Posts Tagged ‘community development’

City council trims department heads’ pay

MERIDIAN — The City Council has voted to cut the salaries of some department heads. Mayor Percy Bland, who was elected in June, replaced some department heads and kept others. In doing so, he set higher pay for directors of community development, homeland security and the chief of police. The chief administrative officer’s salary was […] [...]

Casino proposes to move gaming inland in Port City

GREENVILLE — Trop Casino in Greenville has proposed moving its operations on Lake Ferguson onshore, locating a new restaurant to the waterfront and taking about half of Schelben Park from the city to add parking and create a family-oriented outdoor entertainment area. The Delta Democrat Times reports that the city council could consider the proposal […] [...]

Main Street group kicks off new fundraising campaign

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Main Street organization is campaigning to raise money for economic development activities in the downtown area. The Commercial Dispatch reports the campaign — called Main Street in Motion — will take place through September. Money raised will go toward the planning of growth, diversification and preservation of the downtown historic district. […] [...]

Commission gives nod to Coast baseball stadium

BILOXI — Plans for a minor league baseball stadium and neighboring commercial development in downtown Biloxi are consistent with the city’s 2009 Comprehensive Plan, according to a vote last night by the city’s Planning Commission. The Sun Herald reports the city council hasn’t yet voted on whether to borrow $21 million in general obligation bonds […] [...]

Developer proposes new hotels, restaurants, office building

MERIDIAN — Two new hotels and two restaurants are on the drawing board for Meridian. Developer John Tampa of Ascent Hospitality Management Co. told the Meridian City Council that he wants to build a Marriot Fairfield Inn and Suites, a Marriott TownePlace Suites, an office building and two restaurants on a 16-acre site off Interstate […] [...]

Delta town pins high hopes on shuttered, historic hospital

MOUND BAYOU — A block down from Kennedy Johnson’s new barbecue restaurant sits a boarded-up symbol of a Delta town’s haunting past and optimistic future. Taborian Hospital was one of the first modern medical facilities in Mississippi that was built, owned and operated by African-Americans. The old medical center here has been shuttered for three […] [...]

Bentz leaving PSC to head South Mississippi Planning and Development District

JACKSON  — Leonard Bentz is leaving the state Public Service Commission to become executive of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District. The board of the 15-county planning district voted yesterday to hire the Republican Bentz, paying him $150,000 a year. Bentz, who made $78,000 per year representing the PSC’s Southern District, was chosen from […] [...]

Bentz among finalist to lead SMPDD; board to meet tomorrow

GULFPORT — Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz is among five finalists for the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District’s executive director job. An official with the group told The Sun Herald yesterday the group’s board of directors meets tomorrow in Gulfport to discuss the vacancy and Bentz is among the five being considering. […] [...]

Supervisors balk at plan to increase parks board

CORINTH — The city’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen has scrapped a proposal to expand membership on the park commission. The Daily Corinthian reports a proposal had been made to expand it from five to seven members. But Alderman Ben Albarracin says the county Board of Supervisors does not support the change, so the proposal […] [...]

Recreation group lobbying for new hospitality tax

GAUTIER — Members of the Gautier Recreation Advisory Committee are out promoting the 2 percent tax levy on the Aug. 27 ballot. The committee chairman, Larry Dailey, tells The Sun Herald the levy will be imposed on prepared food, adult beverages and hotels and motels, and by law, 100 percent of the tax money generated […] [...]

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