Monday, September 24, 2018

When Fishing, Better Bring Bucket Labeled "Trash"

Below is a press release concerning a proposed regulation regarding trash.  Please understand that this is not yet a binding regulation -- it is simply in the comment phase.  If you have comments, send them to the PRVWSD at

Media Release
For Immediate Release
24 September 2018
PRVWSD plan: Fishermen must carry trash receptacle
Board trying to curb litter on Barnett Reservoir banks

Looking to end a continuing problem of litter on the banks of the Barnett Reservoir and especially at the Spillway Recreation Area, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District passed a proposed regulation Thursday that would require fishermen to carry a dedicated trash receptacle while fishing at the 33,000-acre lake.

Boaters are already required to have a trash container, and the new proposal would cover “any person, firm, or corporation fishing from the shore or bank of the Main Lake or any dyke, levy, groin, jetty or more appurtenant to the waters within the Reservoir Project Area.”
By container, the proposal includes the language, “a container marked ‘Thrash’ with stencil or other clear markings for the disposal of garbage or refuse.”

Kenny Latham, chairman of PRVWSD’s Parks Policy Committee, said the intent is to require a bucket of some type and not a bag, and give officers an enforceable litter law.

“This proposal came from meetings with fishermen, and was actually their idea,” Latham said. “It has the support of the Spillway Fishing Group and Keep the Reservoir Beautiful, and KRB is hoping to contribute bright orange labels like a bumper sticker that has ‘Trash’ on it.

“What it does is give enforcement officers a more enforceable law regarding litter on the banks. As it stands now, an officer must see the person drop the trash and then leave, which could be hours later. Once this law is in effect, the officer will have a tool to help stop littering - if you’re fishing and do not have a container, you could be ticketed.”

Under Mississippi’s Administrative Procedures Act, the proposal must undergo a mandatory comment period beginning the day it is posted by the Secretary of State. Comments can be made by email to, or by land mail to PRVWSD Comments, P.O. Box 2180, Ridgeland MS 39158.

After that time, the Board of Directors can move to take final action on the proposal, and the law would be effective 30 days later, which should be on or about Jan. 1, 2019.
Violations of the law would be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $1,000.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Jennifer Hall Re-Elected President of PRVWSD Board


September 21, 2018

Hall to remain PRVWSD Board President
Current slate of officers reelected unanimously Thursday

Jennifer Hall of Brandon was reelected Thursday to a second one-year term as president of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors.

Hall, who was appointed to the board by Gov. Phil Bryant in 2016 as a representative of Rankin County, is the ninth President - and the first female to hold the position - since PRVWSD was formed in 1958.

At the September PRVWSD board meeting, all current officers were unanimously re-elected, including Vice President Billy Cook of Carthage and Secretary Phillip Crosby of Leake County.

Two PRVWSD staff members will continue to assist the Board; Deputy Director Susan McMullan will continue to act as Treasurer and Executive Assistant Cindy Ford will remain as Assistant Board Secretary.

PRVWSD is a state agency that oversees operation of Barnett Reservoir. Its Board of Directors has 14 members that include two each from the five counties that border its property (Hinds, Leake, Madison, Rankin and Scott), and four representatives of state agencies (Health, Forestry, Environmental Quality, and Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks). Eight of the 14 must be leaseholders of PRVWSD, including both members from Madison and Rankin counties and all four agency appointments.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Troy Odom for Chancery Judge

My campaign for Rankin County Chancery Judge has understandably usurped much of the time I spent blogging on this site.  I'd like to share a video from the campaign trail.  I'd also appreciate your vote on November 6.

This video was paid for by The Friends of Troy Odom and approved by me.

Pearl River Clean Sweep Pics

By all accounts, the Pearl River Clean Sweep was a success.  Tons of refuse dragged from the bowels of the river by hundreds of volunteers.  Go to the following sites for pics:

  - Pearl Riverkeeper Facebook Page.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

9/11 Memorial Run

Yesterday, the Rez Fire Department ran around Pelahatchie Bay -- many in full gear -- to commemorate their brothers who sacrificed their lives on September 11, 2001.  In my opinion, this is the best tradition/annual event at the Rez.  As a fellow Rez citizen, thank you to the local fire department and other first responders who ran; thank you also to Keep the Rez Beautiful and to Americorp, to the Boy Scouts from St. Marks, and to the many other volunteers who made this special tribute happen.  You are what make the Reservoir the greatest place to live and work.

For photos from the event, check out the following Facebook pages:

 - Reservoir Fire Department
 - Flowood Rotary Club

Monday, September 10, 2018

Weed Spraying in the Rez

Media Release
For Immediate Release
10 September 2018

Giant salvinia found in Barnett Reservoir
Aggressive treatment to begin soon in Pelahatchie Bay

Giant salvinia, an aggressive non-native aquatic plant, has been found in the Pelahatchie Bay area of Barnett Reservoir near Jackson, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District announced.

Efforts to eradicate giant salvinia will require multiple applications of multiple herbicides, which the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) said will also have an unfortunate impact on important native vegetation, such as lotus (lily pads).

MDWFP first discovered giant salvinia in a small isolated patch along the Bay’s north shore earlier this summer, but recently located more of the problematic plant in pockets spread through a five-acre area. Efforts to contain its spread have begun, and the MDWFP will soon begin an aggressive spraying campaign to eradicate it.

Giant salvinia, an aquatic fern, is native to Brazil and was first found in the U.S. in South Carolina in 1995. MDWFP biologists say it is one of this country’s most dreaded invasive plants because of its rapid growth potential and the difficulty of eradication. Research has found that it is capable of doubling its biomass in 36 hours in optimal conditions, which include warm, still waters.

If unchecked, the plant can take over an entire lake cove in a matter of weeks with mats up to three feet thick, choking out all aquatic life and making boating, swimming or fishing impossible in affected areas.

This is the second time giant salvinia has been found in Barnett Reservoir. In 2013, a biologist recognized a small patch in the harbor at the Goshen Springs Boat Ramp on Mississippi Highway 43. It was quickly eradicated and removed from the water.

