Thursday, January 29, 2015

Zeke's House of Gyros

Remember this post from March of 2014?  Word is Zeke's House of Gyros will open within two weeks.  Still hiring, too, according to their website.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Appeal from Federation of Rez Homeowners re Storage Facility

The Federation of Reservoir Homeowners sent out the following email concerning the proposed Lake Vista Storage zoning variance request.  The Application for Zoning Action (Conditional Use) is below the jump.

At the last meeting of the Federation of Reservoir Homeowners (FRH) on November 18, 2014, we discussed commercial property in the Reservoir Community District (RCD) and the need to monitor what “may be” built near platted RCD subdivisions.

“May be” has now arrived. A Public Hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at the Rankin County Board of Supervisors office to discuss a special exemption (conditional use) and a dimensional variance to build a 50,000 square foot metal storage complex. A vote on this issue by the Rankin County Board of Supervisors is expected to occur the same day.

This 4.9 acre (Lot 4) will be named Lake Vista Storage and is located off Spillway Road south of Fred's / MEA Medical Clinic and is proposed to adjoin the north side of Regatta Subdivision. A report by Bridge and Watson is included for your information, as well as Applications for the 1) conditional use and 2) dimensional variance zoning action.

FRH has been contacted by the Regatta Homeowner Association and by many homeowners throughout the RCD, and it is our strong belief that the proposed metal storage facility will not increase homeowner values or improve the quality of life for nearby homeowners. A decreased value in any part or portion of RCD homes negatively effects all other RCD homeowners.

The FRH values your thoughts; please REPLY to this email by February 10 and send us your opinion and vote FOR or AGAINST the metal storage facility. You may forward this email to any resident in the RCD who may be concerned or affected.

You are welcomed and encouraged to attend the hearing on Tuesday, February 17 at 9:00 a.m., in Brandon at the Rankin County Board of Supervisors Meeting Room.

This Week at the Rez

Below is the email from PRVWSD, including an announcement that the Rez car tag has been manufactured, and is ready for purchase at your nearest Tax Collector's office.  Find out all you want to know about the Rez license plate through this prior post.

·        Turtle Point Nature Trail should be complete this week
The newest addition to the multipurpose trail system that surrounds Pelahatchie Bay should be completed “officially” by the end of this week.  Repairs to the parking area are underway.  The additional one-quarter mile scenic trail that wanders through the peninsula between Turtle Creek Subdivision and Forest Point Subdivisions, just off of Scenic Drive, has already seen activity from users of the multipurpose trails.    A kayak launch to serve the park should be installed and open for use before the end of February. 

·        The REZ Tag is now available

You may have already seen vehicles sporting the REZ tag on the road!  The tag is now available for purchase at your local tag office.  Put this good looking tag on your vehicle and help support our community.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Brand New Board of Supervisors

The chief policy making and administrative head of the county will apparently get a face-lift in 2015. There are three open seats on the Board of Supervisors up for grabs; District Two (due to retirement of Wood Brown), District Three (Greg Wilcox is not running for a different job); and District Four (Walter Johnson removed his name from the qualifying list).  That means the new guys (or gals) will have an automatic majority.

As far as the two incumbents go, District One Supervisor, Jared Morrison, is the only one without a challenger so far.  District Five Supervisor, Jay Bishop, has drawn Ronnie Garner of R & S Developers as an opponent.

Check the qualifying list, updated daily, at the Circuit Clerk's webpage.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Mississippi Blues Trail License Plates

This is a follow up to my October posts (here and here) concerning Rankin County's Mississippi Blues Trail markers.  Now you have an easy way to help fund these markers by displaying your love for Mississippi music.

Order a Mississippi Blues Trail license plate from your local tax collector’s office.
These specialty license plates benefit the Mississippi Blues Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To date, the plates have raised more than $50,000 for three funds:

  1. Benevolent Fund: Helps Mississippi blues artists in times of need.
  2. Blues Trail Marker Fund: Helps communities pay for markers, along with maintenance and/or repair.
  3. General Fund: Assists with the cost of other blues-related activities. (e.g. Mississippi Blues Trail Curriculum) 
It’s easy to order a Mississippi Blues Trail car tag:

1. Go in person to your local tax collector to place your order. The best time is when you renew.
2. Pay the annual fee of $33.50.
3. Your tag will arrive in the mail in 4-7 days.

Road Closure Information for Wednesday

Media Release from the PRVWSD:

Friday, January 23, 2015

Zoning Variance Requested for Self-Storage Units

There is a tract of vacant land bordering the North boundary of the Regatta Subdivision. It is essentially the backyard of Fred's Super Dollar and MEA, and is zoned General Commercial District (C-2).  A developer, Joe Parker, is seeking a conditional use variance from the Board of Supervisors so he can construct mini-storage and self-storage units, to be called Lake Vista Storage. According to the Landroll Map, the property is owned by Willie Gavan Inc. (Joe Parker is Director, V.P., and Secretary).

