City begins path to USM bus route

By BUSTER WOLFE,

The Hattiesburg City Council approved entering into an agreement with the University of Southern Mississippi to provide a transit route near the campus for students, faculty and staff beginning July 1.

The agreement still requires approval from the Institution of High Learning’s Board of Directors and the Office of the Mississippi Attorney General.

The move follows three public hearings last when officials explained a proposed route through the campus, connecting the Hub City Transit System buses in Hattiesburg to USM.

The three-year agreement calls for a new fixed route near USM, largely circulating within the campus. The city will operate two buses along the route and hopes to provide frequency of service in 20 minutes or less during the normal operating hours of the system.

The city will also contribute resources toward the construction of bus shelters along the new route, but only in proportion to the creation of shelters throughout the system. City officials will work with USM toward a mutually agreeable style of bus shelter that will comply with the demands of the system and be reasonably comparable in cost to other shelters in the city’s system. The city and USM will review the terms of the agreement after two years.

In other action Tuesday, the City Council:

·      Adopted Resolutions condemning the following properties as unclean and a menace to the health and safety of the community: 701 Eufala Ave., 213 W. Seventh St., Corner of Camp and South 20th Avenue, 1305 Rebecca Ave. and 901 Fairley St.

·      Denied the petition filed by Ashley Robinson and Jeff Sims, Owners, to establish the zoning classification for certain properties located in the Mandalay Villas at Greystone subdivision at the intersection of J. Ed Turner Drive and Topanga Trail in Ward 1 to R-1B (Single-Family Residential) District. Instead, the City Council voted to zone the properties to R-1A.  The Planning Commission recommended to Deny the zoning change to R-1B on March 7, 2018.

·      Approved a petition filed by Clint Walker to request a permit for a replacement “Digital Billboard” as provided in Section 10.13.6 and all applicable regulations for a certain property located at 6192 U.S. Hwy. 98 (Parcel 052R-10-015.000, PPIN 20599, Ward 3). The Planning Commission recommended to Approve, on April 4, 2018.

·      Adopted a Resolution setting Public Hearing before City Council at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2018 to determine if certain properties are in such a state of uncleanliness so as to be a menace to the health and safety of the community and providing for notice to owners and authorize publication of the notice hearing.

·      Adopted a Resolution approving the form of and authorizing the execution of an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between the City of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Forrest County, Mississippi in connection with the Tax Increment Financing Plan (Hardy South Project) as from time to time amended; and for related purposes.

·      Adopted a Resolution authorizing Requisition No. 18 from the Project Fund Construction Account in connection with a certain loan agreement dated August 18, 2016, by and between the Mississippi Development Bank and the City of Hattiesburg.

·      Authorized Mayor to execute lighting agreement with Mississippi Power for additional lighting on the Longleaf Trace for a monthly increase of $81.

·      Authorized Mayor to execute lighting agreement with Mississippi Power Company for additional lighting on Dossett Avenue south of Bowling Street for a net increase of $11.77 to the monthly bill.

·      Authorized Mayor to execute Memorandum of Understanding between City of Hattiesburg and Twin Forks Rising Community Development Corporation for the purpose of comprehensive redevelopment of Ward 2.

·      Authorized Mayor to execute Memorandum of Understanding between City of Hattiesburg and the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi for the purpose of establishing a Farmers' Market Initiative to provide a market manager and related expenses.

·      Authorized Mayor to execute lease agreement between the City of Hattiesburg and Daytona Harley-Davidson for the lease of 12 motorcycles for the Hattiesburg Police Department for one year, with the option to renew for one year, commencing on April 1, 2018 and ending March 31, 2019.

·      Authorized Mayor to execute proposal between the City of Hattiesburg and Tyler Technologies for the upgrade of the EnerGov software used by Urban Development to transfer critical data off of local servers and to create citizen portals for online application filing and related features.

·      Approved a manpower adjustment for the Mass Transit Division of Urban Development to create four new driver positions for new Hub City Transit routes.

·      Approved Supplemental Agreement No. 1 to the contract with T.L. Wallace Construction, Inc. for the Comprehensive Water Improvement Phase III project to adjust final quantities to actual for a total cost underrun of $258,186.64 on the project; Authorized Mayor to execute same in duplicate; Authorized publication of Notice of Final Settlement for the project; Authorized payment of Pay Estimate No. 16 & Final in the amount of $3,164.17.

·      Acknowledged receipt of and accepted Appraisal Review Report for a portion of Parcel PPIN 35075 located in Lamar County for the J. Ed Turner Multi-Use Path Corridor project; Approved Establishment of Just Compensation and declare Appraised Value of $23,500 to be Fair Market Value; Authorized offer to owner Stan Black for Fair Market Value of $23,500; Authorized issuance of manual check in payment upon acceptance of offer.

·      Authorized Mayor to execute agreement between City of Hattiesburg Water and Sewer Department and Anointed Hands Services, LLC for professional janitorial services in the amount of $488 per month.

·      Acknowledged receipt of the monthly budget report for the month ending March 31, 2018.

·      Acknowledged receipt of the annual actuarial valuation report covering the participation of the City of Hattiesburg in the Mississippi Municipal Retirement Systems for the period ending June 30, 2017.

·      Acknowledged receipt of interest rate quotes to provide lease-purchase financing for a Ferrara Custom Pumper Fire Truck for the City of Hattiesburg and accepted the quote of Trustmark Bank; authorized Mayor to execute necessary lease-purchase financing documents.

·      Acknowledged receipt of bids received on April 5, 2018 for the Comprehensive Sewer/Water Improvements Phase VIII - Camp Street Area project and accepted the bid from C.B. Developers, Inc. in the amount of $3,721,611.76 as the lowest and best bid; Authorized Mayor to execute contracts upon preparation.

·      Acknowledges receipt of bids received on April 5, 2018 for the Infrastructure Improvements along North 40th, North 39th and Mable Street and accepted the bid from Myers Underground Utilities in the amount of $797,010.70 as the lowest and best bid; Authorized Mayor to execute contracts upon preparation.

·      Acknowledged receipt of Permanent Easement for Part of Lot 409 of Westover Fourth Addition Subdivision for the COMSWIP Sewer Phase V project.

·      Approved Plans and Specifications for the Barkley Road Bridge Replacement Project; Authorized Advertisement for bids for same.

·      Approved specifications for at least four and no more than 14 fully equipped body on chassis transit vehicles for the City of Hattiesburg's Hub City Transit and the City of Gulfport's Coast Transit Authority and authorized publication of notice to bidders for same.

·      Approved the sale of grave spaces, per memos, receipts and deeds.

·      Approved claims docket for the period ending April 13, 2018.

·      Acknowledged receipt of request filed by Utpal Patel, Owner, to appeal the Planning Commission's recommendation for the petition filed by Utpal Patel, Owner to change the zoning classification for a certain property located at 208 N. 38th Ave. from B-2 (Neighborhood Business) District to B-3 (Community Business) District; Hattiesburg Planning Commission recommended to Deny on April 4, 2018; Set a public hearing before City Council on May 21, 2018 at 4 p.m. and authorized publication of Public Notice setting an Appeal Public Hearing.

·      Acknowledged no bids were received at the bid opening April 5, 2018 for the 28th Avenue Bridge Replacement project; Authorized re-advertisement for bids for same project.

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