Saturday, March 31, 2012

Stennis Study Of The PRVWSD Part 3

Continuation of excerpts from the Stennis Report
details here:



The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District:
An Overview For Decision Makers
The John C. Stennis Institute of Government
Mississippi State University


Pages 9 through 12
Link to full report HERE
Previous section HERE

Bottom of Page 9

The total bond issuance was to be in the amount of $22,000,000; upon the recommendation of the investment consulting firm, a $4,400,000 increment bond sale was offered by public auction on December 8, 1959, rather than being sold by sealed bid. According to the State Times (December 28, 1959), the bonds were purchased by

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the Leland Speed Company, the First National Bank of Memphis, Allen and Company of Jackson and Hamp Jones of Jackson for a bid of 4.4999 percent interest; with no competitive bids being entered at the sale. A subsequent $8,800,000 bond issue was sold in May 3, 1960 by sealed bid to A.C. Allen and Associates of Chicago. On Tuesday, December 16, 1964 the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal reported that a $24,500,000 revenue bond issue by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District failed to receive acceptable bids; reports indicate that the PRVWSD rejected the only two bids that were received. Some reports attributed the failure of this bond issue to the low 3.65 percent interest ceiling the District had placed on the bonds and other sources indicate that the NAACP boycott of the sale of these bonds was the cause.

In an agreement dated November 18, 1959, the District was to receive $500,000 from the City of Jackson over the life of the bonded indebtedness. The agreement stipulated the specific obligations of the District to the City of Jackson; these items included the construction of the reservoir and spillway; a satisfactory flow of sanitary quality water, and the installation of an intake structure. The agreement also required the District to perform a study of shoreline development and planning, and directed the District to obtain the maximum benefit from revenues from the shoreline development with the objective of early retirement of the bond issue.

The original master development plan anticipated that after the 5th year of operations, 4,000 residential lots would be leased at $125 per lot per month and that approximately 20 commercial lots would be leased at $20 per lot. In 1960, MWH Engineering began construction on the reservoir; it was completed in 1963 and filled to its normal capacity by 1965. The dam is an earth-fill dam that is 23,400 feet in length with a maximum height of 64 feet; elevation at the top of the dam is 308 feet. The principal spillway consists of ten 40– by 21-foot tainter gates with a discharge capacity of 180,000 cubic feet of water per second (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers).

Friday, March 30, 2012

Two Days Left In Cleanup Week

Reminder - 2 more days left in Rankin County Cleanup Week.

Dumpsters are located behind the fire station on Northshore Parkway - they will be available till 5pm Saturday. 










RANKIN COUNTY
CLEANUP WEEK
MARCH 26-31 2012

During the week of March 26-31, 2012 Rankin County will
conduct a Spring Cleanup. There will be 10 locations 
around the county that will accept items from the public.

        Items Accepted           Not accepted

         Bulky items           Household Garbage
         White Goods           Batteries
         Waste Tires           Flammable Products
         Trash, Limbs          Acid
          

Drop-off sites will be operated from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Monday through Saturday at the following locations:

1.  Brandon-Recycling Center, 710 Marquette Road
2.  Florence-Old Unit Barn, 406 White Road, Florence
3.  Pearl-201 Compactor Road, Pearl
4.  Pelahatchie-City Barn, Brown Street
5.  Puckett-Means House Moving
6.  Reservoir-Station 3 on Northshore
7.  Richland-Club House on Cleary Road
8.  Plantation Shores-Parking Lot @ Richmond Dr./Lewis Road
9.  Star-Old Wood Yard on Mangum Dr.
10. Pisgah-Sandhill Library

If you have any questions, please call the Rankin
County Solid Waste Department at 601-825-9213.


Directions to Reservoir Fire Station 3 HERE.

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Barnett Reservoir

Rankin Supervisor Meeting

The Rankin County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday,  a copy of their agenda follows.
Their next regular meeting is scheduled for 9am Monday August 2nd in the Rankin County Court Annex Building.


AGENDA
RANKIN COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
JAY BISHOP, PRESIDING
MARCH 29, 2012 - 9:00 A.M.


I.     CALL TO ORDER PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

II.    INVOCATION

III.   ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

IV.    CALL TO ORDER MEETING OF THE RANKIN COUNTY
       BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

V.     ATTENDEES AND DISCUSSION ITEMS:

       A. Chad Davidson, Phelps Dunbar, LLP (Bloomefield
          Resolution)

       B. Paula Meritt, Motorola Representative - 
          Renewal of Motorola Service Agreement

       C. Bob Wedgeworth & Scott Davis - FCC Mandated 
          Narrow Banding

       D. Rankin County Department of Human Services

       E. ES&S Maintenance on Voting Machines

VI.    LEM ADAMS, III, BOARD ATTORNEY
       Items for April 2nd Meeting

VII.   GEORGE BOBO, ROAD MANAGER/INTERIM COUNTY 
       ADMINISTRATOR

       A. Review of Agenda and Consent Agenda

VIII.  EXECUTIVE SESSION

IX.    ADJOURN


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Thursday, March 29, 2012

PRVWSD Board Changes

Governor Phil Bryant has appointed two new members to the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors and reappointed one member.