According to the Zoning Ordinances of Rankin County, C-2 zoning's purpose "is to promote the development of well planned shopping centers and independent commercial uses within carefully selected areas . . . . It is also the intent of this district that commercial uses permitted in C-2 districts be limited to those in which services performed and merchandise offered for sale be conducted or displayed entirely within enclosed structures as defined by this Ordinance."  Examples of permitted uses in C-2 zones are: business and professional offices, privately owned museums or galleries, photography studios, strip malls, veterinary clinics, stand-alone merchandise stores (like Fred's).

Mini-storage units are expressly allowed under current zoning regulations in Major Thoroughfare Commercial (if completely enclosed) (C-3) and Limited Industrial (I-1).

Parker is not attempting to rezone this property to C-3 or I-1; rather, he seeks a variance, which means he merely needs to convince the Board of Supervisors a mini-storage business in this location is consistent with C-2.  Under Mississippi law, rezoning can only occur if there is proof, by clear and convincing evidence of: 1) a mistake in the original zoning occurred, or 2) a change occurred in the character of the neighborhood to justify rezoning and a public need.  See Town of Florence v. Sea Lands, Ltd., 759 So. 2d 1221, 1224 (Miss. 2000). That standard is difficult to meet. A conditional variance, on the other hand, is left to the discretion of the Supervisors.  They simply have to find the idea of a mini-storage business in that location is consistent with the standards for C-2 districts as set forth in the zoning ordinance.

The Homeowner's Association of Regatta Subdivision is not happy about this. They are concerned the presence of a mini-storage business would harm their home values.  

This matter will be heard by the Board of Supervisors at 9:00 a.m. at their February 17, 2015, meeting, at which time the public is invited to speak.  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This Week at the Rez

From the PRVWSD:

·        Hot Chocolate Classic – Saturday January 24th, 2015
The Rankin County School District is holding the annual 5K run/walk and kids fun run to begin at Rankin Landing parking lot.    The right, upper west bound lane of the Bob Anthony Parkway on the main dam will be closed between 6am and 12pm for the event.  Motorists should exercise caution and watch for pedestrian traffic.
Register for this event:  or contact event coordinator:  Robin Haney at
·        Mississippi Municipal League Health Committee 5K Run

The City of Ridgeland is sponsoring a 5K Fun Run/Walk on January 28th, at Old Trace Park at 6:30 a.m.  For more information contact Laverne Stegall at

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Coach Peterson Leaving For Brandon?

An Editor for the Clarion Ledger just tweeted Tyler Peterson will be Brandon's new football coach, according to his sources.  Here is the article.  As noted in the article, Aslan Hodges, Sports Director at WAPT scooped it two hours ago.

Law Day Art Contest

Below is information from the Mississippi Bar Association concerning its Annual Law Day Art Contest.  This is a good way for artists in grades K-12 to be recognized for their work.  If you know of a student who may be interested in taking part, please pass this along.

In conjunction with Law Day USA on May 1, 2015, The Mississippi Bar and local bar associations are conducting their 13th annual statewide Law Day Art Contest. The 2015 Law Day Art Contest theme this year is "Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law". Entries are now being accepted until April 2, 2015 and all students grades K-12 across the state are invited to enter. Winners will be selected from every school per grade, and from those winners a first and second place will be awarded overall for the state for each grade. Statewide winners will be presented with award certificates. Their artwork will be displayed in the Capitol during Law Week, April 27th - May 1st and also presented in the summer issue of The Mississippi Lawyer magazine. For questions contact Krissa Dobbins Easley at

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sue Townsend for Superintendent Announcement

Dr. Sue Townsend is running for Rankin County Superintendent of Education.  Below is her announcement.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pounding the Pavement for a Cure This Weekend

Pounding the Pavement for a Cure 5K is this weekend at Liberty Park in Flowood.  The purpose is to raise awareness and money for cancer research at UMC.  Register here all you runners and walkers.  This is the 5K race started by Jackson Prep Students, Anna Grace Buchanan and Cara Lee Crawford, both of whom's lives had been affected by cancer.  Now in its third year, the girls already raised over $14,000.00 for cancer research.

See previous posts about this race, and the girls' stories here.

Links to Explosion Stories

Here is a collection of links concerning the natural gas pipeline explosion on the Northshore yesterday.

Clarion Ledger
RT News
WAPT (raw video of burning)
WAPT (viewer photos)
WLBT (viewer photos)
Sun Herald
MS Business Journal
Weather Channel
PRVWSD FB (with video)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015