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Ridgeland Mississippi News

Natchez Trace Parkway Pavement Problems for Mississippi Travelers

TUPELO, MS:  The Natchez Trace Parkway cautions visitors about pavement problems in the Mississippi section of the Parkway. Extreme drought has caused severe cracking and movement of the parkway motor road surface in many areas. Differential settlement across lanes can be problematic especially for motorcycles. The movement in the pavement surface is due to shrinkage of the underlying soils. This issue will worsen as the drought conditions continue.

Although this problem is not as prevalent in the Alabama or Tennessee sections of the parkway motor road, travelers should exercise caution and watch for areas where the pavement surface has moved. Maintenance crews continue to make repairs to the areas that require immediate attention.

For additional information about the Natchez Trace Parkway, please call (662) 680-4027 or (800) 305-7417.   

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Groundbreaking for Miracle Field at Wolcott Park

New field will provide central Mississippi’s first fully accessible baseball field specifically designed
for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities.

The Miracle League of Central Mississippi, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and the City of Ridgeland will be hosting a groundbreaking event for the Miracle League Field at Wolcott Park. This first of its kind field in central Mississippi will provide youth with disabilities a safe and barrier-free environment to participate in America’s favorite pastime. The public is invited to attend this significant event in the history of Ridgeland and Madison County.

The field will feature larger dugouts and a completely flat, latex-free rubberized surface that allows players using wheelchairs and other assistance devices to glide unrestricted and safely to their positions. During games, a “buddy” system will be used – pairing each player with an able-bodied peer to help with hitting, running the bases and fielding. Players will benefit from being part of a team, building new friendships, and engaging in teamwork and physical activity. 

The Miracle League of Central Mississippi was founded in 2014 by Joseph Voynik, who was 12 years old at the time. Joseph was inspired to volunteer as a buddy when he learned about the Pirates Charities’ Miracle League Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Unable to find a Miracle League Field in our area, it became Joseph’s goal to give local children with disabilities their very own place to play baseball – a sport he loves. There are more than 270 Miracle League Fields nationwide and in Puerto Rico, Canada and Australia.

In 2015, the Miracle League of Central Mississippi approached the City of Ridgeland with plans for constructing the accessible baseball field at a Ridgeland facility. The City of Ridgeland contributed an existing field prominently located in a quad with three other conventional baseball fields. That field, located at Wolcott Park, will be renovated by the Miracle League of Central Mississippi.

The Miracle League of Central Mississippi has raised more than 80 percent of the $450,000 project budget. The field is expected to be completed in 2017. For more information, including naming and sponsor opportunities, please visit www.miracleleagueofcentralms.com  or contact Tammy Voynik, Chairman at tammyvoynik@yahoo.com.

What:  Groundbreaking ceremony for Miracle League Field at Wolcott Park
When:  Monday, Oct. 31,  at 10 a.m.
Where:  Wolcott Park, 349 McClellan Drive on Field #2
Opportunities for video footage, interviews and photos will be available to the media.
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What you need to know about plastic film recycling

plastic-film-imageDid you know that plastic bags are not recyclable through the curbside recycling collection program? If you put them in your recycling cart, they have to get separated out and thrown away. You CAN recycle them; you just need to take them to participating plastic film recycling locations.

What is plastic film? According to plasticfilmrecycling.org, “plastic bags are made out of “film”, or thin flexible sheets of plastic. Plastic film is typically defined as any plastic less than 10 mil thick. The majority of plastic films are made from polyethylene resin and are readily recyclable if the material is clean and dry.”

Here are some of the sources of recyclable plastic film: bread bags, newspaper bags, dry cleaning film, consumer paper packaging such as for toilet paper and paper towel packages, most grocery bags, and even bubble wrap – if the air is released before recycling.

Once you start looking for it, you will realize it’s everywhere! An easy way to collect and store it at home is to take your largest plastic bag and stuff it with the smaller bags and film as you get them. Before you know it, you have filled up the large bag and can tie it up and easily take it to a drop-off location.

So, save those plastic bags and film, be sure they are clean and kept dry, and take them to one of the following local recycling locations:

  • Lowe’s, 910 E. County Line Road – offers plastic film recycling as well as recycling for compact fluorescent light bulbs and rechargeable batteries. Drop off is located at the returns and exchanges counter to the right after you enter the store.
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter, 815 S. Wheatley Street – look for the big box that says paper bags located inside the grocery store entrance.
  • Kroger, 7045 Old Canton Road – their bin is located just inside the door.

In addition, Target at 6365 I-55 North just south of County Line Road in Jackson offers recycling for plastic film as well as recycling for MP3s, cellphones, ink cartridges, and glass! The bins are located to the right after entering the main entrance.

Check www.plasticfilmrecycling.org for more information. You may also ask a member of Keep Ridgeland Beautiful for information.

