A new ordinance that would ban any type of advertising materials from being thrown onto residential driveways of nonsubscribers is being proposed by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

Aldermen voted unanimously to direct the city attorney to draft the ordinance after fielding complaints from residents who said the papers are littering their driveways and lawns.

Alderman-at-Large Janice Payne said the printed advertisements, being distributed by a Meridian business, should be inserted into The Meridian Star and distributed to its subscribers.

"That way, people who don't subscribe would not be affected," Payne said.

The board initially talked about amending the city's signage ordinance to prohibit the distribution.

However, Attorney Robert Thomas advised alderman that an entirely new ordinance was needed.

The new ordinance banning the distribution of the unsubscribed material would not infringe on the First Amendment, Thomas said, noting that he had discussed the issue with a newspaper editor.

The proposed ordinance would not affect newspapers being thrown onto driveways to subscribers, aldermen said.

In other action last year, aldermen:

• Approved a rezoning request from Calli Huddleston to change property located at North Lewis from Residental-1 to Residential-3 to allow for a mobile home.

• Paid East Central Planning and Development District $8,068.54 for work on the water and sewer project.

• Paid Waggoner Engineering $1,581.25 for professional services on the new terminal at the airport.

• Paid Waggoner Engineering $1,319.50 for professional services on the runway and apron rehabilitation at the airport.

• Approved a $125 ad for the Neshoba County Classic Walking and Racking Horse Show.

• Approved a $375 ad for the annual Business & Industry section of the Neshoba Democrat.

• Authorized paying municipal poll managers $125 per day plus $10 for the manager for receiving and returning ballots for the 2013 Municipal Election.

• Authorized Fire Chief Pierce Clark and firefighters Steven Copeland, Walter Gordon and Simeon Deweese to travel to Ponce De Leon, Fla. April 26-28 for Public Safety Diver Certification and pay fuel expenses. The motion was unanimously approved.

• Placed a street light on West Myrtle behind the carwash.

• Placed a no parking sign on 288 W. Atkins to 282 W. Atkins.