Mr. John Arledge, a reservoir resident (Rankin County), was reappointed. 

Scott County appointee, Vernard Murrel, has been replaced by Shannon Armstrong of Morton.

Leake County appointee, Pete Burkes, has been replaced by Billy Cook of Carthage.

The appointments are effective immediately.

Copies of Gov. Bryant's appointment letters follow:

Mr. Arledge letter here.
Mr. Cook letter here.
Mr. Armstrong here.

The governor has the authority to appoint 5 members to the 14 member board, one each from Hinds, Rankin, Scott, Leake and Madison counties.

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Barnett Reservoir

MDEQ Newsletter


The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality publishes a newsletter each month with interesting articles and photographs.

The March edition contains an update on WaterFest 2012 (page 19).

Read it here.

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Barnett Reservoir

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Flowood Tourney Offers Chance At New Car


L to R - Flowood Mayor, Gary Rhoads -  Del Harrington, Mustard Seed
Kay Jackson, Mayor’s office - Doug Wilson, Wilson Hyundai

Wilson Hyundai is donating a new vehicle for Flowood's 11th Annual Mayor’s Benefit Golf Tourney. The lucky golfer making a hole in one will win a brand new car from Wilson Hyundai.

The event will be held May 16th and 17th at the Refuge Golf Course in Flowood.

Everyone is invited to join the fun.  All proceeds will benefit The Mustard Seed and their many “Seedsters” .

More info and a link to an entry/sponsorship form here.  

To learn about supporting or participating in the event contact Kay Jackson @ 601-665-2434 or email kjackson@ci.flowood.ms.us

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Barnett Reservoir

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hot Pursuit Update

Pearl Police were involved in a high speed chase Sunday afternoon that took them through 3 counties. A Pearl PD spokesperson provided TRN with the following details. 

A tag check by a Pearl police officer returned a hit on NCIC indicating the car was stolen in a Jackson carjacking.  When the officer attempted to stop the car the driver fled heading east on I-20.

Pearl officers were joined by members of the Brandon PD, Pelahatchie PD, Rankin County Sheriff deputies and the Mississippi Highway Patrol.  After 70 miles of high speed driving, over 100 mph at times, the stolen 20 year old Buick LeSabre started smoking and died at mile marker 116  in Newton County.

The driver pulled the car to a stop in the median and began running on foot.  Officers gave pursuit and caught him as he attempted to climb a fence - a Highway Patrol officer subdued the suspect with a Taser and the chase was over.

The suspect was charged with possession of stolen property, felony fleeing, no drivers license, no proof of insurance and possession of paraphernalia.

The driver was taken to the hospital where he is being treated for a pre-existing condition.  

Other charges are pending in Jackson.

An audio recording of the chase is available  here.

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Barnett Reservoir  

Rankin School Board Meeting Wednesday

The Rankin County School District Board of Education will meet in a special session Wednesday.


Agenda of Special Called Meeting
The Board of Education
Rankin County School District

A Special Called meeting of the Board of Education of the
Rankin County School District will be held March 28, 2012, 
beginning at 8:00 AM at Florence Elementary School library, 
285 Hwy. 469 N, Florence.

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any
formal action may be taken are as listed below. Items do not 
have to be taken in the order shown on this meeting notice.

Unless removed from the consent agenda and placed under discussion/action, items identified within consent agenda 
will be acted on at one time with no discussion.

1.   ROLL CALL AND ESTABLISHMENT OF A QUORUM

2.   COMMUNICATIONS TO THE BOARD

3.   CONSENT AGENDA

     A. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF MARCH 7, 2012
        AND MARCH 9, 2012

     B. FIELD TRIP PERMISSION REQUEST

     C. MONTHLY EXPENSE AND REVENUE REPORTS
     
     D. FIXED ASSET - REINSTATEMENT

     E. FIXED ASSET - RETURNED FOR CREDIT

     F. BID AWARD - SURPLUS EQUIPMENT

     G. PURCHASE AND SALE AGREEMENT - 
        RICHLAND UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

     H. SIXTEENTH SECTION - OVERDUE LEASES

     I. SIXTEENTH SECTION - RES LEASE - BERETTA 16-5-5

     J. SIXTEENTH SECTION - H & F LEASE - DEAR 16-4-3

     K. SIXTEENTH SECTION - COM LEASE - TERRA HOLDINGS,
        LLC 16-5-3

     L. MISCELLANEOUS CONTRACTS

4.   ADJOURNMENT OF THE BOARD

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Moving For A Cure This Weekend

Reminder
Coming Up This Weekend


APDA Mississippi Chapter
3rd Annual 
“Moving For a Cure”
5K Run/Walk Charity Race

Join us on Saturday, March 31, 2012 for the 3rd Annual “Moving For a Cure” Charity Race” benefiting the Mississippi Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association and the American Parkinson Disease Association.

