Thursday, July 31, 2014

Resort Status Vote Set

The vote on Resort Status will take place on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.  There will only be one polling place, the Reservoir Community Center, next to the Reservoir Fire Department on Spillway Road.

Treblemaker Trio's Last Tryst

This Saturday, the Reservoir-area's own, Treblemaker Trio, will be performing for the last time at Soulshine Pizza on Lakeland Drive.  The music starts at 7 p.m.  From band member, Fred Greene, "It’s been ten years full of fun, and we hope to share this fun with as many of you as possible this Saturday night.  Peace my friends, and thanks for all your support."

If you are looking for good music, and good fun, check them out.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Resort Status Signatures Certified

I just received word the Rankin County Circuit Clerk certified the necessary 2,000 signatures on the Petition drive for resort status.  The next step is to have an election, which may be as soon as September.

This Week at the Rez

This week's News from the PRVWSD, posted verbatim:

Draw hunt process begins Friday
The application period for the second year of draw archery deer hunts opens on Friday (Aug. 1) and will run through Aug. 15. The hunts will be held below the Barnett Reservoir dam — two zones, Madison and Rankin — and on Sections M&N — three zones, east, central and west — on the north shore of Pelahatchie Bay. It costs nothing to apply but selected hunters will be required to purchase a $300 permit for the spillway and $200 in the Bay. For details, visit www.therez.ms.gov. 

Visit The Rez at the Wildlife Extravaganza
The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and the Barnett Reservoir Foundation will share a booth at this weekend’s 28th annual Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza at the Trade Mart in Jackson. PRVWSD representatives will be available to answer questions and share the latest information on The Rez and take applications for the draw deer hunts (see above). In addition to selling Reservoir license plates — we need about 70 more — the Foundation will offer several raffle items including:
* Two draw hunts, one in the spillway area and the other in the Bay, with the winners getting first choice of areas and dates.
* A guided bass fishing trip on The Rez with local tournament angler Jeff Roberts, who is also a Foundation member and reservoir resident.
* A guided crappie fishing trip on the Rez with 2013 Magnolia Crappie Club points champion Charles Lindsay of Pelahatchie.
* A “Bubba Cooler” handcrafted by PRVWSD General Manager John Sigman.
The drawing for those items will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday. You do not have to be present to win.
In addition, in a separate raffle, tickets will be sold for an Eli Manning autographed Super Bowl XLVI game jersey (see below for details).

Eli Manning Super Bowl jersey raffle
The Barnett Reservoir Foundation is conducting a raffle for an Eli Manning autographed New York Giants game jersey from Super Bowl XLVI, courtesy of Bank Plus. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20.
Tickets will go sale this week at the PRVWSD/Barnett Reservoir Foundation booth at the Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza, and will remain available through Foundation members and at the websites of PRVWSD (TheRez.ms) and the Foundation (BarnettReservoirFoundation.org), and at Kathryn’s Steakhouse in Ridgeland.
The drawing for the jersey will be conducted at Kathryn’s Steakhouse in Ridgeland on Aug. 28th at halftime of Ole Miss’ first game of the 2014 football season. You do not have to be present to win.

Smokin’ on The Rez music
The Barnett Reservoir Foundation’s 2nd annual Smokin’ on The Rez BBQ and Music Festival will be held Oct. 24-25 at Old Trace Park. The BBQ event is sanctioned by the Memphis BBQ Network, and the music will be headlined by a pair of rising Nashville groups — LoCash Cowboys and HanaLena. The music lineup will include two groups on Friday night and five on Sunday. The final playbill will be announced later.

