Board of Aldermen approve two contracts for public works building

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Board of Alderman discussed a number of matters during Tuesday’s meeting.

The meeting began with the Board approving the payroll expenditures for the month of October, 2017.

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Then, Jason Lamb, engineer with Walker and Associates, presented the quotes for phase one and phase two for the construction of a new public works facility. Two quotes were received for each of the phases. The Board awarded the contract for phase one to the low bidder HRL Construction Inc. HRL bid $49,605 for that phase and will now procure materials to move the project forward. For phase two was awarded to Stewart Development, LLC, who bid $328,896. Phase two is expected to begin at the beginning of next year.

Johnny Magee, a long time resident of Poplarville approached the Board with an issue his father faced at a football game that took place on Oct. 20.

“My father, who parked at the handicapped parking at the game, was asked to move his vehicle by a police official, who stated they were reserving the spot for smaller vehicles…,” Magee said.

Magee said a few weeks earlier his mother also faced a similar issue when she was told the handicapped parking was saved for people with wheelchairs. Police Chief Butch Raby said from now on officers will allow handicapped parking on a first come first served basis. Alderwoman, Shirley Wilshire said they’ll come with a resolution before the next game this Friday.

In another matter, work on Jacobs Avenue has been completed and the road is now open to traffic. Attorney Colette Oldnixon said the current budget needs to be amended in order to finance striping of the road.