Ridgeland Mississippi News

Summer 2017 Ridgeland Life

View the Summer 2017 issue of Ridgeland Life

Get the latest news from the City of Ridgeland, information about upcoming events, news from our local schools, Ridgeland Library and the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce. On the cover is the Father-Child Fishing Tournament. It’s scheduled for June 10!

Prevent mosquito populations by removing habitats around the home

No one likes mosquitoes. That’s a fact. They bite – some of us more than others – and those bites, while itchy and uncomfortable, can lead to illness with the possibility for dangerous health consequences.

You can coat yourself in insect repellent, whether comprised of varying levels of DEET or a more natural ingredient. You can also wear long sleeves, pants and hats but that is not the most comfortable option during the hottest season of the year, which is when these pests are busiest.

Pesticides and insecticides whether applied professionally or not have been shown to help. The City of Ridgeland sprays insecticide designed to eliminate mosquitoes routinely during the summer months by driving spray trucks throughout the neighborhoods of Ridgeland. Each street is sprayed at least once per week. However, this spray is not a cure-all. It may not reach all corners of your property, especially in backyards, and if you have a mosquito infestation, there could be survivors.

We recommend that you do your best to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes by removing standing water, their required habitat.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shares the following tips for removing mosquito habitats:

  • Eliminate standing water in rain gutters, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys or any other container where mosquitoes can breed.
  • Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels and potted plant trays at least once a week to destroy mosquito habitats.
  • Drain or fill temporary pools of water with soil.
  • Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating.

The last thing you want is a mosquito in your home. Check for any gaps in walls, doors and windows and make sure all window and door screens are in good working order to prevent mosquitoes from entering.

We hope that these tips help you enjoy summer with fewer mosquitoes. If you have any questions about the City of Ridgeland’s mosquito spraying program, contact the Public Works Department at 601-853-2027.


Fire Academy for Kids

Future firefighters ages 8-11 are invited to Fire Academy for Kids on a first come, first serve basis. This summer camp offered by the Ridgeland Fire Department will be held June 26-30, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., at Central Fire Station. Children will learn fire safety, first aid, CPR, fire extinguisher use and what it’s like to be a firefighter! Tours of emergency rescue vehicles will be included as well as the ever-popular Wet-n-Wild Wednesday. Fire Academy for Kids is free! But, only 20 spots are available. Email your child’s name, age, parent’s name, phone number and child’s shirt size to


Driving the Ridgeland Roundabout

Does the Ridgeland roundabout have you going ‘round and ‘round? The City of Ridgeland recently published an informational brochure to get you going in the right direction. The “Driving the Ridgeland Roundabout” brochure seeks to educate you about Ridgeland’s roundabout located at the Highland Colony Parkway/Old Agency Road intersection, just west of I-55.

Roundabouts reduce traffic congestion and delays by keeping vehicles moving through an intersection around a center island. As a driver, don’t let the circular design throw you for a loop. Approach the roundabout like a traditional intersection by selecting and moving your vehicle into the correct lane well before you enter the roundabout.

If you want to continue straight, you may choose either lane. If you want to turn right, you will need to get in the right lane before you reach the roundabout. Left turns must use the left lane only, just like when driving through a traditional intersection.

Still spinning in circles? Pick up a copy of the brochure at the Ridgeland Police Department, Ridgeland City Hall or download it here. The City of Ridgeland highly recommends that you also view “How to Use a Roundabout” video produced by the Mississippi Department of Transportation. For questions, please contact the Ridgeland Police Department at 601-856-2121.

May proclaimed as Bicycle Safety Month

May has been proclaimed as Bicycle Safety Month in Ridgeland. Participating in the proclamation signing before the start of the Natchez Trace Century Ride on Saturday, May 6, from left, Melody Thortis, Executive Director, Bikewalk Mississippi; Jeremy Polk, President, Tri-County Mountain Bike Association; Gene McGee, Mayor, City of Ridgeland, seated; Lisa Thompson, Jackson Metro Cyclists; and Jayce Powell, Ridgeland Bicycling Advocate. All residents, motorists and bicyclists, are urged to respect cycling and encourage safety throughout our community. View the proclamation here >>>.











