Gluckstadt’s mayor is asking citizens to stay involved as the two-month-old city is continuing to develop and grow.
Gluckstadt became its own independent city on June 6 after the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld the Madison County Chancery Court’s decision. Mayor Walter Morrison IV said the first meeting held by the city had more than 200 attendees. However, since then attendance has dwindled each meeting.
“We had 20 people for the third meeting and then the fifth meeting we had 10 people,” Morrison said. “I suspect that is the normal course of things as the newness wears off.”
Despite the recent low attendance, the city is moving forward developing its government. Following the interviews held in August for a city clerk, an offer was made to an individual and she accepted. Morrison said the announcement of who the individual is will be made soon after the completion of the background check. She is expected to start October 1.
“We will announce her hiring just as soon as we can,” Morrison said.
Additionally, Morrison said they have begun moving into the new city hall. While the city clerk is the first employee who will be based out of city hall, they have moved in some furniture. The building is located at 343 Distribution Drive off Gluckstadt Drive.
“We have sort of moved in,” Morrison said. “Until [the city clerk starts], we don’t have a whole lot to move into it. We are in the process now of getting the utilities transferred and getting phone and internet service set up.”
The mayor and board of aldermen have accepted a budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, which includes the months of August and September. The total budget amount is $360,500, including supplies, contractual services and capital outlay.
The budget for 2021-2022 will be determined in a meeting on Tuesday, September 14. The proposed budget amount using expected tax revenue $3,584,027.
Once the budget is adopted, Morrison said they will turn their attention to getting the city clerk into work and then begin to conduct other hires. These hires will include the police chief and officers, a building and zoning employee, and other positions necessary for a city to run efficiently.
As the newness of the city wears off, Morrison said he suspects it is normal for attendance of city meetings to drop off as it gets to the mundane tasks of running Gluckstadt. However, he said he wishes the community would remain involved.
“I know it’s not possible for everybody given our busy lives to attend,” Morrison said. “But the more people that get involved and stay involved in the community, I think the better it will all be.”
Currently, city meetings are being held on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. under special notices. Agendas for the city meetings will be posted on the door of Germantown High School the day of the meeting.