News Briefs

Policy for Donations

Monetary donations for new amenities are now permissible at the reservoir.

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRV) board recently approved guidelines for monetary donations for the installation of benches, water fountains, dog watering stations and exercise equipment.

“We had someone call in and ask, could they donate a bench to put along some of the walking trails,” PRV General Manager John Sigman said. “We (had) no policy for that.”

 The gifts will be placed in the district’s parks, playgrounds, dog parks, walking trails and similar recreational locations throughout the area. 

A plaque will be installed on the gifts noting the donor. The plaque will include the source of the donation as a dedication or honorarium, provided by the donor and approved by the district.

Donations can be accepted from the Barnett Reservoir Foundation or from the individual or group.

The new guidelines state that “the district will purchase the amenities with the donated funds through its vendors, and the district will install the amenity.”

District staff will also be in charge of selecting the style, type and size standards of the gifts.

“The staff controls the quality of the installation… Then the staff would actually purchase it to make sure we get what we’re looking for. The donor would supply the money and our maintenance department would install it, without cost to the donor,” Sigman said.


More houses Coming

Madison County is a continually growing area. Now, two more final plats have been approved for new subdivisions in the Gluckstadt area.

Both Sweetbriar Plantation, part two, and Martinique of Lake Caroline, part two-B, were approved at the recommendation of County Engineer Dan Gaillet during the most recent board of supervisors meeting.

“We’re recommending approval of the final plat for Sweetbriar Plantation, part two,” he said. “It’s located off Yandell Road.”

The development will be near North Old Canton Road on a total of 27.14 acres with 78 lots, which will range from a quarter of an acre to .39 acres.

The developer is listed as Sweetbriar Development LLC on the site plan.

“Another recommendation is to approve a final plat for Martinique, part two, located in Lake Caroline,” Gaillet said. “It contains 3.97 acres with 15 lots ranging from .15 to a little (more than) a quarter acre.”

Caroline Twenty-Two LLC is the developer for the new Lake Caroline addition, which will be located off Caroline Boulevard in the subdivision. 

Martinique is one of many facets of the entire Lake Caroline subdivision. Other parts include Garden Homes of Lake Caroline, The Links, Charleston, Northshore, The Shores and Lake Caroline phase 1.

In all, Lake Caroline has approximately 1,300 residential families with the capacity for 3,000.


Intersection Improvements

The intersection of Stribling Road extension and Church Road will be receiving some updated signage.

The east shoulder of the intersection will be reshaped and flashing lights will be added along with signs warning of a reduced speed limit.

Earlier this year, two of the four stop signs located at the intersection, were removed for better traffic flow to and from Germantown middle and high schools.

“We’ve been getting an awful lot of complaints about that intersection,” County Engineer Dan Gaillet said. “The way it’s set up, as an always-stop, right now, it fails during the morning peak hour. We’ve got some long-term plans for it, but I think right now, based on our studies, that we want to pull the stop signs down that are on Stribling Road, and let it be a two-way stop instead of a four-way stop.”

Gaillet said the county will monitor the effectiveness of the two-way stop.

At the latest April board meeting, Gaillet said the speed limit is going to be permanently reduced.

Signs wills be placed to alert motorists to the intersection changes.


CCID Board Quorum

The Capitol Complex Improvement District (CCID) board has a quorum - officially.

Last week, the city of Jackson submitted notification to the state officially naming Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and Planning Director Mukesh Kumar to the board.

The board is a nine-member panel that will advise the state on how to spend money within the new CCID.

The district takes in a large section of the capital city. Funds will be set aside each year by the state to pay for improvements within it.

Under state law, a simple majority constitutes a quorum, which is the minimum number required for it to conduct official business.

Other members appointed include Nathan Wells, chief of staff of House Speaker Philip Gunn, Jonathan Wilson, chief administrative officer of the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), and Worth Thomas, with Jackson State University (JSU).

In all, the panel will include three appointees from the city, two appointees from the governor, and one appointee each from JSU, UMMC, the lieutenant governor and speaker of the house.





Breaking News

Flushing the toilet could be a problem for some Northsiders, another complication resulting from... READ MORE


Kenneth Samuel "Ken" Pace, Jr., 73, passed peacefully at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland on... READ MORE


1. She took her first ceramics class at seven years old at Pickenpaugh Pottery. 2. She and her father got their black belts in Tae Kwon Do together.