Tuesday, December 12, 2017

John Moore Leaves the House

State Representative John Moore resigned abruptly last Friday, leaving much of Rankin County without representation in the lower chamber of the legislature this upcoming session.  Now, the scramble is on to find a candidate who can win a special election.  This type of candidate must be able to raise substantial funds quickly ($35,000+), and instantly put together a team to get out the vote.  

Without question, the advantage will go to a person who can solidify the City of Brandon vote.  The powers that be in the City of Brandon will understandably want to have influence on choosing the right candidate.  Below are links to maps of the district lines.  Moore's district is District 60.  The City of Brandon (less Crossgates and Eastgate), Monterey, and Robinhood constitute the major population centers of this district.  

This will be interesting to watch.

District 60 Map.
Article from NE Daily Journal.
Mississippi Today article.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Country Christmas Show at the Ag Museum

Look past the cascading line of performers and head down to the Ag Museum for a Country Christmas Show with the Ranch House Opry Band this Saturday.  The Rez's own JES is performing!  The show will start right after the Gingerbread Marketplace ends.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Plan Your (Christmas Themed) Weekend

Santa is at Northpark Mall all week and weekend.
- Ridgeland has the Wonderland of Lights everyday until 10 p.m. at Freedom Ridge Park.
- City of Pearl will light their Christmas Tree on Friday, December 8, at 6:30 p.m. 
- City of Flowood has a Holiday Open House on Friday, December 8, at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Table 100.
- Christmas Wonderland ice skating and ice slide is going on through the holidays at the back parking lot to Trustmark Park in Pearl.  If you have kids, you must check it out.
- Gingerbread Market starts at the Ag Museum at noon on Friday, and their Country Christmas starts at 5 p.m.
- There is a totally local Christmas Market in Richland on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.
- Beauty and the Beast is at New Stage Theatre

And much more.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Miller's 471 Grill & Pizza is Now Route 471

In its hobbit hole in downtown Jackson, Miller's was hard to beat for a quick bite at lunch.  The Philly Cheese Steak was second to none.  Naturally, I was excited when Miller's opened near my home in 2012.  The service and quality of food fluctuated, sometimes dramatically, over the past five years.  Unimpressed, and often disappointed, my family drifted away.  I can't say we've eaten there in the past two years.  Perusing recent reviews on Facebook, is painful; folks are consistent in their frustration with the quality of service. 

Hopefully, that has all come to an end.  Millers 471 Grill and Pizza is now under new ownership and they are transitioning a new name, Route 471.  Go to the Facebook Page for more info.  My family will be trying it out soon. 

Thanks to EC for the tip!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Chimneyville Crafts Festival Preview Party Tickets





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Friday, November 24, 2017

Christmas Wonderland on Ice



Here is the link to the Facebook Page for the Christmas Wonderland on Ice in the Trustmark Park parking lot in Pearl. 

Ice skating, an "Arctic Blast Ice Slide", Santa, and special events.  Open now!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

PRVWSD Board Minutes for October 2017

Below are the PRVWSD Board of Director's minutes for the October 19, 2017, meeting.  Highlights include:

  - There is a parcel of land near Fannin Landing Circle that the PRVWSD would like to advertise for bid for a restaurant, retail or office building.  I assume it is Parcel H12-18-20, which is directly north of the Fannin Landing boat ramp. 

  - The Board allowed for a "pre-inspection" of a home to take place prior to the home being listed for sale.  This would allow a potential seller to determine what items are non-compliant so they can presumably be fixed.  Sounds like a good idea that will allow PRVWSD more control over questionable properties.

  - The dog park at Lakeshore Park moved towards completion with the acceptance of the Operation Agreement and layout.

  - By an 9-4 vote, the Board voted to adopt term limits for the office of President of the Board of Directors.  The President is now limited to serving four -year terms. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

PRVWSD Board Minutes for September 2017

Below are the PRVWSD Board of Directors Minutes for the September 21, 2017, meeting.  Highlights include:

  - Nick Trees is coming back to the open lot across between Baptist and Reservoir Square Center (across from Fred's).  Some proceeds go to Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital.

