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Ridgeland Mississippi News

Ridgeland Receives National Tree City USA Award for Eighth Year

The City of Ridgeland, Mississippi was awarded the Tree City USA certification for 2015 by the Mississippi Urban Forest Council at the recent statewide forestry conference.  Ridgeland is one of only 39 cities in the state qualifying for the recognition. This is the eighth year that the City of Ridgeland has received the title. Ridgeland has been recognized statewide for its outstanding work in urban forestry by the Mississippi Forestry Commission and the Mississippi Urban Forest Council since 2007.  The City of Ridgeland does an outstanding job in combining development with green infrastructure.

Tree City USA is awarded to those sites that fulfill four requirements. These include: a tree board or forestry department, a tree ordinance, an urban forest management program supported by a minimum budget of $2 per capita and an observance and proclamation of Arbor Day.

“We commend our Mississippi communities and other sites that strive for exceptional efforts to obtain the national Tree City USA recognition. Trees play a vital role in creating quality throughout our state. Trees provide many benefits we all take for granted, including economic enhancements, social and environmental benefits, and aesthetic value. Trees process stormwater and reduce flooding, while providing shade during southern summers and reduce energy costs as well as improving property values and quality of life,” said Donna Yowell, Executive Director of the Mississippi Urban Forest Council.

The Mississippi Urban Forest Council is a statewide nonprofit organization assisting communities with implementing local tree programs. The council offers a variety of programs to educate volunteers and community leaders on every aspect of community forestry and provides assistance with grants for local projects.

For more information on community and urban forestry in Mississippi, contact the Mississippi Urban Forest Council, executive director, Donna Yowell, 601-672-0755 or dyowell@aol.com. Website: www.msurbanforest.com.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Mississippi Forestry Commission and National Arbor Day Foundation and administered in the state by the Mississippi Urban Forest Council.

Keep America Beautiful National Conference Awards

Sarah Kountouris, Keep Mississippi Beautiful's executive director, pictured with Mayor Gene McGee was recognized at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting. Kountouris was selected for the Sue Smith Professional Leadership Award by Keep America Beautiful. This award honors network leaders who have built and sustained programs for cleaning, greening, and beautification.

Sarah Kountouris, Keep Mississippi Beautiful’s executive director, pictured with Mayor Gene McGee was recognized at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting. Kountouris was selected for the Sue Smith Professional Leadership Award by Keep America Beautiful. This award honors network leaders who have built and sustained programs for cleaning, greening, and beautification.

The Olde Towne Middle School Technology Student Association Construction Challenge Team received the Youth and Education Project Award from Keep America Beautiful. The team was recognized at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting. Pictured from left Bill Richardson, Technology Student Association adviser, and team members, Madeleine Berry, Jarrett Huddleston, and Claire Richert, with Mayor Gene McGee.

The Olde Towne Middle School Technology Student Association Construction Challenge Team received the Youth and Education Project Award from Keep America Beautiful. The students designed and built a pergola at Midway Park in Ridgeland for the Great American State Kickoff 2015. Financial support for the project was provided by the Ridgeland Garden Club. This project received national finalist at the Technology Student Association National Conference 2015. The team was recognized at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting. Pictured from left are Bill Richardson, Technology Student Association adviser, and team members, Madeleine Berry, Jarrett Huddleston, and Claire Richert, with Mayor Gene McGee.

Keep Ridgeland Beautiful was recognized at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting, Keep Ridgeland Beautiful received the William (Bill) Nash Award from Keep America Beautiful. The Bill Nash Award is given for excellence in implementation of the Keep America Beautiful system in an affiliate's first 3 years. It is one of the highest awards given by Keep America Beautiful. Pictured from left are Lea Anne Stacy, Claire Jackson, Mayor Gene McGee, Jan Richardson, Wendy Bourdin, Pat Busby, Polly Hammett, and Drew Smith. Not pictured are Tim Taylor, Mike McCollum, Linda Assink, Phyllis Parker, Barbara Brown, and Rachel Collier.

