Horn Lake City Hall

Horn Lake aldermen at its most recent regular meeting held Thursday night approved an amendment to an agreement with developer Bob Reiner for reduce a bond amount of $535,000 down to the $194,166.25.

The reduction was done due to improvements having been completed in section C of the subdivision, located south of Nail Road and east of Highway 301.

That part of the subdivision has 31 lots, according to city officials, who noted that Reiner had installed many of the improvements covered by the initial bond.

Mayor Allen Latimer informed the board that the city’s garbage service, ADSI, was planning to work through last weekend to catch up on the collections not made due to the snow and ice storm in DeSoto County.

Latimer said it was hoped the service would be back on a regular schedule this week.

Legislators in Jackson have been working to reinstate the hotel-motel tax Horn Lake lost last session due to opposition to extending local option taxes in the Mississippi Legislature. Aldermen Charlie Roberts said local legislators Rep. Jeff Hale and state Sen. Chris Massey have been working in their respective chambers to get a measure restoring the $2 a night surcharge on hotel room stays in Horn Lake that last year raised $300,000 to promote economic development.

Roberts requested aldermen send a resolution of support to local lawmakers that would be part of the measure being presented in the legislature.

First Baptist Church Pastor Tim Trillet spoke to the board concerning poverty in the city and asked the aldermen to join the church and others to address the issue.

“The church cannot overcome poverty and I don’t believe the government can overcome poverty,” Trillet said. “Maybe we together can start to dialogue where we can address it.”

As a first step, Trillet asked interested board members and city staffers to attend a Compassion Conference on the issue on March 3 at his church, located at 3505 Goodman Road West. A group called Restoration Now is holding the conference aimed at working at issues such as poverty in DeSoto County.

Trillet said those aldermen and city staffers who wanted to attend would be covered in the registration fee for the conference.

Board members did spend time in executive session to talk about a number of issues, including the suspension without pay of a fire department employee for five days due to conduct issues, including inappropriate removal or possession of property belonging to the fire department.

Other executive session items involved personnel items in the police/code enforcement department and in the planning department.

The aldermen met Thursday instead of its normal Tuesday session due to the week’s snow and ice storm.

Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.

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