Friday, August 29, 2014

Update on Buoys Under Northshore Causeway


Be advised work on the previously mentioned underwater sewer line (running under Pelahatchie Bay) is complete.  The warning buoys are being removed as we speak.  Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

4/11 on the Flowood YMCA

See the fact sheet below for the important information on the Flowood Family YMCA, hours, fees, phone numbers, etc.

July 2014 PRVWSD Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Below are the minutes from the PRVWSD Board of Director's Meeting from July.  Of note:

   --  The PRVWSD hires two new members for the legal department, including another attorney.
   --  The Board approved a bid from Southern States Construction, LLC, to begin Phase III of the Fannin Landing Boat Ramp improvements.
   --  The Board approved a motion to allow the General Manager (Sigman) to declare emergency no-wake zones to ensure public safety.  Said emergency no-wake zone would immediately go into effect, but would be contingent on full Board approval at the next available Board meeting.
   --  Sunset Marina's lease was modified to allow them to add a restaurant on premises.
   --  Bar & Collins were approved as the auditors for the PRVWSD.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Warning Buoys Under Causeway; Use Caution

I received an email (and these pictures) from a helpful reader noting the recent presence of buoys on both sides of the Northshore Causeway.  He noted also there a work barge located twenty or so yards off shore from the floating pier at Pelahatchie Shore Park.  Concerned, he checked with the PRVWSD, who told him repairs were being made to a sewer line running to the neighborhoods on the Northshore.  

Passage under the bridge will not be completely blocked while repairs are being made; however, boaters are cautioned to be careful.  This is especially important during the Labor Day holiday.  

Thanks to Mac May for the heads up.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This Week at the Rez

·        Here is the PRVWSD's weekly email, verbatim: 

     Boat safely over holiday.  Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest boating times on Barnett Reservoir, with its symbolic close of the summer season. With that in mind, the PRVWSD reminds boaters to be safe, courteous and sober on the water. Follow safe boating rules, wear your PFDs and enjoy the holiday on the water.

·     Mr. Sipp added to Smokin' lineup.  McComb native and 2014 Memphis International Blues Competition champion, Mr. Sipp will headline Friday night's music at the Smokin' on The Rez BBQ and Music Festival Oct. 24-25th at Old Trace Park. A.K.A. "The Mississippi Blues Child," Castro Coleman and his band will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday.

·         The latest edition of the PRVWSD newsletter GatorTales will be available online tomorrow morning at

For more information, visit us online at

Rez Stories Featured in Rankin County News

Stories affecting the Reservoir in this week's Rankin County News:

   --  Prep Football Player Dies.  Details the tragic death of Walker Wilbanks following the Prep-Oxford High School football game.
   --  Nucor Steel Engineers Visit NWR Engineering Academny.  Six professional engineers from Nucor mentored the NWR's new Engineering Academy, to share skills, answer questions, and provide insight.
   --  Flowood Getting Set for 9th Chamber Cup.
   --  Wheat Selected as First Alternative at the Distinguished Young Women of Mississippi Program.  Michaelah Wheat of the Reservoir area, placed well at the Statewide DYW program in Meridian.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Grand Opening of the Outback Steakhouse

It's a bloomin' onion countdown!   The Flowood Chamber is hosting a ribbon cutting for the grand opening of the Outback Steakhouse on East Metro Parkway.  September 8, 2014, at 10:45 a.m.

In anticipation of the big day, Longhorn Steakhouse is now offering happy hour deals.

Monday, August 25, 2014

RC GOP Women Meet Tonight

The Rankin County Republican Women meet tonight at the Pearl Library, 2416 Old Brandon Road, at 6:00 p.m.  They welcome State Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner, Cindy Hyde-Smith.  All are invited to join.

Here is the RC GOP Women's Facebook Page.
Here is their Twitter Page.

New Flood Maps

Residents in the Reservoir area may soon be getting correspondence from their mortgage company, informing them their house is now in a flood zone.  Flood insurance will then be mandated, raising the escrow portion of the monthly note considerably.  Many homes not previously in a flood zone are now within it, raising ire and consternation. If you live in one of these homes, I encourage you to educate yourself on the new flood maps.  You may be entitled to relief.  Some good resources to start with are:

Understandably, PRVWSD property is a major victim (and this is not the first time we've discussed this; see here and here).  Steve Clark at PRVWSD states he fields calls at a rate of 5 to 10 a week.  Because the maps come from FEMA, there is little PRVWSD can do. However, much of the information the new flood maps are based on, may be faulty.  If you believe your home was erroneously placed in Zone AE, here is Steve's plan of action:

1.  Hire a surveyor to prepare an Elevation Certificate.
2.  If the survey indicates you are outside of the flood hazard, have the surveyor prepare a Letter of Map Amendment ("LOMA").
3.  Send the LOMA and a copy of the Elevation Certificate to FEMA.
4.  Take the Elevation Certificate to your flood insurance company and see if you can get a lower rate while you wait for the Federal Government to act.
5.  Pray the Federal Government certifies your LOMA and removes you from the flood hazard area.
6.  Any amount you paid over the proper preferred rate prior to certification of the LOMA by the Federal Government should be refunded to you.

According to information obtained, the PRVWSD, in an attempt to demonstrate the absurdity of the flood maps, paid to have two random subdivisions on leasehold property surveyed. The hope was that once the Federal Government saw how incorrect the flood maps were from the actual elevation survey, FEMA would readjust all of the PRVWSD property. That didn't happen.

The bottom line is, if you want to remove your home from the flood zones, you may have to take matters in your own hands.  

Friday, August 22, 2014

ALS Awareness Night at the M-Braves Game

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been a Godsend to curative research for Lou Gehrig's Disease.  Tonight, the Mississippi Braves host ALS Awareness Night.  The promo material is below.  Looks like you not only get discounted tickets, but $2 of every ticket purchased will go to ALS research.  Sounds like a heck of a way to spend your Friday evening.

Watch the Cougars Play Tonight on Your Computer

Here is the link to watch tonight's Northwest Rankin High School Cougar Football game on TV.

3rd Annual Farm to Table 100

You can't actually click this picture to email Mary Allen.  However, her address is

Thursday, August 21, 2014

PRVWSD Meeting Tonight

In a little over one hour, actually.  It starts at 6 p.m. at the Palisades Subdivision Clubhouse.  Essentially, turn into Palisades and drive down the main road until it dead ends into the clubhouse.

The last evening Board meeting was popular.  I'm not able to make it (Back to School Night), so if anyone wants to take notes and email them on, that would make my day.

Draw Hunt Update

If you applied for the PRVWSD's draw hunt, with a August 14 deadline, don't worry if you haven't been notified.  The drawing has not taken place yet.  The August 21 deadline to purchase the special permit, as contained in the Application/Draw Hunt Information posted on the PRVWSD's website, will not apply. Instead, the draw will take place at the PRVWSD headquarters on August 25 at 10 a.m.  The public is invited to attend.  Those drawn will be notified by email immediately thereafter.

Northwest Rankin Football!

One day left before the Cougars kick off the 2014 season at Meridian.  The first home game is August 29.  Homecoming is October 24.

Check out their homepage, here, where you will find out everything you need to know, including a team roster, ticket and parking information, and much more.