Friday, February 24, 2017

Here Are the Proposed Changes to the Zoning Ordinance

Oh boy, you asked for it.  Below is the "Track Changes" version of the Rankin County Zoning Ordinance.  This will tell you precisely what is being changed from the old ordinance.  Enjoy.

Zealand Worship at Lakeside Pres

Info on the Pinelands PID Lawsuit

Jackson Jambalaya posts info on the ongoing lawsuit affecting the Pinelands PID.  Check the link here.  The over-the-top answer from the Defendant PID Board's lawyer may be a precursor to an extensive battle.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

More Info on the Zoning Ordinance

A couple of days ago, I linked to Rankin County's proposed Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance, informing the reader that I know of no specifics.  Luckily, Charles Bailey, journalist with the Rankin County News, does.  Check out this week's Weekly Leader/Rankin County News for more details, including:

  -- The public hearing is March 6, at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex Building at 211 East Government Street.
  -- "The most significant proposed change to the county's Zoning Ordinance would set minimum home sizes in 10 recreational zones."
  -- Pearl remains Rankin County's largest city, with 25,092 souls; Brandon has 21,705.
  -- In the next three years, 23,000 more folks are expected to move into Rankin County.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Scholarship Opportunity for Graduating Seniors

Scholarship Applications Being Sought
Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2017
Each year, through a private gift, Rankin County Chamber of Commerce awards (9) $1,000 Scholarships; one to each high school in the Rankin County and Pearl Public School Districts.
These scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors who plan to attend the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College in the fall.

Only complete applications will be considered and must be postmarked no later than Friday March 3, 2017.

Changes at Lakeland Dr and Grants Ferry Intersection

Please be careful at the intersection of Lakeland Drive and Grant's Ferry Road!  MDOT changed the lanes, so they are not the same lanes you are accustomed to.  Just make sure you are in the right lane to do what it is you want to do.

Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance Revisions

Rankin County, through the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District, published revisions to the comprehensive County Zoning Ordinance.

Here's the link:

It's 163 pages of zoning Shangri-la.  Don't ask me what is revised from the ordinance presently in force in this copy, because I don't know.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

PRVWSD Board of Director Minutes for January 2017

January 2017 minutes are below. The Board authorized a Request for Proposal for a commercial lease on a 2.5 acre tract at the Rankin Ramp.  The intended purpose is to eventually construct a restaurant on that tract.

The Rankin Ramp is the boat ramp on the north side of Spillway Road across Spillway Road from the Northwest Rankin soccer fields. The proposed development would not affect the existing handicap fishing pier, comfort station, or boat ramp.  Questions about that?  Feel free to contact Executive Director John Sigman ( or his Executive Assistant Cindy Ford (

Friday, February 17, 2017

Mayor Lee Elected Chair of Metro Area Planning Org

I realize this is old news to some, but, as they say, better late than never . . . .:
Butch Lee, Mayor of the City of Brandon, was elected Chairman of the Jackson Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) at the February 8th Jackson MPO Policy Committee meeting.  The Jackson MPO is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the three metro-area counties (Hinds, Madison, and Rankin).  Under federal legislation, MPO’s provide a forum where local officials, public transportation providers and state agency representatives come together and cooperatively plan to meet the region’s current and future transportation needs.  The Jackson MPO oversees regional transportation planning efforts and allocates spending millions of Federal Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funds for local projects. 
“A well-functioning transportation network is essential to our quality of life here in the metro-area,” said Lee, who joined the MPO Policy Committee in 2013.  “I look forward to working in my new capacity as Chairman to improve mobility and infrastructure throughout the region.”
The MPO Policy Committee is comprised of elected and appointed representatives from the counties and cities in the Jackson Urbanized Area.  The Policy Committee provides guidance and leadership on a wide range of planning, policy, and administrative transportation issues.  Butch Lee replaces Mayor Knox Ross of Pelahatchie who served as MPO Chairman since May 2013.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Press Release on Fatal Accident on Spillway Road



February 15, 2017

Traffic Accident Claims the Life of a Reservoir Resident

Reservoir Police responded to a two-car collision this morning at approximately 6:50 am at the intersection of Spillway Road and Spann Drive in Rankin County.  Reservoir Fire Personnel had to extricate the most seriously injured victim for treatment and transport to Merit Hospital in Flowood, Mississippi where he was pronounced deceased.  He has been identified as Howard Carlton Lowther, 61, of Brandon (Reservoir Area).  The driver of the other vehicle had a report of pain and a laceration but was taken to the hospital by private vehicle.

