Norwood Looks Ahead

Election commissioners made Joe Norwood's victory official Wednesday. The certification of votes cast Tuesday showed he won the race for District 4 Supervisor by a margin of 911 to 627 over Rickey Harris.

With more than 6,000 registered voters, District 4 is the smallest in terms of area in Lauderdale County. It covers primarily the southwestern portion of Meridian from 26th Street to just outside the city near the Pleasant Hill and Savoy areas.

Residents of District 4 say they have high expectations for their new supervisor. Although the residents contacted by NewsCenter 11 declined on-camera interviews, they did tell us there are several things they want done in the district.

Among the concerns is cleaning out ditches that residents say are health hazards. Another is restoration or demolition of abandoned houses.

Improving housing conditions is one of the issues targeted by supervisor-elect Norwood.

"It didn't happen overnight and we won't be able to eliminate those problems overnight," said Norwood. "But what will happen is we will be able to put a plan in place to make sure that we get rid of abandoned houses, lots and properties, and clean up District 4."

Norwood said he hopes to hear about other resident concerns in a series of town meetings.

"I'm willing to do that, but I want people to participate, not call and complain and not show up," said Norwood. "We're giving you an opportunity to voice your opinions. So that way, we can come up with a plan to take care of those issues."

Norwood has not yet set a definite date and time for his first town meeting. His swearing-in will likely be Nov. 25.