Leaders in Gluckstadt are making “slow, steady progress” in establishing the city government, according to the mayor.
“We’ve been a city for about three weeks,” said Gluckstadt Mayor Walter Morrison IV. “I would hope we would make significant progress in a year.”
At the first meeting of the mayor and board of aldermen on June 22, this business was handled:
• Bridge & Watson was hired to assist with budgeting. The contract calls for rates ranges from $30 an hour to $200 an hour, depending upon the employee handling the task.
• Mills, Scanlon, Dye & Pittman was named city attorneys.
• Liability insurance in the amount of $50,000 for the mayor and each alderman was authorized for purchase from the Mississippi Municipal Liability Plan. State statute requires the purchase.
• Board of aldermen meetings were tentatively set for the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. The location of meetings after July 6 is to be determined.
The first board meeting filled the church hall at St. Joseph Catholic Church to standing room capacity, Morrison said.
“We had well over 100 people there,” he said. “The citizens of Gluckstadt have a vested interest in their own community that they have worked so hard for for so many years. I hope that type of involvement continues.”
Gluckstadt has an estimated population of 3,000 residents and includes 1,100 homes and 365 businesses, Morrison said. The assessed valuation of real and personal property is $100 million, he said.
Gluckstadt became Mississippi’s newest city on June 6.
Serving along with Morrison are five aldermen who will initially serve at-large terms: Miya Warfield-Bates, John Taylor, Jayce Powell, Wesley Slay and Lisa Williams.
The election of a mayor pro tem and the hiring of a city clerk as well as budgeting and zoning matters were on the agenda for the July 6 meeting of the aldermen.
A mayor pro tem is necessary should the mayor be unable to serve.