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.




Upcoming PRVWSD Committee Agendas

I will post the proposed committee agendas for PRVWSD Board for their November 16th meetings at the Turcotte Education Center & Shooting Range.  Below is their schedule:

Wednesday 8th  2:00 p.m.             Law Enforcement, Asset Protection & Asset Mgmnt Committee
Wednesday 8th 3:30 p.m.              Executive Committee
Thursday 9th at 9:30 a.m.               Forestry Committee
Monday 13th at 3:00 p.m.              Parks Policy Committee
Monday 13th at 3:30 p.m.              Shoreline Development Committee
Monday 13th at 4:00 p.m.              Building Committee
Monday 13th at 4:30 p.m.              Budget and Finance Committee
Monday 13th at 4:45 p.m.              Audit Committee


The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors will be Thursday, 16th, at 9:30 a.m., also at Turcotte. 

I begin with LEAPAMC and Forestry:

LAW ENFORCEMENT, ASSET PROTECTION
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 2:00 p.m.

Executive Session:

1. Review full draft report: Analysis of the Staffing and Manpower Allocation of the PRVWSD.

FORESTRY COMMITTEE
Thursday, November 9, 2017 9:30 a.m.

1. Approval of minutes of February 13, 2017.
2. Consideration of amendment to Forestry Management Plan.
3. Consideration of advertisements for three timber sales.
4. Depart main office for tour of forestry sites.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Chicken Salad Chick

A Chicken Salad Chick is opening next to Whataburger on Old Fannin Road.  I have never heard of it before, but I do like chicken salad.  Therefore, I performed a smidge of research to find out more.

From Wikipedia (citations omitted):
Chicken Salad Chick is a fast casual chain of chicken restaurants based in Auburn, Alabama. As of November 2015, the chain consists of 43 franchise restaurants and 8 company-owned stores. Chicken Salad Chick has restaurants in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The company plans to expand into Louisiana & Texas sometime in 2016. The company was founded in Auburn, Alabama, in 2008 by Stacy and Kevin Brown.
Present Mississippi locations are in Olive Branch and Oxford.  There are three in the Mobile, Alabama area and a couple in the New Orleans area. 

Here is their menu from the Oxford location:





Friday, October 27, 2017

Halloween Forecast

Trick-or-Treating approaches.  It's not tonight, nor tomorrow, but Tuesday, October 31, 2017; which is great, because it shuts down earlier than weekend trick-or-treating.  Sheriff Bailey has already taken precautions:

Sheriff Bailey has made arrangements for extra deputies in the neighborhoods on Tuesday, October 31st for Halloween details. The purpose of the increased presences, is to ensure everyone drives safely, has a good time and watches out for all the walkers participating in Trick-or-Treat. Since it is a school night, we ask that you complete your festivities prior to 10:00 p.m.
For the older school age participants, please ensure you have a good ending to the night by not engaging in malicious activity. If you are found engaging in misdemeanor criminal malicious mischief, you will be dealt with accordingly.
Thanks for your continued support of your Sheriff's Department.
Neighborhood trick-or-treating is still a thing; however, if you are looking for something different, try the City of Flowood's Kid's Night Out at Liberty Park.



Right now, the weather forecast predicts mostly clear skies with a high of 74 degrees and a low of 51 degrees, with only a 10% chance of rain. 


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Area Haunts

Season's Mini Golf has a Haunted Paintball Hayride every Thursday through Sunday, from 7 p.m. until close.  $25 for a standard ride and $35 for VIP ride (I don't know the difference).  Allegedly, the ride lasts 30 minutes or so.  Sounds like fun!

House of the Haunted Fields in Raymond is back in action this Friday.  "Horror in the woods of Raymond. This is a unique haunt like no other .You will be touring an antique haunted house followed by a dark , winding trail of terror on over two wooded acres. PG-13 is our suggested rating but we will leave the decision making up to parents.We will be posting Victim Cam photos as well as IR video so that you can tag your friends if you survive . Join us if you dare . Info on certain event nights will be listed under the "Events" tab. Tickets are $10 and include the house tour as well as the trail of terror."  

The Dark Zone is back in action at the soccer fields in the Crossgates portion of Brandon.  This Friday and Saturday only, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.ish.  $10 per person.  $5 to take 50 shots at the Zombiegeddon shooting gallery.  

Take a drive to the Bailey Haunted House in Meridian.  $10 per person.

Monday, October 16, 2017

PRVWSD October Committee Agendas, Part II

AGENDA
PARKS POLICY COMMITTEE
Monday, October 16, 2017 3:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of September 18, 2017 meeting.

2. Approve operation agreement and layout of Dog Park at Lakeshore Park, Brandon MS.

AGENDA
SHORELINE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Monday, October 16, 2017 3:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of September 18, 2017 meeting.

2. Property Maintenance Report for September/October.

3. Attorney review of problem properties.

4. Consideration of proposal for bridge inspection services.

5. Request permission to advertise 1.09 acre parcel in Rankin County, between Arbor Landing Development and Fannin Landing boat ramp.

6. Consideration of request of change of property usage from Church of the Northshore.

7. Consideration of policy change for temporary power permit and pre-inspection fees.

PRVWSD October Committee Agendas, Part I

Below are the Executive Committee and Committee Agendas for today's committee meetings.  There will be some interesting discussions. 

AGENDA
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Monday, October 16, 2017 4:00 p.m.

1. Consideration of establishing a PIN for “Engineer 4”.

2. Consideration of bylaw changes for term limits for officers and clarification of who is authorized to sign leases.

AGENDA
LAW ENFORCEMENT, ASSET PROTECTION
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Monday, October 16, 2017 2:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of September 18, 2017 meeting.

2. Discussion for reporting Section 9, HB1520 Study.

3. Review response to Reservoir Police survey.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lakeside Pumpkin Patch

Join us next week at the Pumpkin Patch! All shapes & sizes available for purchase.
Sat, Oct. 21 is Family Day. $5 covers face painting, pumpkin carving, bouncy houses, games, hay rides, a photo booth & more! All proceeds support Lakeside Youth Missions.


Lakeside Address:  2070 Spillway Rd, Brandon, MS, between Grants Ferry and Hugh Ward




PRVWSD Website

I've blogged about the PRVWSD's website, www.therez.ms.gov, before.  If you haven't explored, you may find interesting information you never knew was there.  For example:

  - The Rez Map, with its many layers, provides a wealth of knowledge.  Boat ramps, hiking trails, hunting land, land use plans, zoning, and much more.

  - Board of Directors Minutes, agendas.

  - Email addresses for all staff, including the Executive Director.


  - Brochures from each of the campgrounds.



That's just a scratch on the surface.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Hidden Hills Garage Sale Map

Here is a map of the houses in Hidden Hills that are participating in the neighborhood garage sale tomorrow. Plan accordingly.