Picayune City Council talks over issues

Published 5:42 pm Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Picayune’s City Council took a moment to honor emergency personnel for their response during last week’s multiple bomb threats, discussed resident complaints involving a back yard and adressed sewer infrastructure issues also Tuesday night.

At the meeting, emergency personnel who responded to the four bomb threats last week were recognized for their participation in bringing them to a quick resolve. Police Chief Jim Luke commended all personnel in the Police and Fire Departments who responded to the bomb threats.

Beverly Creel said she lives on North Main Street and has been dealing with a long standing problem in her back yard for months now. Back when Reggie Frierson was City Manager she said she was told the city would need to install a new grinder pump in her back yard but when they were done her yard would look exactly the same as it did before the work began. Months later Creel is not satisfied with the outcome of the work.

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Creel said there is nothing but dirt in her back yard, her flowers have not been replaced and there is a protrusion in her back yard where the grinder pump was installed.

“This has gone on for months, I’d just like to get it done,” Creel said.

City Manager Ed Pinero Jr. said the situation was recently brought to his attention and he has plans underway to resolve Creel’s situation.

Chad Beniot also brought a leaky situation to light at the council meeting. He said a fire hydrant near an apartment complex on Carroll Street is leaking water across the street. The same situation occurred earlier and after being resolved it reoccurred.

Mayor Greg Mitchell said the hydrant problem has just begun to come to light. He said the damage to the hydrants is due to the clean up process from Hurricane Katrina debris and that parts for the hydrants take time to come in after they are ordered.

Residents are invited to have breakfast at the Crosby Arboretum Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. There residents can help to greet about 30 Mississippi Welcome Center employees as they tour the Mississippi Gulf Coast area. The event will have the employees tour the Picayune area as a last stop before they head back to Jackson, said city employee Carol Fitzwilliam.

Pilgrim Bound Baptist Church will hold their inaugural October Fest on Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. To ensure the event is safe for attendees portions of North Blanks Ave. and Baylous will be closed to traffic. Cpl. Johnnie Mae Roberts said the event will have fun jumpers, water slides and a plethora of food. The public is invited to attend. The council approved the closure of those streets for the event.

The council went into executive session to discuss entering into a contract with the Pearl River County Utility Authority for sewer services. No action was taken on the matter, Pinero said.

In other business the council;

— Approved the request of Nancy Durham to resign from the Planning Commission.

— Approved a request from Mark Gibson to subdivide a parcel of land located on West Sycamore into two parcels.

— Approved a request to participate in the 2010 Decennial Census Local Update of Census Address Program to ensure an accurate population count for Picayune.

The City Council will meet again on Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. in the council chambers.