  - Resurfacing of upper Spillway Road is moving toward fruition.  Grant money is close to being in hand for the project.  Advertisement for bids for the project was approved.

  - Shaggy's on the Rez, LLC, was the sole bidder for the parcel at Rankin Ramp/Rankin Landing.  Their bid was approved.  Look for construction soon.

  - PRVWSD will now consult with the Mississippi Development Authority on how to best market commercial properties.

  - Squirrel hunting is now allowed below the Spillway during certain times and under certain restrictions, i.e., youth hunting only.

  - Three comfort stations are coming to PRVWSD properties, namely Coal Bluff Campground, Old Trace Park and Lakeshore Park, at a total price of $377,800.00.

  - The Board changed the Park Usage Fee and Alcohol Sales Permit policies to reflect that the Board may waive usage fees and alcohol permit fees if the participating group provides labor to the District or other in-kind services, such as clean up as a public service.

  - The water billing changes detailed in yesterday's post were adopted.

  - Reservoir Police obtained a grant in the amount of $8,000.00 for long term storage of vehicle camera and audio files.

  - New Board Officers were voted on.  Jennifer Hall is the new President, Billy Cook is the V.P., Phillip Crosby is the Secretary, Cindy Ford is Assistant Secretary, and Susan McMullan is Treasurer.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Water Billing Changes by PRVWSD

Effective, January 1, 2018, the PRVWSD is changing their water billing system for leaseholders.  The announcement is on their website, but here it is verbatim:

Water billing system changes 

Due to an excessive and growing amount of overdue water bills requiring disconnections, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directions approved a new billing plan effective Jan. 1, 2018. Under the new guidelines, no after-hour reconnections will be done. “We are bringing our billing in line with other utility companies in the area,” said PRVWSD general manager John Sigman. “We have a growing problem of disconnections for overdue bills, and our policy of 24-hour reconnect service will stop.” 
Under the new system: 
     * Water/sewer bills, usually received by the first of the month, are due on receipt. The bill represents the previous month’s reading made on or about the 20th of the month (Month 1). 
     * An overdue notice will be sent for accounts not paid by the 20th of the following month (Month 2). A 10% penalty will be assessed at this time. 
     * The past due amount for Month 1, plus penalties, plus the current amount owed for Month 2 water/sewer is due by the 20th of the month (Month 3). Payment must be made with cash, certified funds or valid credit card. 
     * Accounts unpaid by the 20th of Month 3 will be cutoff and a $50 reconnect fee charged to restore service. 
     * There will be no after-hours reconnections. PRVWSD has done away with an additional 10 percent fee for bills not paid by the 28th of the month, and also the $25 processing fee.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Santa Clause is Coming to (Flowood) Town

Below are the dates for the City of Flowood's Christmas in the Park.  


Polar Express is being shown at the Nature Park on the evening of December 14, so mark that down, too.

PRVWSD Board Meeting Agenda

AGENDA FOR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF
DIRECTORS OF THE PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER
SUPPLY DISTRICT HELD AT
TURCOTTE EDUCATION CENTER
HWY 43, CANTON MS
AT 9:30 A.M. ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017

1. Opening prayer

2. Pledge of Allegiance – W. C. Gorden

3. Request for acceptance of Minutes from the regular meeting held on October 19, 2017

4. Commission of officer candidate Justin Lewis Hunter

5. Committee Recommendations:

Shoreline Development Committee:
I. Discussion of regulation regarding parking of boat or trailer.
II. Award and resolution of construction contract for W. E. Blain & Sons for Upper Spillway Road Resurfacing Project.
III. Approval of Addendum No. 1 to Pickering, Inc. for the Lake Access Improvements Project.
IV. Approval of final change order and project closeout for Suncoast Infrastructure for Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Study.

