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September 14, 1973

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:i Page 4 -- jmn • The on-again, off-again pri- mary election law, now lodged in the hands of the federal courts, is gaining growing ac- ceptance among key Mississippi political leaders, some of whom have opposed .the somewhat unique concept in the pas. Thus voters can expect a serious effort in 1974 for a re- newal of the drive to wipe out, the state's primary laws and push for an open primary sys- tem where candidates for office do not have vo identify them- selves by any party affiliation. A decade ago, support of this idea. ,was rank heresy among traditional s at e Democrats. Initially, the bill had the sup- port of a cadre of mustang Democrat as well as some Re- publicans. They had the idea that the open primary would void the stigma of party labels. At the time. Gov. Paul B. Johnson vetoed the bill for reasons. which, at best. have to be called obscure. Since that time, however the Democratic label has become an anathema to white politicians, tied as it is to the mostly black loyalist faction in tile state and assaults on the regular Demo- cratic facl i,on. The present status of Mis- sissippi's Democratic party is hazy. There have been legal as- saults, for instance, on the method by which Democratic candidates qualify to run for office Men of the prestige and status of Senator John Stennis and Senator James Eastland have a long-time vested interest in the party. In fact. their position has been instrumental in holding the party affiliation intact. At the same time. they have avoided identification with the state loyalists. And their posi- tion has been emulated by a host of i/state political figures all down the line. What i.,interesting about .the situation is that many political figures have now come full circle 0000Adversity makes a man wise t though not rich" Thereat Fuller 1654-1734 What if someone wore hurt on your property, you could be financially responsible. That's why you should have the protection of comprehensive liability insurance coverage. The small cost of Farm Bureau insurance liability protection is a modest price to pay for peace of mind. Call your local Farm Bureau insurance agent today about preparing for tomorrow. Richard Flaccomio 888-3661 or 4612 Box 444 Woodville, Miss. on the issue. The option of running as .an independent in the general elec- tion. thereby avoiding the pri- mary fight, has not really been successful for those who have tried it. And the Republican option is not palatable to some, based on the deep-rooted Democratic tra- dition in the state. Thus, the open primary gives the political candidate the best of all worlds. If it can be threaded through the federal courts, and finally become law, it would obviate the "three election campaigns" The Woodville Republican, Woodville, Mississ;o; eral Fund and $4,000 be trans- ferred from Light Fund to Gen- eral Fund. Alderman Rollins seconded above motion, Motion carried unanimously. Discussion was held regarding increase of water and gas tap- ping rates. Alderman Rollins made motion that wter ap chwrges increase to $25.00 in lieu of previou set fee of $7.88, that gas tap charges be in- creased to $25.00 in lieu of pre- vious set fee of $7.88 and that sewer tap charge should remain a $30.00 becoming effective Au- gust 8, 1973. Alderman Stutz- man seconded above motion. Motion carried: Unanimously. Alderman Rollins. made mo- tion that $25.00 water, meter de- posit be required on all trailers and that $25.00 gas meter de- posit be required 'for all trailers, to become effective August 8, 1973. Alderman Templeton sec- onded motion Motion carried unanimously. which Democratic pols have Discussion held regarding the [-m,lained about in the ha'st need of a supervisor for street   ', employees Alderman Nettles decade and reduce the consld- • rabl- expense of makin- a made motion that David Owens , -  ,  - .°.- I be given this .position with political campaign lor olnce. In the meantime, the need for $100.00 increase hnSa![: :end new legislation is not indicated, thereoy wlnctrawl g . - Instead it will be up to the tract as Meter Iceaaer.wlth an- ]judicial' process to sift out and other person being employed as consider the law which is al- ready on Mississippi's books, waiting approval by the courts. Proceedings Of The Centreville Mayor And Board Of Aldermen Be it remembered that there was begun and held in the Council Room in the Town Hall in the Town of Centreville, Mis- sissippi at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7 1973. a regular meet- ing of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of ,the Town of Cen- treville. Present and presiding: Mayor Don Vine: Aldermen: Frank Stutzman. l o, h n Templeton, John Rollins, James Owens nd Walter Nettles: Rufus Dalton, Town Clerk: Janie Rish, Assist- ant Town Clerk. A,bsent: James E Wilkerson, Attorney. The meeting was called to or- der and there came on to .be heard and considered the fol- lowing matters of business: In- vocation: Reading of minutes of prevtcus meeting and approval; Financial report A. Approval of claims docket; Resolutions, peti- tions and memorials; Depart- mental reports; Other Business; Adjournment. The minutes of the last reg- ular meeting were read. Alder- man Templeton moved, Alder- man Stutzman seconded that the minutes be approved us read. Motion carried unani- mously. Balances In Town Funds, July 31, 1973: General Fund, $543.12 ($-879.62 as of August 7, 1973); Fire Preven.tion Fund, $3,993.93; Street Improvement Fund, $40,- 275.57; Water-Sewer Operation, $2,867.98; Water-Sewer Revenue Fund, $7,562.58; Light Fund, $12,781.50; Gas System, $25,087. 29; Total, $98,111.97. Revenue Sharing Fund, $20,854.22. Fines collected in July, 1973: $227.00. The Collector of Utlli.ties paid collections in July .as follows: Water-Sewer Revenue Fund: Water. $2,442.80: Sewer, $1,020. 52: Penalties, $40.76. Water- Sewel Operation and Mainte- nance Fund: Total TaX, $138.24. Gas System Fund: Gas, $3,698. 97; Penalties, $51.81; Tax, $115. 