FY ’06 budget talks to continue next week
City Councilmembers will meet Tuesday at 10 a.m. for their second round of discussions concerning Mayor A.J. Holloway’s proposed Fiscal Year 2006 municipal budget, which, for the first time in more than 14 years, suggests increasing the property tax rate in Biloxi.
Holloway delivered the inch-thick document to council members last week, and Director of Administration David Staehling briefed councilmembers on key aspects of the budget during a meeting Tuesday morning at City Hall.
Holloway’s proposed tax increase would amount to slightly more than a dollar a month on a $100,000 home.
Councilmembers, meantime, are expected to approve a budget near the first of September, in time to have it in place for Oct. 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year.
To read Mayor Holloway’s thoughts on the budget, click here.
To see David Staehling’s presentation on key aspects of the budget, click here.
City Council eyes directors Tuesday
Mayor A.J. Holloway on Tuesday afternoon will be asking City Councilmembers to approve directors for the city’s seven departments. The council’s regularly scheduled meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.
The majority of the City Council has twice tabled the re-appointments, and earlier this week, councilmembers interviewed the department heads during a two-hour meeting at City Hall. (You can listen to the session by clicking here.)
The council’s agenda also includes zoning issues involving property on Edgewater Drive and Judge Sekul Avenue, along with a proposal involving a 29-lot single family subdivision off Wetzell Road in north Biloxi.
Councilmember David Fayard is also proposing that the city hold a public hearing to consider more restrictions to the regulations governing sexually oriented business.
To read the complete agenda and available resolutions, click here.
Flood info in the mail; Camille on the air
Most of the 29,000 households in Biloxi by now should have received the city’s annual Storm & Flood Preparedness guide, and on Wednesday the city takes its be-prepared message to the airwaves when Cable One airs the 30-minute documentary “A Lady Called Camille.”
Cable One, which previously aired the program as a public service as part of the city’s outreach initiative, last year began beaming the program to the more than 100,000 cable subscribers along the Gulf Coast.
To read more about the documentary and see the times of its three airings, click here.
To read the Storm & Flood Preparedness guide that was mailed to Biloxians this week, click here.
The long and Short of it
Comedian Martin Short is scheduled to grill Mayor A.J. Holloway during his performance tonight at the Beau Rivage.
To read more about Short and to review the overall entertainment lineup for this weekend, courtesy of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.
Weekend on the water: The Mississippi Clean Marina Program, which this morning named Point Cadet Marina as a "clean marina," will be sponsoring a host of education displays Saturday morning at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor. To read more about the events, click here.
News and notes
MDOT’s Route H: The Mississippi Department of Transportation, responding to requests from the standing-room-only crowd of 300 or so at the Ward 6 meeting Tuesday, has provided an aerial photo that shows the proposed route of the roadway, which will travel from Interstate 10 at Woolmarket to U.S. 90 just east of Treasure Bay Casino Resort. You can get to the image through the Photo Gallery -- at the top right center on the front page of the city web site -- or merely click here.
Popp’s Ferry Bridge: Mayor A.J. Holloway plans to soon seek City Council approval of an agreement in which MDOT acknowledges that the city will be responsible for overseeing the federally funded design and environmental work involving options to construct a satisfactory evacuation route to replace the Popp’s Ferry Bridge. The agreement has been in the works since Holloway was successful in obtaining $1.8 million to begin work on the bridge. Typically, federal transportation funds flow through MDOT. To read more about the issue, click here.
Webcast: Hear background on several current issues in this week’s “City Desk,” a weekly webcast hosted by Gary Michiels. To listen to this week’s program, click here.
Traffic update: Read the lastest info on road work in Biloxi in Traffic Update, which is updated each weekday morning by the Public Works Department. To read today’s report, along with the police radar schedule, click here.
A swimming time: The Biloxi Natatorium is getting ready to launch a series of swimming lessons designed to help all levels of swimmers. To read more about the lessons and how to register, click here.