Chief Perry Waggener of the Reservoir Police Department stated “The preliminary investigation indicates that one of the vehicles turned across Spillway Road from Spann Drive in the path of the other vehicle.”

The accident is still under investigation at this time.

Fatal Accident on Spillway Road This Morning

This is not good.  I don't know much, other than it occurred at the intersection of Spillway and Spann Road.

WLBT Story.

This is the Good Stuff

From the Reservoir Police Department Facebook Page:

It was almost 10 months ago that Taylor Hartwell came to the Beach at Lakeshore Park for a day of fun with his Mom, Dad & Sister. On the way home that Memorial Day weekend tragedy struck on the Spillway Bridge. When Taylor's Dad slowed for a traffic delay a speeding motorist slammed into them giving Taylor a critical brain injury. I could tell from the moment he was removed from the car he was a fighter and he didn't let me down!
After weeks in a coma, Taylor put on his favorite batman shirt and when to work in rehab to get better. He had to learn how to walk again but as you can see in this video his Mom sent me this week, he is getting faster and stronger by the day. I know he is an inspiration to me and our officers of how you can overcome whatever obstacle is in your way with a lil' grit and a lot of determination.
Thanks Taylor for showing us all how its done!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sunset Concert Series at Lakeshore Park

Nice!  Below is the media release from the Foundation:

14 February 2017

Barnett Reservoir Foundation announces
Sunset Concert Series

Good tunes, great sunset views and spicy shellfish are coming together at Lakeshore Park this spring, courtesy of a new neighborhood music series announced this week by the Barnett Reservoir Foundation.

The Sunset Concert Series, sponsored by The Crawfish King of Flowood, will debut on March 23 with the reservoir community’s own Jay Herrington on stage. The show is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., on the park’s main point on the east side of the lake.

“It is the ideal place to view the gorgeous sunsets that The Rez is known for,” said series coordinator Jeff Roberts of the Foundation, a private non-profit organization that supports the Barnett Reservoir Community. “We think this is an ideal way to give our residents more of a neighborhood or community feel, and of course a new way for visitors to enjoy the lake.”

The Crawfish King plans to sell boiled crawfish and shrimp at each of the events. The Foundation will sell beer, soft drinks and water.

Concerts will be held every other Thursday night.

After Herrington opens in March, Sid Thompson of DoubleShot follows on April 6, and Amanda Joullian and John Chappell of Traveling Jane will play on April 20.

Chris Gill will headline on May 4, and artists will be named later for May 18 and June 1, and will be posted on the Foundation’s website at

Admission is $5 per vehicle, with no charge for vehicles with “Rez Tags,” and $1 for walk-ins or bicycles. No outside coolers will be allowed.

“We are also offering a $20 Patron Sponsorship for those interested in show support for the Foundation and for the series,” Roberts said. “Their families will be admitted free.”

No outside food or drinks will be allowed in to the park for the Concert Series, and guests are urged to bring chairs or blankets to the events.

Vendor App for the Outdoor Expo

There do not seem to be any restrictions.  Here is the application:

More about the Outdoor Expo from the Barnett Reservoir Foundation webpage:

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Law Enforcement Committee, Forestry Committee and Audit Committee Agendas

Monday, February 13, 2017 4:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of October 17, 2016 meeting.

2. Consideration and discussion of Police Daily Reporting Software specification proposal from Mississippi Interactive, LLC.

Monday, February 13, 2017 2:45 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of November 14, 2016 meeting.

2. Approval of contract for beaver control services on District property.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 9:00 a.m.

1. Approval of minutes of November 17, 2016 meeting.

2. Review of delinquent lease collections report.

3. Renewal of Lock Box program at Trustmark National Bank.

4. Approval of Per Diem and Travel Report January 2017.

5. Approval of Cash Balance Report.

6. Approval of February 2017 Docket.