Col. Tom Parker recognized by City of Vicksburg; Flaggs addressed raises

Col. Tom Parker recognized by City of Vicksburg; Flaggs addressed raises

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Last weekend the community came together to support the victims of the Great Backwater Flood of 2019.

 

FloodFest 2019 turned into the biggest event, so far, of the year. The event was pulled together by many community partners including Mary Landers of the Levee Street Marketplace. However, Col. Tom Parker was the main promoter of the event.

Col. Tom Parker, Floodfest 2019 Promoter

Today the City of Vicksburg recognized his efforts with a special commendation. “You brought the city together,” Mayor George Flaggs Jr. told Parker.

The plaque presented to Col. Tom Parker by the Board of Mayor and Alderman on behalf of a grateful community.

In other city business the Mayor presented his amended budget and highlighted the key points in this chart:

“Cutting cost and streamlining government” chart.

When he was challenged regarding increasing city employee’s pay, the Mayor responded by saying, “They are people. They deserve to earn a living raise. ”

A passionate George Flaggs Jr. lays out his plan.

Flaggs has also put a freeze on hiring for one year. “We will utilize temporary workers to reduce personnel costs,” he said.

South Ward Alderman Alex Monsour mentioned his efforts to get the city’s burned out streetlights working. Of the 110 streetlights that were out a couple of weeks ago, almost all have now been repaired.