To promote and increase awareness of the programs, activities, and operations of the City through newsletters, publications and brochures and to plan events and provide tours for visitors and citizens of the Wesson House and City Hall Museum.
Parks & Recreation
The City produces a bi-annual newsletter in April and October that is mailed to every household and business in Olive Branch and the surrounding area. It is a non-advertising publication used to communicate with the citizens of the Olive Branch community. It includes a message from the Mayor, upcoming events, a phone listing, and articles of local interest.
Hall of Fame Nominations
Nomination forms for the general public to nominate individuals for the Hall of Fame are provided each year in the Spring Newsletter. The Olive Branch Hall of Fame is established to honor and perpetuate the memory of those special men and women whose contribution to this community, from the time the first settlers arrived in 1836 until the present day has had a meaningful impact on the development of Olive Branch.
Hall of Fame(Document link)
Veteran’s Monument & Honor Book of Veterans
On the front lawn of City Hall, there is a circular area know as Veteran’s Plaza. Towering over the Plaza under our nation’s flag is the Veteran’s Monument which honors anyone who has ever served in the armed forces of this country. The Veteran’s Monument stands twenty feet tall and is capped by a magnificent golden American Eagle in flight.
The Veteran’s Monument is complemented by our Honor Book of Veterans located inside the lobby of City Hall next to our Museum. This book features an 8 ½” x 11” photograph of our veteran’s along with a narrative of his/her military experience. This Honor Book of Veterans can be viewed anytime during City Hall’s open hours of 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Honor Book of Veterans(Document link)
To ensure that all purchases made are within the projected budget and in compliance with state purchasing laws.
The City Administrator is the Purchasing Agent for the City of Olive Branch and diligently ensures that the city is following State guidelines for purchases and that purchases are within budgetary projections. Requests for Proposals, bid documents and specifications for construction and large purchases are distributed through this office.
The City requires that Purchase Requisitions be prepared for all purchases. They are to be completed and signed by department directors or managers and then approved by the Purchasing Agent.
The City adheres to guidelines that are more restrictive than the State requires for purchasing practices.
- Bids are due in the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall no later than 2:00 p.m. on the day of the bid opening.
- Bids are opened at 2:00 p.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room at City Hall on Monday the week before a scheduled Board Meeting.
- Bids are opened and read, and a tabulation of the bids is prepared.
- Bid tabulations and supporting documents are sent to the department for consideration of lowest and best bid.
- Written recommendation is sent to the City Clerk for placement on the Board Agenda.
- Once the Board approves, a purchase requisition is prepared and forwarded to the Purchasing Office.
To prepare the city’s annual budget in an efficient and economical manner that will provide the citizens of Olive Branch with the services needed to maintain the quality of life we have worked so diligently to create and preserve within our City and to ensure the City maintains a sound financial position within the constraints of an acceptable tax rate.
The Budget is a detailed plan of operations and capital outlay for the City. It provides a detailed estimate by fund of receipts, disbursements and balances for the next fiscal year beginning October 1. The Mayor requests information from each department as to what their needs will be to sufficiently run their department for the coming year. Once all this information is collected, the Mayor and the Director analyze the information and make forecasts regarding spending and revenues. This information is presented to the Board of Aldermen for review and then for final adoption before the state mandated deadline of September 15.
A public hearing must be held before the adoption of the Budget. It is usually held during the regular scheduled meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen preceding the meeting scheduled for adoption of the budget. The adopted budget will be published in the local newspaper.
The budget includes:
- Activities and services the city plans to provide its citizens
- Improvements to streets, water systems, gas systems and buildings
- Expenditures required to support all operations and capital projections
- Resources available for meeting the planned expenditures