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Jackson could soon have a better picture of its infrastructure needs.
The city is now putting together a comprehensive infrastructure plan.
The plan will include water, sewer, road and other needs, and give estimates on what the city will need to address them.
In May, road crews descended on Briarwood Drive, giving motorists hope the street would be soon be repaved and commutes would be smoother.
Four months later, drivers are still waiting for the street to be finished. However, city officials say it should be completed sometime this month.
Michel still wants neighborhood improvement district
District 25 Sen. Walter Michel hopes the fourth time will be the charm when it comes to seeing a “neighborhood improvement district” bill passed.
The Northside senator is planning to introduce a bill creating the NIDs in the 2018 session.
A major sludge-hauling project at the Savanna Street Wastewater Treatment Plant should be finished by deadline after all.
After telling the Jackson City Council recently that the project would likely continue into early 2018, a deputy city attorney recently told the Sun the project should wrap up by December 31.
Jackson continues to spend $100,000 a year to maintain Smith-Wills Stadium, even with a major deficit in its parks and recreation budget.
However, city officials have no plans to close or sell the facility, in part, due to the state law governing the facility.
No residency rule could help beef up number of police
By anthony warren
Senior Staff Writer
One solution to the Jackson Police Department’s (JPD) staffing woes could be found in the repeal of the city’s residency ordinance, according to Police Chief Lee Vance.
After two years, Jackson’s Friday Furloughs are slated to end October 1, with the passage of the 2017-18 budget.
The Jackson City Council approved a $364 million budget last week.
The budget goes into effect October 1, meaning that the last Furlough Friday for city employees will be this month.
Jackson City Council chambers erupted into a 34-second round of applause last week, a sign of appreciation from residents whose long battle to restore the city’s public access gating ordinance was over.
The council voted 5-2 to amend the gating ordinance, again allowing neighborhoods across the city to have the devices.