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Ridgeland Mississippi News

Colonel McCollum Awarded Legion of Merit

Colonel John M. McCollum is presented with the Legion of Merit award at the June 2, 2015 City of Ridgeland Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting by Mayor Gene McGee. Colonel McCollum who serves as the City of Ridgeland Public Works Director was recognized with the award upon retirement from a 31-year career with the United States Army. At the culmination of his military career, McCollum was holding the position of Executive Officer of the 4010 United States Army Hospital with the Army Reserve Medical Command. His outstanding leadership, technical competence and distinctive accomplishments contributed immeasurably to the Army. He is recognized for distinguished performance of duty that represents exemplary service in the finest tradition of the United States Army.

Colonel John M. McCollum is presented with the Legion of Merit award at the June 2, 2015 City of Ridgeland Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting by Mayor Gene McGee. Colonel McCollum who serves as the City of Ridgeland Public Works Director was recognized with the award upon retirement from a 31-year career with the United States Army. At the culmination of his military career, McCollum was holding the position of Executive Officer of the 4010 United States Army Hospital with the Army Reserve Medical Command. His outstanding leadership, technical competence and distinctive accomplishments contributed immeasurably to the Army. He is recognized for distinguished performance of duty that represents exemplary service in the finest tradition of the United States Army.

Mike McCollum, Director of Public Works for the City of Ridgeland, was honored at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting with a presentation of the Legion of Merit medal. Known as Colonel John M. McCollum to the United States Army, McCollum accepted this medal upon retirement after a 31-year career. The Legion of Merit medal, instituted in 1942, is earned for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to the United States. The City of Ridgeland chose to officially recognize his service to our country in the ceremonial presentation on June 2.

Colonel McCollum culminated his years of service with the Army Reserve Medical Command as the Executive Officer of the 4010 United States Army Hospital. His distinguished career began June 1981 and included holding positions of increasing responsibility at various locations throughout the world until May 2013.

As stated on The Legion of Merit presented to McCollum, “His outstanding leadership, technical competence and distinctive accomplishments contributed immeasurably to the Army. Upon retirement, Colonel McCollum is recognized for distinguished performance of duty that represents exemplary service in finest tradition of the United States Army.”

Mayor Gene McGee said, “The City of Ridgeland is privileged to have such an outstanding military officer as Colonel McCollum on our staff. He performs an exemplary job as a Department Head for the City of Ridgeland, and many of his capabilities can be attributed to his military training. He exhibits model leadership and is well respected and appreciated by city officials.”

Besides serving as Commander and Executive Officer for the 4010 United States Army Hospital, other significant leadership roles include Commander for the 324 Personnel Replacement Battalion and Theater Personnel Directorate Operations Chief.

Colonel McCollum planned for the deployment of personnel units in the Theater of Operations in preparation for the invasion of Iraq in 2002. He planned the location of mail facilities and personnel replacement centers. As a result of his preparation efforts, over 250,000 military and civilian personnel were accounted for, received mail services and were tracked for personnel replacement as required.

Colonel McCollum was a key individual who successfully led a Task Force of 317 personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force, DA civilian and Arkansas National Guard from all over the United States to conduct the unprecedented Innovative  Readiness Training Mission in 2011. As a result of his leadership, over 5595 residents and 257 animals received desperately needed medical care.

As the Battalion Commander of the 324 Personnel Replacement Battalion, Colonel McCollum led the 324 to conduct multiple training exercises culminating in the Personnel Accountability and Strength Reporting mission for Operation Bright Star in Egypt. He established the in-country processing stations for all United States personnel entering and leaving the country and fostered a cordial relationship with the Egyptian Commanding General and his staff that facilitated communications between the two forces. As a result of his efforts, over 30,000 United States military and civilian personnel were accounted for and processed in and out of the country without incident.

The City of Ridgeland extends congratulations to McCollum on his outstanding military career and retirement from the U.S. Army.

