Another city meeting was held Wednesday in Moss Point, but this one was a little different. Moss Point residents got to ask their questions directly to city aldermen.
Tuesday, the City of Moss Point Mayor and the Board of Aldermen met to discuss, among other things, the appointment of an Interim Police Chief. The position has been vacant since the last chief, Keith Davis, resigned suddenly, and to many residents, it was the straw that broke the camel's back. Sherwood Bradford, a former Moss Point Alderman, says, "And they done brought in a City Manager on top of the Mayor, and it’s too much management, too much direction, and that is what is causing the confusion."
Another concerned citizen felt that Davis was one of the best things to happen to Moss Point, and that micro-management may have been a factor in his resignation. Charlie Myles, a concerned resident of Moss Point, says, "I feel that we got too many people running the city and our aldermen did not step up to the plate and do what they should have done from the get go."
There has been much backlash over the last few weeks that the city called a special town hall meeting Wednesday at the Pelican Landing Community Center to find out what’s on the citizens’ minds. Initially, city officials addressed the dozens of citizens about upcoming infrastructure improvements to the city.
Then, they opened the floor to the residents, who were not shy about speaking their minds. Among the many issues discussed were repairing pot holes, the condition of city landscaping, and drainage problems. City officials admit many issues need to be addressed, and compare Moss Point to a diamond in the rough that just needs a little time and some tender, loving care.
Wayne Lennep, Ward 6 Alderman, says, "We have a lot of things here going for us. We need to take advantage of and market our city and come together as a team and see what we can make out of Moss Point." City officials ask residents to look past the growing pains and see the beauty that Moss Point has to offer.