Since it is believed the plant is introduced to new waters primarily by boaters, PRVWSD and MDWFP officials say it is important that anglers and boaters clean, drain, and dry their boating equipment after each use to limit the spread of invasive species, and to report all non-native aquatic species they encounter to MDWFP Fisheries Bureau.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Pearl River Clean Sweep

Media Release
For Immediate Release
5 September 2018

Reservoir spillway area to close Sept. 15-16
to facilitate 2nd annual Operation Clean Sweep

Barnett Reservoir officials have announced that the Spillway Recreation Area below the dam will be closed Sept. 15-16 to accommodate the 2nd annual Operation Clean Sweep on the Pearl River.

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, the state agency that oversees the 33,000-acre lake, said the gates on the access ramps on both sides of the spillway will be locked at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 15 and only volunteers and staff working on the cleanup will be allowed to enter until further notice.

Officials said work is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday on the west side of the spillway and continue until it is complete. Cleaning on the east side, or Rankin County side, will follow and the east side parking lot will serve as the collection site for all trash gathered in the reservoir and nearby areas.

Organized by Pearl Riverkeeper Abby Braman of Madison, Operation Clean Sweep targets the entire Pearl River watershed, from the headwaters at Nanih Waiya above Philadelphia to the Pearl’s mouth on the Mississippi and Louisiana border at the Gulf of Mexico. It involves 490 miles of river flowing through 15 Mississippi counties and two Louisiana parishes. Using over 30 collection sites, the 2017 Sweep saw 1,015 volunteers pull 36,782 pounds of trash from the Pearl River.

For more information on or to volunteer for Operation Clean Sweep, visit

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Passing of Lt. Wayne Cockrell

There is a void left at the Reservoir with the passing of Lt. Wayne Cockrell.  Information on his arrangements is below:

We are deeply saddened to announce Lt. James "Wayne" Cockrell passed away this morning while preparing for duty. Wayne was a 22 1/2 year veteran of the Reservoir Police Department. He was 50 years old.
Visitation will be Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 6 PM until 8 PM at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2070 Spillway Road, Brandon, Mississippi 39047.
Funeral Services will be Friday, August 31, 2018 at 2 PM also at Lakeside Presbyterian Church with burial at Lakewood Memorial Park, 6000 Clinton Boulevard, Jackson, Mississippi immediately following.
We ask you be in prayer for his family of blood and blue. Wayne made a "larger than life" imprint on the lives he touched and his unexpected passing has left void in our hearts that will take time to heal.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Photos from CARA's Dog Days of Summer

Here is a link to the photos CARA published on its Facebook page from the Dog Days of Summer Festival at Pelahatchie Shore Park, including one of Yours Truly on the campaign trail. 

110 Photos of all the fun at the Rez that day.

Monday, August 27, 2018

IHOP Coming to Flowood

I like breakfast food.  I have the best memories as a child of going to IHOP, or some other greasy spoon as a treat for breakfast.  The pancakes just tasted better among the clatter of plates, the smell of coffee, the sizzle of bacon, and the clamor of voices among the patrons.  While I still lament the loss of breakfast at Fannin Mart, I'm sure Odom Family Fun will be eating here soon.

The City of Flowood announced that IHOP (or is it IHOB) is coming to Flowood.  The location is on Lakeland Drive, across Luckney Road from Hartfield Academy. 

Thanks to a regular reader for the tip!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Kimmiesweet Cupcake Shop

Kimmiesweett is a new cupcake shop at the Rez.  However, her reputation began at Northpark Mall a while ago.  She is at 1149 Old Fannin Road, next to Fernando's.  Her creations get rave reviews.  Check her out.

Dustin Cardon of The Jackson Free Press recently wrote an article about Kimmieesweett.  Below are excerpts:

Kimberly Ruffin, a Clinton resident and owner of bakery Kimmiesweett (1149 Old Fannin Road, Brandon), recently decided to turn part of her business into a baking-centered co-working space that will also offer classes focused on decorating and the artistry of baked goods.
The menu changes daily and often includes items such as bread pudding, cakes, brownies, cookies, cupcakes and more.
"At Kimmiesweett, you never know what you're going to get until you get here," Ruffin said. "Each day, I get up in the morning and think about what I want to make, and there's something new each day I want to try. I want my bakery to blur the line between structure and chaos, to be something refreshing and full of ideas like what I want people to be able to find for themselves here."

"Coming to this new space has been a blessing both for me and the community," Ruffin said. "When I left Northpark Mall, I wanted my new bakery to be somewhere that people could come in to chat as well as find something sweet. I want it to be like a breath of fresh air every time you come in, like when you're a kid and you walk into a candy shop. We have a space now for people to come and work, share ideas, have meetings over coffee and enjoy the moment."

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Busy Saturday at the Rez

You have plenty of options of things to do this Saturday at the Rez.

Shaggy's Kids Fishing Fest begins at 9 am at Lakeshore Park.

Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA) hosts their 11th Annual Dog Days of Summer Event at Pelahatchie Shore Park from 10 am to 3 pm.  From the website: 
Join us for a day of fun and remember to bring your leashed pets. Voluntary admission is a bag of dog food for our precious shelter dogs.
We will have our pet parade with contests for your pups. A children's carnival ($5) and lunch by Outback and Pizza Shack. There will be live music, arts and crafts vendors plus a petting zoo. Other entertainment will include agility, training, & K9 demo units. Be sure to check out our Silent auction of unique items all donated to raise funds for CARA.

The music at Smokin' on the Rez starts at 3:30 p.m.  The headliners, Vince Vance and the Valients, start at 6:30 p.m.  However, if you want to head to Lakeshore Park earlier to try some BBQ, you are more than welcome.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

PRVWSD Board Meeting

The Board of Directors for the PRVWSD meets tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Reservoir Community Center off Spillway Road.  This is a decent opportunity for Rankin County Rezidents to attend a meeting (or, at least better than 9 a.m. in Ridgeland).

