Thursday, March 22, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Barnett Rez Foundation

Don't forget to check the Barnett Reservoir Foundation webpage for updates on events happening on PRVWSD property. 

The Sunset Concert Series begin Thursday, March 29 at Lakeshore Park with Jay Herrington, Seth Thomas and Chris Link.

The Rez Boat Show is April 28 and 29 at the Rankin Ramp (near Shaggy's).  That is also the same weekend as the Bassmasters Elite Series fishing event.

The Independence Day Celebration is June 30.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Agenda for PRVWSD March Board of Directors Meeting

AT 9:30 A.M. ON THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018

1. Opening prayer

2. Pledge of Allegiance – W. C. Gorden

3. Request for acceptance of Minutes from the Regular Meeting held on February 12, 2018

4. Committee Recommendations:

Shoreline Development Committee:
I. Approval of setback variance request from Jerry and Cindy Mitchell for Lot 27 Lake Harbor Point.
II. Approval of design proposal by Southern Consultants for sewer collection system rehabilitation project for the south shore of Pelahatchie Bay and permission to advertise the project upon design completion.
III. Adoption of resolution concerning West Rankin Utility Authority loans and bonding.

Parks Policy Committee:
I. Approval of request for special beer permit for the Barnett Reservoir Foundation event Back the Blue scheduled for May at Old Trace Park with an expanded beer garden.
II. Approval of one-year contract renewal for two landscape maintenance contracts with Parish Lawn for campground mowing and park mowing.

5. Approval of Per Diem and Travel Report for February 2018.

6. Approval of Cash Balance Report.

7. Approval of March 2018 Docket.

8. Committee Minutes and Miscellaneous Correspondence

9. Police Chief’s Monthly Report

10. Executive Director’s comments

11. Next regular meeting April 19, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at PRVWSD main office.

12. Meeting adjourned.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Chicken Salad Chick Grand Opening

The grand opening is Tuesday, March 27.  The first 100 guests to purchase "the Chick" will receive free chicken salad for a year.  From the Chicken Salad Chick's Facebook Page:

Mark your calendars for a whole week of awesome giveaways to celebrate the newest Chick in town! Our Flowood Chick opens Tuesday, March 27th - see y'all there!

GRAND OPENING - 3/27: Our First 100 Guests to purchase the Chick receive FREE CHICKEN SALAD CHICK FOR A YEAR! First guest will receive 1 Large Quick Chick of chicken salad per week for 52 weeks, the next 99 guests will receive a Large Quick Chick of chicken salad per month for 12 months.

*Must purchase a Chick Special to receive reward
*Must be 16 years of age
*Must Download Craving Credits App
*Redemption will start 4/2
*Must be 16 years of age *Must Download Craving Credits App*Redemption will start 4/2*With Drive Thru Surprise Giveaways ALL DAY!!

WEDNESDAY, 3/28 - The first 100 guests to purchase a Chick Special will receive a free stainless steel 20 oz. tumbler.
-Our first 50 at 5pm to purchase a Chick Trio receive a large cooler

THURSDAY, 3/29 - Thirsty Thursday - The first 100 guests to purchase a Chick Special will receive a free large drink and coozie.
-Our First 50 at 5pm to order a Chick Special receive a free large drink

FRIDAY, 3/30 - Free Upgrade Friday - The first 100 guests will receive a free upgrade to a Chick Trio.
-Our First 50 at 5pm will receive a free upgrade to a Chick Trio

SATURDAY, 3/31 The first 100 guests to purchase two large Quick Chicks will receive a free large Chick cooler.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Audubon Point Neighborhood Meeting

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District will host an Audubon Point neighborhood meeting on Monday, March 12, 2018, at 6:30 at the Reservoir Community Center (next to the Fire Station on Spillway Road) to discuss the Scioto lease.  All are welcome.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Center for Violence Prevention Wish List

Soapbox Moment:  This is important and it is a simple way to make a lasting difference is someone's life.

