In Tuesday's regularly scheduled board of aldermen meeting, Mound Bayou Mayor Darryl Johnson and members of the board approved the request by the beautification committee and the Ministerial Alliance to begin a citywide clean up campaign.
According to Johnson, Mound Bayou is beautiful but the beautification committee will help in making Mound Bayou pretty.
"I do not think that this is going to be a problem but we have not formed a request to the county yet but once it is approved, we will be doing the project," said Johnson.
He said that the initial phase of the project would begin with citizens placing items such as couches in their front yards, near the street, for pick up.
"People are dumping trash in places that they shouldn’t be and in some places they are putting garbage in front of signs that clearly say, ‘no dumping,’" he added.
Johnson said that his main concern is removing debris from areas that are outside of the city's limits.
"This is where we are really going to need a lot of support from the county. Our real concern is the main arteries coming into Mound Bayou — where it may look like it is Mound Bayou but it is not," said Johnson.
"Mound Bayou is a very important part of history and tourism. It is important that we understand that many people will be coming into Mound Bayou and we need to be able to keep our city clean," he continued.
A date has not been set for the initiation of the project but the beautification committee and Ministerial Alliance is set to meet Feb. 15 to further discuss the project.
Johnson also announced that Mound Bayou is to host the North Mississippi Annual Conference for the African Methodist Epistical Church Sept. 24-27.
"This is a huge deal for Mound Bayou and Bolivar County. The conference will bring a great deal of revenue to the county," said Johnson.
"When they come, they are going to lodge, buy gas and eat in the county. I am so excited that Mound Bayou is able to attract these types of organizations. We are trying to make Mound Bayou into a place where people meet and come," he added.
Taborian Urgent Care Center Contract Administrator, Margo Christian-Brooks presented a report to members of the board concerning the grand opening of another Urgent Care Center – the request was approved, the center is set to host a grand opening in April.
During Brooks' report, she also announced that Humana would make another stop in Mound Bayou to aid in the Affordable Care enrollment process yet again.
Representatives are set to arrive Feb. 21 and they plan to inform more citizens about the enrollment process and the benefits of having health insurance.
"A lot of people are going to be surprised when they file their income taxes next year. In the next tax period, if an individual does not have health insurance, those penalties are going to come and some of their tax money will be taken," said Johnson.
"They are not obligated to sign up but they need to understand what it is," he added.
Members of the board also discussed an upcoming sewer project on South Street.