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Poplarville parks set for improvements

Poplarville’s parks will undergo updates that include plans for a pavilion at City Square Park and parking lot improvements at City Park.

The Poplarville Board of Aldermen approved the final drawings for a pavilion and bathrooms at City Square Park and authorized advertising for bids to construct the pavilion. The project is being funded by a $150,000 grant from the Mississippi Development Authority.

The pavilion will sit at the north end of the park and have a footprint of approximately 1,400 square feet, said Architect Christian Landry of Landry, Lewis, and Germany Architects. The pavilion will be a wood and steel structure that will include a partially covered concrete stage.

The city also received a $40,000 grant from The Mississippi Power Foundation for constructing handicapped parking areas at City Park. During Tuesday’s meeting the Board awarded the lowest quote for asphalt paving of the parking lot for $68,300 from Huey P. Stockstill, LLC. To cover the difference in cost to pave the parking lot, the Board authorized amending the General Fund budget to transfer $30,000 from the SRO/DARE budget to the Parks and Recreation budget.

In a separate matter, the Board awarded the lowest bid for paving work that is part of Phase I of the 2019 Road and Bridge Bond Program. The lowest bid from Warren and Warren Asphalt Paving, LLC. was $486,217, with an alternate of $142,297 to add additional streets.

According to previous coverage, the list of streets to be paved in the project includes Church Street, East Dove Street, East Larkin Smith Street, East North Street, Jordan Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, North Barnett Street, North Dauphine Street, Pine Street, South Allen Street, South Cowart Street, South St. Charles Street, South Strahan Street, South Haynes Street and West North Street, West Beers Street, West Brainard Street, West Rouse Street and Woodard Street. The alternates that can be added to the project if there are funds available are West Larkin Smith Drive and Todd Street.

In other business the Board:

—Approved the lowest quote of $47,850 from ABC Utility Company Inc. for water service relocation and line abandonment on West Beers Street. The work will be funded by money from the water fund and money from the Mississippi Infrastructure Modernization Act.

—Approved payment number six for $53,871 to Hensley R. Lee Contracting Inc. for drainage maintenance work as part of the 2019 Road and Bridge Bond Program. The Board also approved an extension on the contract time due to weather delays.

The next Board meeting will be Tuesday March 17 at 5 p.m. in City Hall.