New street lights on fourth street targeted for safetyBy BUSTER WOLFE,
The Hattiesburg City Council approved two new street lights to be placed on Fourth Street locations to better protect areas outside of late-night businesses.
The two lights were OK’d near 2505 W. Fourth St. outside of Fourth Street Bar and 3901 W. Fourth St. outside of Brewsky’s during the City Council meeting Tuesday at City Hall. The lights from Mississippi Power Company would increase the city’s monthly electric bill by $54.02 for Fourth Street Bar and $69.36 outside of Brewsky’s.
Mayor Toby Barker said these two lights are just the first ones of others to come.
“There are lots of areas that we need to focus on,” he said after the Tuesday meeting. “These were two of the ones that were brought to our attention. As we do that, we are going to look at simple things that we can do to insure safety. We are also going to go into neighborhoods with town halls and we want to make sure neighborhoods and visitors both feel safe.”
Safety is the No. 1 concern for Barker.
“The most important thing we can do for our residents is to insure a safe community and to insure the perception of a safe community,” he said. “So, there have been spots that we have heard complaints about. There are areas on North 25th Avenue and areas along North Fourth Street. Putting some lighting there creates some safety there. It allows residents to be more comfortable when they travel there at night. Again, I think we have a very safe city and anything we can do to enforce that and shape that is a good step.
In other action Tuesday, the City Council:
• Voted 4-1 to deny an Ordinance for the petition filed by Anthony Wansley, Contractor, on behalf of Clementine Benton, Owner to change the zoning classification for a portion of the property located at 208 McInnis Spring Road from Single-Family Residential District to Multi-Family Residential District. The Planning Commission recommended to deny the petition on Jan. 3. Ward 2 Councilwoman Deborah Delgado voted to approve the petition.
• Voted unanimously to adopt an Ordinance for the petition filed by Valerie Cameron, Representative, on behalf of Donnie Myers, Owner, to change the zoning classification for a certain property located at 1200 Edwards St. from Light Industrial District to Community Business District. The Planning Commission recommended to Approve on Feb. 7.
• Voted unanimously to approve a petition filed by Lynn Greer, Architect, Mike Essary, Representative, on behalf of Wesley Foundation of MS Southern College to vary from maximum impervious surface lot coverage for property located in an R-3 Zone is 50 percent and instead allow a total of 69 percent impervious lot coverage for a variance of 19 percent for a property located at 210 N. 32nd Ave. The Board of Adjustment recommended to approve with a condition on Feb. 7.
• Voted unanimously to approve the preliminary plat filed by Shea McNease PE, Engineer, and Rob Tatum, Applicant, for a major subdivision for a certain piece of property located between South 31st Avenue and South 30th Avenue, south of Hardy Street. The Planning Commission recommended to approve on Feb. 7.
• Voted unanimously to table pay scale alignment for the Hattiesburg Fire Department.
• Voted unanimously to adopt a drug and alcohol policy for Hub City Transit in compliance with requirements of the Federal Transit Administration.
• Voted unanimously to adopt a Resolution authorizing Requisition No. 16 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.
• Voted unanimously to table Task Order No. 5 with Shows, Dearman and Waits, Inc. to provide professional services for a Comprehensive Sanitary Sewer Study for data collection, inspection, and evaluation of the City's wastewater system.
• Voted unanimously to authorize Mayor to execute (in duplicate) Agreement with Shows,
• Dearman & Waits, Inc. for engineering services related to the Martin Luther King Improvements project.
• Voted unanimously to authorize Mayor to execute Agreement for Sewer Treatment in duplicate with Grand Magnolia Properties, LLC (formerly known as Sims Properties, LLC).
• Voted unanimously to authorize Mayor to execute agreement between the City of Hattiesburg Fire Department and Fire Department International, Inc. to provide promotional testing for Engineer/Driver, Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief.
• Voted unanimously to ratify and confirm the Mayor's appointment of Yolanda Morris to the Hattiesburg School Board for a five-year term beginning March 5, 2018 and ending March 4, 2023.
• Voted unanimously to ratify and confirm the Mayor's appointment of Andrew A. Hatten to the Southeast Mississippi Community Investment Corporation Board of Director for a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2018 and ending Dec. 31, 2020.
• Voted unanimously to ratify and confirm the Mayor's appointment of Lemon "Trey" Sullivan to the Southeast Mississippi Community Investment Corporation Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2018 and ending Dec. 31, 2020.
• Voted unanimously to approve notice of publication setting a Public Comment Period and scheduling a Public Hearing for the 2017 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the CDBG and HOME Programs.
• Voted unanimously to acknowledge receipt of the monthly budget report for the month ending Jan. 31, 2018, on permanent file in the City Clerk's Office.
• Voted unanimously to acknowledge receipt of the unadvertised bid purchase docket for the period of Oct. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2017.
• Voted unanimously to acknowledge receipt of the Financial Statements of the Emergency Management District for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, from WM. F. Horne & Company, PLLC.
• Voted unanimously to acknowledge receipt of the Southeast Mississippi Community Investment Corporation (SEMCIC) bylaws, adopted June 18, 2014; SEMCIC exists to help enhance small business lending in Greater Hattiesburg.
• Voted unanimously to acknowledge Bids received Feb. 1, 2018 for the Comprehensive Sewer/Water Improvements Project - Phase VIII - Camp Street and reject all bids; Approve new plans and specifications for project and authorize re-advertisement for bids.
• Voted unanimously to approve plans and specifications for the South 28th Avenue Bridge Replacement Project; Authorize advertisement for bids for same.
• Voted unanimously to approve plans and specifications for the Infrastructure Improvements along North 40th Avenue, North 39th Avenue and Mable Street Project; Authorize advertisement for bids for same.
• Voted unanimously to approve Specifications and Authorize Publication of Advertisement for Various Term Bid Items for the Hattiesburg Water Department beginning on April 1, 2018.
• Voted unanimously to approve Specifications and Authorize Publication of Advertisement for Various Term Bid Items for the City of Hattiesburg Public Works Department beginning April 1, 2018.
• Voted unanimously to approve the sale of grave spaces, per Memo, Receipts, and Deeds.
• Voted unanimously to approve and authorize issuance of manual check for CDBG Program Claim.
• Voted unanimously to approve claims docket for the period ending Feb. 16, 2018.
The next City Council meeting will be at 5 p.m. March 6. The Council will set that agenda during a meeting at 4 p.m. March 5.