GLOSTER — Aldermen voted Tuesday to advertise for bids of up to $200,000 to overlay 16 streets around town.

Alderwoman Betty Green noted that estimates say the work could cost $277,000, but town clerk Monzella Tickles said only $200,000 is budgeted.

“We’ve got the list of streets we’re going to do,” said Mayor Jerry Norwood. “Anything over that, we’ll amend the budget to take care of that.”

Resident John Jackson praised the way the town has been maintaining streets and ditches.

“I have seen quite a bit of improvement on the streets,” he said. “It really looks good.”

In other business, the board:

• Renewed general liability insurance with Liberty and Foster insurance agencies for $9,101, down $500 from last year.

• Voted 4-1, with Green opposing, to renew employee health insurance with Price Insurance Co. of McComb representing Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi for $383 per employee, down from $399 — a savings of $2,500 to the town.

• Agreed to donate $1,000 to the Gloster Chamber of Commerce to help with the Christmas parade and other projects. The parade will be 6 p.m. Dec. 8.

• Agreed to get quotes to remove trees from Pearl Street, Roseland Cemetery and the alley behind the new grocery store.

• Learned from Police Chief Terry Boss that the town made $5,138 selling seized weapons at auction.

• Moved Timothy Moore from full-time to part-time with the police department, and moved River Green from part-time to full-time with the gas and water department.

• Noted a ribbon-cutting will take place 9 a.m. Thursday at the new Piggly-Wiggly grocery store.

• Approved travel for town clerk Monzella Tickles and deputy clerks Patricia Brown and Shalonda Weathersy to BBI computer training at Pearl.

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