06. Collector charged with July Utility bills: Water, $2,617.85; Sewer. $1.098.34; Gas, $3,140.96; Tax, $287.37; Total, $7,144.52. Claims 1321 through 1357 were approved by unanimous vote. Alderman Stutzman made mo- tion for $6,000 to be transferred from Gas System Fund to Gen- Meter Reader. Alderman' Rollins seconded above mtion with Al- derman Stutzman and Alderman Owens voting for above and Alderman Templ'eton opposing above motion. Motion being ca:r- rled that David Owens .be em- ployed as Street Supervisor, ef- fective August 8, 1973. Discussion was held regarding extension of beer sale hours in the Town of Centreville. Motion made ,by Alderman Owens that an extension of beer sale hours in the Town of Centreville be extended on Friday and Satur- day nights to 11 p.m. on a two months trial basis. Alderman Nettles seconded motion. Alder- man Owens and Alderman Net- II _ I tles voting for motion. Alderman Rollins voted against motion. Alderman Templeton vet in g against motion. Alderman Stutz- man not voting. Decision then made by Mayor Don Vine, his decision being that beer sale hours in the Town of Centre- ville, shall remain as is. Motion not carried. Motion made by Alderman Templeton that Albert Palmer's application for Policeman with Town of Centreville be approved. Motion seconded by Alderman Stutzman. Motion carried unan- imously, as none opposing. Alderman Stutzman made mo- tion that Jimmy Spillman's ap- plication for employment as Assistant to Hal Williams ,be approved. Alderman Templeton seconded motion. Motion carried unanimously. Sealed bids were received ,by the Board of Aldermen of the Town of Centreville. Miss., to purchase for cash one (1) new two ton cab and chassis equipped with 156 inch wheel base 330 heavy duty V-8 engine, two speed, 17500 pound Eaton rear axle, 6,000 pound front axle, 5 speed Clarke Transmis- sion, 8.25 x 20 x 10 ply tires and Bud wheels, 10,400 pound and auxiliary rear springs and four yard water level dump body. Bids were .opened .by Mayor Don Vine. Stutzman made motion that above described truck be purcl.ased from Centreville Mo- tor Company, bid being sub- mitted in the amount of $6,782. 67. Motion seconded by Alder- man Rollins. Motion carried unanimously. Centreville Motor Company was only bid received. There being no further .busi- ness to come before this meet- ing, Alderman Templeton made motion that meeting adjourn. Alderman Owens seconded mo- tion, therefore meeting ad- adjourned. Don Vine, Mayor Rufus Dalton. Clerk TO SERVE YOU BETTER LIVESTOCK SERVICE • Livestock hauled to any auction barn or other destination of your choice at reasonable rates. • IndivMual order buying service. • Quantities of stacker cattle bid on in pasture. • Other livestock services available on request. Contact O. K. FERGUSON FrMay, September 14, 19700 • , ,. ,... i. ...... This ts not a move 'coward 'r.e system would eliminate more centralized government, inefficiencies in the use of tax THE PEOPLE'S BIISINESS htuIl Ill pt   af ’mm ANSWERING THE OBJECTIONS T h e Mississippi Economic Council has long been interested in efficient and economical gov- ernment at all levels -- federal, state, and local. For this reason, the MEC is encouraged by the many courty governments that are now ex- ploring the unit system of coun- ty management. The Council has supported the unit system in order .to "assure county man- agement on the basis of finan- cially sound prlnci_oles." Several objections to the county unit system are cften raised. In the interest of pre- senting the unit system in its proper light, this is the answer to those Objections: 1 It would centralize author- ity. Decisions would continue to ,be made at the county level, by the Board of Supervisors. Coun- ty unit simply means coordi- nated planning for the entire county instead of piecemeal de- cisions on the beat-by-beat basis. 2. It would take control away from the people. Control of the road system would still 'be with the people who .elect the supervisors. Final authority would continue to rest with the Board of Supervisors, elected by the people, which would approve recommendations of the manager. 3. It would place too much power in ,the hands of the road manager. The manager would be an em- ployee of the Board of Super- visors .and ,subject to the au- thority of the Board. The Board would set policy; the manager would implement Board policies. He would be given authority to employ qualified people and .to perform other functions neces- sary to carry out the instruc- tions of the Board. Should he abuse this privilege, he would be subject to reprimand or dis- charge, as is any other em- ployee of the county. dollars. It would result in cen- tralized purchasing and in the elimination of expenditures for equipping, supplying, manning, and maintaining five separate road departments in a countY, Failure o operate under the unit system and the failure to use engineering skills and kwowledge are costing the coun- ties now. 5. Central storage of equip- ment is expensive and a waste of time. Central storage of equipment would not be required under the proposed county unit bill. This decision .would vary by counties and circumstances. Arguments that too much time would be lost moving heavy equipment from a central storage place in the county to points throughout the county every morning are immaterial. Beef Consumption Beef consumption in he United States has more than doubled in the last 20 years. I’ is expected to reach 130 pounds per person .by 1980. Livestock specialists believe that the U.S. will need to double beef produC- tion again ,by the end of the 4, The system would cost too century to meet the rising de- much for the small counties, mand. Year-end Knockouts. . Price-fighter Clearance H & R FORD, Inc., Woodville, Miss. 00.?ouldn't you really lnke a water heater that guarantees you 10 trouble free years of great service? Well, MP&L has one for you. Do you know about MP&L s Guaranteed Water Heater Service Plan? It's one more way that MP&L serves you better. Look at what you get. B uy a flameIess water heater on the Guaranteed Service Plan, and you're assured of: • Installation, including labor • Complete maintenance • Full l 0-year guarantee, including parts and labor or replacement of the water heater in the unlikely event that it's necessary. It's a guarantee you can count on--an MP&L guarantee. And the cost? Only pennies a day! There's something else to remember about an electric water heater, too. 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