- by Jeremy Burke
Privatizing Waveland Grass Cutting
After crunching the numbers and having six weeks of discussions, the City of Waveland has decided to solicit quotes to privatize city-wide grass cutting. During the past two years, the City of Waveland has experienced trouble with the essential equipment to cut grass in-house. Because of aging equipment and costly repairs, the city of Waveland has spent a considerable amount of tax dollars trying to maintain the grass in the City of Waveland.
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First and most importantly, no current employees would lose their jobs. It has been shown that the City of Waveland loses 8 to 12 employees by attrition or voluntary separation every year. In addition, Waveland currently has 3 of the 5 positions open due to promotion, resignation or termination for cause.
The projected cost savings from privatizing grass cutting will free up tax dollars to improve drainage, roads and public safety. Privatizing grass cutting also will allow Waveland Public Works personnel to have a more proactive approach to addressing problems.
I look forward to seeing the results of a mowing program that spans the entire growing season. The residents of Waveland deserve a clean and well-maintained city. By partnering with the private sector to help maintain the grass in our parks and rights-of-way, the city will gain the ability to better serve our citizens on day-to-day issues.
Waveland Food Truck Friday
After a short hiatus in January, Waveland Food Truck Friday returns this month. I hope to see everyone on Coleman Avenue on Friday, February 11, 5:00-8:00 pm. Coleman Avenue will be closed to vehicles in front of Studio Waveland to accommodate the food trucks and allow people to set up a canopy tent, table, and chairs if you choose.
Waveland Food Truck Friday is open to the public, and admission is free. Food can be purchased through the food trucks, and the Waveland Civic Association will be selling beer, soft drinks, and water. Keep Waveland Beautiful will have an informational set-up as well. See you on Coleman Avenue.
Mark your calendars for the annual Krewe of Nereids parade on Sunday, February 20, starting at noon. The parade begins in front of the Hancock County Governmental Annex Building in Bay St. Louis and rolls west on Highway 90, ending at the intersection of Auderder Street and Highway 90 in Waveland.
Both lanes of Highway 90 in Waveland will be closed from the Bay St. Louis-Waveland city line to Waveland Avenue. Please read the notice below regarding the Nereids parade. Laissez les bon temps rouler!
PUBLIC NOTICE FROM THE CITY OF WAVELAND
- There will be no reserving parking areas along the parade route with tape, rope or any other means of “marking a spot.”
- Underage consumption of alcohol will not be tolerated. There will be plainclothes police officers enforcing the law.
- There will be no sale of Silly String and/or Snap and Pops on the parade route.
- There will be no skateboards, hover boards, skates, scooters, bicycles or any unauthorized modes of transportation, including motorized forms of the items mentioned above, on the parade route. These will be removed from the parade route.
- There will be no drones of any kind on the parade route.
- There will be no reptiles or pets of any kind allowed on the parade route.
- There will be no glass containers on the parade route.
- There will be no parking on the median, or ladders or scaffolding.
- Please be courteous and use the trash containers provided along the parade route.
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