Below is a "wish list" from the Center for Violence Prevention, headquartered here in Rankin County.  This organization exists solely: to provide protection to victims of domestic violence, to provide education and life skills training to those either accused of or suffering from domestic violence, and to hopefully eradicate domestic violence within its geographical reach.  This organization is doing the Lord's work.

I am the Prosecutor for the City of Pearl.  I see the effects domestic violence has on our County every day.  This is a real problem, with real victims, who are closer to you than you realize. 

If you find yourself in Best Buy or Bed, Bath and Beyond, or if you have any of the furniture items taking up space in your home, please donate to the CVP. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Information Statement from PRVWSD

7 March 2018
Information Statement:
210 Swallow Drive, Brandon, Mississippi 39047

Recently, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District has received numerous inquiries regarding the status of the home located in Audubon Point at 210 Swallow Drive. In an effort to correct any misinformation that may be present in the community, the PRVWSD would like to elaborate on the status of the home in that location. Recently, the District received in a routine order for a Lease for the property at 210 Swallow Drive from Scioto, LLC. After being contacted by residents in Audubon Point, the District investigated the use for the building for the home at 210 Swallow Drive with Scioto. The District was informed that the purpose of the home was for a use by individuals with disabilities to transition from institutions to a residential lifestyle. Scioto has informed the District the house will not be a “halfway house” or a house for former criminals recently released or paroled from the state’s correctional system. The home is a four bedroom home and will have four individuals residing at that residence as they transition from an institutional settings to residential settings. After consultation and research from its legal counsel, the District has determined that refusal to issue an Assignment of Lease to Scioto for 210 Swallow Drive would be a violation of the Fair Housing Act and its amendments, as well as Social Security Act, which both prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities and their ability to reside in residential communities. Enforcement of the subdivision covenants would also be impacted by these laws.

Scioto must comply with all PRVWSD Rules and Regulations regarding this property and the PRVWSD will ensure that Scioto does so.

Update on the Halfway House Situation

Further investigation at the source indicates the following:

First, this is not an Oxford House situation as previously feared.  The previously provided link to Jackson Jambalaya's Oxford House posts are irrelevant.  Instead, a group called Scioto is purchasing the home at 210 Swallow Drive, and leasing it to Oxford Healthcare.  All of the digging done by PRVWSD so far has indicated no connection between Oxford Home and Oxford Healthcare.  They appear to be two separate entities with no relation or affiliation.

Secondly, PRVWSD has been assured this is a residential home for "special needs" adults who are transitioning into the workforce.  This is not for criminals, drug addicts or alcoholics. 

Third, this is not a legal battle PRVWSD feels it will win.  When approached, the PRVWSD challenged the ability of Scioto to acquire the house for this purpose.  However, the City of Petal recently was hammered by Scioto in Federal Court for challenging them.  Federal discrimination laws give protection to these types of housing situations. 

PRVWSD will give the house and neighborhood heightened police scrutiny and oversight to make sure everyone is safe and to alleviate fears of danger. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Cafe Lagniappe Closing

I heard the bad news that Cafe Lagniappe is closing its doors.  Hard to find a better deal for catfish Friday.  Always sad to see locally owned businesses go. 

Halfway House Coming to Audubon Point?

Below is a post from the NextDoor app concerning a possible halfway house for recovering addicts in Audubon Point. 

