Wednesday, April 18, 2018

News on the Road Work on the Spillway

MEDIA RELEASE
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
April 18, 2018
Periodic Lane Closure on Bob Anthony Parkway

Repaving of the upper road of Bob Anthony Parkway, also known as Spillway Road west bound across the Barnett Reservoir Dam, is scheduled to begin Monday, April 23, 2018, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District has announced.

The project, made possible by federal transportation grants administered through the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, is expected to last approximately six weeks, weather permitting.

While lane closures will be necessary each weekday, no closures will take place during the morning commute hours of 7 to 9 a.m.

Drivers should plan ahead, expect delays, and remain vigilant. Please slow down, and respect the workers in the area.

For the latest information and pictures on this issue, and other activities at Barnett Reservoir, please check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PRVWSD.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

PRVWSD Committee Meeting Agendas

The PRVWSD Committees will meet Monday, April 16, 2018, at the Reservoir Community Center at 2230 Spillway Road (next to the Reservoir Fire Station).  The committees will meet at this location to encourage the community to attend the Shoreline Committee meeting schedule at 4:00 p.m., in which the proposed regulations regarding parking of boats, RVs, and trailers will be presented for approval.

Building Committee will meet at 2:30 p.m.
Parks Policy Committee will meet at 3:00 p.m.
Shoreline Committee will meet at 4:00 p.m.

The regular monthly board meeting will be held at the main office board room on April 19th at 9:30am, the call letter is attached.

The Agendas for the respective committee meetings are below the jump:

Reservoir Foundation Boat Show is Coming

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EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
13 April 2018

Reservoir Foundation Boat Show April 28-29
All types of watercraft on display at Rankin County Landing

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation will sponsor its 5th annual Boat Show April 28-29 at the Rankin County Landing on the east end of the dam at The Rez.

Show hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. There is no admission fee, and the public is invited to view the latest models of watercraft all in one place with a great view of Barnett Reservoir.

“This is a great way for prospective boat buyers to view and compare the latest in watercraft, at a single location,” said Dale Shepherd, President of the Barnett Reservoir Foundation and boat show coordinator. “It’s also pretty great that it all comes with views of the lake where a lot of those boats will be used.”

Participating dealers include:

RJ’s Outboards: Bennington pontoons; G-3, War Eagle and Skeeter fishing boats; plus Yamaha engines.

Smith Marine: Crest pontoons; Tige’ ski boats; Hurricane deck boats; plus Suzuki engines.

Sunset Marina: SeaRay pleasure boats; Lowe pontoon and fishing boats; BassCat fishing boats; and Mercury motors.

Main Harbor Store/SeaTow: boat rentals and supplies; on-water emergency
assistance.

Proceeds from the boat show benefit the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, a non-profit support group for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and the Barnett Reservoir business and residential community. Part of the revenue will be used to fund the 2018 Independence Celebration and Firework Show on June 30, and help with the long-term goal of building a playground at Lakeshore Park for youth with disabilities. For more information on the event and the Foundation, visit its website at www.barnettreservoirfoundation.org.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Meeting Regarding Parking of Boats, RV's and Trailers on PRVWSD Property

Email from the PRVWSD:
The Shoreline Development Committee will review and discuss regulation changes proposed to address the parking of boats, RVs and trailers within residential subdivisions during its meeting on Monday, April 16th at 4:00 p.m. at the Reservoir Community Center (2230 Spillway Road, Brandon MS 39047).  The committee meeting is open to the public and the committee will hear comments about the proposed regulations.
 The proposed regulation changes have been developed by the sub-committee tasked with reviewing current regulations and with consideration of the comments, complaints and suggestions submitted by the public.
 If you are unable to attend the meeting on the 16th, you are encouraged to review the attached regulations, and submit any comments you may have to comments@therez.ms for consideration by the committee.

Those proposed changes are below:

Explanation for Lack of Posts

To my readers, I apologize for the sporadic (and at times non-existent) posts.  I am running for Chancery Judge of Rankin County this year (Judge Grant is retiring) and simply haven't found the time to keep up with the blog.  With a family, campaign, full time law practice, and part time prosecuting duties with the City of Pearl, some things fall by the wayside.

I don't plan to give up on the Rez News Blog, I just need to figure out how to do it more efficiently.  Stick with me!

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

AGENDA FOR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF
DIRECTORS OF THE PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER
SUPPLY DISTRICT HELD IN THE DISTRICT’S
MAIN OFFICE, RIDGELAND, MS
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.