City of Ridgeland committee delivers donations to Ann Smith Elementary art classroom

City of Ridgeland Community Awareness Committee members delivered donations to the art classroom at Ann Smith Elementary in Ridgeland. Art teacher Ms. Green accepted the donations including money from committee members, a check from BankPlus, and art supplies from Wal-Mart Supercenter in Ridgeland, a member of the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce. Pictured, back row left to right, are Ann Smith Elementary principal Dr. Melissa Philley, Community Awareness Committee member Shelia Jackson, Ann Smith Elementary art teacher Rhonda Green, Community Awareness Committee member Lazaire Martin, Community Awareness Committee chairman Drew Malone, Ann Smith PTO vice president Evelyn Williams, and Ann Smith PTO president Trenyse Small. Front row, left to right are Ann Smith Elementary students from Ms. Caver’s first grade class, Noah Bryant, Kasydie Byars, and Jacobie Dobbins.

City of Ridgeland Community Awareness Committee members delivered donations to the art classroom at Ann Smith Elementary in Ridgeland. Art teacher Ms. Green accepted the donations including money from committee members, a check from BankPlus, and art supplies from Wal-Mart Supercenter in Ridgeland, a member of the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce. Pictured, back row left to right, are Ann Smith Elementary principal Dr. Melissa Philley, Community Awareness Committee member Shelia Jackson, Ann Smith Elementary art teacher Rhonda Green, Community Awareness Committee member Lazaire Martin, Community Awareness Committee chairman Drew Malone, Ann Smith PTO vice president Evelyn Williams, and Ann Smith PTO president Trenyse Small. Front row, left to right are Ann Smith Elementary students from Ms. Caver’s first grade class, Noah Bryant, Kasydie Byars, and Jacobie Dobbins.

When Ann Smith Elementary art teacher Ms. Green reached out to the community through the Ann Smith Elementary Parent Teacher Organization for assistance with art supplies, the City of Ridgeland Community Awareness Committee responded to the call. The committee learned about the art classroom’s needs from committee education representative Lazaire Martin. Under the leadership of chairman Drew Malone, the committee decided to pursue donations for the art classroom as a project.

“We are very proud of the work our teachers do educating our students,” said Malone. “Anytime we can offer assistance to our schools we are happy to do so. Art is so important in the development of the creativity of our students and the CAC is honored to be able to assist in this endeavor.”

Committee members donated personally and also sought donations from local businesses. Committee chamber representative Diane Jackson reached out to the City of Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce, who in turn obtained donated supplies from chamber member Wal-Mart Ridgeland. Committee member Shelia Jackson, assistant vice president with BankPlus, was able to secure a $100 check donation from BankPlus. Through the committee’s efforts, the art classroom at Ann Smith Elementary received money and supplies valued at approximately $650.

ase-cac-and-bank-plus-donationMembers of the City of Ridgeland Community Awareness Committee include Carla Palmer Allen, Shirley Gill, Vicki Heath, Scott Higginbotham, Lee Hutchings, Diane Jackson, Shelia Jackson, Drew Malone, Lazaire Martin, and Mike Smith.

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Ridgeland Earns 24th Consecutive Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Ridgeland earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 24th consecutive year for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ended September 30, 2015. Pictured L-R with the certificate at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting: Ina Byrd, Paula Tierce, Ashley Daniel, and Mayor Gene McGee.

Ridgeland earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 24th consecutive year for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ended September 30, 2015. Pictured L-R with the certificate at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting: Ina Byrd, Deputy Director of Finance and Information Systems; Paula Tierce, City Clerk and Director of Finance and Administration; Ashley Daniel, Deputy Director of Finance; and Gene McGee, Mayor.

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Ridgeland by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015.  As stated in a press release by GFOA, “The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.”

The City of Ridgeland has received this award for 24 consecutive years. Also stated in the GFOA press release,“The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.”

“Our staff produces a financial report every year that meets the highest standards of excellence,” said Gene McGee, Mayor of Ridgeland. “We are excited to be presented with this award from GFOA, and we are especially proud to have achieved this recognition for 24 consecutive years.”

The public is invited to read a copy of the CAFR.

 

Assisted Living Week Proclaimed in Ridgeland

The week of Sept. 11-17 has been proclaimed as Assisted Living Week in Ridgeland per a Proclamation signed by Mayor Gene McGee. Residents are encouraged to volunteer in an assisted living community, to visit friends and loved ones who reside at these communities, and to learn more about how assisted living services benefit the larger community. The national theme this year is “Keep Connected”. For more information about National Assisted Living Week, visit https://www.facebook.com/nationalassistedlivingweek/. View Ridgeland’s Proclamation below.

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Mayor McGee Announces Passage of National Parks Resolution

The City of Ridgeland passed a resolution today honoring America’s National Park System and its 100th anniversary.

The resolution asks Congress to adequately fund the National Park Service (NPS).

In light of a history of congressional underfunding, the resolution calls on Congress to create a reliable and predictable stream of resources to help the NPS address deferred maintenance at its more than 400 sites.

The backlog affects visitor services and repairs to park infrastructure at these sites, which span 84 million acres across all 50 states. It also affects Mississippi’s eight national parks and 43 natural and historic landmarks and monuments, which generate over $198 million in economic benefits each year.