Summer fishing news

While the summer of 2014 has been milder than most, the fishing activity has been hot. Crappie fishermen are reporting excellent catches deep, either by jigging around any horizontal cover (limbs of old trees) fishing 10-11 feet deep in at least 15 feet of water and deeper. Bass fishing surprisingly has not shifted to the deep drops as is normal for the summer, but instead is best in shallower water on various structure or cover, including rocks, stumps and vegetation. Striped bass have moved up on the drops normally dominated by largemouth bass. The best reports are for catfish, however, with outstanding results. The best fishing appears to be on deep flats (10-12 feet) in the lake near drop-offs. Jug fishermen — those who use free-floating devices — are reminded that many areas of Barnett Reservoir are closed to both jug lines and trotlines, and that includes the main lake south of a line from where the Twin Harbor channel crosses the Natchez Trace to Fannin Landing, and areas of Pelahatchie Bay south of the main boat channel to Spillway Road.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Old Post Concerning Old Fannin Road Expansion

How about this walk down memory lane?  A recent commentor posted on one of Jim's old posts concerning the Old Fannin Road construction.  The original post dated April 16, 2012, can be found here, and it is entitled "Old Fannin Road Update".  The meat of the post, I copy below for your reading enjoyment:
  
After many delays the project to widen Old Fannin Road is about to take a major step forward.  Last Thursday the Rankin County Board of Supervisors voted to advertise for construction bids. 
  • Plans called for the existing road to be widened to 5 lanes and include:
    • 2 traffic lanes and a bike trail northbound
    • 2 traffic lanes and a bike trail southbound
    • A center turn lane
  • Road will be wider than a conventional 5 lane road because of the two 5 foot bike trails.
  • Cost of project to be $11.2 million - $7.8 million in MDOT funds and $3.4 million in Rankin County funds. 
  • Project is 2.7 miles long and will run from Spillway Road to the Flowood city limits near the Flowood library. 
  • Project completion time estimated to be 20 months. 
  • New road will have 5 traffic lights that will be synchronized by radio interconnect to ensure smooth traffic flow.  Traffic light locations:
    • Eagle Drive
    • Bridalwood Dr
    • Farmington Blvd/Vernon Jones
    • Oak Grove Dr.
    • Avalon/River Chase

How about that; less than two year estimated completion date.  When will construction companies ever shoot straight with consumers about estimated completion dates.  Wouldn't it be better if they were honest at the outset and tripled the "perfect conditions" estimate?  That way, everyone would be happy when they finished in three years rather than 5.  I digress. . . .

The comment that triggered this post questioned whether the bike lanes are still included in the current construction.  I've never seen anything indicating they were not.  I assume new lines will be painted once construction is complete, and the bike lanes, similar to what we have on the causeway, will be included.  If anyone knows if this has changed, speak up.  

Events for This Weekend

Some things going on this weekend.

     -- Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza at the Trade Mart
     -- Ice Cream "Grossial" (like "social") at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.
     -- Last Splash (formerly known as Back to Zool) at the Jackson Zoo.
     -- Back to School Health Fair from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Flowood Library.
     -- Run for the Son at First Baptist Jackson.

PRVWSD June 2014 Board Minutes

Below are the June 2014 minutes of the PRVWSD Board of Directors.  Of note:

     --  Action is being taken on the recently discussed expansion of Timberlake Campground within the present boundaries of the park.
     --  A "beer garden" was approved for the "Smokin' on the Rez" BBQ event in October.
     --  Rowan Companies, PLC, received a special permit for alcohol sales.  Said company will rent out Lakeshore Park on September 13 and October 18.  Rowan Companies is an offshore drilling company.
     --  Concepts for master plan alternatives were approved covering the old "Rapids on the Reservoir" property.  Nothing concrete was contained in these master plan alternatives, but it starts the ball rolling on being able to market the property.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fat Cake Guy Closed

It is with much sorrow we mourn the passing of another locally owned small business.


Thanks to Kapt Kangaroo for the head's up.

Friday, July 25, 2014

PRVWSD Draw Hunting Rules

On August 1, you can begin applying for the PRVWSD draw hunts.  The rules for posted below. As we have covered, the rules changes from the year previous.  Essentially, the hunts are longer, and a friend can hunt with you (presumably cutting the permit fee in half).  Note these are archery/crossbow only hunts.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Update on Resort Status

The PRVWSD posted the following announcement on its website:  "Reservoir Area Homeowners Resort Area Petition have been submitted[.] We await verification of signatures and date of referendum vote."

