City Council approves motion to move forward with new station

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A routine Picayune City Council meeting covered a donation to be used at the splash pad and the retirement of a long time firefighter.
The Council approved a motion to accept a $500 donation to the city’s newest amenity. Daryl Smith, a representative with the Pearl River County Partners in Leadership, said the funds are what remained in the organization’s account for the splash pad. Pearl River County Partners in Leadership led fundraising efforts to build the splash pad.
Public Works Director Eric Morris said the funds will be used to build a vertical privacy screen at a picnic table near the splash pad that will display decorative tiles.
In a separate matter, the Council approved a motion to enter into a utility installation agreement between the city and Huey P. Stockstill LLC Inc. Morris said the agreement will allow the company to install natural gas infrastructure lines to be used at the company’s new asphalt production plant, located at 815 North Beech St. The installation will be monitored by city employees.
Construction of a new fire station is now one step closer to taking place. During Tuesday’s meeting, the Council approved a motion to enter into a contract with Hattaway Engineering for the development of designs and specifications for the new facility, to be located at 721 North Beech St. Fire Chief Keith Brown said the facility will replace the dilapidated fire station located on Palestine Road, which is on 16th section land.
The Council also approved a motion to sell Battalion Chief Dennis Beech’s firefighter badge and helmet for $1. Brown said Beech is retiring from the department after serving the city for 33 years.
In other business the Council:
Approved a motion to authorize the mayor’s signature on a memorandum of agreement between the city and the Mississippi Main Street Association to continue the Main Street program in Picayune.
Approved out-of-state travel for Capt. Constance Myers to attend a sexual assault and systems change conference April 18 to 20.
Approved out-of-state travel for Major Chad Dorn, Picayune Police Department accreditation manager, to attend a two-day class in Gonzales, La. on February 15 and 16.
The next Council meeting will be February 21, at 5 p.m. in the Council chambers of City Hall.

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