Oxford House halfway house coming to Swallow Drive Despite our efforts, it seems as though the Oxford House organization will be bringing one of its halfway houses to our neighborhood. If you’re unfamiliar,’m sure their efforts are noble, but this is not what I care to have in my neighborhood, for multiple reasons. The methods they have used to circumvent the “single family occupancy” restriction is devious and disingenuous. They have purchased 210 Swallow Drive, and one of our neighbors has been told that the tenants will move in April 1.
Our former neighborhood in Jackson fought this and lost. If this doesn’t settle well with you, please call John Sigman’s office at (601) 856-6574 and voice your concerns.
I don't know anything about the Oxford Houses' intentions in the Rez area outside of this post.  However, if you would like to educate yourself on prior Oxford House drama, take a look at the Kingfish's posts.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Press Release from PRVWSD about Bassmaster Tournament

Media Release
For Immediate Release
27 February 2018

Plenty to see at Bassmaster Open at The Rez
Event opens Thursday at Madison Landing in Ridgeland

Winners of the last three Bassmaster events on Barnett Reservoir highlight the field of 180 pros entered in the three-day Central Division Open that starts Thursday on the 33,000-acre lake near Jackson.

Sponsored by the City of Ridgeland Tourism Commission and the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, the event’s takeoffs and weigh-ins will be free to the public at Madison Landing in Ridgeland. The pros will be fishing for about $250,000 in prizes, including a first place package worth $52,000.

Among the top competitors are Dustin Connell of Alabama, winner of the 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series tournament in April, local angler Gene Bishop of Ridgeland, winner of the 2015 Central Open, and Randall Tharp, winner of the 2013 Central Open in October.

The field includes many other entrants from the Bassmaster Elite Series, and many of the reservoir’s top local talent. All 180 pros and assigned amateur partners will fish Thursday and Friday, but only the top 12 pros and amateurs will compete on Saturday.

All events related to the tournament are free.

After launching at Madison Landing, the boats will enter Main Harbor where they will stage before the 6:15 a.m. single-file takeoff. Pelican Cove restaurant will open at 5 a.m. Thursday through Saturday for coffee and a light breakfast, providing a perfect observation post.

Boats will return to Madison Landing in flights for the weigh-ins beginning at 2:15 Thursday and Friday at the Landing parking lot. The Barnett Reservoir Foundation will operate a concession area, and limited bleacher seating is available. The public is invited to bring folding chairs to view the weigh-ins.

Saturday’s final weigh-in is scheduled to move to the Bass Pro Shops store in Pearl, where the show begins at 3:15 p.m.

While the Madison Landing parking lost is closed to the public from midnight Wednesday through 8 a.m. Saturday morning, ample parking will be available around the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District office, as well as at Old Trace Park, just a short walk away. Visitors are asked to observe parking and no-parking signs, and not block entrances to neighborhoods, restaurants and roadways.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Note on School Walk Outs from RCSD

Here is another note from RCSD Superintendent, Dr. Sue Townsend.  This time, it involves safety issues, disruptions and loss of instructional time inherent in anticipated walkouts.

School Safety

Note from RCSD Superintendent: Dr. Sue Townsend

  • Dear Parents and Guardians,
    There has been some conversation at various schools across the country about planned student walkouts or other activities in response to the tragic Florida school shooting. We are all heart broken over the Florida event and students are concerned but our priority is to keep our students safe.
    Each principal at our schools has the discretion to work with their teachers and student organizations to decide on ways to remember the victims from Florida and ways for students to share their concerns in a safe manner.
    Any student that participates in activities that may cause a safety issue, cause a disruption at school, or cause a loss of instructional time will be subject to disciplinary action. Again, the safety of our students is top priority and school will operate as normal each day. Please discuss this with your student.
    Thank you for your support, cooperation and understanding.
    Serving you,
    Sue Townsend, Ph.D. Signature
    Sue Townsend, Ph.D.

Letter from RCSD to Parents Concerning School Safety

Rankin County School District Superintendent, Dr. Sue Townsend, sent out the following letter to parents regarding the recent school shooting.

Letter from Dr. Sue Townsend, Superintendent
Rankin County School District
February 23, 2018
Dear Parents,
In light of the recent horrific school shooting in Florida, I want to take a moment to reassure you that the Rankin County Board of Education, the district administration, principals, and teachers are committed to providing the safest school setting within our capabilities for our students and all employees. Safety is our top priority. The RCSD has a long history of being proactive related to school safety and we strive to improve daily.