A proposed expansion of the town limits has been in the works for some time and is making some headway.
“It’s in the hands of the Justice Department now,” said Mayor Walter Williams. “They are the ones that will make the last decision. I feel real good about it, because you’ve got a lot of people that want to be inside the city limits. I think it will pass with flying colors.”
The town of 317 population per the 2010 census would see its boundary expand to U.S. Highway 45 on the west, taking in additional territory along Mississippi Highway 356.
“My goal is to try to get everybody that is in this area that has an address of Rienzi, if it’s possible, to let them be a part of the city limits,” the mayor said.
The town would consider utility expansions, although some residents outside the town boundaries already have access to those services, he said.
The town has not projected how much additional ad valorem revenue the annexation would generate.
In other news from Rienzi, the latest regular session of the Board of Aldermen included concerns expressed by a Front Street resident about dogs running loose.
“The dogs down by where I live changed my life forever,” said Bobby Anderson.
He was riding a motorcycle when he hit one of the dogs, resulting in a leg injury.
“They still chase me whenever I pull out of my driveway on one of my bikes,” said Anderson.
Williams planned to talk to the sheriff about the situation. The town does not have an animal control officer.