Monday, February 19, 2018

PRVWSD Special Board Meeting February 2018

Below are the minutes from the Special Meeting of the PRVWSD Board of Directors, held February 1, 2018.  Highlights include:

  - The Board considered bids on the Madison Landing Boating Facility Breakwater Project. Hemphill Construction Company was awarded the bid for steel pilings, in the total amount of $395,000.00. 
  - The Board voted to increase the Executive Director's salary to the maximum amount current available under Mississippi State Personnel Board guidelines.

PRVWSD January 2018 Special Meeting Minutes of Board of Directors

Below are the minutes from the PRVWSD Board's Special Meeting on January 25, 2018.  Highlights include:

  - The shoreline herbicide spraying contract with Weed Pro, in the amount of $9,300.00, was renewed for 2018.
  - The Barnett Reservoir Foundation got all its beer permits approved for the upcoming season.
  - P & P Beaver Control, LLC's contract, in the annual amount of $4,500.00, was renewed. 
  - The District received that highest opinion available for its recent audit.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Project Rezway is March 1

From the fine folks at Keep the Rez Beautiful:



Feb 9, 2018 Brandon, MS…Keep The Rez Beautiful is about to show off its seventh annual event, Rezway , a recycling fashion show and volunteer awards program that features the importance of keeping the Ross Barnett Reservoir a clean and fun place to be.

The recycle fashion show features a runway show in which designers and models make fashion statements.  Seventy-five percent of each outfit must be made of reusable, recyclable or repurposed items.  Cash prizes are awarded to winners! 

Project Rezway runs from 6:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland.  Tickets are $20 for each person 13 years and up. Tickets for children from 5 to 12 are $10.    Kathryn’s Steakhouse of Jackson will provide heavy hors d’ oeuvres. A crowd of approximately 250 typically attends, and the event will also feature the Rezzy Awards presented to outstanding volunteers and a silent auction. 

“This is our 7th year for the event and you would not believe the commonly discarded and vintage items that can be incorporated into fashionable clothes,” said Debbie Veeder, Chairman of Keep The Rez Beautiful. “We will also be presenting the Rezzy Awards to volunteers who have given of their time to help make the Ross Barnett Reservoir a cleaner and greener environment.” 

 Master of ceremonies host will be Kim Allen from Miss 103.    Sponsors include Kathryn’s Steakhouse, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, and Nucor Steel, Mississippi Department of Transportation, PRVWSD, Craftsmen’s Guild, and others.

Proceeds from the event help sponsor clean ups, promote educational events and landscaping opportunities for a cleaner and greener Ross Barnett Reservoir and Pearl River.   As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Keep the Rez Beautiful makes sure to help other groups as well. 

“Recycling is one of the things we stress,” said Jeannine May, KRB Director.  “ We work to reduce sediment in the water from urban construction…”We have a lot of litter----water bottles, aluminum, plastic, paper, a lot of things that can be recycled.  It’s about education…putting litter in its place.  It’s about recycling what we can.   Our volunteers assisted us in 2017 in immeasurable ways such as cleaning up the Reservoir Lower Spillway area and other areas that are constantly plagued by people who litter.  Some will be honored at our event.”  

 KRB is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the Reservoir watershed and its shoreline communities and neighborhoods.   KRB covers all areas of the Reservoir, Upper Pearl River including Rankin and Madison counties and is staffed by solely by volunteers.  For more information on volunteering,  attending or entering the Rezway fashion show, email KRB at, visit, follow us on Twitter at;TreasuretheRez, on Instagram,  or find us on our Keep the Rez Beautiful fan page on Facebook. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Upcoming PRVWSD Committee Meeting Agendas

Monday, February 12, 2018 4:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of November, 2017.

2. Request to advertise timber sale Madison County MXIIIa-50 acres Pay-As-Cut first thinning Section 13, Township 9 North, Range 5 East.

3. Approval of Management Plan Amendment for Madison compartment MVIIIa to include clear-cut harvest to maintain forest health, financial gain, stewardship and improve wildlife potential.

4. Request to advertise timber sale Timber Sale Madison County MVIIIa-54 acres Pay-As-Cut final harvest Section 7, Township 8 North, Range 4 East.

Monday, February 12, 2018 3:30 p.m.

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

2. Property Maintenance Report for January/February 2018.

3. Approval of Lost Rabbit Phase II Amended final plat.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Simple Burger is Open

Simple Burger is now open and a trusted friend told me it is divine.  It is in the old Lenny's Sub Shop location in Dogwood (near Dickey's BBQ).  No freezer in the building.  Everything is shipped locally.  Grass fed beef.  Yum, yum. 

Here is the Facebook Page

Like its name connotes, the menu is bare-boned:

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Waterton Planned Development Coming to Flowood

Southern Lifestyle Development (out of Louisiana) announced the construction of a $400 Million mixed-use development, to be called Waterton.  The development will be located, in part on the empty lot behind Dogwood Festival Marketplace. 