This is good news for those in favor of Resort Area Status.  Once the proper number of signatures have been verified, a vote will be set for leasehold residents.  I wonder aloud whether the November general election is viable as a date.  A majority vote of the qualified electors voting in said election will be necessary to obtain Resort Status.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Howls and Meows

This is a non-profit formed by Rankin Countians, run by Rankin Countians, and designed to help Rankin County animals.  Last year's dinner was a huge success.  If you are so inclined, the RCAAF would put your donations to good use.


Monday, July 21, 2014

McDaniel is Denied (Again) in Rankin County

Senator Cochran won the June 24, 2014, runoff statewide by 7,600 votes.  It was a hard fought race and close down to the wire.  To date, Chris McDaniel has not conceded and, in fact, continues to hint he may challenge the election.  In an effort to gather evidence, McDaniel filed suit against a hand full of Circuit Clerks throughout the State, including, oddly enough, Rankin County's own, Becky Boyd.  

Senator Cochran carried Rankin County by over 1,500 votes on June 24, 2014.  These are salt-of-the-earth Republicans.  As far as I know, there has not been a whiff of alleged impropriety leveled against the Rankin County campaign (in part because there aren't enough Democrats in Rankin County to make much of a cross-over difference).

McDaniel desires to view the Rankin County poll books in their original form.  Circuit Clerk Boyd argued State law requires her to redact certain personal information, like social security numbers, telephone numbers, birthdates, etc. Redacting takes time, a commodity McDaniel doesn't have if he's going to file a legitimate challenge.  The Mississippi Supreme Court previously rejected McDaniel's claims insofar as they related to the Harrison County Circuit Clerk.  Today, Rankin County Circuit Judge William Chapman, entered his Order Denying Petition for Mandamus.  That Order is below.

PRVWSD May Crime Report

Jackson Jambalaya beats me to the punch.

July 4 Boat Rescue Video


MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS Check out WLBT's video story from the July 4 boat rescue by PRVWSD Reservoir Patrol.  Outstanding, Reservoir Patrol!  Thank you for your service.

It's the End of the World as We Know It and I Feel Fine

Traffic lights being erected all down Old Fannin Road.  Life, as we know it, is about to change.  Wouldn't it be great if the road construction were finished by Christmas?  Reader, Chris Merck points out that bases for these stoplights have been put on at Barnett Bend II, Bridlewood, Farmington Station, Oak Grove, and Avalon.  That's what we have so far.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

LeFleur Museum District

Do yourself a favor and check out the LeFleur Museum District's webpage.  This was a good idea to combine the four museums under one marketing umbrella.  Big things are happening at all the museums right now.  Rick Cleveland has turned the Sports Hall of Fame around; my kids love the current Grossology exhibit at the Natural Science Museum; the Children's Museum just opened the Literacy Garden outdoor exhibit, and the Agricultural Museum keeps things interesting with original events, like the upcoming Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Crazy, Dancing Pizza Sign Guys

Intersection pandhandlers are bad enough.  Now, we have to deal with roadside adults, dancing to an unheard beat, and waving signs for $5 pizza.  One at Little Caesar's, you could ignore, or at least tolerate. Now that Marco's Pizza upped the ante, I refuse to give in any longer.  Serenity now! This post explores the legality of this marketing foolishness.  

Both establishments are located within the heart of the Reservoir Community District (Overlay), so we look to those ordinances for guidance.  "Sign" is defined within those ordinances as "every device, frame, letter, figure, character, mark, point, design, picture, trademark or reading matter which is used or intended to be used to attract attention or convey information when the same is placed out of doors in view of the general public." There should be little question a gyrating person holding a bright orange sign, whose sole purpose is to attract the attention of unhealthconcious consumers,  falls within this definition.  As a result, the sign regulation portion of said ordinance controls.