 

Police Officer of the Month

Ridgeland Police Officer Gerald West was selected for Officer of the Month for April, 2015. Officer West was recognized at the June 2 Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting by Mayor Gene McGee. His actions are commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

Ridgeland Police Officer Gerald West was selected as Officer of the Month for April, 2015. Officer West was recognized at the June 2 Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting by Mayor Gene McGee. His actions are commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

Police Officer of the Month

Ridgeland Police Officer Jason Haven was selected as Officer of the Month for April, 2015. Officer Haven was recognized at the May 19, 2015 Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting by Mayor Gene McGee. His actions are commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

Ridgeland Police Officer Jason Haven was selected as Officer of the Month for April, 2015. Officer Haven was recognized at the May 19, 2015 Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting by Mayor Gene McGee. His actions are commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

Police Officer of the Month

Ridgeland Police Officer James Myers was publicly recognized at the May 5, 2015 Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting. Officer Myers was honored for being selected Officer of the Month for March, 2015 for actions commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

Ridgeland Police Officer James Myers was publicly recognized at the May 5, 2015 Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting. Officer Myers was honored for being selected Officer of the Month for March, 2015 for actions commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

Police Officer of the Month

April 21 2015 Jimmy Finnegan 2

Ridgeland Police Officer Jimmy Finnegan was publicly recognized at the April 21, 2015 Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting. Officer Finnegan was honored as Officer of the Month for February, 2015 for actions commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

 

 

Summer Issue of Ridgeland Life

Rice Road Reconstruction Phase 2 Begins

Hemphill Construction has informed the City of Ridgeland that Phase 2 of the Rice Road project has begun. The section of Rice Road between the Muirwood Entrance and Camden Park Drive East will be closed and barricaded. The Rice Road entrances to Wendover and Oakmont are now open. Please look at the RICE ROAD CONSTRUCTION, PHASE 2 ROAD CLOSURE DETOUR MAP-5.27.2015 for an illustration of the work zone.

The contractor anticipates that Phase 2 will be complete by June 30. Phase 3, which is the final surface paving, will take an additional 3 weeks and will be complete in July.

RICE ROAD CONSTRUCTION,  PHASE 2 ROAD CLOSURE DETOUR MAP-5.27.2015

MDEQ Awards Solid Waste Assistance Grant to Ridgeland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Robbie Wilbur, Communications Director, MDEQ, 601-961-5277

 

(Jackson , Miss.)–The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) awarded the City of Ridgeland a solid waste assistance grant of $25,000 that will be used by the city for a household hazardous waste collection event in the fall of 2015.  The date has not yet been determined.

“The Solid Waste Assistance Grants support a variety of useful solid waste management activities for cities and counties, and this grant will assist Ridgeland’s efforts in improving their management of solid waste,” said Gary Rikard, MDEQ Executive Director.

Cities and counties may apply for Solid Waste Assistance Grants through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. These grants are used by local communities for programs to prevent and clean up unauthorized dumps; to aid in hiring local solid waste enforcement officers; for public education efforts on solid waste disposal and recycling; and to establish programs for the collection of white goods, bulky wastes and recyclables.

Information about this grant program and other initiatives is available at www.deq.state.ms.us/solidwaste.

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Bicycle Safety Month Proclaimed for Ridgeland

Mayor Gene McGee signs proclamation declaring May as Bicycle Safety Month in Ridgeland. The proclamation from the Office of the Mayor states: "I urge all residents as motorists or bicyclists to respect cycling and encourage safety throughout our community. Bicycling has a wide range of benefits for the cyclists as well as the community-at-large, including saving money and time, reducing traffic and improving health and fitness." Signatures on the proclamation include William McKinley, Jackson Metro Cyclists; Jayce Powell, Ridgeland Bicycle Advocate; Melody Thortis, Executive Director, Bikewalk Mississippi; and Michelle Williams, Crooked Letter Cycling.

Mayor Gene McGee signs proclamation declaring May as Bicycle Safety Month in Ridgeland. The proclamation from the Office of the Mayor states: “I urge all residents as motorists or bicyclists to respect cycling and encourage safety throughout our community. Bicycling has a wide range of benefits for the cyclists as well as the community-at-large, including saving money and time, reducing traffic and improving health and fitness.” Signatures on the proclamation in addition to the Mayor include William McKinley, Jackson Metro Cyclists; Jayce Powell, Ridgeland Bicycle Advocate; Melody Thortis, Executive Director, Bikewalk Mississippi; and Michelle Williams, Crooked Letter Cycling.

Household Hazardous Waste Day

As the final event of the Great American Cleanup in Ridgeland, Keep Ridgeland Beautiful and the City of Ridgeland encourage residents to participate in Household Hazardous Waste Day by safely disposing and recycling items from their homes and garages. Items eligible for drop-off include paint, batteries, and e-waste. Paper shredding services will also be on site. Household Hazardous Waste Day will be held at Holmes Community College on Saturday, May 16 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. This event is funded by a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. It is free and open to residents of Ridgeland and Madison County. Business waste will not be accepted. Stations will be set up in the Ridgeland Avenue parking lot where participants may drive up and drop off their items. Volunteers will be on site to help unload heavy items.Household Hazardous Waste Day Flyer 2015_