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Alex Deaton Pleads Guilty to Castlewoods Murder

You remember this case:  Alex Deaton murders Heather Robinson in Castlewoods, shoots a jogger on Castlewoods Boulevard as he's leaving the scene, drives to Neshoba County and murders a 69 year old woman in a church, then goes on a nation wide crime spree, eventually being caught out West. 

He pleaded guilty yesterday to the Rankin County to murder, aggravated assault and grand theft.

Clarion Ledger article about the plea.
Old article from WJTV about the Neshoba County murder.

Monday, August 13, 2018

PRVWSD Committee Agendas Part II

Monday, August 13, 2018 2:15 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of June 2018.

2. Award of timber sale for Rankin X, a lump sum clear cut harvest.

3. Permission to advertise Leake I, a lump sum, clear cut harvest.

Monday, August 13, 2018 3:15 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of November 8, 2017 meeting.

2. Confirmation of Tammie Ballard as the District’s Building Official.

PRVWSD Committee Agendas Part I

Monday, August 13, 2018 2:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of July 18, 2018 meeting.

2. Campground and Parks Report for June 2018

3. Approval of Barnett Reservoir Foundation request for special beer permit for the October 28th Grand Fondo Bike Ride event at Old Trace Park.

4. Request for project closeout for the Madison Landing Breakwater Construction contract with Hemphill Construction.

5. Approval of Change Order No. 1 for Southern States Construction LLC for the Comfort Stations project.

6. Consideration of changes to regulations regarding hunting

7. Consideration for changes in fishing regulation concerning trash receptacles

8. Discussion of Campground Guidelines and Monthly Rental Contract.

Monday, August 13, 2018 3:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of the 18 July and 31 July 2018 meetings.

2. Request for approval of the final change order and for project closeout on the Shoreline Protection Phase II construction project at Sunrise Pointe and Paradise Pointe with Hemphill Construction.

3. Request to approve Supplemental Agreement No. 1 for the construction engineering and inspection contract with Neel Schaffer Engineers for the Upper Spillway Road Resurfacing Project.

4. Approval of general engineering services contract with Pickering Engineers, Volkert Engineering and Neel Schaffer Engineering.

5. Executive session to discuss potential leasing of District property.

Plenty to do at the Rez in August

[Don't give up on me yet.  The campaign is in full swing, but I can still find time to post a blog entry every now and then.]

There are still plenty of things to do at the Rez in August. 

August 25 -- Shaggy's hosts a Kids Fishing Fest at Lakeshore Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  It is free to all kids ages 6 to 14.  More info here.

August 25 -- Smokin' on the Rez begins after the Fishing Fest at Lakeshore. 

August 30 -- Sunset Concert Series continues with Keys v. Strings.  More info here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

MWF Wildlife Extravaganza

Here is the link to everything you need to know about the upcoming Wildlife Extravaganza.  Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5.  Enjoy!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Tragedy on Fannin Landing Circle

The Sheriff's Facebook post is below regarding the fatal accident on Fannin Landing Circle.

One Killed in Accident on Fannin Landing Circle
On Saturday afternoon July 21st, 2018 at approximately 2:00 p.m., the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a two vehicle accident in the 100 block of Fannin Landing Circle in Rankin County. Rankin County Deputies along with the Reservoir Fire Department, Pafford Ambulance and Aircare responded to the serious accident. Once on scene, responders found that a motorcycle had collided with a Jeep SUV head on causing serious injuries to the driver of the motorcycle. The male driver of the jeep sustained minor injuries.The driver of the motorcycle was airlifted to UMC where he passed away later in evening.
Rankin County Coroner David Ruth responded to UMC and he has identified the deceased as Justin Taylor Simmons, a 22 yoa male from Rankin County.
The accident is currently under investigation by Rankin County Deputies and Rankin County Corner David Ruth.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

L.I.F.E. on the Rez This Saturday!

Brought to you by the beautiful people of Keep the Rez Beautiful and Living Independence For Everyone of Mississippi, come out for L.I.F.E. on the Rez this Saturday!  Pelahatchie Shore Park from 11 to 3 p.m.  From Jeannine May of Keep the Rez Beautiful:

We will have air conditioned tents, free food, games,  music and more!  Journey of Hope (30 men from California are cycling  here to help people with disabilities sit in a kayak, many for the 1st time. ..Mustard Seedsters and residents from the Hudspeth Center, veterans and others have been invited  .AmeriCorps will be assisting!
L.I.F.E's goal for this event is to open doors for people with physical & mental disabilities to see what recreational opportunities the Rez has for them to experience.   Thanks to Craig Hunt for help in renting the park, and the PRVWSD construction Crew, Jimmy Stewart, Susan McMullan, Deputy Director, and the IT section and other great employees ... the kayak launch at Pelahatchie Shore Landing is now totally ADA compliant!  Please pass this info along to others with disabilities  Our watershed education and outreach is VIP in sharing our vision on a cleaner and more beautiful Pearl River and Reservoir!   Bring your smile and join me at the KRB tent this Saturday!  I will be there early helping them  set up!     Jeannine 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Reservoir Police Department Looking to Hire

Below is a notice posted by the Reservoir Police Department. 

The Reservoir Police Department is currently seeking a Certified Police Officer to fill a Reservoir Police Officer II/Desk Officer position at our headquarters. This Officer will staff the Headquarters building during business hours, greet visitors, answer phones, perform clerical duties, etc. However, this officer will also be used to cover staff shortages and special events on various days, hours and shifts as needed.
Minimum requirements include;
1.) Basic Law Enforcement Certification in good standing through the Mississippi Board on Law Enforcement Officer’s Standards & Training (BLEOST)
2.) Sixty (60) semester hours from an accredited two-year college or four-year college or university.
AND One (1) year of experience as a law enforcement officer.
Graduation from a standard four-year high school or equivalent (GED or High School Equivalency
Diploma) AND Three (3) years of experience as a law enforcement officer.

Interested parties should complete a Mississippi State Personnel Board application from the link below and U.S. Mail or e-mail it to the Reservoir Police Department for consideration. This is the only application that will be accepted and considered.

