Meridian, Miss. It's been a year of success according to many of the city council members, following the closing of the last meeting of the year. As a new council year dawns July 1, so does a change in officer positions. Outgoing president George Thomas is being replaced by Dustin Markham, who held the vice-president position. Randy Hammon is the new vice-president. Under the new leadership, the council's plan is to keep looking ahead.
"I hope we keep moving forward," said Councilman Ward 2 Dustin Markham. "I hope we make sure that everybody has a hand in decisions we make. All citizens can still feel comfortable with coming to the council and communicating their concerns and being confident that we are going to make decisions that are best for the City of Meridian. That's why they put us here and that's what we should do at all times."
Hammon says despite the new faces that this past year saw, the 2013-14 council year has been a successful one.
"Considering that three of us were new and the mayor was new, I say that we've had a banner year," said Councilman Ward 5 Randy Hammon. "We've really made headway, most of all into finding out where the problems were. Not only in the finances, but in the infrastructure."
Among many of the things the city council hopes to improve upon in the next year is continued work on Velma Young Park.
"From where we've come last year to where we are this year, I think the City of Meridian has done an outstanding job in reviving that park," said Markham. "That's one of the things I promised when I got in office and I just want to keep pushing it."
The newly elected officers will assume their responsibilities at the start of the next council year which starts in less than 2 weeks on July 1st. City Attorney Michael Goggans also attended his last meeting before turning over his position to Bill Hammack.