CityCouncil has short meeting.

Published 2:54 pm Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tuesday’s Picayune city council was short and sweet dealing with only a handful of matters.

The biggest matter would arguably be the sale of a small parcel of city property that is adjacent to a city resident’s parcel. The council considered John Borland’s request to purchase a small parcel of land adjacent to his that would square off his property.

City Manager Harvey Miller said the small strip of land is only three-one hundredths of an acre and will never be used by the city, so he suggested the council consider selling it. The total cost of the land, which includes the appraisal and the land survey, is estimated to be $3,412.50. The city will pay half of the fees for the appraisal and the survey but not half of the purchase price.

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When the topic of the city paying for half of the appraisal and survey fees to sell the land came up council member Wayne Gouguet requested the council be consistent in future similar matters.

City Attorney Nathan Farmer said the state actually mandates that cities pay half of those fees in the case of surplus city property, which is the category this matters falls into. The council approved setting the fees and authorized the sale of the land.

Other matters were also approved at the meeting, such as the city approving to go out for bids to install a generator at the airport’s fuel farm, setting a public hearing concerning properties in need of cleaning for Jan. 19, and approving World Outreach Revival Center Youth Department to hold a Bike-A-Thon at the Picayune High School Stadium parking lot on Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon. The street between the high school and junior high will be closed during the Bike-A-Thon.

Mayor Ed Pinero Jr. also took a moment to remind the community that there are a number of events coming up. Those events include a ribbon cutting for the Lower Pearl River Valley Transportation Museum at the Train Depot on U.S. 11 at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4, the Community Christmas in the Park at Jack Read Park at 6 p.m. on Dec. 14 and the Civic Women’s Club Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7.

No matters were discussed in executive session.