Selected Community Events
From the Desk of Mayor Cheri Barry
Feb 15, 2013 - Feb 18, 2013 N/A
Meridian Wastewater Improvements
The State Revolving Fund (SRF) from Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) assists public water systems with finance the costs of infrastructure. It's very similar to a home loan to repair residential plumbing.
We have used the State Revolving Fund to make improvements to the City's South Wastewater Plant. $2.1 million has been used on the head on the plant to replace a bar screen, the screw pumps, a fine screen, and grit removal system. This is the system that removes debris, from rags and stones to sand and broken glass, from wastewater.
The next phase is the replacement of the blowers and upgrade the electrical connections and lighting around the plant. The design of this phase is about 90% complete and is estimated to cost about $5.88 million.
We, at the City of Meridian, would like to thank our partners at MDEQ for their relationship.
Law Enforcement & Citizens Working Together to Fight Crime
Three months ago, we asked the community to help our police department fight crime by providing accurate information as quickly as possible. Our community answered the call.
Correct information provided as quickly as possible is the best tool citizens have to help reduce crime.
Our community has gotten more involved, and citizens are working with law enforcement to help identify suspects faster.
Citizens are also more aware of their surroundings and their neighborhoods. Because of that, crime that is occurring is occurring less. We are reducing the opportunities for criminals.
We also held a Teen Summit on Crime hosted by the Mayor's Youth Leadership Council. The purpose was to raise awareness of crime and punishment among our teens. It was so successful that several adults who attended have asked us to take the same format into school assemblies.
We have invested in new equipment and vehicles for our officers to do their job as well as possible. We also invested in a state-of-the-art communications system that allows our officers to distribute information more quickly and securely.
We also amended the city budget for an additional $100,000 for police overtime. That helped us get every sworn officer on the street.
We have a police department that knows how to police. Every day they are getting more of the equipment and citizen cooperation they need to help make our community safer.
Office of the Mayor
601 23rd Avenue
Meridian, MS 39302