The Reservoir Police Department is a division of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, A Mississippi State Agency and is an equal opportunity employer.

To Download a State Service Job Application Visit;
Reservoir Police DepartmentPost Office Box 2180Ridgeland, Mississippi 39158

Zea Rotisserie & Bar Coming Fall of 2019

As a sign it has been too long since I last visited New Orleans, I was unmoved when Zea Rotisserie & Bar announced it was coming to Renaissance in Ridgeland.  Apparently, I am missing out!  I'll have to wait until the Fall of 2019, though.  From the recent press release:

Zea Rotisserie & Bar, part of Taste Buds Management, will soon open its location in Ridgeland, a suburb of Jackson, MS in The Renaissance at the Colony Park. With an anticipated opening of Q3 2019, the restaurant will feature an expanded bar area, communal seating and outdoor dining options as well as an exposed kitchen.
“We are excited to open in Ridgeland next year,” said Chief Operating Officer, Paul Hutson. “We believe Zea will be a tremendous complement to the mix of restaurants in the area. Our authentic open flame rotisserie and unique twist on comfort food, along with our new contemporary craft bar, will be a fantastic choice for dining and entertainment.  More importantly, we are honored to provide opportunity for our people. With this opening, we plan to add five to six managers and approximately 75 staff members to our Taste Buds family.”
Zea Renaissance will mark Zea’s 11th location in the South since the Taste Buds opened in 1997. The company has been awarded accolades like The Times Picayune’s Top Work Places in New Orleans and Full Service Restaurant’s Top 50 Emerging Chains in the Nation. Hutson contributes the business’ continued success to their commitment to the model of “culture over growth.”
Hutson continued, “At Zea and Taste Buds Management, we are firmly committed to building a great company, not just a big one. While we are determined as a business to sustain our growth plan, we will never sacrifice the values that make our company a great place to work.”
With one new store projected to open each year for the next several years, the company and its leaders look for opportunities to expand in the South and specifically in the Carolinas for 2020 and beyond.
For more information about Zea, please visit Fans can also join in on the conversation on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@ZeaRestaurants). Taste Buds and Zea are always building for the future, and the management teams encourage all managers and staff who are seeking a great culture along with sustained growth to reach out for potential employment opportunities.

They appear to treat employment more as family and less as work. 

From the website:
Zea Rotisserie & Bar is a polished, casual restaurant where friends can meet up, share good food and have a great time. Zea is the brainchild of Hans Limburg, Gary Darling, and Greg Reggio. The first location opened in Harahan, LA in June 1997 and now has grown to locations in the Greater New Orleans Area and beyond including Covington, LA; Slidell, LA; Lafayette, LA and Baton Rouge, LA. Zea offers modern comfort food, including signature menu items, such as the Roasted Corn Grits and Thai Ribs.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

PRVWSD Committee Agendas

The following committee meetings have been scheduled for Monday, July 16th at the Reservoir Community Center located at 2230 Spillway Road, Brandon:

4:00 p.m.             Parks Policy Committee
6:00 p.m.             Shoreline Development Committee

Below find the proposed agendas for these meetings.

Monday, July 16, 2018 4:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of April 2018 meeting.

2. Campground and Parks Report for June 2018.

3. Consideration of regulation change to allow traffic fee collections within the parks by automated machine.

4. Approval to close the Spillway Recreation Area below the dam on September 15 and 16 for the 2nd Annual Pearl River Clean Sweep.

5. Mr. Rodney Barbour’s request for discussion of the illegal placement of rebar or other foreign, dangerous materials in the lake.

Monday, July 16, 2018 6:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of June 18, 2018 meeting.

2. Review and discussion of proposed plat for Windward Bluff Subdivision.

3. Approval of lease arrangement of space adjacent to Lot 782, Town of Lost Rabbit, Madison County, MS.

4. Approval to amend engineering contract with Pickering Engineering for Phase III, Baker ET AL v. PRVWSD seawall rehabilitation.

5. Approval of construction engineering and inspection contract for Lake Access Improvements Project.

6. Permission to advertise for construction contract for Lake Access Improvements Project.

7. General engineering services contract approval: Pickering Engineers, Volkert Engineering and Neel Schaffer Engineering.

8. Final approval of regulation changes for parking of boats, RVs and trailers within residential subdivisions.

Upcoming Women's Conference at St. Mark's UMC

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Passing of Fat Cake Guy

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Jim Stewart, more familiarly known as the Fat Cake Guy -- a staple of the Reservoir and Flowood area.  It's been a while since Jim operated Fat Cake Guy, but his delectable creations will always be remembered.  Rest in Peace, Jim.

Old TripAdvisor Page.
Yelp Page.
Jim Gets Gameday Ready.

Movies N Moonlight at Winners Circle Park

Monday, July 9, 2018

Thursday, July 5, 2018

4th of July Parades

I love that Mill Creek and Hidden Hills still have 4th of July Parades.  Fewer and fewer cities host an Independence Day celebration.  Go to the Facebook pages for the neighborhoods to see photos and videos of the parades.

Millcreek Place Subdivision
Hidden Hills Subdivision

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Boat Ramps Open Until Midnight on Saturday


Public Parks and Boats Ramps to Remain Open until Midnight for
Saturday, 30 JUNE 2018

Pearl River Valley Water Supply regulations prohibit the use of public parks, boat ramps, and other properties after hours posted at those facilities. Many of those facilities are posted to be closed at sunset; some are posted to be closed at sunset unless engaged in fishing activities. Due to the increased activity expected on the water on SATURDAY, 30 JUNE 2018, all parks and boat ramps will remain open until midnight.

Please use these facilities, leave only your footprints, and be prepared for the parks to be closed at midnight that night.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Red Dot Road Closure

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Due to the Independence Celebration activities scheduled for Saturday, 30 June, the North Fishing Jetty will close at 10:00 a.m. and remain closed for the day. North Fishing Jetty will reopen Sunday morning 1 July, 2018.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Vacation Bible Schools Still Going

Still plenty of good Vacation Bible Schools to send your kids off to.

