Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Flowood Day 2014

The internet is scant of information regarding this year's Flowood Family Festival.  We know it will be Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Liberty Park (behind the Flowood YMCA), from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.  According to the City's website, there will be "an array of high-energy games and attractions that wow the children. Space Jumps, Slides, Obstacle Courses, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Train Rides are only a few of the Free options that will be enjoyed."  

Randy Houser from Lake, Mississippi, is the headliner.  Last year was a blast.  I believe everyone in Flowood (and parts beyond) were in attendance.  See you there!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Boat Show Coming to Old Trace Park

Show your mom how much you love her by bringing her to the Boat Show!

Tornado Relief Drive

Here is a way you can help close to home.


Rez FD Hydrant Testing

Below is a Press Release from the Reservoir Fire Department regarding its annual hydrant testing program.


From PRVWSD Regarding Rainfall

Incredibly, only 1.75 inches of rain fell in the Reservoir as the result of yesterday's bad weather.  The PRVWSD will open the gates at the Spillway slightly to allow the additional water to flow out.  This is only expected to raise the Pearl River below the Spillway to 28 feet, well within the safe ranges.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Resort Area Petition

I'm back from vacation.  Thank you, it's good to be back.  Below is information on the Resort Area petition drive.  You may recall, HB 836, recently signed into law by the Guv authorizes the PRVWSD to obtain "Resort Status" (i.e., sell liquor by the glass) upon a referendum by the electorate.


The actual Petition for Election is below the jump

Friday, April 25, 2014

Virtual Marathon is Back

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation's Virtual Marathon is back.  This is the manner in which the Foundation raises money for the actual fireworks display during the Independence Day Celebration.  This is how it works:

1.   Pay $30;
2.   Get a swag bag;
3.   Between now and May 30, run 26.2 miles at your own pace;
4.   Tell all your friends you ran a marathon;
5.   Sit back in lawn chair at Lakeshore Park, sip a cool water, and watch the beautiful fireworks you helped fund;
6.   All while sporting your sweet RezKrewe shirt.


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mark Your Extended Calendar

Just announced:  The Barnett Reservoir Foundation will host an Arts & Crafts Fair in mid-November.  It will be at Lakeshore Park and is being marketed as the place to buy all your Christmas gifts.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rankin County Board of Supervisors Minutes

Here are the minutes from the April 7, 2014, meeting.  Remember, you can access past board minutes online at the www.rankincounty.org website.  Click on "Elected Officials", then "Board of Supervisors", then "Online Services" (or just bookmark this page).  It may not be the easiest to find, but it is a valuable resource to the community.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Imperator Black IPA at Table 100



This Friday, at Table 100, Abita brewery will serve an exclusive, cask conditioned ale called Imperator Black IPA.  Table 100 will serve $5 pints until it is gone.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Castlewoods Community Garage Sale

Castlewoods is having a subdivision-wide garage sale on Saturday, May 3, so start saving your pennies.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Traffic Control Fee Document Updated

This is more in line with my understanding of what the policy would be.  I'm glad they clarified.

Project Rezway Tomorrow!


Project Rezway 2014 is tomorrow evening.  This fundraiser benefits the Keep the Rez Beautiful organization. KRB is an organization I can vouch will put every penny raised into improving the Reservoir.  I encourage you to attend, sponsor, tell your friends, share on Facebook, and otherwise support this project. It benefits us all.

Read about it at the links below:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Traffic Control Fees to Be Collected by PRVWSD

Read this press release, it deals with important stuff.  May 3 is the first Saturday in May. I see no exemption here for present leaseholders.  Best break out the bike if you plan to go to a public park in the PRVWSD.

Daily Water Level Update

The PRVWSD held the current discharge last night with no increase in the rate of cfs from the Spillway dam. By this morning, the discharge equaled the forecast inflow from upstream.  The Pearl River in Jackson thus stayed below the peak from Friday of last week.  The water levels within the Rez are stopped and the PRVWSD will slowly begin reducing the water levels.  Rain is forecast for Friday, but it is not expected to be high.


PRVWSD Board Agenda for Thursday's Meeting

Monday, April 14, 2014

Smoked Ribs for a Good Cause


Recent Rains Affect on Pearl River Flooding-Updated

The present rain is not predicted by those in the know to have much of an effect on flooding levels on the Pearl River in Jackson.  PRVWSD plans to hold the discharge at 33,900 cfs throughout today.  This will cause the Pearl River to peak in Jackson at 33.5 feet, well below imminent danger levels.


