Hernando approves hiring of new police department personnel

SOUTH HAVEN: Aldermen of Southaven decided on Tuesday to announce a public hearing date of June 7 as it begins the zone process for medical cannabis in the city, when the city decides to join the new law passed by the 2022 state legislature.

Southaven pulled out of the act before the May 2 deadline to allow it to deal with zoning issues.

The council is expected to amend its comprehensive zoning plan to form a medical commercial zone where medical cannabis could be sold in the city. The comprehensive zoning plan would reflect the use of medical marijuana under the “medical uses” listed in the plan.

Aldermen also approved an ordinance that would allow the use of golf carts on residential streets in developments where the speed limit is 25 miles per hour or less.

“All of your arterials and major collector streets will have speed limits above 25 miles per hour,” Mayor Darren Musselwhite said. “It’s a way of enabling a quality of life thing for people who love it. It also allows golf carts at crosswalks at controlled intersections.

Golf carts will not be permitted on state highways or federal highways that are not interstate highways, so no golf carts on Goodman Road or Highway 51, for example.

HERNAND: Mayor Chip Johnson told aldermen the city at this point in the fiscal year was $328,000 above last year’s sales tax figures, but Johnson added that because of the way whose budget proposal was originally drawn up, the budget figures so far were better than that.

“Even though we’re about $328,000 over in actual numbers, we’re about $440,000 over budget in sales tax numbers,” Johnson said.

The mayor told council he did not know why the numbers were higher than originally expected and the property tax numbers were higher so soon.

The discussion came as Johnson asked the board to fill two new positions within the police department that were originally held back to see where the dollars fell in the first six months of the fiscal year. The city also wants the construction of an exit port, a separate secure entrance into the Hernando police station where prisoners can be transferred to and from a police cruiser.

After discussion, the aldermen proposed to authorize the hiring of two additional police officers and to authorize the advertising of the offers for the port of exit. The vote was 6 to 1, with Alderman Chad Wicker the only “no” to vote on the motion.

Without discussion, committee members approved a resolution for the DeSoto County Risk Mitigation Plan and new parks superintendent Jared Barkley will sign an agreement with Tinkergarten for Nature Play classes at Conger Park. Ten percent of the revenue would go to the city.

OLIVE BRANCH: The Olive Branch aldermen heard presentations from three people who spoke about their nonprofit organizations. The three were Leonard Cochran, executive director of Leah’s House; Angelina Hines, Executive Director/Founder of Ella Bebe Angels; and Rebecca Treadway, executive director of Arc Northwest Mississippi.

Mayor Ken Adams presented two Mayor’s Awards. One was to IT manager Josh Cornell and the other was a group prize to members of the Department of Parks and Recreation who organized a recent tournament that would be the largest the city has ever hosted.

Mayor Ken Adams of Olive Branch presents a Food Allergy Awareness Week proclamation to Miss Olive Branch Rebekah Wallace who suffers from food allergies. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County News)
Yunekia Gray was recognized for her acceptance into the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School.
(Bob Bakken/DeSoto County News)
Mayor Ken Adams congratulates the city’s CIO, Josh Cornell, as the recipient of the Mayor’s Award for his work with the city. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County News)
Members of the Olive Branch Parks and Recreation team are praised by the Mayor and the College of Aldermen for their work at a recent tournament, the largest of its kind in the city. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County News)