Mayor A.J. Holloway will be asking the City Council on Tuesday to approve the second part of an analysis of Biloxi’s infrastructure to ensure the city is in place to accommodate the massive amount of proposed condominium development in Biloxi.
Councilmembers unanimously approved a resolution earlier this week that would hire a local engineering firm to analyze the city’s capacity to treat wastewater from the 3,100 condo units proposed in project in west Biloxi, and at their meeting on Tuesday, the mayor will ask councilmembers to approve the city’s share of funding for an analysis of methods to deal with the increased traffic that would result from the proposed units.
“With all of the growth, we’re making sure that we have the capacity in place – infrastructure to handle things like wastewater treatment and traffic, for instance,” Holloway said. “We’re taking a two-pronged approach to this. We’ve engaged a local firm to assess the current capacity and the demands of these proposed projects. Next week, we’re going to do the same thing with traffic.
“The fact is, Highway 90 will probably never be more than a scenic highway, but we need to make the most out of it by continuing to make sure the traffic signals are synchronized as best as they can be, and that we use other options to move traffic, which is something I’m going to ask be part of this analysis.
“And we need to make sure that we do not saddle our local residents with the burden of this proposed condo growth.”
Holloway is proposing that the city fund about $30,000 of a $150,000 contract with traffic engineers Neel Shaffer, with Gulf Regional Planning Commission and the Mississippi Department of Transportation funding the remainder.
Holloway will discuss the condo issue during an appearance with Long Beach Mayor Billy Skellie on “WLOX News This Week.,” airing Saturday at 6 p.m.
To see the resolution on Tuesday’s council agenda, click here.
City Council meets Tuesday night at 6
Appointments city department directors and members of the election commission, and amendments to a proposed condominium project at the site of the Broadwater Tower are among the topics on the agenda when the City Council meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
Also on the agenda is a presentation from Boy Scout Chase Munro, who will be pitching the mayor and council members on identifying an Historic Biloxi Bike Tour.
To read Munro’s proposal, along with the entire council agenda and available resolutions, click here.
Biloxi Landmarks in spotlight on Sunday
You can get a new appreciation for Biloxi’s architectural heritage Sunday with a historic home tour of seven properties the City Council recently added to the roster of Biloxi Landmarks.
Sites on the 1-to-4 p.m. tour include private homes and commercial structures near Howard Avenue and on Back Bay.
To read more and see a couple of maps pinpointing the locations on the tour, click here.
Baseball: We are the champions -- in Big and Little leagues
Biloxi teams have captured titles in both the Big and Little leagues – and teams are headed for regional and World Series play.
The Gulf Coast Gamblers, who won four straight games en route to the Southwest Big League Regional championship on Monday at the Biloxi Sports Complex, begin play in the Big League World Series Saturday in Easley, S.C.
You can read Sun Herald sportswriter Jim Mashek’s story on the Barry Lyons-coached team of 16- 18 years olds, and find out more about the tournament itself, by clicking here.
Meantime, the Biloxi All-Stars in the 12-year-old age group won the Mississippi Little League Championship when they defeated Natchez in games played in Hattiesburg last week, and will play in the Little League Southwest Regional beginning Aug. 7 in Waco, Texas. ESPN will televise the regional finals at 8 p.m.
To read more about this team’s accomplishments, and to see a photo of the team, click here.
Entertainment is Boom-in this weekend
You’ll find Loggins & Messina, ZZ Top and Aga-Boom on local stages this weekend. To read about these and other shows, courtesy of listings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here
News and notes
Ward 6’s first ward meeting: Ward 6 Councilmember Edward “Ed” Gemmill will hold his ward’s first ward meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the lecture hall at Biloxi High School. Gemmill has asked Mayor A.J. Holloway and city department directors to attend the meeting, and Holloway has also invited Southern District Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown to attend the meeting to brief residents on the status of the proposed north-south connector. Gemmill has a newsletter in the works for Ward 6 residents about the meeting and other issues in Ward 6.
Storm and flood mailout: Residents throughout Biloxi will soon be receiving a Storm & Flood Preparedness newsletter. The eight-page publication, which is now being printed, includes storm info, storm tracking maps and a host of useful advice designed to help property owners reduce the risks associated with storms and flooding. An online version of the mailout has been posted in the Storm and Flood section of the city web site, but you can go directly to the document by clicking here.
Keep your cool: Biloxi Police Chief Bruce Dunagan is reminding residents in Biloxi and surrounding communities to remember to check in elderly and other neighbors vulnerable to the sweltering temperatures these days. To read the advice from Dunagan and Mayor A.J. Holloway, click here.
Webcasting: Greg Eleuterius, the city employee tasked with coordinating the city’s growing number of youth sports leagues, guests with host Gary Michiels on this week’s “City Desk” webcast. To listen to the program, click here.
Traffic Update: Get the latest on how streets and drainage work is impacting the flow of traffic citywide in Traffic Update, where you’ll also see MDOT’s two traffic cams on U.S. 90 at I-110 and the Biloxi Police Department’s weekly radar schedule. To visit Traffic Update, click here.
Images of Biloxi: Websurfers around the globe can see a video glimpse of Biloxi online at the city’s web site. If you have a high-speed connection and want to see “Images of Biloxi,” which was created by Journal Communications for the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce, click here.