by Councilman-at-Large Gary Knoblock
For almost two years, Councilmen Reed and Hoffman have worked very hard with the Mayor’s office on this project. If we can get past this hurdle, we are looking at close to $1 million in drainage improvements to these streets and on Hwy 90. I will keep you posted as information becomes available.
Debris clean-up is progressing at a rapid pace. The Mayor and Council are strongly urging all residents to have your debris and limbs by the curb by Sunday, December 13. If your debris has not been picked up, please contact Public Works at 467-5505 or the Mayors office at 466-8951.
Also, if a tree has fallen from the city right-of-way onto your property, you must call and sign a right-of-entry form to allow the debris crews to work on your property.
Planning & Zoning:
- Application presented by Benfatti construction for 223 Caron Lane to split one parcel of land into two smaller parcels. P & Z made a motion to deny, however the vote tied 3-3 and the motion failed. The council voted 5-2 and passed the application. Myself and Councilman Reed voted not to pass this application. Ward 4.
- Application submitted by Tommy Murphy asking for a 2' variance to the rear yard setback so he could build a screened-in porch at 103 Oak Drive. P & Z recommend approval by a vote of 6-0 and the Council approved 7-0
- Application submitted by Jimmie Ladner for a special subdivision plat approval and variance to the zoning ordinance. Applicant asked to reconfigure two parcels into three parcels. These parcels are zoned R-3 multi-family which require 60' lot width and 7,500 sq ft lot area. Parcels 1 and 3 required no variances and parcel 2 needed a 1,348 sqft variance. P & Z recommended approval 6-0 and Council approved recommendation 7-0.
- Fourth on the list was the Shieldsboro Subdivision on the corner of Old Spanish Trail and St. Charles Ave. P & Z recommended approval of the Special Use District and Preliminary subdivision Plat by a vote of 6-0. This was presented by Bay St. Louis Homes & Properties, Jeff Valle. This application has come before the council several times. The first time the council denied the application because of the extreme density of housing. The original application plat called for 134 homes on 50' lots. The application was redrawn to allow 114 homes on 70' lots which was one of the biggest concessions that most residents were asking for. Also, there are many precious and protected Live Oak trees on these properties that have to be built around. After assurances, the council voted 7-0 to pass the preliminary subdivision plat. Ward-4
- Our last application was for Special Subdivision and Variance to the Zoning ordinance for 2169 Mole Drive presented by Malcom Jones. P & Z recommended approval by a 5-1 vote. Presenter wanted to split one parcel 100' into two 50' parcels. Council voted 5-2 to approve. Myself and Councilman Zimmerman voted nay.
Consent Agenda & Comptroller's Report
Financially speaking the city is doing well considering all the issues we have had to deal with.
Council approved docket of claims totalling $490,958.27 as of December 8, 2020.
Council approved a bid to award McKinney Petroleum to provide and install new fuel pumps in the harbor in the amount of $34,500.00 to be paid from the harbor municipal fund. McKinney Petroleum was the lowest and best bid.
Council approved a sub-award Agreement between the Ms. Dept of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the City to provide grand funds to replace an existing gravity sewer line between Sunset and Dunbar Ave. Ward-1. The City and the Council have been working on this project for the last 3 years. This will be a major improvement to our sewer system in Ward-1. Council voted 7-0
The Mayor asked for a series of motions to be passed designating Dana Feuerstein as our MEMA/FEMA contact agent for Hurricane Sally, and Hurricane Zeta. Council voted 7-0 to approve.
The Mayor asked for approval to spend $24,000 to purchase red clay soil to shore up several locations in Ward 6 so we can pave over with asphalt. This was the lowest and best bid. Funds were paid from road and paving bond. Council passed 7-0
A motion was passed 7-0 to approve lease purchase financing for 2-Ford F-250 crew cabs pickup trucks through Peoples Bank at an interest rate of 1.98% for 60 months.
I bought up the condition of city building from damages caused by Hurricane Zeta. Mayor Favre said he will forward damage reports. The Old City Hall and the Depot both have roof damage and are leaking water
Krewe of Seahorse parade will run on February 15, at 5pm and Krewe of Real People Next Generation parade will run on February 16, at 1pm.
Debris trucks will not pick up black bags of leaves and small sticks, but waste management is supposed to pick up that. If Waste Management does not pick up, call the City or any your councilman and we will report this to Heather Smith, our City Attorney.
Call with any questions, 228-216-0800