Proceeds from the Parkinson's 5K “Moving For a Cure” will help sustain local programs to inform, assist, and educate individuals and families coping with the challenges of Parkinson's Disease and will contribute toward national research funded by the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA). The longtime mission of APDA is to “ease the burden and find a cure”. Keep on moving!

The Race will begin at 8am on Saturday, March 31st (Registration begins at 6am and ends at 7:45) at Lakeshore Park (Reservoir YMCA) 6023 Lakeshore Park Brandon, Mississippi.

Come out for a fun-filled, family day and make a difference in the lives of those with Parkinson's disease! We welcome everyone to join us.

The total course is 3.1 (5K) miles, however walkers can walk any part of this or choose to enjoy the beautiful day.

Where:                  Lakeshore Park @ The Barnett Reservoir
Starts:                  03/31/2012 @ 8:00 am Ends: 10:00 am
Check-in Time:      6:00 am to 7:45 am Registration
Cutoff:                  03/29/2012 12:00 pm 
Donation Cutoff:    07/31/2012 12:00 am 
Contact:                Teresa Jones
Phone:                  601-506-2729 
E-mail Address:     info@msapda.org 

More info about the Mississippi Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association available at their website http://www.msapda.org

Online registration for the Run/Walk Here.


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Barnett Reservoir

Monday, March 26, 2012

Hinds Sheriff Holding Meet And Greet

Hinds County Sheriff, Tyrone Lewis, is having a meet and greet with area law enforcement officials.

A copy of the the sheriff's press release is available here.

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Barnett Reservoir

FrutGurt



A new frozen yogurt shop has opened on Old Fannin Road.  FrutGurt is located behind McDonald's - a few doors down from Little Caesars Pizza.

The store uses the "weigh and pay" method - get a cup, fill it up (as many flavors as you like), add your favorite toppings and then head for the scales, your selection is 45 cents an ounce.

 
Keiara Bennett will help you with your selection
Daise Bankston demonstrates the proper way to eat frozen yogurt

FrutGurt is open Sunday through Thursday from 10am till 9:30pm - Friday and Saturday from 10am till 10pm.

Questions?  Call FrutGurt at 601-398-4914

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Barnett Reservoir
 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hot Pursuit

The TRN police scanner picked up a police chase Sunday afternoon around 4pm.  The traffic begins near the Pearl/Brandon line and continues on I-20 into Newton County.

We haven't spoken with any of the departments involved in the chase but it appears a Pearl PD unit began pursuing a car hijacker.

The quality of the audio drops off near the end of the clip as the cars were nearing the limits of their broadcast range. 




If the player above does not display or work in your browser click HERE to download the MP3 and launch your audio player.

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Barnett Reservoir

Natchez Trace Ride Coming Up


Ridgeland Natchez Trace Century Ride
May 12, 2012



Go the distance this spring at the Natchez Trace Century Ride in Ridgeland, and enjoy a scenic bike ride on the beautiful, historic Natchez Trace Parkway.

The ride will take place on Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 a.m., and will start at the Ridgeland Recreational Center. With your choice of distances from 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles, it is perfect for all ages and ability levels.

 Sign up the whole family. A registration fee of $35 includes ride, t-shirt and post-ride meal. Late registration fee will be $45 after April 12.

To register for the ride, go to www.natchezcenturyride.racesonline.com. For more information on the ride, contact Ridgeland Recreation and Parks at 601-853-2011 or go to www.ridgelandms.org.

The Natchez Trace Century Ride is presented by Indian Cycle and The Bike Rack.

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Barnett Reservoir

Saturday, March 24, 2012

One Cool Ride

Spotted this car Friday at Lakeshore Park, it's owned by Rez resident Garry D. Brown.

This beautiful ride is a 1936 Auburn Boattail - it's supercharged, fast and is very red.

Click on photos to enlarge 


Info about the Auburn:

Priced at $2,245, the elegant Auburn Speedster marketed in 1935-1936 was a 'loss leader' intended to stimulate showroom traffic. The Auburn Speedster was a two-seat roadster introduced in 1928. After Auburn discontinued its V12 models, Gordon Buehrig was called in to design a car from leftover Speedster bodies. The long-hooded front was made to conform to the new 851 sedans he had already designed, and the rear retained the original Speedster's pointed 'boat tail,' which, along with pontoon fenders, Vee-type windshield, cutout doors and four showy chrome-plated exhaust pipes on the left side, contributed to a rakish appearance. The Speedster for 1936 - Auburn's last year - was identical except for the '852', rather than the '851' on the radiator. With racing driver Ab Jenkins at the wheel, the Auburn Speedster set more than 70 speed records and, at one time, held all U.S. stock-car speed records up to 24 hours and 15,000 miles. A dashboard plaque on each car contained a signed guarantee by Jenkins that it had been driven to more than 100 mph before shipment.
read more at  conceptcarz 






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Friday, March 23, 2012

Rankin Cleanup Week

RANKIN COUNTY
CLEANUP WEEK
MARCH 26-31 2012

During the week of March 26-31, 2012 Rankin County will
conduct a Spring Cleanup. There will be 10 locations 
around the county that will accept items from the public.