Celebrate Salamander Saturday at the Parkway Information Cabin

The Natchez Trace Parkway invites visitors to join researchers, staff, and volunteers at the Parkway Information Cabin to celebrate the diversity of salamanders found in Mississippi. The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. 

Biologist Tom Mann will share his experiences and research about the Webster, spotted, and marbled salamanders that migrate seasonally across the Parkway. Park staff will be on hand to share how they monitor the salamanders and help participants discover what they can do to help protect the diversity of animals along the Parkway. Children can make a salamander refrigerator magnet to take home. 

The Foundation for the Conservation of Salamanders started this initiative to raise awareness about salamanders, their habitats and their role in the ecosystem. For more information about Salamander Saturday, visit

This program is free of charge. The Parkway Information Cabin is located approximately 1 mile north of I-55 at exit 105A (Parkway milepost 102.4), or just east of the intersection of Rice Road and Highway 51. For additional information, call 601-856-7321.

About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at



Lake Harbour Drive/Spillway Road Resurfacing Project Announced

The City of Ridgeland announced the Lake Harbour Drive/Spillway Road Resurfacing Project at a public event in Ridgeland on April 26. The roadway will be resurfaced from Northpark Drive to Breakers Lane and traffic signals will be upgraded. A start date for the project will be announced in coming months.

Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee said, “Lake Harbour Drive is one of the critical transportation corridors through Ridgeland, utilized by citizens who shop, live and do business off this roadway, and by those traveling into Madison County from Rankin County. Resurfacing Lake Harbour Drive will ensure smooth travel for motorists on this heavily traveled portion for many years. Maintaining our roads for their best condition is and continues to be a top priority in Ridgeland.”

Lake Harbour Drive in front of Fratesi’s Restaurant, 910 Lake Harbour Drive

The project is valued at $2,140,000. Federal funds for the project in the amount of $1,712,000 will be appropriated through the Mississippi Department of Transportation. The City of Ridgeland will provide $428,000 for the project.

Lake Harbour Drive consists of five lanes from Northpark Drive to Old Canton Road. The roadway becomes four lanes with landscaped medians and turnouts between Old Canton Road and Harbor Drive. Lake Harbour Drive’s name changes to Spillway Road at the intersection with Harbor Drive. Striped medians replace landscaped medians between Harbor Drive and Breakers Lane. At signaled intersections, in-pavement vehicle detection systems will be replaced with camera vehicle detection equipment. The length of roadway to be resurfaced is 1.3 miles.

For more information about the project, contact the Public Works Department at 601-853-2027.

News Release- Lake Harbour Drive Resurfacing

City of Ridgeland Recognized for 2017 enHance Membership Renewal

Pictured are Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Executive Director Gary Rikard (left) and City of Ridgeland Public Works Director Mike McCollum and City of Ridgeland Community Affairs Coordinator Sandra Monohan (right).

The City of Ridgeland was recognized recently for its membership renewal as an enHance Steward by the Mississippi Department of Quality during its annual workshop and awards luncheon. 

As stated in an MDEQ news release dated April 20, 2017 titled, MDEQ Recognizes 2017 enHance Members, “enHance is a voluntary stewardship program begun in 2009 that recognizes committed environmental leaders who accomplish goals beyond their legal requirements. enHance is open to facilities, cities, counties, and other entities who are interested in the program, and applicants can choose from three tiers: Leader, Steward, or Associate.”    

Mayor Gene McGee said, “Ridgeland is proud to be recognized again for our voluntary participation in MDEQ’s enHance stewardship program. When we joined six years ago, the City of Ridgeland had already been actively working to reduce our environmental impact. We had been promoting recycling for several years and implementing policies that reduced our fuel, electricity, and paper usage. Improving the quality of life for our citizens has been a cornerstone for decades. We continue to maintain a long-term vision of a sustainable community for Ridgeland.”