Not surprisingly, I find no provision allowing people to hold signs along the roadside advertising for goods. However, included in the Prohibited Signs portion, in Section 2609.05(1) are: "Animated signs:  Any sign, which includes action or motion."  I see no difference between a (badly) dancing human and an inflatable widgit.  As a result, in my opinion, the signs in question are expressly prohibited under the Overlay Ordinances.

The only other provision that comes close to being applicable is the Temporary Sign portion. However, there, the only mention of commercial/retail signs is in Section 2609.04(C), which allows canvas signs, banners, advertising flags, pennants, streamers, garlands and similar devices for 30 days after the initial opening of a business. That provision doesn't appear to be applicable.  

Human beings holding signs along the roadside to attract business (and distract drivers) are prohibited and the appropriate authority -- whether PRVWSD or Rankin County Office of Community Development -- should put a stop to it (or simply scrap the Overlay altogether).  


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Children's Cooking Camp

A copacetic cooking camp for kids is quickly coming to Lakeland Presbyterian Church.  Kicking off July 16, and cruising to July 18, from 9 a.m. to noon, careful culinary cuisine will be crafted by the kids with Mrs. Victoria.  Cost is a cool $30.  Register here.

Ultimate Frisbee Tournament


This Week at the Rez Email

·     Below is the weekly email from the PRVWSD.  So, the Lighted Boat Parade voting was hacked.  Is nothing sacred?  

            Fan Favorite Voting – Lighted Boat Parade:   Our FaceBook Fan Favorite voting was compromised by a hack.  To ensure a fair voting process, we have changed the voting procedure to email.   Please email:  FanFavoriteVote@TheRez.MS and give us the number of your favorite boat in the subject line.  Voting has been extended until July 14th at midnight.

·         The REZ tag presales have reached 225.  Only 75 more needed to complete our 300 goal.  Sign-up now if you haven’t already! 

·         PRVWSD will exhibit again at the 2014 Wildlife Extravaganza August 1, 2 & 3.  The Barnett Reservoir Foundation will have numerous prizes for raffle at this year’s Extravaganza, including two special permit draw hunts (archery only), a guided bass fishing trip, and a guided crappie fishing trip.   

·         Eli Manning autographed NY Giant’s Super Bowl jersey.  The Barnett Reservoir Foundation will hold a special raffle for the jersey.  Tickets will be on sale August 1st  

·         Like to hunt deer with a bow and hate waking up early for a long pre-dawn drive to camp?  The perfect answer for PRVWSD residents would be a weekend of quality hunting experience within a few minutes of your front door.  PRVWSD will conduct its second draw hunt below the dam and on sections M & N on the north shore of Pelahatchie Bay this season. The hunts are all four-day weekends, Thursday through Sunday, from Oct. 1-Jan-31.   The application period is Aug. 1-15 and there is no fee to apply. Permits are $300 for the spillway and $200 for the Bay, and you can bring a partner, who can also have a bow.


·         For more information, visit us online at www.TheRez.ms.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

YMCA Blastball Sign-ups Ongoing

It's a rite of passage in the Reservoir area.  Sign those youngsters up and watch the bee hive in action.


Free Jeff Bates Concert at Vineyard Church

Country music singer and Bunker Hill, Mississippi, native, Jeff Bates, is performing at a free concert this Friday evening at Vineyard Church, 5416 Lakeland Drive.  Here is a link to a story about the State of Mississippi honoring Jeff for his contributions to country music.  Go, for the testimony and the music.  


No Camping on Houseboat Island

The discussion below about the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area, and Houseboat Island's role within it, got me thinking.  I looked up the Pearl River WMA Regulations and noticed where camping is prohibited within the WMA.  Which means, it is unlawful to camp on Houseboat Island.  

