City Donates to Gold Star Monument

By COLIN CAMERON,

The City of Petal Board of Aldermen voted to donate $2,500 to the Gold Star Family Monument at Camp Shelby at a regular meeting of the board on Tuesday.  Gold Star Families is an organization that consists of the families of United States military members who died in service.

The $2,500 donation was voted on per the request of Leonard and Sandra Scardino, who addressed the board at the meeting. Their son, Second Lt. Anthony Scardino, died during a training exercise at Fort Gordon in 2014.

Anthony Scardino was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces group for over 11 years, and was deployed to Afghanistan twice for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

“In an effort to honor and remember him for his commitment, loyalty and bravery, my family and I are asking for your help to do just that,” Leonard Scardino said as he addressed the board.

“Sandra and I are working diligently to help raise the money needed for this project,” he said. “As members of the Gold Star Family, we know all too well how important this project will be to so many.”

The Mississippi Gold Star Family has already received permission from the Camp Shelby Board of Supervisors to place the monument at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at the site and held its groundbreaking ceremony in January.

Leonard Scardino explained that the total cost of the monument is $50,000, and they are hoping to establish the monument in May this year. He explained that 100 percent of the donations would be used to fund the purchase.

“On behalf of the board, we thank you for your son’s service and our hearts go out to you and all of the families who have faced that,” said mayor Hal Marx. “We would be glad to be a part of making sure there is a memorial there for that purpose.”

In other action, the board:

Approved the minutes for the public hearing and the regular meeting of January 16, 2018;

Approved the minutes for the special meeting of January 19, 2018;

Approved a request to trade one 1996 Ford F-800 Knuckleboom truck to Forrest County in exchange for one 2000 Dodge Dump Truck;

Approved a request to remove from 31 Glock pistols from inventory, as they were returned as part of the buy back agreement;

Approved a request to sponsor the Petal Children’s Task Force 5k Run in the amount of $500.00;

Approved a request to transfer one 1998 Ford F-150 from the Street Department to the Recreation Department.

Approved a request to accept agreement with Butler Snow 2017 Continuing Disclosure Statement at a cost of $3,000.00;

Approved a request to reject bids received for Vac Trailer from Vermeer due to trailer not meeting the needs;

Approved a request to advertise for bids (Reverse Auction) for a vac trailer with new specifications;

Approved a request to grant a Special Exception for Castlewood Subdivision relieving the developer of the requirement for curb, gutter and sidewalks;

Approved a request to reappoint Troy Wicktom to the Petal Municipal Separate School District Board of Trustees for a term to expire in March 2023;

Approved a request to approve contract with Southwest Region Baseball for nine and 11-year-old baseball tournament;

Approved a request to adjust water services billed to 138 King Blvd in the amount of $27.00 due to a leak;

Approved a request to adjust water services billed to 329 Leeville Road in the amount of $4341.62 due to a leak;

Approved a request to adjust water services billed to 109 North Street in the amount of $168.00 due to a leak;

Approved a request to set a variance hearing date of February 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm for property located at 106 and 108 Maple Street;

Approved a request to accept the proofs of publication;

Approved the docket of claims for the month of January 2018;

Approved a request for Donnie Wagers to attend the 2018 MsRWA Annual Conference in Jackson on March 26-29 at a cost of $671.00;

Approved a request for Ken Bullock to attend the 2018 MsRWA Annual Conference in Jackson on March 28 at a cost of $75.00;

Approved a request for Mike Trest to attend the 2018 MsRWA Annual Conference in Jackson on March 28 at a cost of $75.00;

Approved a request for Melissa Martin to attend the Annual Spring Conference in Flowood on March 7-9 at a cost of $531.00 + mileage;

Approved a request for Lynn Campfield to attend the Annual Spring Conference in Flowood on March 7-9 at a cost of $273.00;

Approved a request to adopt order transferring Ben Pickett from the Water Department to the Street Department effective February 14, 2018;

Approved a request to adopt order hiring Charlie Sims as full time first class officer at a rate of $17.1223 per hour effective February 14, 2018;

Approved a request to adopt order hiring Jeff Conway as a part time police officer at a rate of $11.00 per hour effective February 14, 2018;

Approved a request to adopt order promoting Brent Chennault to Captain at a pay rate of $19.71 per hour based on an 80-hour pay period.