MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point residents were at it again Saturday, protesting the actions of Mayor Billy Broomfield and some city aldermen.
Over the past two weeks, many residents have spoken out about the mayor's decision to veto the board's appointment of a new police chief. They are also upset about the mayor's enforcement of the water policy they believe is leaving some senior citizens in limbo.
"It is important that we get out show the community that we stand for what is right," Moss Point resident Shannon Triplett said.
Several Moss Point residents spent Saturday in the heart of the city handing out cases of water to seniors who have not been able to pay their water bills.
"We want our senior citizens to come out here and get some water and take what they need."
The residents' water giveaway and protest is in response to a recent move by Mayor Billy Broomfield. This summer, the mayor and city began strictly enforcing the water policy for residents who didn't pay their bills on time shutting off their water.
"This wrong, that is wrong," Triplett said.
"We are all in this together, so whatever affects one, affects the entire city. So we need to be in these things together," resident Mary Dillon said.
Clement Malone echoes that sentiment. He was also at the protest, but for another controversial issue. He was seeking signatures for a petition that objects to the mayor's decision to veto the hiring of 20 year police veteran Calvin Hutchins as the new police chief.
"It is nothing like supporting someone you knew and you grew up with, and someone that can bring something to the community that people can trust to the be chief of police," Malone said.
The mayor has said Hutchins did not embody all the qualifications and skills to lead the force. These citizens disagree. So, far they received more than 600 signatures in hopes of persuading the city's aldermen to override the mayor's veto.
"The vote was four to three, and we are asking one of the aldermen to hear their constituents and turn their no vote, turn it into a yes," Malone said.
While residents are not sure change will happen regarding these issues, they have vowed not give up the fight. City officials said the water policy now is the same as it was with the previous administration. A person has a month and half to pay his or her bill before water is cut off.
As for the veto, a board meeting will be held Tuesday night at Moss Point City hall starting at 6 p.m. The board aldermen will vote to either uphold or override the mayor's decision.