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School board, public works report progress

By By Ben Alexander/The Meridian Star
Dec. 20, 2000
The last meeting of the year for members of the Meridian City Council ended with a good note Tuesday, as the Meridian School Board and the Public Works Department reported progress.
School board members came forward to say they feel they had been mending fences and gaining the public's trust during the last few months by holding meetings at school campuses instead of at the district's central office.
Mayor John Robert Smith had encouraged school board members to report periodically to the city council. School board members said they will continue to making those reports, but also encouraged council members to attend school board meetings.
Public Works Director Benny Wolfe also had good news, announcing that Meridian's public water system received the state's highest ratings this year.
The state's Capacity Assessment Rating Program grades all cities water services on technical, managerial and financial capabilities. The state's scale goes as high as a Level 5, which is what Meridian scored in all three categories.
Wolfe told council members Freshwater Superintendent Hugh Smith was one of the main catalysts for the city's high ratings.
Ben Alexander is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail him at