Being the maverick that I am, I'll admit to camping on Houseboat Island in the past (statute of limitations has run, sorry).  It was the most miserable camping experience I've had.  The view, peace and solitude was great, but everything else made for a miserable time.  There was no firewood to be found, the sand fleas ran us inside the tent shortly after sundown, and the temperature never dipped below 90 (or so it seemed), all night long.  We couldn't dash into the water to escape the bugs or heat because the alligators encircled the island.  At night, we would swipe the flashlight across the water and see tens of eyes gleaming back at us. Interestingly, once the light hit them, the eyes would slowly slide toward the island. Memories made, but I'm not sad I can't go back. 

Win Dinner for Two "For a Year"

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

McAlister's Free Tea Day

McAlister's Free Tea Day is Thursday, July 24.  Book it!

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

This Saturday, the Flowood Library will be the scene of an epic battle of wits.  Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?  It will take place on Saturday, July 12, at 1 p.m.  Bone up on your elementary school science, and join the fun.  From the event's Facebook Page:

Join Derrel Palmer, broadcaster for the Mississippi Braves, as he hosts this historic game-show event designed to highlight the importance of reading and science! Going head to head in this epic battle for prizes are:

Surprise contestants from the:
Flowood Police Department & Flowood Fire Department

AND

Kathy Smith -City of Flowood Alderman
Lacey Kuyrkendall - Flowood Elementary Principal

Contestants will be racing to answer questions about science, following the format of the show. In this interactive audience event, we will get the chance to cheer on our city leaders and heroes as they compete for a Table 100 gift card!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sandbar Registration? Updated

I recently received the following email:

Good morning,

I have just been told that people were turned away from some of the Madison County side sand bars on the upper Pearl River over the weekend because they didn’t have the proper documentation in the form of a “registration” to authorize them to use the sand bar (Houseboat Island). Is this possibly a misunderstanding? I hear this registration must be obtained and presented to a PRV Officer by EACH PERSON on the boat, not just the boat owner.

I know of no registration requirement to park a boat at the sandbars upriver.  It may be that the individuals turned away were attempting to leave certain items overnight on the sandbar, like tents, chairs, coolers, or etc. In that case, the new Camping Regulations would kick in since the definition of "camping" would include "storing personal belongings" on a sandbar.   

Have any of my readers been required to "register" to use a sandbar?

Update as of July 8:  Apparently the MS Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks possesses the authority to require any individual on a sandbar within the Pearl River WMA to possess a WMA User Permit. This would apply to everyone on the sandbar, not just the boat captain.  WMA Permits are roughly $17.  I have it on good authority the MDWFP does not intend to enforce this unless individuals need it enforced upon them, i.e., creating a nuisance of themselves.  Of course, the only real sandbar within the WMA is Houseboat Island, so the breadth of this rule may be limited.



Thursday, July 3, 2014

Independence Day Celebration Info on PRVWSD FB Page



Go to the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District's Facebook page for pictures and video of this year's Independence Day Celebration.  There, you can:

  --  Vote on your favorite for the Lighted Boat Parade (even if No. 11 is not represented)
  --  Watch videos from the fireworks celebration
  --  See photos of the celebration from both parks.

Sigman to Speak to Flowood Rotary

The Executive Director of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, John Sigman, will speak to the Flowood Rotary Club on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.  I am President of that organization, and I encourage  my readers to join us.  We meet at noon at Table 100.  Cost of lunch for visitors is $10.  I encouraged John to speak on whatever topic he would like, and he has indicated he will take questions at the end of his presentation.  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

This Week at the Rez

Email from the PRVWSD below:

·         PRVWSD offices will be closed Friday, July 4th in accordance with Independence Day Holiday observation.

·         Officer Fred Coats has been selected as the new Campground Manager for Timberlake Campgrounds in Brandon, MS.   Officer Coats had been an officer of the PRVWSD Police Department for ten years prior to becoming assistant manager of Timberlake in 2013. 

