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March 22 chamber luncheon will bring together city, county leaders for Q&A

The Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce, during its next monthly luncheon, scheduled for Wednesday, March 22, is hosting Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs and Warren County Board of Supervisors President Richard George.

The question-and-answer session will provide a unique opportunity for many to directly ask questions of the county’s two most influential elected leaders.

As the chamber prepares to host the luncheon, people are invited to submit questions that could be asked during the luncheon.

So, as these two leaders take to the stage, what are some of the areas we hope are covered?

For one, cooperation between the city and the county at times has been in need of work.

The sometimes contentious discussions about ambulance service provided to the county by the city has at times soured the relationship.

It would be good to hear from both leaders about that working relationship in particular and to see if questions of charges and billing have been worked through.

In another area, the county is tiptoeing through the process of finding property for a new jail.

In fact, George has tied his political future to the selection of a site and construction of a new jail that is decades overdue. George said he wants construction to begin before the end of his term.

Hearing an update on that search, the need for the Legislature’s help in locating a jail outside the city limits and what role the City of Vicksburg will play in the much-needed facility would be good to hear.

In the area of economic development, the city, the county and other groups recently came together in the reorganization of county’s economic development team.

It was a positive development in their relationship. The two leaders should be complimented for getting that restructuring through their respective bodies.

George, as head of the board of supervisors, should also face a question about the actions of those on the board. He should make a statement condemning the statements of Supervisor William Banks and the comments Banks made about Port Commission chairman Margaret Gilmer.

The Post has called on Mr. Banks to apologize, a call that so far has gone unanswered.

George, as the board’s representative, should say Banks’ comments do not represent the feelings of the board and urge Banks to make a comment during their next meeting.

In the end, we applaud the chamber for hosting such an event and appreciate the willingness of both Flaggs and George for taking part.