From the Clarion Ledger article:

The project is scheduled to break ground May 1. Daigle said initial construction, mainly dealing with infrastructure, will take approximately one year to complete. 
The project is a 10-year buildout broken into multiple phases. The first phase, scheduled to begin in spring 2019, includes all of the commercial development and 150 of the 500 homes. All of phase one will be built on 70 acres. 
The homes will range in style and size from cottage to estate, Dailgle said. Home prices have not been released. 
Community Bank will be the "anchor" of the mixed-use development, Daigle said, and will be surrounded by retail stores and two yet-to-be-named waterfront restaurants. 

There will be residential areas in Waterton ranging from Estate Homes (think Oakridge/Lineage Lake) to Garden Homes (think Manship).  In addition to Community Bank's headquarters, there will be an emphasis on entertainment, food and beverage.  Two wharf style restaurants are planned to overlook (what will be called) Rhoads Lake.

Here is the MS Business Journal's article on Community Bank's new headquarters.

Southern Lifestyle Development is the same company that brought River Ranch to Lafayette, Mississippi.  I hear folks in the business community in Lafayette refer to the town's history in terms of Pre-River Ranch and Post-River Ranch.  This could be a game changer for Flowood.  Check out the River Ranch Development website to get a glimpse of what's in store.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Rankin County Cleans Up at Mock Trial Competition

Rankin County Schools fared well at the Regional Tournament for the High School Mock Trial Competition.  Of the eight teams moving on to the State Championship Tournament are:  Brandon High Team 1; Brandon High Team 2; Hartfield Academy; and Jackson Prep.

I had the honor to judge the Regional Tournament.  Let me tell you, the future of my profession looks bright. 

Chocolate Fest Info

Friday, January 19, 2018

Agenda for PRVWSD Meeting

AT 9:30 A.M. ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018

1. Opening prayer

2. Pledge of Allegiance – W. C. Gorden

3. Request for acceptance of Minutes from the regular meeting held on December 21, 2017

4. Renewal of contract for shoreline herbicide spraying contract with Weed Pro.

5. Approval of alcohol permits for Barnett Reservoir Foundation’s 2018 calendar of events.

6. Award of contract for Madison Landing Boating Facility Breakwater Project.

7. Award of timber sale in Madison County Compartment MXIc (pas-as-cut).

8. Award of timber sale in Madison County Compartment MXc (lump sum).

9. Renewal of contract for beaver control services.

10. Approval of FY2017 Audit Report.

11. Approval of Per Diem and Travel Report for December 2017.

12. Approval of Cash Balance Report.

13. Approval of January 2018 Docket.

14. Committee Minutes and Miscellaneous Correspondence

15. Executive Director’s comments

16. Next Regular Meeting February 15, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at PRVWSD Main Office.

17. Meeting adjourned.

Rise Against Hunger at St. Marks UMC

Saturday, February 3, 3018, St. Mark's UMC is boxing up 35,000 meals for the hungry! What a great way to serve the community.  From their Facebook event page:

Join us in packaging and boxing 35,000 meals for the hungry. Unloading and setup begins at 8:00 a.m. in our Christian Life Center ("CLC"). We'll start packaging meals at 9:00 a.m. Everyone should be on their way home by Noon.
There will be tasks suited for every age and skill level.
Childcare will be provided for those 3 and under.
Service club members can get credit for hours worked.
Excellent opportunity for Boy and Girl Scout Troops.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

PRVWSD Board Meeting Canceled

From the PRVWSD:

The PRVWSD board meeting scheduled for tomorrow, 18 January at 9:30 a.m. has been cancelled due to the winter weather conditions.
 A special meeting of the PRVWSD board of directors has been called for Thursday, 25 January at 9:30 a.m.

Slim Chickens Coming to Ridgeland

Slim Chickens is coming to Ridgeland at 819 Lake Harbour Drive (between Mugshots and McB's).  I've never eaten at a Slim Chickens, though they are prolific West of the Mississippi.  Their menu offerings look substantially similar to Zaxby's and Canes.  If any readers have sampled Slim Chickens, tell us how it is different.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

No School Tomorrow (RCSD, that is)

Rankin County Public School just sent out a tweet that school is out tomorrow.

Due to dangerous road conditions and low temperatures, the RCSD, after careful consideration and consultation with local authorities, has decided that all schools and offices will be closed tomorrow, January 17th.

PRVWSD Cancels Committee Meetings

Today's committee meetings are cancelled.  It looks like the state, and quite a few private businesses, are shutting down.  Stay warm. Stay safe. 

Free Admission at Civil Rights and Miss. History Museums

Looking for something to do inside today while the kids aren't in school.  Remember, the Mississippi History Museum and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, both side by side, have free admission today, courtesy of the Kellogg Foundation.  This is in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

So, if you want to brave the roads, this is an option.