·         The Independence Day Celebration at the REZ was a great success this past Saturday.  We thank all who came out and were a part of the community celebration.  Be sure to visit the PRVWSD Facebook page and vote for your favorite parade entry for the Lighted Boat Parade’s Fan Favorite. 

·         Striper time -  Oh yeah, it's hot on the water, but if you can take the heat, summer is a peak time for catching striped bass on the main lake at The Rez. Most of the time, the big fish, which this year are running 5 to 9 pounds, will let you know where they are when they start feeding on shad (a.k.a. "schooling") on the surface. The powerful splashes can be seen for over a mile. They will hit anything on top or any lure that can be worked fast just under the surface. When the fish are not blasting on top, another good method is trolling with Bandit 200 series or 300 series crankbaits along big contour changes (drops). Three good areas for that are the river channel edge off Twin Harbors, the drop off the flat at Fannin and off the dam. Trolling also allows you to keep the boat moving and stay cool.


·         If you don't have a boat, now is a good time to catch catfish. There is no bad place on the lake to catfish. Use cut bait, old shrimp or chicken liver and they will bite.

Rankin County Election Analysis

Below is a breakdown of the results from election day in Rankin County insofar as it affected the U.S. Senate Race.  This analysis is borrowed; I do not claim this analysis as my own.  Some of these numbers are extraordinary, i.e., a 20% increase in voting for the run-off.  Other interesting facts: 

     -  District 3 (Greg Wilcox) switched from McDaniel to Cochran.
     -  District 1 (Jared Morrison) was the only McDaniel district during the run-off, but he won it with a comfortable margin.
     -  District 2 (Wood Brown) was Cochran's best; he won it by nearly 1000 votes alone.

Overall County Results

Total of votes cast in Rankin County for Cochran or McDaniel on June 3 – 23,559
Total of votes cast in Rankin County for Cochran or McDaniel on June 24 – 28,276
Difference – increase of 4,717 votes cast
Percentage Difference – + 20.02%

Total votes for Cochran June 3 – 11,900
Total votes for McDaniel June 3 – 11,659
Difference - +241 for Cochran

Total votes for Cochran June 24 – 14,902
Total votes for McDaniel June 24 – 13,374
Difference - +1,528 for Cochran
  
Analysis by Supervisor District (below the jump)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Beef Jerky Outlet?

Reading this week's Flowood Chamber electronic newsletter, I happened across an announcement for new chamber member, The Beef Jerky Outlet.  I assumed this was a "funny" the chamber employees slipped in to the newsletter to see if anyone actually reads it.  Upon further review, and much to my surprise, there is an actual chain of stores across the country that specialize in selling jerky of all kinds.  I kid you not. Convenience store jerky is not good enough for American palates; bring on the jerky outlet store!

Hold on to your over haul jumpers, Rankin County is getting two Beef Jerky Outlets!  One at 257 Ridge Way, Building M, Suite 257, Flowood, and the other in Pearl somewhere (I assume the outlet mall).

Curious about The Beef Jerky Outlet, listen to their story (below the jump), but before you do, "like" them on Facebook:

Political Signs Still Bothering You?

Here we are seven days after the primary election is over and your neighbor refuses to remove his [candidate of choice] yard sign from his yard.  What can you do about it?  If you live in the Reservoir Community District, here is your answer:

Section 2609.04(E) of the Reservoir Community District ordinance states signs for candidates for political office "shall be removed within five (5) days [] following said election.  Signs for successful primary election candidates, eligible for the general election, may remain after the primary election but shall be removed within five (5) days after the general election."

In layman's terms, if it's a Thad Cochran or Travis Childers sign, it can stay; if it's a Chris McDaniel sign, Gary Windham or Charles Lindsey sign, it must go.  

Stubborn neighbor refusing to admit defeat and it's bothering you that bad?  Talk to him and ask him to take it down.  If that doesn't work, call the PRVWSD if you live on leasehold land, or fill out this form.  In the county, call the Rankin County Community Development office, or fill out this form.