Meridian, Miss. The first 100 days of office for Mayor Percy Bland and the city council have come and gone.
Both the mayor and the council have given themselves a grade of 'A-' for the first 100 days in office. However, Meridian residents aren't exactly in agreement.
The Bland administration received a failing grade, according to 46 percent of the voters in our WTOK web poll. Only 16 percent agreed with him on the 'A-'. Bland says that’s likely because the people don't see the inner workings of city government.
"The bottom line of it is that city services have been provided at a greater capacity and we've been a lot more efficient and effective," Mayor Bland says. "We came in since day one looking at each and every department and job position with in them. So one thing that is going on that people don’t know is what is actually going on in providing those services"
City Council President George Thomas says he believes the city council deserves an 'A-' as its grade. However, believes council members can still do a much better job. Our web poll shows the people agree on both accounts, with 42 percent thinking the council deserves an 'A' marking. 20 percent gave the members a failing grade.
"I think it points out what I mentioned earlier, we can do better," Thomas says. "There is always a way to do better. You like the perception that overall the council is doing an okay job, but then you got people down at the bottom part of that who say we're not doing a good job. So there is always things we can do better"
Despite failing grades, both the city council and Mayor Bland are optimistic about the future and about meridian. Bland says that he will do what is within his power to make Meridian the best it can be.