Citizens honored for efforts
by Denise Strub
Feb 07, 2013 | 2066 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland received accolades for jobs well done at the monthly board of aldermen meeting.

Amanda Fontaine, executive director of the Memorial Burn Center in Jackson, presented the Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department three awards.

"You have an outstanding fire department," she told the mayor and board, adding that the burn center has been giving these awards for four years and Cleveland is always on top.

This year Brian Bishop and Ron McNeer, both receive Officer of the Year Awards.

"Brian received Rookie of the Year and Fireman of the Year, previously," said Fontaine. "Of course, you know Ron was featured in our calendar."

The Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department received an honorable mention for department of the year. Moss Point won the top honor.

"We know how special they are," said Mayor Billy Nowell. "We are real proud of them."

Following, Diane Makamson and the Cleveland Park Commission receive an award from the Dixie Youth World Series for their hard work in putting the series together last summer.

Makamson said the event could not have happened in Cleveland through the efforts of just one person. "This was through the combined efforts of the park commission, city, Delta State University and everyone."

Another kudos to the city is its rapidly escalating recycling program.

In the three weeks since its inception, Public Works Director Ray Bell reported that this staff is now picking up from the recycling bins downtown from nine to 10 times a day, plus weekends and holidays.

"This is not counting what is being dropped off at public works," he said.

Bell asked the board for $35,000 to purchase three larger recycling bins, a scale and a trailer.

"This will help us save money because we won't have to pick up as often," he said.

Aldermen asked about applying for a grant but Bell said applying for a grant from the Mississippi Department of Quality would compete with the Earth Day funding.

He said it would take several years for the program to begin paying for itself but Cleveland was already ahead of where Greenwood was when it started recycling.

"It took them about a year and a half to collect enough plastic for a bail. We're almost there now," said Brett Moorman, city community development director.