        Items Accepted           Not accepted

         Bulky items           Household Garbage
         White Goods           Batteries
         Waste Tires           Flammable Products
         Trash, Limbs          Acid
          

Drop-off sites will be operated from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Monday through Saturday at the following locations:

1.  Brandon-Recycling Center, 710 Marquette Road
2.  Florence-Old Unit Barn, 406 White Road, Florence
3.  Pearl-201 Compactor Road, Pearl
4.  Pelahatchie-City Barn, Brown Street
5.  Puckett-Means House Moving
6.  Reservoir-Station 3 on Northshore
7.  Richland-Club House on Cleary Road
8.  Plantation Shores-Parking Lot @ Richmond Dr./Lewis Road
9.  Star-Old Wood Yard on Mangum Dr.
10. Pisgah-Sandhill Library

If you have any questions, please call the Rankin
County Solid Waste Department at 601-825-9213.


Directions to Reservoir Fire Station 3 HERE.

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Barnett Reservoir

PRVWSD Claims Docket

The March claims docket for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District is available HERE.

The docket is a detailed listing of expenses by the agency.

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Barnett Reservoir

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Yacht Club Regatta


The Jackson Yacht Club (JYC) is pleased to invite all interested sailors to compete in the 2012 Spring Fling Regatta to be held at the Jackson Yacht club, located at 700 Yacht Club Road, Ridgeland, MS 39157.

Racing will take place on the Ross Barnett Reservoir adjacent to the JYC.

The regatta is open to all boats. One-design entries of three or more shall constitute a separate class and may be started and/or scored separately as determined by the Race Committee. All other entries shall be assigned to either PHRF or Portsmouth handicap fleets as determined by the Race Committee.

A Catalina 22 class of 3 or more will compete for the Jane England Trophy awarded to the first place boat.

Race details HERE

Jackson Yacht Club

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Barnett Reservoir

Jackson Trivia

A trivia test - identify what this was and where it was located. The photo was dated June 1960.

Hint:  It was in Jackson.


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Barnett Reservoir

Stennis Study Of The PRVWSD Part 2

Continuation of excerpts from the Stennis Report
details here:



The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District:
An Overview For Decision Makers
The John C. Stennis Institute of Government
Mississippi State University



Pages 7 through 9
Link to full report HERE
Previous section HERE



Page 7
On September 5, 1958, Chancellor Robertson entered the final decree to create the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District; any party aggrieved by the final order of the court, who was a party to the proceedings, was provided a right of appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court within 10 days.

Lewis L. Culley, a Jackson Realtor and Dr. Ben N. Walker, Jr., who were landowners in the District, brought suit against the creation of the District on multiple grounds including that Section 11(f) of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Act was unconstitutional; their attorney, John C. Sullivan, contended that Section 11(f) would allow the Board of Directors of the District to take lands under eminent domain that were not needed by the District and to later allow the board to resell the land to a private enterprise or to individual persons. On appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court from the final decree of Chancery Court of Hinds County, the Court held that the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Act was constitutionally valid and affirmed the decree creating the District (Culley et al. v. Pearl River Industrial Commission, 234 Miss. 788, 108 So. 2nd 390, 1959). Similar, subsequent cases, e.g. Horne et al. v. Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (1964) and Brown et al. v. Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (156 So. 2d 572, 1964), were interpreted by the courts in accordance with the principles laid down in Culley.

The Board of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District was organized on September 5, 1958, the same

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day that the Chancery Court issued its decree creating the District. W. P. Bridges, Sr. was selected as Chairman; J.A. Morrow of Brandon was Vice Chairman; W.A. Huff of Forest was Secretary; and W.E. McIntyre of Brandon was Treasurer. The directors determined to secure a loan of $276,800 from the Housing and Home Finance Agency in Atlanta to provide preliminary financing to assist in continued engineering work and reservoir planning until bonds could be issued; the board selected Harza Engineering Company of Chicago (MWH Global) at the end of October 1958 and continued its association with Lester Engineering Company of Jackson.

During the early planning of the Pearl River Industrial Commission for the continuation of its activities, the committee had estimated that the assessed value of all property potentially affected by the reservoir was $365,000 and that property tax revenues to the governmental entities in the impacted counties totaled approximately $17,000 annually; International Paper Company owned approximately 20,000 acres of timber land within the area and had agreed to sell this land to the Commission on the provision that the project was supported by the majority of people within the five county area. At a meeting in December 1957, Vaughan Watkins, the attorney for the Commission, indicated that the best method for financing the project would be similar to that used for drainage districts, the use of a two mill tax levy similar to that used for port development in Jackson County, and through a contract with the City of Jackson to purchase water. He estimated that a rebate of two mills from the five counties would produce approximately $450,000 in revenue to support the project and that a special, additional two mill tax would generate an additional $450,000 in revenue. At a January 1958 meeting between the Water Reserve Committee, the Pearl River Industrial Commission, the City Commission of Jackson and the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, Mayor Allen Thompson of Jackson and the City Commission announced unanimous support for the project and a commitment to provide an annual payment of $500,000 from City of Jackson Water Department funds for the guarantee of a permanent water supply.

