News Briefs

Spillway Road Project

Work is slated to begin soon to improve traffic at the intersection of Spillway Road and Northshore Parkway/Old Fannin Road.

The long-term goal is to ease traffic at the busy intersection, which has approximately 30,000 vehicles using it daily.

Rankin County Supervisor Daniel Cross said residents will experience delays while construction is underway and should plan accordingly.

“It should take around 90 days to complete, barring the weather messing us up,” Cross said. “We are going to do our best to work around the rush hours, but there will be delays. I hope the travelers can be patient, because this is a very needed project that will make the commute much safer every day.”

According to Cross, the $1.8 million project will be a “total makeover” of the intersection and Spillway Road to Hugh Ward Boulevard.

A second west-bound lane will be added along Spillway Road from Hugh Ward Boulevard to Pelahatchie Shore Drive, and improvements made to the traffic signal at Hugh Ward Boulevard and Spillway Road.

The project will include reconstruction of Northshore Boulevard from Spillway Road to Lakeshore Drive, with new curb and gutter, new paving, new drainage inlets and pipes, and the extension of the south-bound turn lane from the Bank Plus entrance to Spillway Road.

The traffic signal at Northshore and Spillway Road will be replaced with a radar actuated traffic signal.

Hemphill Construction was awarded the contract for the project. Construction is projected to be complete by late this summer.



Gluckstadt Update

More than two years after the first petition was filed for the incorporation of Gluckstadt, the trial has ended, and a ruling is expected from the judge soon.

Gluckstadt attorney John Scanlon said the judge could issue a ruling within 30 days of the end of the trial, but that he has much to consider in making his final decision after 12 days of testimony and 221 trial exhibits.

“He said he’d give us a decision ‘by the end of March,’” Scanlon said. “I don’t expect it on March 30, but I also don’t think it will come in the next few days.”

According to Scanlon, all parties have turned in their post-trial briefings to the court. These “proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law” include hundreds of pages from all parties.

“That is based on 12 days of testimony over three weeks,” Scanlon said. “On top of that, there were 221 trial exhibits. The judge and his staff have a lot to consider in preparing the court’s ruling.”

The judge’s “final decree” is the much-anticipated next step.

Scanlon said this has certain technical requirements under the law.

“For example, it will contain a metes-and-bounds legal description which defines with certainty the boundaries of both cities, at least assuming the court does grant at least some territory to both Gluckstadt and Canton,” Scanlon said. “If there were to be any appeals, they would have to be commenced within 30 days of the entry of the final decree.”



Go Cups for Livingston

Patrons in the town of Livingston will soon have the opportunity to take alcoholic beverages on the go, as a leisure and recreation district, also known as a go cup district, is in the works.

Bowen Eason approached the Madison County board of supervisors to request a go cup district in Livingston.

Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill in 2016 allowing certain municipalities to have go cup districts, which means patrons of establishments within the district may carry out alcoholic beverages and enjoy them within the district bounds.

Since Livingston is not a municipality, Eason came to the board to request the county’s approval for such a district.

“We’ve got the farmers market coming up next month, which is a big time for us and is an example of when we would do that,” Eason said of why a go cup district would benefit the area.

Board attorney Katie Snell said to get the go cup district underway, the board would have to direct her to work up plans with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and Livingston developers.

The board approved a motion directing Snell to develop a leisure and recreation district in Livingston by creating a law enforcement safety plan, a map of the proposed boundary for the district and a draft of the ordinance.

Snell said she would make these preparations to present at the next meeting of the board.



Hiring Collection Agency

Jackson could soon have a leg up in collecting delinquent water and sewer accounts.

The city has issued a request for proposals for collection agency services. Proposals are due April 2.

The firm brought on will help Jackson collect outstanding fees from customers who no longer live in the area.

“There are a number of accounts in water and sewer where the customer no longer lives at the address (we have on file),” said Chief Administrative Officer Robert Blaine. “These folks have outstanding bills but have moved away. We don’t have the resources to collect on those funds.”

The firm would not collect on customers who are currently in the city limits or on those who have made payment arrangements already with water/sewer billing.

Blaine said any firm chosen would also be responsible for collecting outstanding license permits and fees, and delinquent court fines.

He didn’t know how many accounts would be affected.

A copy of the RFP can be found on the city of Jackson’s website.



Named Outstanding

St. Dominic Hospital was recently awarded the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

St. Dominic’s is one of a select group of 24 accredited cancer programs in the United States to receive this national honor for cancer surveys performed in 2018. St. Dominic’s also received the three-year accreditation for the 2009 and 2014 surveys.

To earn this voluntary accreditation, St. Dominic’s Cancer Services is required to meet or exceed quality care standards as outlined by the CoC, be evaluated every three years through a survey process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.

“St. Dominic’s is blessed to sit among the top cancer programs in the nation to receive the Commission on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement Award,” said Mechale Mayfield, St. Dominic’s Oncology Service Line administrator. “This ensures that we strive for excellence in cancer care and are committed to providing the highest level of quality for our patients. Compliance in these standards is the best way to showcase our cancer program. I am proud to be a part of St. Dominic’s team in providing the best in cancer care.”

The cancer program was evaluated on 34 program standards categorized within five cancer program activity areas, including: program management, clinical services, continuum of care services, patient outcomes, and quality data. The cancer program was further evaluated on seven commendation standards. To be eligible, all award recipients must have received commendation ratings in all seven commendation standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 27 other standards.



Change Zoning Rules

The Ridgeland board of aldermen voted last week to approve amendments to the city’s zoning ordinance.

The board first held a public hearing, but no one was present to comment.

The vote was unanimous to approve the changes to three sections of the ordinance, including extending the deadline for registration of restricted uses, requirements for pool fences and buffer restrictions between convenience grocery stores.

The proposed amendments will require swimming pools to be located behind the front line of the house and should be a minimum of 10 feet between all property lines or recorded easements and the rim of the swimming pool. Pools will also be required to be enclosed by a structure or fencing a minimum of six feet in height.

Another amendment will prevent the opening of a convenience grocery store within 2,000 linear feet from another one.



Reviewing Bids

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) board will soon review bids for two new comfort stations at the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

“We are replacing two of our comfort stations, which are terribly old,” PRVWSD general manager John Sigman said of the $300,000 project.

Sigman said they took bids on March 5 and will present an award recommendation to the board for the new stations at the meeting on March 21.

The new comfort stations will be located at Rankin ramp and Madison Landing.

The comfort stations will be completely rebuilt closer to the boat ramps for convenience and will have air conditioning, which they do not have at the current stations.

“Little by little we are doing things like that,” Sigman said of the new additions.




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