Game on! at Flowood Baptist Church.  July 15 through July 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Ages 3 through 6th grade.

Polar Blast at Vineyard Church.  July 14 only, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Ages 4 through 12.

Shipwrecked at St. Marks UMC.  July 9-13. 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ages 3 through 6th grade.  Cost is a whopping $10, and that includes t-shirt, dinner each night, and plenty of adventure.

If you know of more, please let me know.  I will post the information here.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Independence Celebration at the Rez


Independence Holiday starts with a bang
At Barnett Reservoir

Traditionally, the Fourth of July Weekend usually ends with a bang. Not this year, at least not at Barnett Reservoir where the area’s best fireworks show will be lit at 9 p.m. on Saturday June 30 over the 33,000-acre lake northeast of Jackson.

A highlight of the annual Barnett Reservoir Foundation Independence Celebration and RezFest, the dual - and dueling - fireworks show will be launched from both sides of The Rez, with a patriotic music soundtrack simulcast on MISS 103 FM.

Events are scheduled at both Lakeshore Park in Rankin County and at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland, with both offering the best viewing of the fireworks.

At Lakeshore Park, the Foundation, teaming with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, hosts the Fenders and Fireworks Classic Car Show beginning at 4 p.m.

The music lineup on the stage at Lakeshore Park has Andrew Pates and Friends from 6:00 to 9 p.m.
At Old Trace Park, the day starts at 8 a.m. with the fun Splash ’N’ Dash run sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of Mississippi. Later, Hairicane will rock Old Trace from 6:00 to 9 p.m.

Another highlight of the event will be a flyby by vintage military warplanes at 6 p.m., with several passes down the lake giving both parks a nice view.

Several food vendors will be present in both parks throughout the event, and each park will have a beer garden hosted by the Barnett Reservoir Foundation. No outside food or beverages will be allowed.

All events are free.

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation is private non-profit organization that supports the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, a state agency that oversees operation of Barnett Reservoir.

For more information on PRVWSD and Barnett Reservoir, visit
For information on the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, visit its website at

Monday, June 18, 2018

Race for Brain Injury Splash n' Dash 2018

It's on June 30, 2018, at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland.  From the website:

Calling all runners, walkers and rollers!  The 2018 "Race for Brain Injury Dash n Splash" will be bigger and better than ever!  More teams, more families and more fun!  Register today!
 AFTER THE RACE enjoy family-friendly activities in the “Splash” Zone!  Including Water Slides, Water Balloons and Watermelons!! 
Bring your own Super Soaker and join in the fun!
 If you wish to Create or Join a TEAM, click on the Register Button and you will be asked if you want to join a TEAM.
Race Day Registration will be $30 for the 5K Run/Walk and the Fun Run will be $20
First 300 people to register for an event will receive a Race T-Shirt.

You can sleep in for this one, the race doesn't start until 9 a.m.  $25 registration fee; only $20 if you are a brain injury survivor.  Register here.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Cotton Candy Heaven

The other day, my kids casually walked into the living room with a $7 bag of cotton candy (as if that is normal).  "Where did you get that", I ask. The response, "Gamma took us to Cotton Candy Heaven."  To myself, I ponder, "what is this new devilry?"

Move over The Jerky Store and Popcorn Palace; welcome Cotton Candy Heaven.  Located in the strip mall on Old Fannin Road near Penn's Fish House and Regatta Subdivision.  Check out the Facebook page here.  They apparently carry all sorts of sweet treats.  I'm way behind the bus here -- 2,700 people already "like" it on Facebook.  They are open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday.  Best part, they are locally owned.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Construction on Breakwater Project

June 13, 2018
Work begins Monday on Madison breakwater
Boaters, visitors urged to approach site with caution

Construction will begin Monday June 18 on the installation of a floating wave attenuator at Madison Landing at Barnett Reservoir, officials with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District announced Wednesday.

Also known as a breakwater, the structure will offer protection for the loading and unloading of boats at the popular ramp in Ridgeland on the lower end of the 33,000-acre lake. Work is scheduled to take about a month.

Heavy equipment will begin arriving on Monday and actual installation of approximately 260 feet of breakwater will begin later in the week. The two-piece system involves floating concrete “barges” held in place by steel pilings. After the breakwater is in place, new floating courtesy piers to assist boaters at the ramps will be installed to replace the aging concrete piers.

While public access to the ramp will remain open during construction, the western-most ramp - the one nearest Cock of the Walk restaurant - of the launch’s three sections will be closed for the duration of the work. Boaters launching at the ramp during construction are urged to use caution when launching boats and when returning to the landing.

The new structure is intended as a breakwater only, and will not serve as a pier. At no time during or after construction should boaters tie off to any breakwater structure, including pilings, or access the breakwater in any way.

This project is made possible by the federal Sportfish Restoration Fund, administered through the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

PRVWSD Committee Meeting Agendas

PRVWSD Committee Meeting Agendas are published below.  The meetings will be held at the Reservoir Community Center on Spillway Road (Rez FD Station).  The regular meeting of the PRVWSD Board of Directors will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018, following the Audit Committee meeting.  Are all welcome to join:

Monday, June 18, 2018 3:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of May 2018.

2. Award of two (2) timber sales.

      - Madison VIII Turcotte pay as cut clear cut harvest.

      - Madison XIII first thinning pay as cut

3. Permission to advertise Rankin X, a lump sum clear cut harvest.

4. Renewal of personal services contract with David Stodghill for forestry related services.

Monday, June 18, 2018 3:30 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of May 14, 2018 meeting.

2. Property Maintenance Report for May/June 2018.

3. Discussion of street parking within Traditional Neighborhood Development.

4. Approval of West Rankin Utility Authority service agreement as amended and restated.

5. Approval one-year extension for real estate appraisal services from Robert R. Nunley and Jean McCarty.

Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:00 a.m.