When the District Act was passed in 1958, The Mississippi Legislature authorized the District to issue bonds, not to exceed $25 million in principal amount, to support the

PRVWSD Board Minutes February 2012

Latest PRVWSD Board minutes.



MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE
PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT
 HELD ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 AT 9:30 A.M.
 IN THE OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT LOCATED 
AT 115 MADISON LANDING CIRCLE, RIDGELAND
MS 39157.

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Pearl
River Valley Water Supply District was held at 9:30 a.m., 
on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at the District’s main office. 
Jack Winstead, who presided, called the meeting to order.

Members Present:   
Pete Burkes, Phillip Crosby, John Locke, Kenny Latham, 
Vernard Murrell, Ramie Ford, Jim Carraway, John Arledge,
Keith Allen, Trey Bobinger, Jack Winstead, Gene McGee,
W. C. Gorden

Members Absent:
Samuel Mitchell

Others Present:
John Sigman, Greg Burgess, Jim Tohill, Craig Hunt, 
Susan McMullan, Steve Clark, Dee Mitchell, Jason Temple,
Perry Waggener,David Stodghill, Cindy Ford, Jim McDonald,
Jimmy Hendrix, Linda Horton, Michael Beattie, Chris Coats,
D.I. Smith, Lucy Weber, Kay Little, Natalie Gideon, 
Sharon Moulder, Jerry R. Jackson, Jeff Bennett, 
Shelley Brown, Donald Getty, Chuck Gautier, Paige Peterson

Board President Jack Winstead welcomed all board members 
and guests to the meeting.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Jo's Ducks

Memphis has the Peabody Ducks - The Rez has Jo's Ducks.

Two mallards have been making an early morning appearance at Jo's Diner on Old Fannin Road - looking for a handout.  They love crackers, by the way.  


Teri Wolf and son Holden pitch a few crackers to the ducks.


We did a post about this family last week, they were saying goodbye to a husband/father who was heading back to Afghanistan.

If you missed the article you can see it here.

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Barnett Reservoir

KidFest - Ridgeland 2012


10th ANNUAL KIDFEST! RIDGELAND 
PRESENTED BY M&F BANK

Ridgeland, Miss. – Four fun-filled days. KidFest! Ridgeland, presented by M&F Bank, promises to deliver more fun and flexibility than ever before with new attractions and the return of some crowd favorites!

The City of Ridgeland Department of Recreation & Parks and M&F Bank will host KidFest! Ridgeland for four days over two weekends (April 6-7 and April 14-15). As always KidFest! Ridgeland will feature a variety of shows, interactive activities and lots of other attractions which are all included in the price of admission.

NEW THIS YEAR, Gator Boys Alligator Wrestling! Gator Boy, Jimmy Riffle, has been described as the World’s Best Alligator Wrestler. You may have seen his new TV show, Gator Boys, on Animal Planet. Watch him subdue fully grown alligators while risking life and limb. Meet and talk with him after each show.

ALSO NEW for 2012, Sea Lion Splash is the only traveling, self-contained sea lion show in the world. The show brings out the inherent comedic behavior of sea lions. They catch and retrieve objects, do handstands, balance, dance, sing and interact with the audience. The show also provides an educational experience on the habits and nature of sea lions.

America’s Got Talent finalists, The Fearless Flores Family, return Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 with their daredevil stunts that impressed the judges and America on NBC TV’s hit show, America’s Got Talent.

You can meet Nick Jr.’s Dora of Dora the Explorer Friday, April 6 – Saturday, April 7, and SpongeBob SquarePants of Nickelodeon’s hit animated show SpongeBob SquarePants Saturday, April 14 – Sunday, April 15 at Freedom Ridge Park.

Help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Berenstain Bears by coming to KidFest! Ridgeland to meet Brother Bear and Sister Bear.

The City of Ridgeland’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held during KidFest! Ridgeland on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7. Check the schedule online at www.kidfestridgeland.com for hunt times.

The Cowboy Monkey Rodeo will appear Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7 and is sure to entertain children and adults of all ages as white-faced capuchin monkeys ride border collies while herding sheep into a pen. Cowboy Monkey Rodeo was named Major League Baseball’s 2009 Promotion of the Year.

Also NEW THIS YEAR, Mutts Gone Nuts is a fast-paced canine thrill show with the classic appeal of a circus style comedy dog act. Spreading the message of animal rescue and responsible pet ownership, Mutts Gone Nuts is a show that will tickle your funny bone, warm your heart and leave you howlin’ for more.

Children and adult festival guests will have the opportunity to dress up as frogs, fish, mushrooms or rainbow twirlers and be the featured performers for The Nylon Zoo.

Following a trip to The Nylon Zoo, take a ride on the carousel, a train, a pony or a carnival ride. Also, don’t miss the chance to view the world’s smallest horse, only at KidFest! Ridgeland.

The Temporary Tattoo booth is always a festival favorite, as children get their faces, arms and legs decorated with festival designs. With Kid Karaoke, children can perform their favorite songs on a kid-sized stage. Robert Day, a Mississippi magician, will show families how to perform magic tricks at The Magic Tent.

