Friday, April 24, 2015

Brochure on Proposed Lake Usage Fee

The PRVWSD just released the below brochure highlighting some of the expressed concerns.

RCSD Budget Overview

Below is the Rankin County School Board Budget Overview, downloaded from the RCSD Board website.  There is quite a bit of good information contained therein for the curious.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Variance Request for Topsoil Removal

Have you seen this sign at the corner of Hidden Hills Parkway and Lakeland Drive?  A call to the number provided indicates the owner requests a condition use variance in order to perform surface mining operations, i.e., mine the topsoil.

I believe it is 16th Section land.  A search of the MS Secretary of State's website indicates no leases of the surface beyond a 63.8 acre lease to the Rankin County School District (for Highland Bluff Elementary), and nominal leases to various parties for easements, etc.

If anyone has further information, please feel free to provide.

Pisgah High College Signing Day

Outstanding story by Kate Royals of the Clarion Ledger on Pisgah High School's College Signing Day. I encourage you to read it here. There is also a great photo spread on the event.

Props to 12th grade English teacher Lillian Sims on seeing the potential in all her students, and organizing this event.  Congrats also to all the Pisgah student continuing their education beyond high school.

PRVWSD Audit Report June 30, 2014

Included in the recent offerings online from the PRVWSD is an Audit Report dated June 30, 2014. Enjoy.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Rankin County Wild Game Banquet

From Facebook:

Fun for the Whole Family! All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity MS Capital Area.

Join us for a fun night of wild game food, Dickey's Barbecue, door prizes, Wild Game Vendors and our great outdoorsman Guest Speaker Hank Parker.

Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased at any of the following locations:
* Brandon First United Methodist Church 601.825.5958
* Crossgates United Methodist Church 601.825.8677
* McLaurin Heights United Methodist Church 601.939.2163
St. Mark's UMC 601.992.2131
* Shiloh United Methodist Church 601.854.8158
* Marvin United Methodist Church 601.845.7524

PRVWSD 2015-2016 Budget

The PRVWSD posted on its website a bit of financial information.  Below is the Fiscal Year Budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Shooting in Flowood - Jackson, MS
James Bolton was taken under arrest last night for firing 30 to 40 rounds of ammunition, some purportedly aimed at Flowood Police officers.  The incident occured at Bolton's home on Middleton Drive near Women's Hospital.  Police blocked off traffic on Flowood Drive during the hour-long stand off.  Luckily, no one was hurt. Another successful job by Flowood PD.

WAPT's story.
WLBT's story.

Weekend Events

It's never too late to look to the weekend.  The fun begins Friday with:

  -- Touch a Truck at Trustmark Park in Pearl.
  -- Ringling Bros. Barnam & Bailey Circus at the Coliseum.

Then it starts early on Saturday:

  -- MORA Racing for Donation 8K at Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency in Flowood.
  -- Take Adrian Sturdivant's wood turning class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at his studio at 224 Bay Park Drive.  This is offered through the Craftman's Guild of Mississippi, and is $110 for beginnings.
  -- Mississippi Cajun Fest and Boat Show at Old Trace Park begins at 10 a.m. and lasts all day.
Carry it on to Sunday with:

  -- Church of your choice
  -- Circus in the afternoon

Monday, April 20, 2015

Digital Billboard Variance Request

Information was posted on the Reservoir Community District Facebook page this morning concerning the zoning variance requested by a digital billboard company for a sign on Old Fannin Road.  Here is the post:

FYI Capturion Network, LLC is requesting a dimensional variance for an LED billboard on Lot 2 of Avalon Centre. The sign ordinance states no permitted sign shall be placed nearer than 1500 feet from the boundary line of any lot of a platted subdivision. A map is attached with the 1500’ radius shown in red. The billboard would be closer than 1500’ to 6 platted subdivisions. The Planning Commission will meet 4/30/15 in the Board of Supervisors meeting room at 9:00 a.m. and set the public hearing for 5/15/15.

Again, if you have not joined this Reservoir Community District (the Overlay) Facebook Page, I encourage you to do so.  A lot of good information is coming through it.  

