Posts Tagged ‘city council’

Johnson wants to use bond issue to fund $10M in street paving

JACKSON — Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. says he will use funds from a bond issue to pay for a $10 million street paving project in the Capital City. Johnson tells The Clarion-Ledger the city council would have to sign off on the proposal. The city has devoted huge sums of money to fixing streets. Jackson […] [...]

Mayor to nominate late councilman’s widow to fill seat

BILOXI — Mayor A.J. Holloway says he will nominate Arleen Wall to fill the unexpired Biloxi City Council term of her late husband, Tom Wall. The Sun Herald reports Holloway said he would make the recommendation at next Tuesday’s meeting. The council must approve his nominee. Wall died Jan. 7, and the council asked for […] [...]

Council clears way for two downtown microbreweries

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council has approved a change to the city’s land use code to allow microbreweries to open in the city’s downtown area. The Hattiesburg American reports two breweries are currently equipping to begin brewing by spring. Southern Prohibition brewery, owned by John Neal and Quinby Chunn, is remodeling a former furniture […] [...]

Council adopts new formula to set employees’ salaries

PASCAGOULA — The Pascagoula City Council has approved a new approach to determine the salaries for city employees to go into effect in 2013. The Sun Herald reports the new plan will base salary off of the jobs’ values rather than the people fulfilling those positions. In a study that compared Pascagoula’s city employees’ salaries […] [...]

Utility moves closer to turning over system to regional operator

NEW ORLEANS — Entergy Corp. has moved a step closer to turning over control of its power transmission system to a regional grid operator. It’s a plan the New Orleans utility hopes to have in place by the end of 2013. Entergy, which operates electric utilities in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas, wants to join […] [...]

Mayor wants $90M for water, sewer improvement contract

JACKSON — Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. is pushing the Jackson City Council to approve a $90 million water and sewer improvement contract that project officials guarantee will pay for itself. The Clarion-Ledger reports the project would be a major step toward addressing the city’s water and sewer infrastructure. The project includes four major initiatives: — […] [...]

Mayor vetoes budget adopted by City Council

GULFPORT — Mayor George Schloegel has vetoed the 2012-2013 budget adopted by the Gulfport City Council last week. Schloegel urged the council yesterday to take another look at “right sizing” the city staff and cutting expenses. Council president Ricky Dombrowski told The Sun Herald a small group of council members would meet to consider the […] [...]

Errors, miscalculation lead to $1.5M budget shortfall

GAUTIER — After learning this week that Gautier will face a significant shortfall over the next several months, city leaders say tax increases will not be part of the solution. Interim city clerk Teresa Montgomery projected that the city can go into fiscal year 2013 with $493,200 in the general fund if money is transferred […] [...]

City council approves tax incentive for new Hard Rock hotel

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council has authorized a seven-year tourism tax incentive for a new hotel tower at Hard Rock Casino Biloxi. The Sun Herald reports the incentive means the hotel will pay no ad valorem tax on the improved value for the seven-year period. The tower will be built north of the swimming […] [...]

Councilman wants city to crack down on panhandlers

JACKSON — Jackson City Councilman Quentin Whitwell wants to make it more costly to panhandle in downtown Jackson by increasing fines and possible jail sentences for repeat offenses. Whitwell tells The Clarion-Ledger residents have complained more and more lately of being accosted when they go downtown. While acknowledging the ordinance won’t solve the problem on […] [...]

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