There is more than $308 million in deferred maintenance at national parks in Mississippi, including $11 million to critical systems like the Gulf Islands National Seashore, Natchez National Historic Park, the Natchez Trace Parkway, Shiloh National Military Park, and Vicksburg National Military Park.

“The Natchez Trace Parkway route runs through the very heart of our city,” said Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee. “Thousands of our residents use the Trace walking trails and cycle up and down the Trace from the Old Visitors Center location.  Our city enjoys a great network of bike trails that are enhanced by the Natchez Trace.  We encourage Congress to come together in a bipartisan agreement to fund the deferred maintenance along the Natchez Trace and in the other parks in our state and across our nation—doing so will support an important economic engine for Mississippi.”

Under Mayor McGee’s leadership, Ridgeland has been named a Bicycle Friendly Community, Tree City USA, and has received multiple awards for its parks. The Mayor also has plans for a City Center and expansion of the Ridgeland Multiuse Trail.

Tupelo and Vicksburg have also passed similar resolutions.

Download PDF of the resolution.

 

 

City of Ridgeland Reports on Progress of Lake Harbour Drive Extension

Take a drive over to the intersection of Lake Harbour Drive and Highway 51, and you will see piles of broken concrete. It’s not an attractive sight to the eye, but to Ridgeland city officials it means that a long-awaited road project is moving forward.

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The construction of Lake Harbour Drive Extension is moving forward as can be seen from the demolition of concrete slabs. Commercial buildings once stood in this location at the intersection with Highway 51 in Ridgeland. This City of Ridgeland road project will improve travel in and through Ridgeland.

Demolition of buildings in the project area began this past spring. Now, demolition of the former businesses’ concrete slabs is underway. It is the next step in the construction project of Lake Harbour Drive Extension, a new roadway that will provide an east-west corridor that connects Madison and Rankin Counties. The extension of Lake Harbour Drive will permit motorists to travel from Highway 51, the current endpoint of Lake Harbour Drive, across the Illinois Central Railroad and over I-55 to Highland Colony Parkway.

According to city officials, this is a large and complex project that includes an at-grade railroad crossing, culvert replacement, multiple utility relocations, connection to a state highway, and an interstate bridge. City officials have found ways to save money on the project in spite of its complexity.

“For example,” said Chris Bryson, city engineer, “the contractor for the concrete demolition and removal, Hemphill Construction, will be salvaging the crushed concrete for their own use. Because of this, they are not charging the city for their work. What would have cost as much as $160,000 is costing the city $0.”

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Piles of concrete at the Lake Harbour Drive Extension construction site will be salvaged by Hemphill Construction for their own use. This agreement with Hemphill saves the City of Ridgeland at least $160,000 on the overall cost of the project. Highway 51 can be viewed in the background.

After the concrete is cleared from the site, the city will be working with a contractor to replace the 100-year old Illinois Central box culvert which passes Purple Creek under the railroad track. “The new roadway will cross the Illinois Central Railroad at grade,” said Bryson, “similar to the crossing on Jackson Street in Ridgeland.”

 

Utility poles as well as underground gas lines including a major interstate gas transmission line, Gulf South Pipeline, will need to be moved to make room for the new roadway. Bryson anticipates that utility relocation and box culvert replacement will be the next construction items completed.

For more information about the Lake Harbour Drive Extension project, please call Chris Bryson at 601-853-2027 or Mayor Gene McGee at 601-856-7113. For more information about the City of Ridgeland, visit www.RidgelandMS.org.

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Ridgeland Life Magazine Fall 2016

RidgelandLife_Fall2016 1Read Ridgeland Life Fall 2016 and get caught up on city news, learn about upcoming community events, and view the fall lineup of recreation and parks programs. Also, don’t miss news from local schools, the public library and the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce!

If you are interested in advertising in Ridgeland Life, please contact our Sponsorship Coordinator, Julie Cox, at 601-853-2011. For information about Ridgeland Life, contact Sandra Monohan at 601-856-7113.

 

History Brochure Unveiled

The Historical Society of Ridgeland recently presented a new brochure, "Travel in Time", to the public at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Work Session. The brochure was produced by the Society with the City of Ridgeland and the Ridgeland Tourism Commission. It serves as a historical record and guidebook to Ridgeland's history. Copies are available at Ridgeland City Hall, Ridgeland Tourism Commission, Ridgeland Public Library, and the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce.

The Historical Society of Ridgeland recently presented a new brochure, “Travel in Time”, to the public at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Work Session. The Society partnered with Ridgeland Tourism Commission and the City of Ridgeland to produce the brochure which serves as a historical record and guidebook to Ridgeland’s history. Copies are available at Ridgeland City Hall, Ridgeland Tourism Commission, Ridgeland Public Library, and the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce. Pictured, from left: City Planner Matt Dodd; Donna Dye, Historical Society Officer; Pat Truesdale, Historical Society President; Nancy Batson, Historical Society Vice-President; and Mayor Gene McGee.