Pelahatchie News

At the March 5 Board Meeting, Gold Coast Commodities and Clear Water Consultants asked to lease now idle pre-treatment lagoons in Pelahatchie at around $9,000 a month for 5-year con- tract. They would be responsible for op- erations and maintenance and overseen by the Mississippi Department of Envi- ronmental Quality and Environmental Protection Agency. The City of Brandon has had previous problems with Gold Coast Commodities, and the group has had an agreement with the Town of Pela- hatchie previously. The Board voted to delay a decision until the next Board Meeting. Barnard & Sons Construction asked the Board to terminate their contract for construction of the Milltown Park Safe Room for non-payment. The owner cited that payments were not up to-date, and he was owed approximately $364,000. The Board Attorney, Brad Mills, said part of the holdup was due to FEMA hold because of Hurricane Harvey. From last August, payment has not been con- sistent. He was required to give a 10-day notice. The situation was alleviated later in the month, and the Safe Room is set to be complete by mid-April. Town Attorney Mills asked Chief Kevin Poole to give a cease and de- sist order to Mayor Beechem’s attor- ney, Thomas Bellinder, for excessive emails. He said he wanted Bellinder to not communicate with him. Mills also reported no update on the state audit of drug seizure funds, and said that even the title used was "improper and out of bounds" and the language "offensive language in way complaint written." In other business, Town Court Clerk, Kirschen Craft, has been appointed in- terim City Clerk at the March 19 Spe- cial Meeting after the resignation of both Ruby Burns-Ward and Ellen Davis. Also, the Board approved the Mayor ac- cess to the vault. LacieWalters was selected as Rankin County School District (RCSD) Sec- ondary Parent of the Year. RCSD is the third largest school district in Missis- sippi and serves nearly 20,000 students in 28 schools. Walters has been active in the Pela- hatchie schools for 13 years, since her oldest, Gabbi, was in kindergarten. "I try to do whatever, whenever it is need- ed," she said. Pelahatchie High School (PHS) Principal Dr. Bryan Marshall agrees. "Lacie is always available to help with a smile. She never complains and is the first to volunteer to feed kids, or organize food pantries, or just about anything else you can think of a parent doing. She is awesome." Walters has three children attending Pelahatchie schools this year: Gabbi is a senior; Cass, a ninth grader; and Maddie is in the seventh grade. Cass is involved in football and powerlifting as well as helping the family’s busi- ness, Specialty Tree Service. Maddie is into cheerleading and soccer. And, Gabbi, in addition to working part- time at Crooked Creek Animal Hos- pital, is a senior involved in Future Farmers of America (FFA) and Rankin County 4-H showing livestock. She is this year’s Miss PHS, Most Intellectual and Most Likely to Succeed, plus she is also president of the Student Coun- cil, president of FFA, and second lieu- tenant in the Army ROTC, as well as a member of the Beta Club and Phi Theta Kappa, and she kept stats for the football team. "Each child is unique in their spe- cial way," said Walters, who has been the office manager for Specialty Tree Service for 12 years. "I am fortunate to work from home, or between activities, so I can be a hands-on parent when my children need me." She has been able to travel with her children and their classes to Washing- PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID PELAHATCHIE, MS PERMIT NO. 4 Pelahatchie News P.O. Box 771 Pelahatchie, MS 39145 Town holds Easter Egg Hunt in the park See page 14 Milltown park is progressing See page 4 April 2018 Volume 7 Issue 4 Pelahatchie, MS March Board meeting holds heated discussions; hire interim clerk Walters named RCSD Secondary Parent of the Year Good News You Can Use A Caring & Friendly Atmosphere Treating Children, Adults, and Seniors Cleanings • Fillings Extractions • Whitening Dentures • Crowns Root Canals • Implants and More Lacie Walters was named the Secondary Parent of the Year by the RCSD. She was recognized at the March 21 School Board Meeting. Pictured at PHS (l to r) are: Superintendent Sue Townsend, Cass Walters, Maddie Walters, Lacie Walters, Gabbi Walters, and Principal Bryan Marshall. By Susie A. Wolfe Special to Pelahatchie News By Susie A. Wolfe continued on page 5 The Pelahatchie Board meetings continue to be standing room only. They are held the first Monday at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. Photo by Pelahatchie News