Debris-fing You on Clean Up Week

Hopefully you didn't trash that RC Waste Management bill.  On it, we were reminded the new rate increase goes into effect on July 1, 2014.  The regular rate goes to $50.  Senior citizens and disabled individuals will pay $25.

In further junky news, Rankin County Cleanup Week is April 28 through May 3.  This is your chance to rid yourself of bulky items, tires, limbs, and like items.  Various drop-off places will litter the county that week. In the reservoir, that would include Fire Station No. 3 on the Northshore, and Sandhill Library in Pisgah. This opportunity isn't rubbish; don't waste it.

A reminder from our discussion last year, "white goods" are large electrical appliances commonly used in your house for domestic puposes, i.e., refrigerators and washing machines.

lCleanup

Friday, April 11, 2014

Water Level Update

Flow into the Rez crests today.  The PRVWSD leadership believes everything is in good shape.  Discharge from the spillway was cut back at 7 a.m. this morning.  PRVWSD plans to cut back discharge by 2,000 cfs every 12 hours through the weekend.  As a result, the Rez water level will rise.

All of this means the Pearl below the spillway will fall from here on out, and allow the backwater to drain. Even with the expected 1 to 2 inch rain fall on Sunday night and Monday morning, everything is looking manageable.

From my vantage point, it appears much planning goes into discharge levels.  There is a strategy involved that makes me thankful we have good people calling the shots on discharge levels and lake water levels.

Flowood Mayor's Easter Egg Hunt

Mayor Rhoad's Annual Easter Egg hunt is Saturday, April 19, 2014, beginning at 10 a.m.  It will take place at Liberty Park (behind the Flowood YMCA).  This activity is for children aged 0 to 10 years.

New Taco Bell Coming to Castlewoods Area

Super D drugstore did not last long as a stand alone business across Lakeland Drive from its original location.  Let's see if Taco Bell can break away from its gas station roots and survive as a stand alone. Expect a large, modern, Taco Bell soon in the old Super D location in front of Kroger

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Update from PRVWSD on Water Situation



The PRVWSD will hold the current discharge of 45,000 cfs until the Pearl crests at the Spillway on Saturday morning.  The crest of the Pearl River at Highway 80 is being revised to 35.0 feet, down a half foot from earlier predictions. The Rez level will continue to drop until tomorrow morning.  Thereafter, the Rez will rise as water is stored in the lake to reduce peak flooding in Jackson.  Once the upriver peak reaches the Spillway, the PRVWSD will reduce the discharge.

Beware, rain is expected for Sunday night and Monday morning.

Business Expo in Richland This Evening


Taste of Flowood Tonight

73 degrees at game time, sunny, with no chance of rain.  See you at the Refuge at 5:30 p.m.  Details.

Lakeshore Park After:

Happy children playing on clean, well kept playground.  For the before, see this.  Good job, PRVWSD!

Flowood Young Professionals Mudbug Bash

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Latest on Water Levels-Updated (new information underlined)

According to the PRVWSD, discharge from the spillway will hold at 45,000 cfs for the next two days.  This is predicted to keep the Pearl River in Jackson at 35.0 feet on Thursday.  Friday, the National Weather Service is still predicting water levels of 35.5 feet. The Rez gage height is predicted to drop to 297.2 tomorrow, then rise to 298 on Saturday.

City of Brandon Mayor's Easter Egg Hunt


The Guv Declares State of Emergency in Hinds


From WJTV:

"Multiple counties in Mississippi have been impacted by these storms. High water remains in many areas and could continue to rise if we see additional rainfall. Residents should avoid floodwaters and take all necessary safety precautions," Gov. Bryant said. "MEMA and other state agencies are working to assist the counties and residents that have been impacted, and this state of emergency declaration will allow the use of additional tools and resources as we respond to this weather event."

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has activated the State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate response for the ongoing flooding, and recovery from severe weather.

For the latest on road conditions, go to www.mdottraffic.com, download the free MDOT mobile phone app or dial 5-1-1. 