Children can use their imagination and creativity to become clowns and ringmasters at the Hat Making booth.

For boys and girls of all ages Touch-A-Truck will have the opportunity to be up close and personal with large trucks and equipment provided by the Ridgeland Department of Recreation & Parks.

Gates will open at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, April 6 and Saturdays, April 7 & 14 and Noon on Sunday, April 15. Gates close at 6:30 p.m. all days. Admission is $10 at the gate, but coupons for $2/guest savings off the regular admission price are available at www.kidfestridgeland.com.  All performances, activities and attractions are included in the admission price. For children younger than two, admission is free.

KidFest! Ridgeland has been named a Family Favorite by Parents & Kids Magazine for two consecutive years.

For more information on KidFest! Ridgeland, see www.kidfestridgeland.com or contact the Ridgeland Recreation and Parks Department at 601-853-2011.

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Barnett Reservoir

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Stennis Study of PRVWSD

Today we begin a series of installments from the recently released study of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.  The study, conducted by the the Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University, was requested by State Representatives Mark Baker and Kevin McGee.

Each post will contain a short excerpt of the report -  some sidebar sections and footnotes will be eliminated in order to condense the structure so it can be read in just a few minutes. We'll include a link to the full document in each post. 

Hopefully this will allow everyone to take a few minutes out of their busy schedule and learn about how the reservoir came about and the issues faced by the state agency charged with the management of the property, the leaseholder who call the area home and the many people who visit and enjoy the area.

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Barnett Reservoir

Stennis Study Of The PRVWSD Part 1

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District:
An Overview For Decision Makers
The John C. Stennis Institute of Government
Mississippi State University


Beginning of text:
Pages 3 through 6
Link to full report HERE


Background
Historical documents indicate that the need to secure an adequate supply of water for the City of Jackson was identified as early as 1926. At a March 3, 1955 meeting of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, the need for a secure water supply and the depletion of existing wells and the water table was discussed. The Committee reported that Jackson’s water consumption had increased by fivefold from 1935 to 1955, and that the city was using water at a rate of 17 to 22.5 million gallons per day and that water pollution in the Pearl River was becoming an increasing problem.

A study authorized and paid for by the City of Jackson indicated that the construction of a dam and reservoir would cost approximately $18 to $24 million and the annual amortization cost to pay for the project would range between $970,000 and $1,280,000 over a forty year period. The study also found that the cost of constructing the dam and reservoir would be the least expensive alternative for providing a reliable water source for the City of Jackson. The study found that a system of wells to provide water for Jackson (assuming population increased to 500,000) would require 132 wells at a cost of $6.2 million, and that the cost of pipes, right-of-ways, pumping stations, and supporting infrastructure would cost an additional $6 million, with additional annual power costs of $105,000. These costs were determined to be prohibitive. An alternative plan to finance a water supply for the City of Jackson was required. Implementing the alternative plan for the construction of a dam and reservoir would require widespread support for the project throughout the basin area; “the project was designated the Pearl River Valley Reservoir to eliminate the potential opposition that might develop if the project was too closely identified with the City of Jackson.” To implement this strategy required a series of studies and a public relations marketing campaign that would demonstrate the benefits and the economic feasibility of the project.

Deadline For Cancer Study Coming Up


Historic Cancer Research
 Effort Two Weeks Away


Enrollment Still Underway For Jackson-Metro Residents

Jackson, Mississippi –March 12, 2012 –More than 326 Jackson, Miss. area residents have registered for a special opportunity to participate in an upcoming historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. And now, with more than two weeks from the event and one-third of the way to goal, others are urged to sign up today to take part in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) so that cancer’s greatest mysteries can be unlocked.

Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in CPS-3. CPS-3 will enroll a diverse population of up to half a million people across the United States and Puerto Rico. The opportunity for local residents to enroll in CPS-3 is being made possible in partnership with University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) during March 27-30. Participants can enroll by going to www.cps3jackson.org.

CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.

“For Jackson-Metro residents who are passionate about finding a cure for cancer, this is a fantastic opportunity to get involved and make cancer history,” said Beth Dickson, Jackson CPS-3 coordinator for the American Cancer Society. “My appointment is Tuesday, March 27th at the Jackson Medical Mall. I am so excited to be part of this historic life-changing event here in Jackson.”

Monday, March 19, 2012

Fishing Within A Marina

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District has stated their position on the rights of fishermen to access waters within marinas. 

A letter from the PRVWSD attorney states that the water within a marina is public property and the public is permitted to fish on it.  However, if the shore adjoining the water is leased then the leaseholder has the right to restrict or grant fishing permission.

Harborwalk is a good example of how the ruling would apply.  There are numerous signs posted around the shoreline of the Harborwalk development that state fishing is prohibited.  The note from the reservoir simply says that the leaseholder (Harborwalk) has the right to forbid a person from standing on the shoreline to fish but does not have the right to forbid a person from fishing on the waters of Harborwalk from a boat.

A copy of the PRVWSD notice is available HERE.