PRVWSD Bd of Directors Minutes for March 2015

Below are the minutes from the PRVWSD Board of Directors March 2015 meeting.  Of note:

Timberlake Campground is readying for expansion.  The PRVWSD looks to add 27 new pads to the existing campground.  Construction costs are expected to be $1.5 million, and projected annual income of nearly $200,000.

Cars with the Rez Tag license plate will be granted free entry to the parks.

It appears the PRVWSD will again take part in the Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Rez User Fee Going Into Effect

Below is a Friday afternoon Press Release from the PRVWSD.  Friday afternoon is always a good time to impart bad news.
Barnett Reservoir Board passes lake user fee

RIDGELAND — Beginning Oct. 1 2015, boaters on Ross Barnett Reservoir will be required to pay a lake user fee under a plan passed Thursday by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors.
According to Board President Jack Winstead, all funds raised from the user fee will be directed to a special revenue fund and be used only for recreational enhancements on the aging lake.
“Ross Barnett Reservoir is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and while we celebrate this milestone we must also realize that a lot of infrastructure is aging and in need of renovation or repair,” Winstead said. “To this point, our leaseholders have shouldered all the financial burden, but under this plan all lake users will contribute to maintaining and improving our facilities.”
It is estimated that about 30,000 boats are registered within the five counties that surround Barnett Reservoir — Hinds, Leake, Madison, Rankin, and Scott counties. PRVWSD officials estimate that the lake user fee could generate about $250,000 to $300,000 annually.
These funds would be used to update boat ramps, increase or replace navigational aids and improve shore support facilities. When possible, they can be matched with federal funding arranged through cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
“Two good examples of what $250,000 can do are the recently completed projects at Fannin Landing with a breakwater and new comfort station, and the renovation at Goshen Springs Landing on Mississippi Highway 43,” said John Sigman, PRVWSD general manger. “These were both $1 million projects that required a 25 percent match on our end.”
Winstead and Sigman both said stake holders and user groups would be involved in all aspects of the planning of projects, and added that reservoir officials have discussed the lake user fee with several such groups and have found nearly universal support.
According to PRVWSD officials, boaters paying the lake user fee will be issued a decal to be placed on the bow of the watercraft near the required State registration number and decal. Registrants will have the option of purchasing an annual permit or a three-year permit. A shorter-term 10-day permit will also be available for visitors.
The fees rates are:
* Boats under 26 feet — $35 annual, $90 for three years.
* Boats 26 feet and above — $50 annual, $135 for three years.
* 10-day, any size, consecutive days — $10.
Decals will be good from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.
The only vessels excluded from the user fees are paddleboards, sail boards, kayaks, canoes and approved towable devices, plus boats operated by law enforcement, fire/rescue, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and PRVWSD workboats.
Sigman said that registration would be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
“That way, anybody anywhere who decides, even on the spur of the moment, that they want to fish or boat on Barnett Reservoir will have the opportunity to go online and pay, and our officers on the water will have access to the system to check and say, ‘Yes, you are good to go,’” Sigman said. “They then would receive their decals by mail.”
The Board’s action on Thursday begins a 30-day comment period. To find the proposed rule, visit

Comments may be sent to

Keep the Rez Beautiful Needs You Tomorrow!

Huge volunteer opportunity tomorrow.  Here is a way for you to make a substantial contribution to improving your community.

From Jeannine May of Keep the Rez Beautiful:

TGIF everyone!
We are going to set up tomorrow at Lakeshore Park at 8:00 a.m.
The weather update is showing 35% rain at 8 a.m. until 12 pm 42%.

