for uniforms for the police and fire departments.

Additionally, Moreton requested to declare as surplus three city vehicles. Upon the board’s approval, all three Crown Victoria vehicles will be sent to auction.