Ridgeland’s budget includes more for street work; pay raises

By NIKKI ROWELL,

The Ridgeland Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to approve a $23,728,093 budget for fiscal year 2019.

The city is projecting approximately $22,266,620 in revenue for fiscal year 2019.

The total expenditures for fiscal year 2018 is projected to be $24,240,938.

Director of Finance and Administration and City Clerk Paula Tierce said the city has allotted more than $1 million for street overlay.

“We have $1 million plus for overlay, but there is also some prep work, so that is the addition to the million,” Tierce said.

The plan includes a three percent pay increase for all combat personnel in the fire department.

In the police department, Chief John Neal made salary adjustments instead of an increase across the board. The base pay rate for a new hire in the police department increased from $32,064.24 to $34,922.16.

All other city employees will get a two percent raise. Tierce said that excludes Mayor Gene McGee, the board of aldermen and part-time employees.

Tierce said the increase in the fire department will only be applied to law enforcement officers, with an exception of the chief and assistant chief. They will get a two percent increase.

Tierce added that the city is looking to lease a street sweeper to provide that service in-house, which would save the city money.

“It’s cost-saving, versus having it contracted out,” Tierce said. “And we will have a little more control over it.”

She said the city has been providing mosquito control in-house, but they are planning to contract that service out.

“It will give us more coverage and effective mosquito control,” she said.

“The city is in great shape,” Tierce said. “We are continuing to see growth. We are continuing to see sales tax increase, as well as ad valorem. The city is financially sound.”

 

In other action, the board:

• Accepted the minutes of the August 20 work session and the August 21 regular meeting of the board with no corrections noted;

• Authorized advertising for sealed bids for

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 the surplus property located at 614 Berridge Drive;

• Approved the reappointment of Scott May as hotel and lodging representative to the Ridgeland Tourism Board of Directors for three years;

• Approved a special event permit for Colonial Heights Baptist Church Hearts of Compassion 5K and Fun Run;

• Approved a special event permit for Business Communications, Inc. for BCI open house;

• Approved a special event permit for C Spire for the C Spire company picnic;

• Approved a special event permit for Southern AgCredit for the Jingle Bell Jog;

• Approved a special event permit for Ridgeland High School Homecoming parade;

• Approved the recommendation of award for Lake Harbour Drive Extension Phase A box culvert bids;

• Approved the recommendation of award for East Jackson Street multi-use path bids;

• Approved a recommendation of award for term bids;

• Approved the East Lake Harbour Drive Rehabilitation final CE&I pay estimate;

• Approved East Lake Harbour Drive Rehabilitation contractors pay;

• Approved authorization to advertise for a new sweeper truck;

• Authorized advertising for mosquito control services;

• Authorized to advertise for Lake Harbour Drive Extension Phase B roadway and bridge improvements, contingent on MDOT approval;

• Approved the East Lake Harbour Drive rehabilitation contract amendment and final quantity adjustment.