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Over $15M spent on Brookhaven projects in 2017

The total for construction projects in Brookhaven in 2017 was between $15 million and $16 million, an official said.

Building Inspector David Fearn told the Brookhaven Board of Aldermen Tuesday that his running total for the year for the cost of projects in the city was $15.4 million.

Fearn said those projects generated more than $46,000 in building permit fees, which his office collected.

Along with inspection fees for electricity and gas connections, that means his office contributed about $56,000 to the city’s general fund, he said.

Several businesses underwent improvements in the past year including Lincoln Plaza Shopping Center. Owner Keith Dorman renovated the exterior of the building and Perkins Ace Hardware relocated from Brookway Boulevard to a remodeled spot there.

Located on Hwy. 51, the shopping center is home to several businesses including Poppa’s Fish House and Sears. The center underwent renovations to improve its appearance to attract more customers.

Also included in the project totals was the construction of four new homes and set-up and installation of two double-wide manufactured homes.

During the alderman reports, Ward 2 Alderman Shannon Moore and Ward 5 Alderman Fletcher Grice asked Public Works Director Keith Lewis to put in work orders to repair street lights that have been out for several months. Moore requested an order for a light on Cripple Lane. Lewis said he’d put in the order previously with the electric company but would do it again.

The delay has been caused by crews from local electric companies sent to other states to help in recent weather emergencies, he said.

Grice asked that a street light on Jaci Drive be replaced as well.

City Clerk Samantha Melancon read a resolution to aldermen recognizing Municipal Governement Week as Jan. 14-20. The resolution encourages “all citizens to support the celebration of corresponding activities,” she said.

“Are we going to do anything special that week?” asked Ward 1 Alderman Dorsey Cameron.

Melancon said plans are underway to organize a visit by aldermen to Brookhaven Elementary.

In other business, aldermen approved:

• Christopher G. Lambright and Phlandric D. Clowers to attend dispatch basic class at the Ridgeland Police Department Jan. 22-26. Tuition is $395 per person. Meal reimbursement applies.

• Alfred D. Sykes a raise in pay from $9.18 an hour to $11.48 an hour following 90-day probation. He is a drive/operator in the Brookhaven Street Department.

• Joseph J. Honea III a raise in pay from $10.18 to $10.89 in the Brookhaven Water Department after he received his commercial driver’s license.

• The revenue from the sale of scrap metal — fire hydrants, scrap meters and scrap copper — in the water department to be used in the uniform budget for that department, and to revise the budget.