Keep Ridgeland Beautiful was recognized at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting. Keep Ridgeland Beautiful received the William (Bill) Nash Award from Keep America Beautiful. The Bill Nash Award is given for excellence in implementation of the Keep America Beautiful system in an affiliate’s first 3 years. It is one of the highest awards given by Keep America Beautiful. Pictured from left are Lea Anne Stacy, Claire Jackson, Mayor Gene McGee, Jan Richardson, Wendy Bourdin, Pat Busby, Polly Hammett, and Drew Smith. Not pictured are Tim Taylor, Mike McCollum, Linda Assink, Phyllis Parker, Barbara Brown, and Rachel Collier.

Officer of the Month for January 2016

Officer Kyle Millican has been selected as Officer of the Month for January 2016. Chief John Neal said that Officer Millican's actions are indicative of an officer that cares for his community. His actions are commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

Officer Kyle Millican has been selected as Officer of the Month for January 2016, and he was publicly recognized at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting. Chief John Neal stated that Officer Millican’s actions are indicative of an officer that cares for his community. Neal expressed his sincerest appreciation for this professional and motivated officer. Pictured from left are Chief John Neal, Officer Kyle Millican, and Mayor Gene McGee.

Proclamations Signed for American Heart Month and Wear Red Day

From left, are Katherine Bryant, Rochelle Culp, Rhonda Lampkin, Jan Collins, Christy Bridges, and Jill Strickland surround Mayor Gene McGee as he signs Proclamation for Wear Red Day. Mayor McGee also signed a Proclamation for American Heart Month. Both proclamations help educate and increase awareness about heart disease and stroke, encourage citizens to learn the warning signs of heart attack and stroke, and to seek to prevent cardiac events through healthy living. National Wear Red Day is Friday, Feb. 5. Citizens are asked to show their support for women and fight against heart disease by commemorating this day by wearing the color red.

Standing, from left, are Katherine Bryant, Rochelle Culp, Rhonda Lampkin, Jan Collins, Christy Bridges, and Jill Strickland, who surround Mayor Gene McGee as he signs a proclamation for Wear Red Day. Mayor McGee also signed a proclamation for American Heart Month. Both proclamations help educate and increase awareness about heart disease and stroke, encourage citizens to learn the warning signs of heart attack and stroke, and to seek to prevent cardiac events through healthy living. National Wear Red Day is Friday, Feb. 5. Citizens are asked to show their support for women and the fight against heart disease by wearing the color red.

Fire Department Promotes New Assistant Chief

Troy Bergeron was recently promoted to Assistant Chief/Shift Commander with the Ridgeland Fire Department. Bergeron has been with the City of Ridgeland for 27 years. This is his fourth promotion.

Troy Bergeron was recently promoted to Assistant Chief/Shift Commander with the Ridgeland Fire Department. Bergeron has been with the City of Ridgeland for 27 years. This is his fourth promotion.

City of Ridgeland launches mobile app

The City of Ridgeland announces that it is now mobile in the form of a cutting edge app. The mobile app, which is available in both the Apple iTunes store and the Google Play Android store, offers news and events plus the ability to pay utility bills and traffic fines or register for an athletic event.

It opens up another form of communication with city officials. App users may post a comment, send an email, record and send a message, as well as submit a photo that will get distributed to staff that will review and respond. The app also makes it a tap away check the city’s news blog and link to the city’s various social media sites. Notifications and messages can also come to the app user from the city.

“The City of Ridgeland believes in using the latest technology to stay connected with citizens. This mobile app will make it easier for citizens to communicate with us and to keep up with what’s going on in Ridgeland,” said Mayor Gene McGee.

“The convenience of paying your utility bill or registering for an event adds tremendously to its value,” said McGee. “We understand that more and more people are using apps to conduct business during the day and simplify their lives. We wanted to be part of that and bring them this convenience.”

City officials say that providing better service is what the new Ridgeland app is all about. If an app user knows that they want to participate in the Natchez Trace Century Ride, for example, they can find the event on the calendar, tap on it and the link to register is right there.

To pay a utility bill or to use the city’s Online Action Center, a user will tap on Services and both options are right there on the screen, along with additional online services offered by the city.

As most smart phone users know, it is certainly convenient to be able to manage life’s activities from a mobile phone. Providing this service for its citizens as well as visitors is something that the City of Ridgeland is pleased to offer.

To download the City of Ridgeland app, visit the App Store or Google play.