1. Approval of minutes of May 2018 meeting.

2. Review of delinquent lease collections report.

3. Approval of amendment for contract with JaniKing for comfort station cleaning.

4. Authorization of staff to submit State Budget to Legislative Budget Committee.

5. Approval of Per Diem and Travel Report May 2018.

6. Approval of Cash Balance Report.

7. Approval of Claims Docket for June 2018.

8. Executive Session to discuss potential litigation.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Stapleton Playing at Amphitheater

Chris Stapleton is playing the Brandon Amphitheater this Saturday.  Local legend, Marty Stuart, and Brent Cobb are his opening act.  The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and is expected to be the largest crowd yet for the new amphitheater. 

Brittany and I have been to two shows so far at the amphitheater: Hank Williams, Jr., and Dave Matthews.  We enjoyed both shows, though the crowds were dramatically different in makeup.  The layout of the stadium is easy to get around, we never felt crowded.  The bathrooms are large and easy to get to -- and I never had to stand in line.  There were always plenty of folks working the concession stands, so we didn't have to wait for food or drink.  And, luckily, the weather cooperated for both shows. 

My advice for Stapleton, get there early.  Take Marquette Road in from the East (Downtown Brandon side), as opposed to from the West (Crossgates).  Far fewer people enter from the East and it will be easier to leave from that way.  Get there early since there will be lines building at the security checkpoint.  Ladies, you can't bring your bag in unless it is see-through (or extra small).  Eighty percent chance of rain is forecast for Saturday evening, so bring your Frog Toggs.

Helpful links:

General Info and FAQs for the Amphitheater.
Parking Info.
Seating Map.
Upcoming Acts.
Amphitheater Facebook Page.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Vintage Rec Opening Tomorrow

Another locally owned business coming to Dogwood.  This one is for the ladies.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Party Primary Results

Rankin County's website has the unofficial results posted from yesterday's party primaries.  You can view the cumulative results here.  This does not include absentee or affidavit ballots cast.  Some takeaways:

  -  23.37% of registered voters cast a ballot.  That's normal for a non-presidential election.
  - About 2,746 folks voted for the Democratic ticket; about 17,151 voted for a Republican candidate. So, Democrats constitute about 14% of the voting population.
  - Democrat voters don't like the establishment candidate.  Three years ago, they made a truck driver who didn't even vote for himself their nominee for Governor.  Yesterday, their establishment's choice (Baria) barely eked out 36% of the vote.  
  - Michael Guest walloped the competition in Rankin County, with 74% of the vote in a six person race.  That almost carried him to victory without a run-off.

The precinct-by-precinct results are here

Tuesday, June 5, 2018


Those poll workers will be mighty lonely unless you get out there and vote.  Doesn't take thirty seconds.  Plus, you get to see all of the new equipment in action!

Leadership Rankin Application

Ten or so years ago, I participated in the Leadership Rankin program, offered through the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce.  Once a month for nine months, the twenty or so participants would board a bus and take a tour of a different part of Rankin County; the National Guard base one month, Piney Woods Country Life School the next, after that, a tour of the Mississippi Baking Company and of Whitfield, etc.  We affectionately called it our "Adult Field Trips", but we saw a part of Rankin County each time that we had never experienced before.  The friendships I made in that program still benefit me today, and have greatly advanced my career.  

If you've ever thought about this type of class, I strongly encourage you to apply.  Here is the application.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Pinelake Sports Camp Tonight!

Parents, the Pinelake Sports Camp starts tonight and runs through Thursday.  It's from 6-8 p.m. at Pinelake's Reservoir campus. It's for kids who have completed K5 through 4th grade.  The cost is free.  Baseball, basketball, challenge course, cheerleading, dance, dodgeball, etc., they have it all. 

More info here.
Register here.
Volunteer your older children to serve here.

Dragon Boat Regatta This Weekend

The 10th Annual Dragon Boat Regatta is this Saturday at Old Trace Park.  There should be a full day of family activities out there.  KidZone, food, arts and crafts vendors, and plenty of dragon boat racing.

Here is the official webpage, but it looks like the Madison County Chamber doesn't update it.  You might have better luck at the Facebook page

Friday, June 1, 2018

5 Below Grand Opening

5 Below opened today in Dogwood.  Apparently, this was the place to be this morning.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Boil Water Notice Lifted in Madison County

Media Release
31 May 2018
Boil Water Notice Lifted

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District has LIFTED the Boil Water Notice that was issued Tuesday the 29th, for customers in twelve subdivisions in the south Madison County Water System at the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Those twelve subdivisions included The Breakers, Copper Ridge, Main Harbor Marina, North Harbor Condos, Harbortowne, Mallard Point, Tavern Hills, Marina at Roses
Bluff, Roses Bluff, Summers Bay, Point Clear Condos, and Overlook Point.

For updated information, visit PRVWSD online at or on
FaceBook at

Roadwork Continues on Bob Anthony Parkway

May 31, 2018
Bob Anthony Parkway Resurfacing Project

The patching phase of overlay project for the upper road of Bob Anthony Parkway, also known as Spillway Road west bound across the Barnett Reservoir Dam, has been completed. The milling and overlay portion of the project is scheduled to begin the first week of June 2018.

This overlay phase of the project is expected to last approximately four weeks, weather permitting. The project is made possible by federal transportation grants administered through the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

While lane closures will be necessary each weekday, no closures will take place during the morning commute hours of 7 to 9 a.m.

Drivers should plan ahead, expect delays, and remain vigilant. Please slow down, and respect the workers in the area.

For the latest information and pictures on this issue, and other activities at Barnett Reservoir, please check out our Facebook page at

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Sunset Concert Series Tomorrow Night

From the Barnett Reservoir Foundation website:
The last Thursday night each month brings the Sunset Concert Series at Lakeshore Park.   May 31st features the music of  Joseph LaSalla.
The gates open at 5:00pm, music begins at 6 and continues until the sun sets on the reservoir.  $5 entry per car load, or free if the car has “The REZ” tag.   Food, beverage and beer vendors on site.  Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy the music in the park.   Kids and pets always welcome.

