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League of Women Voters of North Mississippi Oxford Mayor Forum - Shared screen with speaker view
Lynley Letson
42:06
Mayor Tannehill, I came to you in 2019 after I briefly worked at MS Critterz for Gail Brown. The animal report I brought to your attention stated there were 267 animals in the small shelter. I told you MS Critterz was warehousing animals in the back storage room without air, heat or electricity. After I left your office, you went for a surprise inspection of the shelter. But when you got there, you did not demand to see the back storage room. Meredith Roberson, the ACO at the time, recently admitted that Jenn Petermann told her not to let you see the back room on your tour. You reported that everything looked great, and you renewed their annual contract. Do you think you did everything you could to protect those animals from the cruelty & abuse that occurred at the city facility under your watch? How will you ensure adequate supervision and oversight in the future?
Marty Fino
43:03
This question is for Mayor Tannehill. Wastewater (sewage) monitoring has been found to detect COVID-19 virus load, and associated variants, in a community four to seven days prior to an increase in hospitalizations. Wastewater monitoring has been implemented by many communities in the country and worldwide. A September 2020 article in Current (https://www.idexxcurrents.com/en/latest/more-campuses-testing-wastewater-for-sars-cov-2-across-the-u-s/) reported that the University of Arizona officials said wastewater monitoring led to the early detection of the virus from one dormitory and that subsequent mitigation prevented an outbreak in the dormitory.Months ago, I wrote to my aldermen and also to the Mayor about wastewater monitoring for our community. Can the Mayor tell us today if wastewater monitoring has been considered for Oxford, if not, why not. If it has been considered, are there any plans to implement such testing.Thank you.
James Thomas
46:47
This question is for both candidates - the Oxford PD Final Report for 2020 shows that while Black men make up just 12 percent of Oxford’s total population, they account for roughly 44 percent of all drug-related arrests. How do you explain these enormous disparities in policing right here in our own community, and what are your concrete plans to address them?
Lynley Letson
55:45
Mayor Tannehill, I came to you in 2019 after I briefly worked at MS Critterz for Gail Brown. The animal report I brought to your attention stated there were 267 animals in the small shelter. I told you MS Critterz was warehousing animals in the back storage room without air, heat or electricity. After I left your office, you went for a surprise inspection of the shelter. But when you got there, you did not demand to see the back storage room. Meredith Roberson, the ACO at the time, recently admitted that Jenn Petermann told her not to let you see the back room on your tour. You reported that everything looked great, and you renewed their annual contract. Do you think you did everything you could to protect those animals from the cruelty & abuse that occurred at the city facility under your watch? How will you ensure adequate supervision and oversight in the future?
Lydia Koltai
58:46
These questions are for both candidates. Given the increasing risks climate change is posing across the planet, how does mitigation and carbon emission reduction factor into your vision and planning for Oxford's future? Will you commit to developing a plan for net zero emissions for our community, such as Jackson is doing? And how are sustainability and environmental protection prioritized in your vision of future development in Oxford?
Amanda Lamar
59:47
To Tannehill: Unaffordable housing has been an issue for many in Oxford, MS, throughout your leadership. Yet, you have not addressed the issue, through any action. Therefore, what are your plans to address this issue, so that lower income families are able to buy homes?
Leigh Hubbard
01:02:22
At Oxford Animal Shelter Watchdogs, we continue to get questions from concerned citizens about the current shelter and plans for the animal resource center. People have emailed Mayor Tannehill and not received answers.Will each of you commit to holding a public forum about the shelter, in which citizens can directly engage with you in real time, vocally, and ask questions?In the meantime, Mayor Tannehill, we will compile a list of the most pressing questions. We hope they will receive your attention.
Marty Fino
01:09:30
A follow-up question for Mayor Tannehill. Has the city explored doing wastewater testing in-house or through the university? How is it that other communities have been able to get timely test results?
James Thomas
01:09:50
Point of order: the affordable housing commission did not meet for nearly a year due to COVID. And the city had little to do with the construction of those homes in Eastover and Belle Rivers. That was the result of a public-private partnership that took advantage of federal tax credits for affordable housing to low income persons
Amanda Lamar
01:11:48
For Tannehill: You are giving your affordable housing plan, yet, when will the action actually and reality wise begin? You seem to have a continuous plan, do you have an actual date of beginning to build?
Afton Thomas
01:13:38
In the spirit of inclusivity and equity, I would like each candidate to share their thoughts on the adopted hashtag WeGetToLiveHere. This saying has been frequently used by our mayor in social media posts.
