City Officials: Call directly with litter concerns, don’t take to Facebook

Published 4:53 pm Thursday, March 24, 2022

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said Monday he wants people to report directly to him if they see a problem, instead of posting their grievances on Facebook.

This past weekend, someone criticized the mayor on Facebook about trash at Catfish Row. Therefore, at the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Monday, Flaggs addressed the Facebook incident.

“It’s a lot easier if you just call me at 601-942-0492 if there is anything of concern about the city of Vicksburg on cleanliness or something unsafe, than it is to blast my name or the city of Vicksburg on Facebook,” he said.

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Flaggs said he takes responsibility for the city and all its employees, therefore if anyone who when driving around the city of Vicksburg sees anything unsafe or where trash removal is needed, call him anytime.

“I answer my phone 24-hours a day,” he said.

Flaggs said negative Facebook posts about the city have a residual effect.

“The sad thing about social media, not just the people from Vicksburg read it, people from all over the country read it,” he said.

Ward 2 Alderman Alex Monsour also spoke on the incident at Catfish Row.

“We got it pretty quick,” Monsour said, in reference to the trash. “It was cleaned up in a timely fashion. I picked the trash up that was on the ground.”

Monsour said crews had cleaned the area up on Friday, “Like they do every day, and there wasn’t any trash on the ground.”

“I just want people to understand we are not mindreaders, but we try, and we have a schedule where we pick up trash every single day in the parks. It’s unfortunate that there are people out there that don’t have the common decency to throw it in the cans that are provided for them and throw it all over the ground. It’s ridiculous,” Monsour said.

To address the situation, Monsour said he would support Vicksburg Police Chief Penny Jones, if littering fines were handed out, in “full force.”

“We are fixing to get some people that are throwing trash on the ground,” he said.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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