Boil Water Notice on Madison County Side of Rez

Boil Water Notice issued for
Madison County Water System at
Barnett Reservoir

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District on Tuesday, 29 May, issued an immediate Boil Water Notice affecting customers in twelve subdivisions in the south Madison County Water System at the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

Impacted subdivisions include: The Breakers, Copper Ridge, Main Harbor Marina, North Harbor Condos, Harbortowne, Mallard Point, Tavern Hills, Marina at Roses Bluff, Roses Bluff, Summers Bay, Point Clear Condos, and Overlook Point.

The notice was issued due to a loss of water or water pressure from a break and subsequent repair of an 8-inch main water line. Upon completion of repair, PRVWSD will begin sampling the water.
This boil water notice will be in effect for at least 48 hours, or until PRVWSD officials receive two consecutive days of clear sampling.

The Mississippi State Department of Health has been notified of the situation.

For updated information, visit PRVWSD online at or on FaceBook at

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for a Great Cause

First Baptist Church of Fannin is having an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on June 16, 2018.  Tickets are $10 a piece.  You can purchase a ticket from any member of the youth at FBC Fannin.  Hopefully, they will also sell tickets at the door!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Memorial Day Program in Brandon

On Monday, May 28, 2018, there will be a Memorial Day Program in the City of Brandon at the Justice Center on Government Street.  The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome by David Morrow, Jr., master of ceremonies.  The program will include remarks from Congressman Harper, a recitation of the history of Memorial Day, and an awards ceremony for essays written by high school students.  The guest speaker will be David Walker, MD, of the Sonny Montgomery VA Hospital and Colonel Rodney Harris of the U.S. Army.  

All are encouraged to join and pay respects to our fallen heroes. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Garage Sales This Weekend!

There are a bunch of them.  

St. Mark's annual garage sale benefiting the youth begins this Friday at 6 p.m.  For $5, you can get in Friday evening and buy all the good stuff.  I got a beautiful drafting table one year.  There is usually some good finds.  Saturday, the sale begins at 7 a.m., and ends at noon.

Hidden Hills Subdivision is having their garage sale this Saturday.

Mill Creek Subdivision is having their garage sale Saturday morning, too.

If you know of others, let me know.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

News on the Road Work on the Spillway

April 18, 2018
Periodic Lane Closure on Bob Anthony Parkway

Repaving of the upper road of Bob Anthony Parkway, also known as Spillway Road west bound across the Barnett Reservoir Dam, is scheduled to begin Monday, April 23, 2018, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District has announced.

The project, made possible by federal transportation grants administered through the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, is expected to last approximately six weeks, weather permitting.

While lane closures will be necessary each weekday, no closures will take place during the morning commute hours of 7 to 9 a.m.

Drivers should plan ahead, expect delays, and remain vigilant. Please slow down, and respect the workers in the area.

For the latest information and pictures on this issue, and other activities at Barnett Reservoir, please check out our Facebook page at

Sunday, April 15, 2018

PRVWSD Committee Meeting Agendas

The PRVWSD Committees will meet Monday, April 16, 2018, at the Reservoir Community Center at 2230 Spillway Road (next to the Reservoir Fire Station).  The committees will meet at this location to encourage the community to attend the Shoreline Committee meeting schedule at 4:00 p.m., in which the proposed regulations regarding parking of boats, RVs, and trailers will be presented for approval.

Building Committee will meet at 2:30 p.m.
Parks Policy Committee will meet at 3:00 p.m.
Shoreline Committee will meet at 4:00 p.m.

The regular monthly board meeting will be held at the main office board room on April 19th at 9:30am, the call letter is attached.

The Agendas for the respective committee meetings are below the jump:

Reservoir Foundation Boat Show is Coming

13 April 2018

Reservoir Foundation Boat Show April 28-29
All types of watercraft on display at Rankin County Landing

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation will sponsor its 5th annual Boat Show April 28-29 at the Rankin County Landing on the east end of the dam at The Rez.

Show hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. There is no admission fee, and the public is invited to view the latest models of watercraft all in one place with a great view of Barnett Reservoir.

“This is a great way for prospective boat buyers to view and compare the latest in watercraft, at a single location,” said Dale Shepherd, President of the Barnett Reservoir Foundation and boat show coordinator. “It’s also pretty great that it all comes with views of the lake where a lot of those boats will be used.”

Participating dealers include:

RJ’s Outboards: Bennington pontoons; G-3, War Eagle and Skeeter fishing boats; plus Yamaha engines.

Smith Marine: Crest pontoons; Tige’ ski boats; Hurricane deck boats; plus Suzuki engines.

Sunset Marina: SeaRay pleasure boats; Lowe pontoon and fishing boats; BassCat fishing boats; and Mercury motors.

Main Harbor Store/SeaTow: boat rentals and supplies; on-water emergency

Proceeds from the boat show benefit the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, a non-profit support group for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and the Barnett Reservoir business and residential community. Part of the revenue will be used to fund the 2018 Independence Celebration and Firework Show on June 30, and help with the long-term goal of building a playground at Lakeshore Park for youth with disabilities. For more information on the event and the Foundation, visit its website at

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Meeting Regarding Parking of Boats, RV's and Trailers on PRVWSD Property

Email from the PRVWSD:
The Shoreline Development Committee will review and discuss regulation changes proposed to address the parking of boats, RVs and trailers within residential subdivisions during its meeting on Monday, April 16th at 4:00 p.m. at the Reservoir Community Center (2230 Spillway Road, Brandon MS 39047).  The committee meeting is open to the public and the committee will hear comments about the proposed regulations.
 The proposed regulation changes have been developed by the sub-committee tasked with reviewing current regulations and with consideration of the comments, complaints and suggestions submitted by the public.
 If you are unable to attend the meeting on the 16th, you are encouraged to review the attached regulations, and submit any comments you may have to for consideration by the committee.

Those proposed changes are below:

Explanation for Lack of Posts

To my readers, I apologize for the sporadic (and at times non-existent) posts.  I am running for Chancery Judge of Rankin County this year (Judge Grant is retiring) and simply haven't found the time to keep up with the blog.  With a family, campaign, full time law practice, and part time prosecuting duties with the City of Pearl, some things fall by the wayside.

