BYRAM, MS (WLBT) - Nick Tremonte proudly shared Byram's new city seal.
"We're called the swinging bridge city," said Mayor Tremonte, showing off the design.
The emblem is by far the smallest development the mayor has to speak of. Recently he hired a building inspector, city clerk and even a police chief.
"We had eight good candidates, eight strong candidates. It was a difficult decision," said Tremonte.
He's holding the top cop's name until next month. Up to 25 officers will be hired to patrol the city, but it will take some time before the new department will take over duties currently held by the Hinds County Sheriff's Department.
"That means the chief of police has to buy 25 cars, 25 guns, 25 vests, 25 radios. He has to buy everything for everyone. That's a lot of money," said Tremonte.
Byram residents have started paying higher taxes and the city is waiting for the cash to pile up.
"We'll get a small raise in ad velorem taxes by July this year. We won't get the full pay check until February 2011, maybe January 2011 because these taxes are held a year before they're paid to us," said Tremonte.
Meanwhile, there are roads that desperately need work. Tremonte said a public works director and street crews will be hired in October to fix the problem areas. Next month a major Mississippi Department of Transportation road project at the Interstate 55 Byram exit is scheduled to start.
"What they're going to do is widen the exit and they are going to extend it a thousand feet," said Tremonte.
On June 25th, Byram will celebrate one year as an independent city with much to look forward to.
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