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Wesson talks annexation for small area

Wesson aldermen are making annexation plans, but it won’t involve taking in any personal property.

Mayor Alton Shaw said Tuesday during a preliminary discussion with the Wesson Board of Aldermen that the city wants to annex some land just south of the town line.

“We’ve got a potential development just south of us that we’re possibly looking at annexing that area,” Shaw said. “It’s not taking in any personal property. It’ll just be some right-of-way that will help with public safety and economic development issues.”

Shaw said the board will discuss the annexation plans more at the Nov. 7 meeting.

Retirement celebration

Officials Tuesday honored Chad Sills, who retired as assistant police chief. Sills was employed with the Wesson Police Department for more than 14 years.

Shaw presented Sills with a plaque during the meeting. A reception in Sills’ honor was held before the meeting.

“We just want to say a special thank you for the commitment you’ve had to the town of Wesson,” Shaw said. ”We want to thank you for your service. Most people see a fraction of what you guys actually do and we’re very appreciative.”

Police Chief Chad O’Quinn recommended Capt. Troy Floyd be promoted to assistant police chief, which the board approved.

Aldermen filled several spots on the zoning and Old School committees.

Sharon Hughes, Gene Ricks, Jeff Knight and Larry Ashley were approved by the board to be on the zoning committee. Shaw said they are still looking for one more person to have five on the committee.

Beverly King, Deemie Letchworth, Cindy Durr, Terry Ellison, Melanie Hall, Sonia Cowen and Marolyn Britt were named to the Old School committee. The board named Melissa Meredith as executive director.

Angela Hester was promoted from deputy city clerk to city clerk.

Health hazard

Aldermen declared property at 1029 Factory St. as a health and safety hazard. City officials are now looking to clean the property and will charge the cost of clean up back to the property owners.