I don't plan to give up on the Rez News Blog, I just need to figure out how to do it more efficiently.  Stick with me!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Barnett Rez Foundation

Don't forget to check the Barnett Reservoir Foundation webpage for updates on events happening on PRVWSD property. 

The Sunset Concert Series begin Thursday, March 29 at Lakeshore Park with Jay Herrington, Seth Thomas and Chris Link.

The Rez Boat Show is April 28 and 29 at the Rankin Ramp (near Shaggy's).  That is also the same weekend as the Bassmasters Elite Series fishing event.

The Independence Day Celebration is June 30.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Agenda for PRVWSD March Board of Directors Meeting

AT 9:30 A.M. ON THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018

1. Opening prayer

2. Pledge of Allegiance – W. C. Gorden

3. Request for acceptance of Minutes from the Regular Meeting held on February 12, 2018

4. Committee Recommendations:

Shoreline Development Committee:
I. Approval of setback variance request from Jerry and Cindy Mitchell for Lot 27 Lake Harbor Point.
II. Approval of design proposal by Southern Consultants for sewer collection system rehabilitation project for the south shore of Pelahatchie Bay and permission to advertise the project upon design completion.
III. Adoption of resolution concerning West Rankin Utility Authority loans and bonding.

Parks Policy Committee:
I. Approval of request for special beer permit for the Barnett Reservoir Foundation event Back the Blue scheduled for May at Old Trace Park with an expanded beer garden.
II. Approval of one-year contract renewal for two landscape maintenance contracts with Parish Lawn for campground mowing and park mowing.

5. Approval of Per Diem and Travel Report for February 2018.

6. Approval of Cash Balance Report.

7. Approval of March 2018 Docket.

8. Committee Minutes and Miscellaneous Correspondence

9. Police Chief’s Monthly Report

10. Executive Director’s comments

11. Next regular meeting April 19, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at PRVWSD main office.

12. Meeting adjourned.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Chicken Salad Chick Grand Opening

The grand opening is Tuesday, March 27.  The first 100 guests to purchase "the Chick" will receive free chicken salad for a year.  From the Chicken Salad Chick's Facebook Page:

Mark your calendars for a whole week of awesome giveaways to celebrate the newest Chick in town! Our Flowood Chick opens Tuesday, March 27th - see y'all there!

GRAND OPENING - 3/27: Our First 100 Guests to purchase the Chick receive FREE CHICKEN SALAD CHICK FOR A YEAR! First guest will receive 1 Large Quick Chick of chicken salad per week for 52 weeks, the next 99 guests will receive a Large Quick Chick of chicken salad per month for 12 months.

*Must purchase a Chick Special to receive reward
*Must be 16 years of age
*Must Download Craving Credits App
*Redemption will start 4/2
*Must be 16 years of age *Must Download Craving Credits App*Redemption will start 4/2*With Drive Thru Surprise Giveaways ALL DAY!!

WEDNESDAY, 3/28 - The first 100 guests to purchase a Chick Special will receive a free stainless steel 20 oz. tumbler.
-Our first 50 at 5pm to purchase a Chick Trio receive a large cooler

THURSDAY, 3/29 - Thirsty Thursday - The first 100 guests to purchase a Chick Special will receive a free large drink and coozie.
-Our First 50 at 5pm to order a Chick Special receive a free large drink

FRIDAY, 3/30 - Free Upgrade Friday - The first 100 guests will receive a free upgrade to a Chick Trio.
-Our First 50 at 5pm will receive a free upgrade to a Chick Trio

SATURDAY, 3/31 The first 100 guests to purchase two large Quick Chicks will receive a free large Chick cooler.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Audubon Point Neighborhood Meeting

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District will host an Audubon Point neighborhood meeting on Monday, March 12, 2018, at 6:30 at the Reservoir Community Center (next to the Fire Station on Spillway Road) to discuss the Scioto lease.  All are welcome.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Center for Violence Prevention Wish List

Soapbox Moment:  This is important and it is a simple way to make a lasting difference is someone's life.

Below is a "wish list" from the Center for Violence Prevention, headquartered here in Rankin County.  This organization exists solely: to provide protection to victims of domestic violence, to provide education and life skills training to those either accused of or suffering from domestic violence, and to hopefully eradicate domestic violence within its geographical reach.  This organization is doing the Lord's work.

I am the Prosecutor for the City of Pearl.  I see the effects domestic violence has on our County every day.  This is a real problem, with real victims, who are closer to you than you realize. 

If you find yourself in Best Buy or Bed, Bath and Beyond, or if you have any of the furniture items taking up space in your home, please donate to the CVP. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Information Statement from PRVWSD

7 March 2018
Information Statement:
210 Swallow Drive, Brandon, Mississippi 39047

Recently, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District has received numerous inquiries regarding the status of the home located in Audubon Point at 210 Swallow Drive. In an effort to correct any misinformation that may be present in the community, the PRVWSD would like to elaborate on the status of the home in that location. Recently, the District received in a routine order for a Lease for the property at 210 Swallow Drive from Scioto, LLC. After being contacted by residents in Audubon Point, the District investigated the use for the building for the home at 210 Swallow Drive with Scioto. The District was informed that the purpose of the home was for a use by individuals with disabilities to transition from institutions to a residential lifestyle. Scioto has informed the District the house will not be a “halfway house” or a house for former criminals recently released or paroled from the state’s correctional system. The home is a four bedroom home and will have four individuals residing at that residence as they transition from an institutional settings to residential settings. After consultation and research from its legal counsel, the District has determined that refusal to issue an Assignment of Lease to Scioto for 210 Swallow Drive would be a violation of the Fair Housing Act and its amendments, as well as Social Security Act, which both prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities and their ability to reside in residential communities. Enforcement of the subdivision covenants would also be impacted by these laws.

Scioto must comply with all PRVWSD Rules and Regulations regarding this property and the PRVWSD will ensure that Scioto does so.