Waveland Alderman Jeremy Burke keeps us up to date on plans for more sidewalks in the city, new approach to blighted properties, congrats to Grammy's Donuts, the Waveland Business of the Year, and an update on new housing construction in town.
The long-term plan of Waveland is to have safe pedestrian foot traffic throughout the city. The grant will give Waveland an idea of the cost, potential right-of-way obstacles and bargaining power to pursue additional funding. This grant is a first step in making Waveland a pedestrian safer city.
New Efforts to Cleanup Blighted Properties
Waveland has a new person in charge of addressing the city’s blighted properties. Don Siebenkittle has assumed the duty of blighted properties from the recently retired Bernie Cullen.
Mr. Siebenkittle will continue overseeing litter control and court-ordered community service, but will take on the additional responsibility of correcting blighted properties. Don has successfully enhanced the beauty of Waveland by removing over 600 dumped tires from within Waveland city limits and supervising over 4,200 court-ordered community service hours during the past year, to name just a few of his efforts. Beautification is Don’s forte, and I believe he will do a superb job tackling this new task.
I have already expressed my concerns regarding derelict slabs that are hampering the full potential of several neighborhoods. Over the next several months, I hope to see Waveland more aggressively address these blighted properties. If you have any blighted properties that you are concerned about, please contract Don Siebenkittel, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Mayor Mike Smith, email@example.com.
Waveland Business of the Year
I would like to congratulate Grammy’s Donuts and More on being elected by the Hancock Chamber membership as Waveland Business of Year. The addition of Grammy’s to the Waveland business community several months ago has been a blessing and a treat. It is always flattering when a business establishes in Waveland and becomes a part of our community.
Waveland Building Report
I’m going to start trying to keep everyone abreast on the amount of building that is happening in Waveland. During the first half of 2016 Waveland has seen 11 new homes constructed. A majority of the new houses are being built along the Waveland beachfront. In all, Waveland has seen $3,841,036 worth of total construction during the first half of 2016.