Alderman approve city venues to host music therapy

By NIKKI SMITH,

The Petal Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday to allow access to city venues to Nicoli Hutchinson, who hopes to introduce a new music program to the city.

Hutchinson presented to the board on Tuesday his plan for implementing a program, which will offer piano lessons for seniors to help fight Alzheimer’s.

Music therapy is considered a treatment option that helps seniors or those with Alzheimer’s to “exercise their brains” and encourages relaxation and calming.

Hutchinson said the program would be open to up to 24 students, with two students taking lessons at a time.

The program is still in the early stages, so the cost, a meeting place for lessons and other information will be available as it is determined. 

Victoria Booth approached the board to request the city’s help with removal of debris at her home from the January tornado. Booth said she did not know her contractor was responsible for removing any debris left behind after his work is complete.

The board approved a special exception to aid Booth with her debris removal, but Mayor Hal Marx said the city ordinance states that the hired contractor is responsible for removing debris.

In other action, the board:

• Approved the minutes for the public hearing and the regular meeting of Sept. 19;

• Approved a request to adopt resolutions regarding property cleanup hearing;

• Approved a request to accept the proofs of publication;

• Approved a request to accept the revenue and expenditures report for August 2017;

• Approved an adjustment to water services billed to the following addresses due to leaks: 1845 Old Richton Road, $41.33; 107 Carterville Road, $164; 608 Holmes Street, $78; 126 Sherry Lynn Drive, $136;

• Approved a request to accept the FY2017 audit for Pine Belt Regional Solid Waste Management;

• Approved a request to transfer one HP laptop from the Fire Department to the Recreation Department;

• Approved a request to dispose of one Toshiba laptop in the Fire Department;

• Approved a request to dispose of one smoke generator in the Fire Department;

• Approved a request to set a zoning hearing date of October 24 at 6 p.m. for property located at 214 North Main Street and 107 East 2nd Avenue and 107 East 2nd Avenue;

• Approved a request to accept engineering agreement with Shows, Dearman and Waits for Byrd Boulevard Apartment lift station;

• Approved specifications and advertise for bids on pump trailer for the Water Department;

• Approved a request to pay Estimate #2 in the amount of $54,250.04 to Walker Construction for River Park Project;

• Approved a request to pay Estimate #2 in the amount of $46,503.45 to Diamond Enterprise, Inc., for Standpipe Repairs;

• Approved a request to accept the Planning Commission recommendation to approve conditional use for auto sales at 804 East Central Avenue;

• Approved a request for Josh Klem to attend Suicide Intervention for Dispatchers in Magee on Nov. 7 at a total cost of $150;

• Approved a request for Miranda Williams to attend Supervisor Training Course for Dispatch Supervisors in Magee on Nov. 28 at a total cost of $150 plus mileage;

• Approved a request to adopt order promoting LaDean Byrd to second class patrol at a rate of $15.72 per hour effective Oct. 11;

• Approved a request to adopt order promoting Daniel Klem to first class patrol at a rate of $16.18 per hour effective Oct. 11;

• Approved a request to adopt order hiring Shannon Heintz full time in the Recreation Department as Athletic Administration Assistant at a rate of $12.50 per hour effective Oct. 4.