On Tuesday, voters in Ward 6 will essentially be choosing their new councilmember since the Republican nominee will not face opposition in the general election in June, and voters in Ward 2 will decide which Democratic nominee will face the Republican nominee in June.
Those who did not vote May 3 are still eligible to vote in the Tuesday runoffs. Polling places – the Margaret Sherry library in Ward 6, and the East Biloxi Community Center on Division Street and Saenger Theater in Ward 2 -- will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In the Ward 2 Democratic runoff, incumbent Eric E. Dickey faces William “Bill” Stallworth, with the victor facing Republican nominee Gary Toncrey Kennedy in the June general election.
In the Ward 6 Republican runoff, George A. Fassitt faces Edward “Ed” Gemmill.
More on elections at the bottom of this Weekly Briefing.
Reminder II: Cedar Lake bridge closes Monday morning at 6
The 4,800 motorists who travel the Cedar Lake bridge on an average day are reminded that the bridge will be closed for repairs beginning Monday at 6 a.m. through June 17. Motorists should use either the I-10 exits at Woolmarket or Mississippi 15 as alternate routes. The span of the two-lane Cedar Lake bridge will remain in the open position for marine traffic throughout the month.
Notifications were sent to major businesses on Cedar Lake Road earlier this week, and notices are being published in The Bay Press and Sun Herald. To see the notice, click here.
Incidentally, you can get a daily update of the status of road projects in Biloxi, along with the Police Department’s weekly police radar schedule and MDOT’s two traffic cameras, in Traffic Update on the city web site. To take a look now, click here.
City Council meets Tuesday afternoon
Mayor A.J. Holloway is proposing the appointment of several Biloxians to key city boards during Tuesday’s City Council meeting, and the council will formally accept an audit of city finances for FY 2004.
Those issues are among the more than two dozen resolutions on the agenda for the 1:30 p.m. meeting at City Hall.
Among the other measures included on the agenda: plotting more cemetery plats using existing land in the Biloxi cemetery, amending the capital projects budget to add a pending $3.9 million MDOT grant for construction of a welcome center at the new Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art site, and allocating $375,000 to buy a fire truck for the Bay Vista fire station.
To see the complete agenda and available resolutions, click here.
A boatload of activities this weekend
Vanessa Williams, Tim McGraw and the Billy Creel Memorial Wooden Boat Rendezvous are among the highlights on this weekend’s entertainment calendar. To see the compendium of events, as compiled by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.
News and notes
Election numbers: Councilman Mike Fitzpatrick, a numbers cruncher and avid Weekly Briefing reader, points out that last week’s column was incorrect in stating that Ward 6 had the highest voter turnout of any ward. In fact, Fitz says, Ward 4, with its two polling places, saw a total of 966 votes cast, compared to the 823 votes cast in Ward 6. We stand corrected. You can see all the returns for yourself by clicking here.
Webcasting: This week’s “City Desk” webcast covers the upcoming closure of the Cedar Lake bridge, the pending runoff elections in Wards 2 and 6, and several other issues of note. To listen, click here.
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