Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Weekly Reader Articles

Here is a list of the Weekly Reader articles that pertain to the Rez:

 - PRVWSD to build 3 new kayaking ramps.  Linda Horton does a good job detailing the construction of ADA compliant "comfort stations" at Lakeshore Park, Old Trace Park, and Coal Bluff Water Park ($133,840 each).  The kayak ramps will go in Pelahatchie Shore Park, Brown's Landing, and Ratliff Ferry ($20,000 each).  In other news, it costs $133,840 to build a "comfort station". Is that right?

 - Traffic stop yeilds LSD.  Robert Echols was arrested July 14 after police found LSD in his wallet.

 - Shoplifters take 141 items.  Krystal Oshae Powell and her sister, Deanna Michelle Howard, were arrested after allegedly stealing $3,700 worth of merchandise from J.C. Penny's. Howard already had three outstanding warrants in Flowood alone.

 - RCSD offering 500,000 cubic yards.  The School District is selling the dirt from the 16th Section land on the North side of Lakeland Drive/Highway 25, across from NWR High School (adjacent to Hidden Hills).

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Rankin County Planning Commission Agenda

Playing around on the Rankin County website, I stumbled across the Planning Commission's agenda for their upcoming, July 28, 2016, meeting. More precisely, I found the agenda on the Office of Community Development page.  Several of the properties up for discussion are in our neck of the woods, including potential nuisance properties. Also, I wonder what changes Fannin Lanes is implementing . . . .

Monday, July 25, 2016

PRVWSD Board Minutes for June 2016

Below are the minutes from the regular PRVWSD Board of Directors' meeting in June 2016. There is a lot to digest here.  Highlights include:

 - Six waterfront lots in the Gardens of Windward Bluff were reconstituted to form 4 larger lots to make them easier to market.

 - The Board approved MDOT's Memorandum of Understanding which discussed grant funding for a variety of improvements to existing facilities at various locations around the Rez.  $647,593 is the amount currently available, which would not cover all desired improvements; therefore, the staff will prioritize the improvements.

 - Spending of $8,670 was approved for a littoral survey of the Rez.

 - The Board discussed termination of the wastewater contract with the City of Jackson, and to join with the West Rankin Utility Authority in the construction of a new facility. The Board voted to support the WRUA's actions, and the vote passed unanimously.

 - The Board approved an engineering proposal for $850,000 in improvements to Timberlake Campground.  Projects in the proposal include improved lighting, street resurfacing, a walking trail within Lakeshore Park, a new entrance for the Rez YMCA and a floating dock.

 - The Board approved a grant agreement which would completely fund the placement of solar powered recyclable trash compactors at Timberlake Campground, Turtle Point Nature Area and Rankin Landing boat ramp.  The grant was secured by Keep the Rez Beautiful.

 - The Board is seeking a new electrical contractor for the PRVWSD.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

***Scary Situation in Avalon Last Night*** UPDATE

Kingfish has additional information, including photos and a press release from Sheriff Bailey on the situation.  See the link here.

This is circulating around Facebook and was shared by Sheriff Bailey.  From an Avalon Homeowner's Facebook Page:

So this is the second time I have been woken up to someone trying to open the front door/snooping around the house in the last several months. In Avalon on Sherwood Drive Just before 1:30 am this morning, I caught this man looking thru the garage window, side windows, front windows, and pulling back the side of the garage door to look in the garage. He was dropped off by a light colored mini van in front of my house . He was on the phone with the driver of the mini van.... When he saw my cameras, you can see him running back to the mini van but the driver had left him. They met up around the corner and then the man came back and the mini van left the scene. I held him at gun point and called Rankin County Sheriffs. The man fled and was immediately picked up by a light colored soft top jeep wrangler late 2000s model in front of my house. Rankin County was unable to locate them. The man told me he thought his friend lived here. African American, late 20s to late 30s, beard with medium length hair cut. Please contact Rankin SO if you have or get any information. Be safe out there.

New Amenities Coming to the Rez

Media Release
For Immediate Release
21 July 2016

Barnett to add recreational amenities

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District today announced its intentions to enhance recreational amenities at the 33,000-acre Barnett Reservoir.

Included are three new American Disabilities Act-compliant comfort stations — one each at Lakeshore Park in Rankin County and Old Trace Park in Ridgeland, and a third adjacent to the boat ramp at Coal Bluff Water Park on the upper river area.

To accommodate the fastest growing user group, new kayak ramps will be added at Pelahatchie Shore Park in Pelahatchie Bay, Brown’s Landing on the north end of the main lake and upriver at Ratliff Ferry.

“We are happy to add the new facilities to fill the needs of the recreational users of the reservoir,” said Jack Winstead, chairman of the PRVWSD board of directors. “The comfort stations are located at two of our most popular parks and will be located in areas where the people gather. The other one, at Coal Bluff, will put a facility right on the river where boaters will have access between Lowhead Dam and Ratliff Ferry, and that is something we’ve needed for a long time.”

Winstead said the three kayak launches, similar to the one built at Turtle Point in Pelahatchie Bay two years ago, are necessary to meet the growing needs of an expanding user group.

“There’s no doubt that kayaking is getting bigger every year, and these new sites will open a lot of water for them,” he said. “The launches will provide access to the river and the upper main lake.”
With Tuesday’s action, PRVWSD will proceed to a bidding process on the two different projects (comfort stations, kayak launches). The new facilities should be ready by the spring of 2017.