The Plan
Lakeshore.  Volunteers will register, and must sign the event liability and photo release form first! I will need a few people there to help register people.
So far, I have Nancy, myself and Martha helping with registration at Lakeshore.
Mr. Bob will need some volunteers to help plant ferns and shade plants in front of the restrooms. We will need volunteers to help plant daylillies in the guard station. I looked at the Rain garden yesterday and it is a wetland. I am going to bring my weed eater and at least knock some of the large weeds out. Look out I am dangerous with my weed eater...ha
We will have Reservoir Police Officer, Lt. Wayne Cockrell on patrol tomorrow. His number is 601-750-8662 if you have any issues.(AND WE PRAY WE WON'T)
Turtle Point Nature Area - Jeff Roberts is our leader. Jeff, we may have people show up at Turtle Point NA that don't know they are suppose to go to Lakeshore and register. That's ok, Leigh Anne will be with Jeff at Turtle Point. We could really use another volunteer that knows how to plant trees here with Jeff and Leigh Anne. She will have a clip board with an extra Liability release for them to sign. They must sign this sheet before volunteering. The trees for Turtle Point and the shrubs for the entrances at Bay Park and H. View are all being delivered to my house today. I will put out the orange flags today with the names of the trees on them where they are to be planted at Turtle Point. The oaks and fruit trees are bare root and should be easy to plant. Bring gloves, extra shovels if you have them.
Bay Park and Harbor View Entrances.  Joy and Igor are our leads at these areas. They have volunteers lined up to green up their entrance beds! They will pick the shrubs and flowers (include Butterfly Milkweed! ) at my house this afternoon. Thanks PRVWSD maintenance for your outstanding help!
We will have garbage bags, bottled water and latex gloves at Lakeshore and Turtle Point Nature Area.
We will have litter grabbers for the two subs that have volunteers that will be picking up litter....
We have 100 T shirts that say, Keep The Rez Beautiful. Volunteer. They are all Large, Ex Large and some 2X. The only get a T shirt if they sign the Liability statement the Pledge Card sheet and volunteer.
We have lots daylilies to plant and give out to neighborhoods who want to plant them on their own. So far, some are going to Bridgetown, Waterwood, Camellia Trails, Forest Point, Turtle Creek, Harbor View and Bay Park. I have designated about 100 of these for PRVWSD beds in various locations also to be planted later by volunteers
Sincerely, J
Jeannine May
Keep The Rez Beautiful, Director
601 421-6160
"Treasure the Rez"

Donut Shop Cafe Coming Soon!

It is common knowledge I am a doughnut connoisseur. My love for doughnuts is known far and wide in my household.  Let me shock you: I don't believe the Jackson metro area has many good doughnut places.  Or, at least no place sells doughnuts near as melt-in-your-mouth good as the old Canton Bakery on the Square.  

To my unending sadness, the Canton Bakery went the way of the dinosaur, and its like has not since been seen.  In my humble opinion, nowadays, the best bet for doughnuts is Shipley's in Clinton, then the Donut Shop Cafe in Richland, then Daily Made in Brandon, then Krispy Kreme, then Daylight Donuts, and finally a conglomeration of Donut Palace, Pillow Donuts, Monroe and Scurlock Donuts that all taste the same.

Living at the Reservoir, I suffer from in a constant state of Good Doughnut Desiderata, commonly referred to as "GDT". However, while driving home from Brandon proper the other day, I noticed something that made my heart happy.  A Donut Shop Cafe is "coming soon" to the brand new gas station at the corner of Hwy 471 and Vine/Baker Lane.  Now (fingers crossed), the drive for a good doughnut won't take so long.  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Boat Show at MS Cajun Fest

There is a boat show coming to Old Trace Park on the Rez not this weekend, but the next.  It is held in conjunction with MS Cajun Fest.  Below is the post from the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District on the show.

For more info on the Cajun Fest, which includes all you can eat crawfish with the $20 admission, a cornhole tournament, and live music in addition to the boat show, go here and here and here.

Join us on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26 at Old Trace Park for the Barnett Reservoir Boat Show.
This will be so much more than a boat show... we will have recreation dealers displaying all types of boats, jet skis, ATVs, kayaks, bikes and more. All things recreational to do at the REZ will be on display.
Admission on Saturday is included within the $20 gate for the MS Cajun Fest event - which gets you in to the boat show, free crawfish (while it lasts), live music, cross fit competition, cornhole tourney and more.
Admission on Sunday is free.
Come out and see what is new to do at The REZ.