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Ridgeland Fire Department Hires New Inspector

Sidney Malone was hired Jan. 2016 as an inspector with the Ridgeland Fire Department. His primary responsibility is to inspect local businesses for compliance with fire codes. Malone is pleased to return to the Ridgeland Fire Department where he started his career in 1987. Malone has also worked at the Mississippi Fire Academy.

Sidney Malone was hired Jan. 2016 as an inspector with the Ridgeland Fire Department. His primary responsibility is to inspect local businesses for compliance with fire codes. Malone is pleased to return to the Ridgeland Fire Department where he started his career in 1987. Malone has also worked at the Mississippi Fire Academy.

Ridgeland Police Department Now Providing Permanent MedReturn Drug Collection Unit

Citizens looking to dispose of excess and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications can now visit the safe and secure permanent drop off location at the Ridgeland Police Department located at 115 West School Street.

DREAM, Inc. through the Madison Rankin Prevention Partnership has partnered with the Ridgeland Police Department to establish a permanent MedReturn drug collection program in order to reduce the supply of drugs that can potentially harm teens and adults.

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. Among youth who are 12 to 17 years old, 7.4 percent report past year non-medical use of prescription drugs.

Properly disposing of excess drugs is everyone’s responsibility as a matter of public safety. More than 70 percent of young people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or family, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet. Now Ridgeland citizens won’t have to wait for a specific take-back day to clean out their medicine cabinets.

The collection site is open 24 hours a day and is located in the lobby of the Ridgeland Police Department. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked. The Ridgeland Police Department only ask that drugs which are disposed of using the collection unit are placed in a clear zip lock bag so as to eliminate loose pills/capsules from being placed into the unit. The collected drugs will be stored at the Ridgeland Police Department awaiting procedural disposal through the MS Bureau of Narcotics. If citizens have questions about the collection protocol, they are asked to contact the Ridgeland Police Department Evidence/Property Division at 601-856-5210.

The drug collection unit is produced by MedReturn, LLC of Grafton, WI. MedReturn, LLC is committed to providing a safe, secure and environmentally friendly way to help law enforcement agencies and communities collect unwanted or expired household medication, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and unused pharmaceuticals. For more information on the unit, please visit www.medreturn.com.

If there are any questions, please contact Chief John R. Neal at the Ridgeland Police Department at 601-853-2014 or via email at john.neal@ridgelandms.org.

 

Amnesty Program Begins February 22 in Ridgeland

The Ridgeland Police Department in conjunction with the Ridgeland Municipal Court and Ridgeland City Prosecutor will conduct an Amnesty Program for people with outstanding warrants for unpaid fines due to traffic violations or misdemeanor criminal offenses. The Amnesty period will begin Feb. 22, 2016 and end March 4, 2016.

This program is for defendants/violators who have an outstanding fine with the Ridgeland Municipal Court and who have had an arrest warrant issued against them. The Amnesty Program provides individuals the opportunity to pay their full outstanding fines and have the contempt of court fees waived. The City of Ridgeland is aware that paying off fines may be difficult during challenging economic times. Alternatives to an immediate full fine payment may be available to people who participate in the Amnesty Program. Under state law, a person convicted of contempt of court faces up to 6 months in jail and/or an additional fine up to $1000. Individuals taking part in the Amnesty Program will benefit by removing this additional fine.

Persons who have an outstanding warrant with the Ridgeland Municipal Court or who wish to determine if there is an arrest warrant for them may contact court services at 601-853-2001. The Municipal Court Services Building is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and it is located at 115 West School Street, Ridgeland MS. Further questions may be directed to Louanna Varnado, Ridgeland Municipal Court Clerk, at louanna.varnado@ridgelandms.org.

Officer of the Month for December, 2015

Officer Ryan Jungers was selected as Ridgeland Police Officer of the Month for December, 2015. Police Chief Neal said, "Officer Jungers' actions resulted in the quick apprehension of suspects and exhibited the initiative of a great officer." Jungers, center, is pictured with Chief John Neal (left) and Mayor Gene McGee (right).

Officer Ryan Jungers was selected as Ridgeland Police Officer of the Month for December, 2015. Chief Neal said, “Officer Jungers’ actions resulted in the quick apprehension of suspects and he exhibited the initiative of a great officer.” Jungers, center, is pictured with Chief John Neal (left) and Mayor Gene McGee (right).