Meridian, Miss. Tuesday night at the EMEPA auditorium, Councilman Dustin Markham took center stage at the Ward 2 meeting where citizens were allowed to meet their representatives and voice their concerns.
Some of the topics of concern that were brought up were about the latest dog ordinance and how it could affect responsible dog owners. Basically, officials say the ordinance is targeting irresponsible dog owners by not allowing them to have more than 3 dogs at a time. Other concerns had to do with crime in the city and what they can do to fix it, including divided up areas of the city for specific officers to target. Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Ricky Hood has a plan for reducing crime.
"I think that what we're doing with our children, we have to start very early our schools are crying out for help and for the community to get involved and to do more and just support what they're doing," Hood explains. "Somehow we have to work together in order to change the direction that we're going, not just in the community but in our schools, everything about it and the crime. We have to work together to get it done."
Several elected officials were there including most of the council, and the mayor. The council wants more community involvement and invited all to attend the work session it will be having Thursday morning at 9 a.m. at city hall on the third floor.