This week, PRVWSD crews are putting the finishing touches on the installation of the final floating pier at the Goshen Springs Landing on Highway 43, the lake’s busiest boat ramp.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Benefit for Families of Accident Victims

From the Principal of Madison-Ridgeland Academy, where the children involved in the accident attend:
The Cottonwoods Home Owners’ Association is hosting a BBQ fundraiser benefiting the Kirby, Horton, Madeo and Price families, whose children were involved in a severe automobile accident on July 4th.
  The fundraiser, which will include food provided by Outback Steakhouse and a silent auction, will be held on August 6, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the McClain Lodge, located at 314 Clark Creek Road in Brandon, MS 39047.  Tickets are $15.00 and all of the proceeds will go to the families. Tickets are being offered for sale at MRA’s front office (facing Old Canton).  Office Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Friday.  Any checks written should be made payable to Bank Plus. Those who would like to volunteer to help sell tickets, contribute to the silent auction, and/or help at the event in any way, please text or call Lana Gillon (601-927-4927) or Roxanne Case (601-832-1251). 

Rumor Mill

Buffalo Wild Wings is coming to Dogwood near BancorpSouth.
A convenience store is coming to the empty lot on Old Fannin Road across from Spann Road (where the fireworks tent is set up).
I'm working on figuring out what is currently being built in front of Table 100.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

PRVWSD Board Agenda

AT 9:30 A.M. ON THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2016

1. Opening prayer

2. Pledge of Allegiance – W. C. Gorden

3. Request for acceptance of Minutes from the regular meeting held on June 16, 2016.

4. Commissioning of Reservoir Police Officer candidates: Slayton Scott Duncan and Christopher Chase Foster.

5. Committee Recommendations:

Shoreline Development and Environmental Quality Committee:

I. Acceptance of Real Estate Appraisal Services proposal.

II. Approval of Project Closeout and Final Change Order for construction contract with Wilco, Inc. for seawall construction project.

Parks Policy Committee:

I. Approval contract with Joseph Orr, Architect, for design of three ADA compliant comfort stations: Coal Bluff Boat Ramp, Old Trace Park and Lakeshore Park.

II. Approval for Request for Bids for three kayak launches to be located at Pelahatchie Shore Park, Brown’s Landing and Ratliff Ferry.

6. Approval of FY2018 Budget and Authorization of submission to Legislative Budget Committee.

7. Approval of Per Diem and Travel Report for June 2016.

8. Approval of Cash Balance Report.

9. Approval of July 2016 Docket.

10. Discussion of Solicitation of Qualified Depository or extension of current depository.

11. Committee Minutes and Miscellaneous Correspondence.

12. Executive Director’s comments.

13. Next Regular Meeting August 18, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at the main office of PRVWSD.

14. Meeting adjourned

Full Media Release on Lane Closure

Barnett Reservoir
Spillway Road

Beginning at around 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 19th, the upper Spillway Road traffic (headed into Ridgeland) on the dam will be down to one lane as crews repair an area of road and paving around the control tower. The work is anticipated to take 4 days to complete. Expect lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day of the repair. The bike trail on the upper road will be closed for the duration of these repairs.

**Cards (and Benefit) for Chuck** Updated

Another post from Northwest Rankin Cougars' Facebook page about superfan and Rez staple, Chuck Jefcoat:

We are humbled by how much the NWR Family has responded to our post about Chuck. As I write this almost 30,000 individuals have been reached and the post has been shared nearly 400 times. Many people have asked if there is anything you can do to help - in talking to the family, what they have requested and what we believe will mean the most to Chuck - is a "Cards for Chuck" campaign. Chuck loves cards (sympathy, thank you, all occasion, etc), especially cards with "nice things" written inside. Please help us share support to Chuck by taking the time to fill out a card - whether sharing a memory of Chuck, offering sympathy or letting him know how much we look forward to seeing him during Friday night football - and send all cards to: Chuck Jefcoat, 450 Bay Pointe Circle, Brandon, MS 39047 - and we will make sure he gets each and every card. ‪#‎Family‬

Now, the Wesley Scarborough Foundation has started a Benefit for Chuck to raise $10,000.00.  In just the little time today it has been up, the drive has raised $1,155.00

McB's Steps Up Big

h/t to The Lakeside Ace

Monday, July 18, 2016

Prayers for Chuck Jefcoat's Loss

Reprinted from the Northwest Rankin Cougars' Facebook page:

If you have ever played sports, watched sports or just attended a sporting event at Northwest Rankin, you have probably seen Chuck. Charles "Chuck" Jefcoat is a graduate of NWR and he continues to be the Cougars #1 Fan. Last night, due to an extended illness, Chuck lost his mother. For those of you who know Chuck and would like to pay your respects or just show him our support (cause he has always shown us his support), the funeral will be held at 2PM tomorrow (July 19) at St. Marks United Methodist Church located at 400 Grants Ferry Road.

Spillway Road Down to One Lane Tomorrow

Public Service Announcement:  Beginning at around 9 a.m. tomorrow, upper Spillway Road (headed into Ridgeland) on the dam will be down to one lane as crews patch an area around the control tower. The work is anticipated to take 4 days.

PRVWSD Parks Policy Committee Agenda

Monday, July 18, 2016 4:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of June 13, 2016 meeting.

2. Approval of contract with Joseph Orr, Architect, for design of three ADA compliant comfort stations: Coal Bluff Boat Ramp, Old Trace Park and Lakeshore Park.

3. Approval for Request for Proposals for three kayak launches to be located at Pelahatchie Shore Park, Brown’s Landing and Ratliff Ferry. Installation by PRVWSD forces.