Parks Policy Committee:

I. Final adoption of regulation changes to allow squirrel hunting below the dam.
II. Acceptance of grant for Madison Landing Boating Facility Improvements from MDWFP.
III. Approval to advertise for breakwater for Madison Landing Boating Facility.
Non-Committee Review Item received after committee meeting:
IV. Approval of request by City of Ridgeland & Barnett Reservoir Foundation to host B.A.S.S. Elite Series Tournament March 2019

Forestry Committee:
I. Approval of amendment to Forestry Management Plan.
II. Approval of advertisement for three timber sales.

Building Committee:
I. Approval of Joseph Orr’s proposal for providing programming and site review report.

Budget & Finance Committee:
I. Approval to purchase 3,950 digital water meter registers.

Audit Committee:
I. Approval of staffs request to advertise for general engineering services under Quality Based Selection Process.
II. Approve purchase of E-billing module for Cubic software $2,593.00.
III. Approval of Per Diem and Travel Report for Board of Directors for October 2017.
IV. Approval of Cash Balance Report.
V. Approval of November Claims Docket.

6. Committee Minutes and Miscellaneous Correspondence

7. Executive Director’s comments

8. Next Regular Meeting December 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at PRVWSD Main Office.

9. Meeting recessed for lunch.

10. Meeting reconvened for Executive Session to discuss personnel, staffing allocation for particular positions, and potential litigation.

11. Meeting adjourned.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Passport Services at the Chancery Clerk's Office

Did you know you can obtain your Passport through the Rankin County Chancery Clerk's office?  You don't have to deal with Uncle Sam and the understaffed post office.  Instead, you can use the services of your local Chancery Clerk (both Madison and Rankin).  The ladies at the Chancery Clerk's office (land records), 211 East Government Street, Brandon, MS 39042), are knowledgeable, friendly, and always eager to help.  You walk in, get your Passport, and walk out.  No waiting.  One stop shop, complete with photo services. 

Here is the Rankin County Chancery Clerk's Passport page.
Here is the Passport application page (to make it even faster).
Here is a table of Passport fees.
Here is a link for a $5 coupon at the Rankin County Chancery Clerk's Office.


Friday, November 10, 2017

Building, Budget and Audit Committee Agendas

BUILDING COMMITTEE
Monday, November 13, 2017 4:00 p.m.

1. Review of proposal from District’s architect, Joseph Orr for providing a site review report.

BUDGET & FINANCE COMMITTEE
Monday, November 13, 2017 4:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of March 13, 2017 meeting.
2. Approval to purchase 3,950 meter registers .

AUDIT COMMITTEE
Monday, November 13, 2017 4:45 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of June 12, 2017 meeting.
2. Discussion of staffs request to advertise for general engineering services under Quality Based Selection Process.
3. Purchase of E-billing module for Cubic software $2,593.00.
4. Approval of Per Diem and Travel for October 2017.
5. Approval of Cash Balance Report.
6. Approval of Claims Docket for November 2017.

Parks Policy and Shoreline Development Committee Agendas

PARKS POLICY COMMITTEE
Monday, November 13, 2017 3:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of October 16, 2017 meeting.
2. Final adoption of regulation changes to allow Squirrel hunting below the dam.
3. Acceptance of grant for Madison Landing Boating Facility Improvements from MDWFP.
4. Approval to advertise for breakwater for Madison Landing Boating Facility.


SHORELINE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Monday, November 13, 2017 3:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of October 16, 2017 meeting.
2. Property Maintenance Report for October/November.
3. Discussion of regulation regarding parking of a boat on trailer upon driveways.
4. Approval of amended Arbor Landing Covenants and approval of final plat for Phase 2B – Arbor Landing.
5. Consideration of award and resolution for W.E. Blain and Sons for construction of Upper Spillway Road Resurfacing Project.
6. Consideration and approval of Addendum No. 1 to Pickering, Inc. for the Lake Access Improvements Project.
7. Consideration and approval of final change order and project closeout for Suncoast Infrastructure for Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Study.
8. Executive Session: Discussion of potential litigation matter.