McKenzie Council discusses sign

Published 12:06 pm Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Town of McKenzie officials and citizens are discussing the possibility of placing a sign near the entrance of the town.

Myra Fischer, a resident of McKenzie, raised the topic at the McKenzie Town Council meeting on Monday. Fischer cited the sign near the entrance to Red Level as an example, and the need to make travelers aware of McKenzie.

“Something out on the four lane if we had the monies to do it like a sign and some plants to make it look like there is something over here,” Fischer said. “We would have to find out where we could put it because I guess that would be private property.”

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Fischer also suggested working with McKenzie School to try and talk to clubs and organizations to see if they would help with the beautification project.

“We might be able to work something with the school,” Fischer said. “We could talk to the school about getting some help where it’s not all just money but get some help with it. I think it would look good to have a sign out there with some plants and let them know we’re over here.”

The next issue came with lighting the sign properly so that onlookers could see the sign and see where to turn to enter McKenzie.

“I think it be good to ask (State Department of Transportation) to at least erect a light at each entrance for safety purposes because it is terribly dark,” Lester Owens, a councilman, said. “I think we should ask the state if they could light those at least three exits because that is a dangerous situation.”

Don Reaves, chief of police of McKenzie, said he’d be happy to speak to the ALDOT to find out the procedures of erecting lights at the entrances to McKenzie.

“We’d greatly appreciate it,” Owens said. “If we could get any one of them or all of them, we’ll take what we can get.”

In other business:

  • Council member Glenda Kervin brought up the topic of possibly adding flowers and bushes around the town and wanted to know if the council had accomplished anything on that matter.

“I know we couldn’t do anything right now but maybe by spring,” Kervin said.

The problem was coming up with the money to plant the flowers and bushes around the Town of McKenzie.

Town Clerk Tina Powell said she believed the project would need to be funded with money from the town’s capital improvement fund.

  • The Town of McKenzie is having its Christmas Parade Saturday at 10 a.m. in Downtown McKenzie. There are about 10 floats that have been entered.
  •  The council acknowledged Emmanuel Johnson, who played at McKenzie School last year and is now playing football as a freshman at The University of Southern Mississippi. Johnson played in the Golden Eagles’ 49-28 win against the University of Houston Saturday.
  •  Christmas Caroling will be on Sunday, Dec. 18th in the park.