Ridgeland’s renewal application included the following: The City of Ridgeland is in the process of converting trucks to natural gas fuels resulting in fewer emissions, fuel consumption, and lower vehicle maintenance. Ridgeland has also expanded their recycling program with solar powered recycling compactors. In addition to being an enHance member, the City of Ridgeland is a recognized Tree City USA, a Bicycle Friendly Community, and a top 100 places to live by Money Magazine.”

See the entire MDEQ news release>>>

Ridgeland has been an enHance member since 2011.

Ridgeland Firefighters Graduate from Mississippi State Fire Academy

City of Ridgeland Firefighters recently graduated from the Mississippi State Fire Academy with fire fighter certificates. Fire Fighter 1001 I-II is a highly intensive 7-week course that includes classroom hands-on exercises to teach techniques for firefighting, search and rescue, and vehicle extrication. The Ridgeland Fire Department is pleased to provide the most highly qualified employees to serve the citizens and visitors of Ridgeland. Pictured left to right are Ridgeland’s recent graduates: Bobby Aubrey, Ryan Connelly, and Geordan Permanter.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Lake Harbour Drive Extension Project

Photo credit: Elwin Williams. Groundbreaking Ceremony held at Ridgeland City Hall for the Extension of Lake Harbour Drive from Hwy 51 to Highland Colony Pkwy. Pictured l-r: Ridgeland City Engineer Chris Bryson, Alderman Ken Heard, Alderman Kevin Holder, Alderman Scott Jones, Alderman Chuck Gautier, Mayor Gene McGee, Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, Alderman-at-large D.I. Smith, Madison County Chancery Clerk Ronny Lott, Ridgeland Public Works Director Mike McCollum, Central Mississippi Planning and Development District Director of Planning and Management Chuck Carr, and Waggoner Engineering Vice President of Operations Hunter Arnold.

The City of Ridgeland hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Lake Harbour Drive Extension Project on April 13. A new four-lane divided roadway will be constructed, extending Lake Harbour Drive from Highway 51 to Highland Colony Parkway.

A total distance of approximately 0.8 miles of roadway will be built. The project includes the extension of the existing multiuse trail alongside Lake Harbour Drive. The new roadway will cross the railroad at-grade, follow the southern border of Freedom Ridge Park, cross Interstate 55 with a bridge, and connect with Newpointe Drive, south of Church of the Highlands.

Mayor Gene McGee said, “The extension of Lake Harbour Drive from Highway 51 will provide a critical east-west corridor that will greatly enhance transportation in Ridgeland. This roadway is very important for the reduction of traffic in the Jackson Street area. It will also extend the multiuse trail system. After completion, motorists will be able to travel from Highland Colony Parkway all the way into Rankin County.”

Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall and Mayor Gene McGee (l-r) show the project overview map for the Lake Harbour Drive Extension Project. The new roadway will be four-lane divided with a multiuse trail, taking Lake Harbour Drive from Highway 51 to Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland. This important east-west connector road for Ridgeland will enhance transportation for the greater metro area.

“We are pleased to partner with the City of Ridgeland on a project that will further connect this community and improve efficiency for residents in this area,” said Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall. “Helping local communities with these kinds of projects supports economic growth and development for the city and the state.”

The first phase of the project will be a box culvert replacement under the Canadian National Railway. The City of Ridgeland is advertising for construction bids. The project was designed by Waggoner Engineering.

The total project is estimated at $27 million with funding coming from federal, state, county, and local sources. Federal funds for the project in the amount of $14.8 million are appropriated through the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

Project overview map for Lake Harbour Drive Extension project. The new roadway will be 0.8 miles and include an at-grade railroad crossing and a bridge over Interstate 55.

For more information about the project, please contact the City of Ridgeland Public Works Department at 601-853-2027.