Picayune city council launches new website with new features
Published 7:00 am Thursday, May 8, 2014
Tuesday the city of Picayune’s new website went live during their council meeting.
Jaimee Goad with Jaimee Designs and her team designed the webpage and gave the council a brief overview of the new features the site will include. The features include minutes from every council meeting back to the 1920s, agendas for upcoming meetings and a new help desk feature.
By hovering over the help desk link a drop down menu appears with links to many helpful webpages and city resources.
City Clerk who said the ability to pay utility bills is not ready yet because the city is waiting for the server to be installed. When the server is installed residents can pay their utility bills online through the new site.
City Manager Jim Luke said the website will also feature a live camera feed of historic city hall and Goodyear Boulevard.
The council also discussed acknowledgement of the approval of the Goodyear Boulevard Cruise event. The event was discussed because it will entail cars being parked along the boulevard past the curfew outlined in the city’s ordinance. City Attorney who said the ordinance was established in 1989 and states vehicles can’t park along the boulevard between the hours of 9 p.m., to 6 a.m.
“You can walk it all you want to, but you can’t have your vehicle out there,” Farmer said.
The problem is the event in question is scheduled to take place from 2 p.m. to midnight.
Council member Wayne Gouguet said he is concerned because the ordinance states the event can’t take place past 9 p.m. and it is planned for a residential area of the road.
Farmer said he is working on a special permit language for the ordinance that would allow events, with the city manager’s approval, to take place in a small section on Goodyear Boulevard past the current 9 p.m. curfew. The small section involves the green space where the old hospital building used to be, more specifically from the intersections of Teague and Quince Streets along the boulevard. Gouguet pointed out that the other problem is the cruise event is set to take place in front of Jack Reed Park, not in the area outlined in the proposed permit.
Luke said he expects the special permit to be presented to the council by Farmer at the next meeting.
Gouguet made a motion to table the matter until the permit matter had been worked out at the next meeting, which was approved by the council.
During the discussion, council member Larry Breland pointed out that signs previously displayed along the boulevard alerting the public to the Goodyear Boulevard ordinance have been removed. Public Works Director Eric Morris said the signs were removed to prepare them for custom frames that will match the rest of the signs along the boulevard. However, when they are replaced they will be posted at either end of the boulevard, instead of on every light pole as before, Morris said.
In other business, council member Tammy Valente wanted to remind residents living off Cooper Road on Timberwood Lane and road north of that will be closed on May 13 to allow connections to a new skilled nursing facility. Affected residents will have to use the south gate entrance to Hide-A-Way Lake during that time.
Mayor Ed Pinero announced that Tuesday May 13 at 5 p.m. the city will hold a public hearing to gather comments on the use of the green space on Goodyear Boulevard. Pinero asks the public to attend and share their opinions, so long as they fit the plan for the lot to remain green space.
The next city council meeting will be held May 20 at 5 p.m.