The warning from the National Weather Service:

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE PEARL RIVER AT JACKSON * UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. * AT 8:30 PM TUESDAY THE STAGE WAS 33.0 FEET. * MINOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MODERATE FLOODING IS FORECAST. * FLOOD STAGE IS 28.0 FEET. * FORECAST... THE RIVER WILL CONTINUE RISING TO NEAR 35.5 FEET BY FRIDAY EVENING. * IMPACT... AT 35.8 FEET... WATER IS CLOSE TO ENTERING HOMES IN NORTHEAST JACKSON. * IMPACT... AT 35.4 FEET... WATER BEGINS TO ENTER HOMES IN THE HIGHTOWER AREA. 


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Alert!: Update on Water Levels



The water level issue is turning into a problem.  The National Weather Service and Army Corps of Engineers are predicting a 45,000 cfs inflow to the Rez on Friday.  This prediction does not include any rain we receive between now and then (and it is predicted to rain this afternoon).

According to the John Sigman of the PRVWSD, the discharge from the Rez will increase to 40,000 cfs today, and 45,000 cfs at 6 p.m. this evening.  As a result, the Pearl River is predicted to rise to 34 feet in Jackson by this afternoon, and 35 to 35.5 feet later tonight.  People, we are on the cusp of what NOAA refers to as "Major" (36 foot) flooding.

See the chart in the post below to see what that means, i.e., water will be close to entering homes in NE Jackson.

It is predicted these high flows will continue for the next 6 to 7 days.  In the meantime, the level of the Rez will rise above 298 gage height, and could go as high as 298.5 gage height.


Upcoming PRVWSD Board and Committee Meetings

The next meeting of the Board of Directors of the PRVWSD will be Thursday, April 15, 2014, at the main board room at PRVWSD headquarters, 115 Madison Landing, Ridgeland, MS, at 9:30 a.m.  

On Monday, April 14, the various committees of the Board will meet at the following times:

3:00 p.m. -- Parks Policy Committee will meet to discuss the Reservoir YMCA's fundraising efforts, approve the final work-up to the new camping policy, approve the advertising of bids for the Fannin Landing Restroom Building, and discuss the annual lake use permit fee.

3:30 p.m. -- Shoreline Committee will meet to discuss the Property Maintenance Report, Water-Sewer Rate Study, and design services for the permit and payment center.

4:00 p.m. -- Executive Committee will meet to discuss the proposed annual lake use permit fee and legal services.




Monday, April 7, 2014

New Water Level Information


According to the National Weather Service, the following happens at the following river level:
43.28Major flooding is occurring in the Jackson area which includes downtown and most of Northeast Jackson.
38A large number of homes are flooded in Northeast Jackson and water is in some buildings in downtown Jackson.
35.79Water is close to entering homes in Northeast Jackson.
35.4Water begins to enter homes in the Hightower area.
35Some businesses are affected near Town Creek.
33Rosemary road is closed. Sidney Street is impassable. There is water on West Street. The Playing field off Westbrook Road is underwater. There is water on Nichols and Julienne Streets in the Hightower area; however, both are passable. Water is approaching Packs Auto Detail Shop on South West Street.
32Water begins to affect businesses on South President and South Farish Streets. Sidney Street is flooded.
31Water begins to impact approaches to additional homes and businesses in the Byram area.
30Water backs up into several creeks and streams in the Jackson area. Water is under some homes near the river in the Byram area.
29Farmland in Southern Rankin County begins to flood and water begins to affect homes near the river in the Byram area.
28Minor flooding of lowland near the river is occurring. Water begins to back up into several creeks and streams in the Jackson area.
26Roads near the river in Lefleurs Bluff State Park begin to flood.
24The Waste Water Treatment Plant loses its natural outflow and must initiate pumping.

Taste of Flowood this Thursday

Extended forecast says the weather will be perfect.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Additional Rain to a Swollen River . . .

. . . produces this.  It's estimated to rise another 4 feet between now and Tuesday, with an estimated peak of 30.5 feet.  


Be advised, this "prediction" continues to change.  A few hours after my original post this morning, the predictions show a 32.5 foot crest at 4 p.m. on Thursday.  That's right below the red color, which always makes me a bit nervous.  Check this link for all the latest.  