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Barnett Reservoir

A Few Rez Statistics

Below is a collection of statistics provided to us by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District. The numbers are approximations as calculated by GIS systems used by the PRVWSD.

We thought you would find them interesting.

Land acreage (non water) owned by the PRVWSD by county:

Madison County              7156.81
Rankin County               8596.00
Hinds County                 144.00
Scott County                 768.40
Leake County                2838.35

TOTAL                      19503.56


Water acreage owned by the PRVWSD by county:

Madison County             11759.81
Rankin County              19235.44
Hinds County                  14.41
Scott County                 111.08
Leake County                 618.42

TOTAL                      31739.16


PRVWSD Property  Acreage  

                       Residential    Commercial

Madison County               788.44     149.09
Rankin County               2307.19     162.46
Hinds County                    0       108.94*
Scott County                    0          0
Leake County                    0          0

* Hinds commercial acreage - O.B. Curtis Water Plant

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

A Comment On A Comment

In response to our recent post (link here) about the makeup of the PRVWSD Board, a reader made the following comment.

Wouldn't it make sense for members from the other counties beside Rankin also be leaseholders? Seems so to me...

Of the 5 counties that make up the District, only two of them have any leaseholder property, Rankin and Madison.  We have no explanation why Madison County's appointee was not required to be a leaseholder.

A paragraph taken from page 23 of the recent Stennis Study said:

According to the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, as of December 31, 2011, there were 5,748 leases held by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District; of these 4,475 were in Rankin County and 1,273 were in Ridgeland/Madison County.

Approximately 78% of the leases in Rankin County, 22% in Madison County and none in the other 3 counties.

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Barnett Reservoir

The Pearl River Basin

Pearl River Basin

There is an interesting publication on the The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality website.

This well written and colorful publication highlights the tributaries, wildlife and water quality issues of the Pearl River Basin. 


Citizens Guide To Water Quality
 In The Pearl River Basin

The Pearl River Basin is found in central and southern Mississippi and covers over 8,700 square miles. The basin drains all or parts of 24 counties in Mississippi and three parishes in Louisiana.

Nearly one million people live in the basin—more than one third of the state’s population. Over 16,000 miles of streams and rivers flow through this basin. If laid end to end, they would reach across the United States five times!

From the headwaters in Choctaw and Winston counties to journey’s end at the coast, the Pearl River Basin is a place of contrasts with diverse landscapes and resources. 

In the northern part of the basin, the shallow streams flow freely through the rolling hills. About a third of the way along their journey, waters in the Pearl River spread out behind the dam at Ridgeland to form Barnett Reservoir. From there, the Pearl River widens through the center part of the basin as it flows south. 

In the lower portion, there are two outlet channels, the main river channel that forms the state boundary between Mississippi and Louisiana, and the West Pearl River in Louisiana. The West Pearl and Pearl rivers flow through broad floodplains of flat terrain. Here the rivers deepen and meander through lowland forests, marshes, dense cypress-tupelo swamps and estuaries.

After crossing oyster beds near its mouth at Lake Borgne, the Pearl River flows into the Mississippi Sound and out into the Gulf of Mexico.

Link to full document HERE.

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Barnett Reservoir

Rankin Supervisors Agenda

The Rankin County Board of Supervisors met Thursday, March 15th.

A copy of their agenda is available HERE.

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Barnett Reservoir

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Possible Drowning At Coal Bluff (Updated)

An official at the Coal Bluff boat launch reported to TRN that the body of the drowning victim was recovered at 8:22 a. m. Saturday morning. Scott County Sheriff, Mike Lee, identified the victim as Uzziah Taylor, 18, of Lena.


Emergency personnel were dispatched to Coal Bluff Campground Friday evening after receiving reports of a possible drowning.




An official told TRN that a witness saw a male, approximately 20, swimming near a sand bar - he went under and did not surface. 

Rescue teams from The Reservoir Patrol, Scott County Sheriff's Department, Ludlow Fire Department, Scott County EOC and the Mississippi Wildlife Fisheries and Parks were participating in the search.


TRN was told the search was suspended at around 10p.m. and would resume Saturday morning. 


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Barnett Reservoir

Friday, March 16, 2012

Makeup Of PRVWSD Board Of Directors

A recent comment was made raising the question of how the PRVWSD board is appointed.

The comment:

So anyone know who might seek these types of positions? TRN can you provide the process through which one might explore the appointment to this position? Or is it a secret? 

No secret.  The board structure is defined by Mississippi State Law, specifically section § 51-9-107. The pertinent sections of the law are shown below but a condensed explanation follows.

The District is made up of 5 counties:  Hinds, Rankin, Scott, Leake and Madison.  Each of those counties appoints 2 people to sit on the PRVWSD Board.

The first appointee is made directly by the Board of Supervisors from each county.  The second person is appointed by the governor from a list of 3 names submitted by the BOS.  The appointee is chosen by the governor to sit on the Pearl River Industrial Commission but that appointment also sits on the PRVWSD board.

So, 5 counties with 2 appointees accounts for 10 people on the 14 person board.

The remaining four seats come from state agencies,  each agency listed gets one  appointee: the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Mississippi Forestry Department.

