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Ridgeland Mississippi News

Officer of the Month

Congratulations to Officer Ben Johnson for being recently recognized as Officer of the Month for the month of May. Officer Johnson’s actions are commendable and he is dedicated to keeping the residents of Ridgeland safe. L to R: Police Chief John Neal, Officer Ben Johnson, and Mayor Gene McGee at the July 5 Board Meeting.

Congratulations to Officer Ben Johnson for being recently recognized as Officer of the Month for the month of May. Officer Johnson’s actions are commendable and he is dedicated to keeping the residents of Ridgeland safe. L to R: Police Chief John Neal, Officer Ben Johnson, and Mayor Gene McGee at the July 5 Board Meeting.

MDEQ Awards Solid Waste Assistance Grant to Ridgeland

water bottle fillerThe City of Ridgeland has been awarded a solid waste assistance grant of $15,400 that will be used by the city for its recycling and waste reduction programs, according to a press release dated June 22, 2016 from The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).

“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.

Ridgeland will purchase two solar-powered compactors for recyclables and one water bottle filling station with the grant. ”The purpose for these purchases is to provide additional opportunities for residents to recycle and to encourage the use of refillable water bottles rather than using disposable ones,” said John M. McCollum, City of Ridgeland Public Works Director.

The new solar-powered compactors will be placed at Hite Wolcott Park to encourage more recycling at that facility. Four compactors are already installed at Freedom Ridge Park and one at the Multiuse Trailhead Facility.

The water bottle filling station will be installed at Friendship Park. While the City of Ridgeland has several water fountains along the multi-use trail, this will be the first dedicated water bottle-filler in the city.

City officials are enthusiastic about what the grant is allowing the city to do, not only for environmental stewardship but also for environmental awareness. The city has long been a leader in recycling but the water bottle-filler is a new way for Ridgeland to expand on its efforts to conserve resources.

Disposable plastic water bottles are known for polluting the environment. They also require the use of fossil fuels to make, and the plastic may be leaching chemicals into drinking water. A more environmentally-friendly and healthier choice is to reuse non-disposable water bottles such as those made of steel.

“We want to encourage all visitors to our parks to make use of the recycling compactors and the new water bottle-filler. If we all do our part, we can help to conserve our natural resources. It’s just the right thing to do,” said Mayor Gene McGee.

“At Ridgeland, we do not hesitate to help other cities grow their efforts in waste reduction and recycling by sharing information and providing guidance. Persons interested in learning more about our solid waste programs may reach me at 601-853-2027,” said McCollum. “A large part of our success is due to the grants that we have received from MDEQ. We want to thank them for supporting our programs and helping to make our efforts possible.”

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.

Old Agency Road Stabilization Project

A road stabilization project for a section of Old Agency Road will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15. Repairs will be made to the roadway and the existing roadside creek will be relocated and stabilized to prevent road failure. Landscaping will be installed in accordance with Natchez Trace Parkway guidelines using native vegetation and replanting trees.

Old Agency Road will be closed to thru traffic from west of Whippoorwill Lane to east of Patterson’s Crossing for approximately four to six weeks. Please plan accordingly and take alternate routes. See map and diagram below. If you have any questions about the project, please call the City of Ridgeland Public Works Department at 601-853-2027.

OLD AGENCY ROAD CLOSURE DETOUR MAP-6 14 2016 2

Officers of the Month – Spring 2016

Officer Jason Haven was recognized as Officer of the Month for February at a Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting in March. His actions are commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer. L to R: Police Chief John Neal, Officer Jason Haven, and Mayor Gene McGee.

Officer Jason Haven was recognized as Officer of the Month for February at a Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting in March. His actions are commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer. L to R: Police Chief John Neal, Officer Jason Haven, and Mayor Gene McGee.

Officer Patrick Craig was recognized as Officer of the Month for March, recognized at the April 19 Board Meeting. His actions are commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer. L to R: Officer Patrick Craig and Mayor Gene McGee.

Officer Patrick Craig was recognized as Officer of the Month for March, recognized at the April 19 Board Meeting. His actions are commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer. L to R: Officer Patrick Craig and Mayor Gene McGee.

