The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Parade will be held Saturday morning at 11 a.m. downtown.

The parade will follow the same route as the Christmas parade. The Mayor and Board of Aldermen approved a request to close parts of Main Street and other downtown streets for the parade during their regular meeting last Tuesday.

In other matters, aldermen voted to:

• Approve the payment of $22,166 to Waggoner Engineering for fencing, lighting and paving projects at the airport;

• Approve a motion to allow C Spire to bore along Highway 16 to109 Industrial Drive;

• Approve to pay Columbus Fence Co. $60,925 for a security fencing project at the airport;

• Accept bids for two pickup trucks that had been declared surplus;

• Set a hearing date for a rezoning request on Jolly Avenue to change a lot from RI to R3. The hearing is Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. at City Hall;

• Approve the refinancing of a track hoe for the Sanitation Department. A pending balloon payment of $76,500 was coming due in February. Aldermen opted to refinance for 36 months and then the equipment would belong to the city. Aldermen were advised the backhoe was in good shape;

• Approve the hiring of Alexander Brown as an officer with police department. Brown will join the department with the rank of corporal, based on his experience and training;

• Approve the refund of $301 from Municipal Court; and,

• Hire Crowder Engineering to oversee the bridge replacement project on St. Francis Drive.

Aldermen were advised the city is still looking for an employee to work for the cemetery department.