Multiple festivities planned for the Drew community
by Rory Doyle
Oct 04, 2012 | 2806 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Drew Board of Aldermen reported positive news at Tuesday's monthly meeting at Drew City Hall.

Mayor Jeffery Kilpatrick was pleased to announce half of the sidewalk on the downtown strip of Main Street was successfully redone.

"The work looks really good and we've been getting a lot of remarks about it," said Kilpatrick. "We're looking forward to getting the other half done."

The city is also gearing up for a couple community events this month.

Drew Cleanup Day will be hosted October 6 in effort to spruce up city streets. Beginning at 8 a.m., citizens will meet on Main Street to being the beautification project.

"We're really hoping for a good turnout at the cleanup," said Kilpatrick. "Tell your friends — bring someone with you. We want to see a lot of people out there."

The following Saturday, Oct. 13, will feature the third annual Drew Walk-a-Thon.

Kilpatrick said attendance has improved every year and at least 200 walkers are expected for this year's event.

"This is about fighting obesity and helping people get in better shape," he said. "We're excited that more people have joined the effort every year."

Event organizer Sunya Williams said the affair is part of the Mississippi State Extension initiative known as "Get Healthy, Trim Down Delta."

"It's about boosting energy, burning calories and spending quality time with family and friends," said Williams. "We're also hoping to offer prizes and put together goody bags."

To purchase a walk-a-thon T-shirt for $10, contact Williams at 662-745-0350.

Registration will begin at the gazebo on Main Street at 9 a.m., followed by the walk at 10 a.m.

The end of the month will also be host to the eighth annual Delta Wings Festival, celebrating the duck hunting heritage of Drew; considered by some to be the waterfowl capital of Mississippi.

Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to bring the family out and enjoy the fall weather, taste southern cooked duck dishes, learn duck hunting techniques and see the season’s new gear.

This year's duck festival will be held downtown from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Oct. 27.

While most news reported at Tuesday's meeting was positive, the board continued to deal with an ongoing problem — the eyesores created by the many dilapidated houses and properties that plague the city.

City Attorney Daniel E. Morris explained to the board a resolution is near.

"We need to send a third and final letter of notice to the property owners, and it needs to be certified," said Morris.

The letter will inform the property owners of a scheduled hearing before the board, where both parties will finalize a plan of action.

"If they don't respond to the letters and clean up their properties, then the city can fine them," said Morris.

Kilpatrick said a date would be determined once the certified letters are prepared for mailing, which he anticipates will be Monday.

In other news, the board will hold a public hearing to discuss the 2012-13 city budget on Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m.

The next city board meeting will be Nov. 6 at Drew City Hall at 5:30 p.m.