Elaine Gelbard
01:17:26
Please address Lydia’s question.
Miguel Centellas
01:18:10
In talking to residents, I’m finding that many are concerned about sprawl. How can we balance Oxford’s growth with a focus on putting the needs of residents, not developers, first?
Susan Fino
01:21:48
Will recycling paper, plastic and metal pickup be returning?
Leigh Hubbard
01:29:05
Point of order: Not all questions were answered, and communication was stifled. No questions were taken live, and even the chat box was turned off. Multiple questions sent via email have been ignored.
Ruth O'Dell
01:32:43
Every question that was emailed to the League will be asked. Our moderator did not connect as a cohost for a few minutes and could not see the chat. Now she can see it. Timekeeper is in place to be sure both candidates have equal time.
Susan Fino
01:34:19
Will be paper shredding be held this year or did we miss it?
Amanda Lamar
01:36:35
For Tannehill: Forth going, what will your plans be as a re-elected mayor, to bring Oxford, MS together more as a close knitted city, to eliminate some of what some feel to be racism?
Leigh Hubbard
01:38:14
Ruth, I was responding to the mayor’s answer about the “town hall” she held, which was not a town hall. I wasn’t referring to not to to how this forum is going. You all are doing a great job.
Taylor McGraw
01:38:33
Following up on the sports opportunities, it's true that Oxford has state of the art facilities for outdoor tennis, soccer, baseball, softball, and even pickleball. But we only have a couple of low quality outdoor basketball courts. As mayor will you commit to building high quality basketball courts that properly serve our community?
Tracey Williams
01:41:54
For Tannehill: How do you deal with racial disparity within the city especially with the police force?
Miguel Centellas
01:45:39
What is your position on the Confederate monument on the Square?
James Thomas
01:46:37
Oxford stands to get millions of federal dollars from the CARES act. Will either of you commit to seeding affordable housing initiatives, including a housing trust fund, with this federal money?
James Thomas
01:51:51
Will either candidate commit to ending the metro narcotics unit?
Lynley Letson
01:54:22
Mayor Tannehill, I came to you in 2019 after I briefly worked at MS Critterz for Gail Brown. The animal report I brought to your attention stated there were 267 animals in the small shelter. I told you MS Critterz was warehousing animals in the back storage room without air, heat or electricity. After I left your office, you went for a surprise inspection of the shelter. But when you got there, you did not demand to see the back storage room. Meredith Roberson, the ACO at the time, recently admitted that Jenn Petermann told her not to let you see the back room on your tour. You reported that everything looked great, and you renewed their annual contract. Do you think you did everything you could to protect those animals from the cruelty & abuse that occurred at the city facility under your watch? How will you ensure adequate supervision and oversight in the future?
Miguel Centellas
01:54:30
If reelected, would you be willing to hold a new vote on the statue?
Lynley Letson
01:55:17
Mayor Tannehill, I came to you in 2019 after I briefly worked at MS Critterz for Gail Brown. The animal report I brought to your attention stated there were 267 animals in the small shelter. I told you MS Critterz was warehousing animals in the back storage room without air, heat or electricity. After I left your office, you went for a surprise inspection of the shelter. But when you got there, you did not demand to see the back storage room. Meredith Roberson, the ACO at the time, recently admitted that Jenn Petermann told her not to let you see the back room on your tour. You reported that everything looked great, and you renewed their annual contract. Do you think you did everything you could to protect those animals from the cruelty & abuse that occurred at the city facility under your watch? How will you ensure adequate supervision and oversight in the future?
Lynley Letson
01:56:48
My question has been submitted, please ask my question.
Lynley Letson
02:01:19
I WILL JUST RELEASE THE RECORDING OF THE MEETING FROM AUGUST OF 2019 AND LET THE PUBLIC DECIDE IF YOU DID EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER.
Lynley Letson
02:03:04
WHAT ABOUT THE DEA INVESTIGATION OF THE ANIMAL CLINIC OF OXFORD GIVING MS CRITTERZ THE EUTHUNISA MED'S
Lynley Letson
02:03:58
THE CITY IS USING THIS VETS OFFICE TO CARE FOR THE ANIMALS.
Lynley Letson
02:04:29
YOU WON'T LISTEN WHEN YOU OPEN YOUR DOOR🤣
Amanda Lamar
02:05:21
Tannehill, much more could have been done under your leadership. Time for a change.
Carley Lovorn
02:07:07
Thank you LWV for organizing this and thank you to Robyn and Brandon for taking the time to share your thoughts!