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Reservoir Articles in the Rankin County News

This week, the following articles may be of interest:

  --  Bill could pave way for Conference Center.  SB 2990 passed both houses and awaits the Governor's signature.  This bill allows Flowood residents to vote whether to approve an additional 2 percent tax on hotel rooms in the city.  The revenue would go towards the construction of a conference center.  Sixty percent of the voters must approve the tax for it to go into effect.

  --  Warmer day temps should accelerate Old Fannin work.  Officials hope for completion by the end of this year.  Don't forget designated bike lanes will be on both sides of the road.  "We're getting closer to the peak period of construction, no doubt about it," said project engineer Jake Keys.

  --  Jackson Police assists Flowood, apprehends missing suspect.  Flowood got their man.  Gary M. Stiff, who earlier led Flowood PD on a high speed chase with a baby in the back seat, was apprehended by Jackson PD and handed over to Flowood.  Stiff will be prosecuted for fleeing law enforcement, a felony.  He also faces multiple traffic offenses.  Previous stories here and here.

  -- JP Seniors donate Pounding the Pavement race proceeds for cancer research.  Anna Grace Buchanan lost her father to cancer.  She and Cara Lee Crawford, both affected by the disease in their families, organized the Pounding the Pavement 5K.  Now in its second year, the Jackson Prep Senior Class donated $14,360.11 to further cancer research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  See earlier story.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Garage Sale Saturday!

Here is a reminder about all the neighborhood sponsored garage sales going on in the Reservoir area tomorrow morning.

Hidden Hills Subdivision
Millcreek Subdivision
Avalon
Farmington Station
Regatta
Bethany Adoption Services at High's Heaters off Grant's Ferry Road
St. Mark's UMC Youth

This Year's PRVWSD Legislation

This year's legislative session did not produce much volume related to the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District. The one big piece of legislation, HB 836, authored by Reps. Brent Powell and Mark Baker, added a local option for leasehold lands.  This Bill, which presumably could bring alcohol by the glass to leasehold lands, has been discussed previously here and (briefly) here.  It was signed by the Governor on March 17, 2014. The next step is to have a vote.

Two other bills mention the PRVWSD.  One being HB 1409, a budget bill designed to "revise" the Rankin County Sheriff's pay by an additional $10,000.00, apparently in part because he must put up with the PRVWSD.

Finally, there was HB 1491, the PRVWSD's annual budget bill.  Like all state agencies, the legislature must approve the budget for the PRVWSD.  This does not mean the State appropriates monies to the PRVWSD out of the General Fund, or any other state piggy bank.  This simply means that the fine men and women we elect as our legislators must approve the expenditure of funds raised by the PRVWSD, through leasehold fees, or otherwise.  This is evidenced by the title of the Bill (Special Funds) and the opening statement of Paragraph 1: "The following sum, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is authorized and approved for expenditure out of any funds which are received by or otherwise become available to the [PRVWSD]".  Other state agencies' appropriates bills contain language like: "The following sums, or so much thereof as may be necessary, are appropriated out of any money in the State Treasury not otherwise appropriated . . ." See, e.g., SB 2789 (Workers' Comp. Commission Budget Bill).

HB 1491 approved the PRVSWD budget of $18,226,845.00, along with 121 full time employees.  HB 1491 is provided below for your reading enjoyment.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

This Would Not Be a Good Time for Tornadoes

Below is the text from an email sent by Rankin County Emergency Operations:

"The weather sirens in Rankin County are not currently working and may be inoperable for the next 24 to 72 hours.
This does not include municipality sirens.
Please check the Rankin County website at www.rankincounty.org for updates."


As of the present time, there are no additional updates at www.rankincounty.org.  I do note Rankin County Emergency Operations' website, www.rankineoc.com is presently "under construction." 

Forever Young Spring Fling

It's a dinner and dance for senior citizens.  Tomorrow, April 4, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Richland Community Center, 410 Harper Street, Richland, Mississippi.  Tickets are $5 each.  All proceeds go to Alzheimer's Association of MS.

Questions, comments, or concerns?  Call Stacy Therrell at 601.906.2260, or stherrell@sta-home.com

Money Appropriated for Lakeland Expansion



From State Senator Josh Harkins:

The last bill we voted on was the appropriation for MDOT that allocated money specifically to 6 lane Lakeland Drive. IT PASSED!!!!! It is on the way to Governor Bryant. . . . From Airport Road to Castlewoods is the first phase.