Natchez officials to brainstorm on vision

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 14, 2005

Natchez &8212; City officials and department heads will meet Thursday afternoon to form their vision of what Natchez could be &8212; and brainstorm ways to get there.

They&8217;ll meet at the antebellum house Monmouth for a retreat, Mayor Phillip West said Tuesday.

&8220;It&8217;s to get a sense of our vision for Natchez,&8221; West said, as well as to foster communication among department heads and elected officials to make that vision happen.

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However, West said he did not know offhand what specific topics would be discussed at the retreat.

City Planner Andrew Smith, which the mayor&8217;s office said is organizing the retreat, couldn&8217;t be reached for comment Tuesday.

The mayor, aldermen and department hold regular meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. In addition, they hold work sessions at least once a month to discuss other issues as needed.

Mississippi law allows public bodies to go into an executive, or closed-door, session to discuss a number of issues &8212; real estate, personnel, industrial prospects and litigation among them. State law requires that all meetings with a quorum of board members present &8212; in this case, four or more &8212; must be open to the public unless the board votes to enter executive session for a purpose allowed under law.