Sunday, January 26, 2020

Reservoir Area Legislators Appointed Committee Chairman

Certain Reservoir area state legislators have been appointed chairman of various legislative committees. 

Sen. Josh Harkins (SD20) a Republican representing most of the Rankin County side of the Rez, was appointed chair of the Senate Finance committee.  Here is the full list of Senate committees.

Rep. Brent Powell (HD59),  Republican representing Rankin County near the Rez, was appointed Chair of the House Energy Committee. 

Rep. Lee Yancey (HD 74) a Republican representing a portion of Rankin County near the Rez, but further south of Rep. Powell's district, was appointed Vice-Chair of the House Medicaid Committee.

Here is the full list of House committees.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Expedition Point Website and Master Plan and PRV Lease

Expedition Point, the new residential development at Brown's Landing, has published a website with more information about the project.

According to the website, there will be approximately 180 residential lots with minimum square footage requirements ranging from 2,000 to 4,000 square feet.  

Here is the master plan of the development from their website.  The Natchez Trace borders the north side of the development (left/right on top of the diagram) and State Highway 43 borders the eastern side of the property (top to bottom on the right of the diagram).  

Here is the original lease from PRV to Expedition Point Development, LLC.  

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

PRVWSD Reservoir to Mitigate High Water

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District issued the following press release:

PRVWSD Media Release - 01152020 Reservoir to Mitigate High Water (1) by on Scribd

According to the release, the National Weather Service is predicting the Pearl River at Jackson to crest on Saturday at 35.5 feet.  This would be the highest crest since reaching 34.30 feet in April 2014.

Historic Crests for the Pearl River at Jackson, MS.

Historic Crests
(1) 43.28 ft on 04/17/1979
(2) 39.58 ft on 05/25/1983
(3) 36.30 ft on 03/31/1902
(4) 36.30 ft on 12/05/1880
(5) 36.07 ft on 12/07/1982
(6) 36.04 ft on 12/21/1961
(7) 36.00 ft on 04/25/1874
(8) 35.74 ft on 04/03/1976
(9) 35.63 ft on 04/15/1980
(10) 35.58 ft on 01/25/1983

Source: NWS

At the forecast 35.5 feet at the Jackson gauge, the Pearl River would be close to the 10th highest crest on record. Notably, the most recent top ten historical crest was about 37 years ago in 1983.

Here is a previous article on the proposed One-Lake Flood Control Plan.   

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Medical Marijuana Officially Meets 2020 Ballot Threshold

On Tuesday, January 7, 2020, the Mississippi Secretary of State confirmed the medical marijuana ballot initiative has successfully garnered the requisite signatures to be placed on the November 2020 ballot. 

The ballot initiative will allow Mississippians to vote whether or not to join the 34 other states (there are 50 states total for those that don't know) that permit marijuana use for medical purposes.   Of course, some states even permit the recreational use of marijuana but this ballot initiative is expressly limited to medical marijuana. 

Mississippians for compassionate care, the group behind the ballot initiative, provided the following fact sheet about the matter. 

MM2020 Fact Sheet SOS Issues Official Verification by on Scribd

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As noted above, the requirements to actually place a ballot initiative on the ballot are arduous.  No matter the result, the individuals involved in this matter should be proud of their efforts to directly involve the electorate and influence the public policy of Mississippi. 

Notably, the Mississippi Department of Health issued the following resolution, coming out against the initiative. 

Mississippi Department of Health - Medical Marijuana Resolution by on Scribd

br /> This sets up for a debate that probably won't follow standard partisan battle lines and will likely be "old-school" versus "new-skool". 

Either way, my sense is that the initiative will pass but not without some weeping and gnashing of teeth by the old-school guard.  We'll see. 

Monday, January 6, 2020

Strong Point Self Storage Coming to Old Fannin Road

A new 83,000 square foot self-storage facility is under construction just south of Tire Depot on Old Fannin Road northbound. 

The approximately 4.7-acre property was acquired by Tower Storage of Flowood, LLC, and will be operated by Strong Point Self Storage.

The facility will be climate-controlled and have the appearance of a "Class A" office building as shown above.

According to Chris Holyfield, of Holyfield Construction, Inc., the facility is expected to open in late fall 2020.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

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