Section § 51-9-1 of the Mississippi Code defines membership into the Pearl River Industrial Commission.  That portion of the law states that the member of the Commission appointed by Rankin County must be a leaseholder of property from the PRVWSD. 

The text from the Mississippi Code:

§ 51-9-107. Board of directors
All powers of the district shall be exercised by a board of directors, to be composed of the following:

(a) Each member of the Pearl River Industrial Commission whose county becomes a part of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District shall be a member of the Board of Directors of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District. Such directors shall serve on this board during their term of office on the Pearl River Industrial Commission. In addition the board of supervisors of each county which becomes a part of the district shall appoint one (1) additional member.

(b) The Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality, the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Forestry Commission and the State Board of Health of the State of Mississippi shall each appoint one (1) director from that department to serve on the Board of Directors of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District to serve at the pleasure of the respective board appointing him.

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Barnett Reservoir

Flowood Baptist Golf Tournament



Flowood Baptist Church To Host 16th Annual Golf Tournament.

 Saturday, April 21
Refuge in Flowood 


Proceeds from the tournament are used to fund a 
church mission trip for the Brotherhood of the Church.



The church website says:

For many years now our men’s group has gone all over the USA helping smaller churches and Baptist Associations with various types of construction needs. We’ve worked in the states of Louisiana, New Mexico, Colorado, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Alabama, Iowa, and West Virginia. We take this trip the third week of May, usually leaving on the Friday/Saturday night preceding that third Sunday. In recent years the Lord’s blessed us to be able to offer the trip to anyone - at no cost - who can go. The funds come from our annual golf tournament held in April. Everyone, male and female, is welcomed to go!

More info about Flowood Baptist Church HERE.

Hole sponsors are needed, for only $125 you can help this worthy cause.

Questions?  Contact Donnie Thomas, Tournament Director, at 601-238-6023, or Bill Mays at 601-594-4048.

Tournament Flyer HERE

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Barnett Reservoir

Thursday, March 15, 2012

HB 515 Passes House

Rep. Mark Baker discussing HB515

Rep. Mark Baker's HB515 passed the Mississippi House Thursday afternoon.  The bill would allow county boards of supervisors to pass ordinances that target a defined area of a county.  Currently any ordinance passed by a county board applies county wide. 

Rep. Baker said the bill could be used to pass ordinances targeting areas like overlay districts.

The house vote was 96 for and 17 against.

The bill now moves to the Senate.

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Barnett Reservoir

Rez Board Meeting Thursday

The Board of Directors for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District will meet Thursday morning.  Their agenda follows:

AGENDA FOR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF
DIRECTORS OF THE PEARL RIVER VALLEY WATER
SUPPLY DISTRICT HELD AT THE DISTRICT’S MAIN
OFFICE, AT 9:30 A.M. ON THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012


1.   Opening prayer – Vernard Murrell

2.   Pledge of Allegiance – W. C. Gorden

3.   Request for acceptance of Minutes from a regular 
     meeting held on February 16, 2012

4.   Report from Department of Wildlife, Fisheries 
     and Parks – Ramie Ford

5.   Report from Attorney

6.   Commissioning of Patrol Officers Jeremy Pogue
     & William J. Horton

7.   Committee Recommendations:
     Executive Committee:
     I.    Approval of proposed addition to Patrol 
           SOP regarding AVL

     II.   Approval of amendments to proposed regulation
           changes

     Parks Policy Committee:
     I.    Approval of contracts for landscape services
           at Goshen Springs Campground and Timberlake 
           Campground

     Forestry Committee:
     I.    Approval for re-bid timber sale

     Shoreline Development/Environmental Quality Committee:
     I.    Approval to accept amendment to water tower
           attachment agreement for Verizon Wireless

     II.   Approval to accept MOU extension with MSU for
           aquatic plant management support

     III.  Approval of ADA Transition Plan

     IV.   Approval of Invitation for Lease Proposal 
           No. 152
     V.    Approval of Invitation for Lease Proposal
           No. 153
     VI.   Approval of Request for Qualifications from
           Engineering Firms to Conduct a Lake Operating
           Level Study

8.   Approval of per diem and travel for the month of
     February 2012

9.   Consideration and approval of Cash Balance Report

10.  Consideration and approval of Claims Docket 

11.  Consideration and acceptance of the Annual
     Insurance Proposal 

12.  Committee Minutes and Miscellaneous Correspondence

13.  Patrol Report

14.  Executive Director’s comments

15.  Next Regular Meeting – April 19, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.

MEETING ADJOURNED

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Barnett Reservoir

Move To Be Fit 5K

1ST ANNUAL MCEC
MOVE TO BE FIT
5K RUN ● 5K WALK
BENEFITING NEW SUMMIT SCHOOL

Saturday, March 24th at 7:00 a.m.
New Summit School 
1417 Lelia Drive
Jackson, MS 39216
601.982.7827 

Event coming up to benefit New Summit School.
More info about Mississippi Community Education Center HERE
  
Registration Form HERE
Sponsorship Form HERE

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Barnett Reservoir