Officer Matthew Witt was recently recognized as the Officer of the Month for April, 2016. He showed dedication and commitment to duty in locating and returning a missing juvenile home safely. L to R: Police Chief John Neal, Officer Matthew Witt, and Mayor Gene McGee at the May 17 Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting.

Officer Matthew Witt was recently recognized as the Officer of the Month for April, 2016. He showed dedication and commitment to duty in locating and returning a missing juvenile home safely. L to R: Police Chief John Neal, Officer Matthew Witt, and Mayor Gene McGee at the May 17 Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting.

Lane Closure on County Line Road, West of Pear Orchard Road

Until approximately 6 p.m., traffic is being diverted onto Pear Orchard Road for west bound vehicles traveling on East County Line Road. Entergy will be working in the area to repair a hazardous electrical pole. Ridgeland Police Officers will be directing traffic at the intersection and keeping the west bound lane closed for your safety. From Pear Orchard Road, follow detour signs to turn left onto Northpark Drive, then left onto Ring Road, looping back to East County Line Road. Please be alert and careful. See accompanying map of the area.

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Ridgeland Life Summer 2016

Enjoy the online version of Ridgeland Life Summer 2016, the City of Ridgeland’s quarterly publication for upcoming events, news, recreational programs, city meeting schedules, Aldermen contact information, and so much more! Download and share!

Ridgeland Life is printed and mailed to homes and businesses. It is distributed at many locations around town including various retail locations, sponsor businesses, Ridgeland City Hall, Ridgeland Tourism Commission, Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce, and the Ridgeland Public Library.

For sponsorship information, contact Julie Cox at 601-853-2011 or Julie.Cox@RidgelandMS.org.

For information about Ridgeland Life, contact Sandra Rives Monohan at 601-856-7113 or Sandra.Monohan@RidgelandMS.org.

Ridgeland Life Summer 2016

Renaissance at Colony Park Phase 3 Plans Available for Viewing

Site Development Plans were recently submitted by developers, Renaissance Phase III, LLC and Costco Wholesale Corporation, for Renaissance at Colony Park Phase 3 located on Highland Colony Parkway.  The plans include Costco as the anchor tenant of the proposed retail development. Plans are available for viewing at City Hall in the Board Room. City Hall is located at 304 Highway 51 at the intersection with Lake Harbour Drive in Ridgeland. Plans may be viewed during business hours, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Architectural Review Board of the City of Ridgeland approved the plans at a meeting on May 24. The Board of Aldermen will be considering the plans at the upcoming Work Session and Board Meeting on June 6 and 7.

City of Ridgeland’s Tim Taylor Recognized for Pat Fordice Award

Tim Taylor, Senior Crew Leader, Ridgeland Recreation and Parks, was recognized at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting for winning the Keep Mississippi Beautiful Pat Fordice Award. The Pat Fordice Award honors a leader in beautification, recycling, and litter cleanup in Mississippi. This award is given in honor of the former First Lady who was a dedicated supporter of Keep Mississippi Beautiful.

Tasers Donated by Barnett’s Body Shop

Barnett’s Body Shop, a Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce member, donated $5,000 for the purchase of five tasers for the Ridgeland Police Department during Madison County Law Enforcement Appreciation Week. Pictured at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting, left to right, are Joel Lofton and Samantha Barnett Lofton of Barnett’s Body Shop, Mayor Gene McGee, Ridgeland Chamber President John Dorsa of State Farm Insurance, Police Chief John Neal, Law Enforcement Appreciation Week Committee Chairman Kristy Daniels of Regions Bank. The City of Ridgeland greatly appreciates these generous donations and support from the business community.

Ridgeland Public Works Wins First Place Local Government for Environmental Leadership

The Ridgeland Public Works Department was recognized at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting for winning First Place Local Government at the Keep Mississippi Beautiful annual meeting. Eligible applicants for a Keep Mississippi Beautiful Organization Award must show successful results in one of the following environmental leadership areas: litter prevention and cleanup, beautification and community improvement, and finally waste reduction and recycling. Pictured here with the award on behalf of the Public Works Department is Director Mike McCollum, left, and Mayor Gene McGee.