The City of Waveland took several steps forward during the year 2016. The major success of the year was finally getting a permanent home for the Waveland Police Department. The citywide drainage project has made great progress in 2016, and hopefully will be finished and cleaned up in the next several months.
Waveland is already working on 2017 taking another big step forward. The design of the $1,580,000 Waveland Avenue sidewalk project is fully underway. Waveland is using MDOT funding to help pay for the sidewalk project, often causing the project to move at a snail’s pace.
What's Up, Waveland?
Waveland is expecting the final plans for the Waveland lighthouse and comfort station before the spring. The lighthouse project is one that has been talked about for way too long, but it very close to seeing physical progress.
Waveland has a large portion of the money needed for the project set aside in our Tidelands Trust Fund and recently received $300,000 of GOMESA funding from the Hancock County Board of Supervisors. I’m anticipating construction of the lighthouse and comfort station to begin before the end of 2017.
A few projects that Waveland will address with this sewage system is increasing the capacity of the Gladstone Street lift station and lining pipes to decrease infiltration into the system. All of these projects are needed to protect our environment and decrease the amount of wastewater Waveland is treating.
This month, several board members and I will be going to up Jackson to speak with lawmakers to request funding for various waterfront projects and discuss a number of other issues that affect Waveland.
I look forward to 2017 as a great opportunity for Waveland. Let's make it happen! Come on 2017!