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Ridgeland Mississippi News

City of Ridgeland Adopts Food Truck Ordinance

Did you know that the City of Ridgeland now has a Food Truck ordinance? Here are some details.

  • All mobile food vendors shall obtain and maintain a City of Ridgeland Privilege License and a Mobile Food Vending Permit
  • All applicants must operate under an existing licensed restaurant within the City of Ridgeland for the first six (6) months of the original adoption date.
  • All Mobile Food vehicles must be approved by Architectural Review Board (ARB)
  • Must have valid insurance policy that provides minimum liability coverage of $300,000.00 per mobile food vehicle and $100,000.00 per mobile pushcart
  • Mobile Food Vending permit fees are $250.00 per vehicle or pushcart and that is valid for 90 days and may be renewed once for $25.00 for an additional 90 days.
  • Special Event Mobile Food Vending permit fees are $50.00 per vehicle or pushcart and is valid for two (2) consecutive days.
  • Mobile pushcarts and mobile food vehicles shall only conduct business in areas expressly established by this Ordinance.
  • Mobile Pushcarts and Mobile Food Vehicles must be located on private property at all times during operation
  • Mobile Food Vendor operating hours:
    • Monday – Thursday 6:00am-10:00pm
    • Friday – Saturday 6:00am – 12:00pm
    • Sunday 11:00am – 7:00pm
  • Mobile pushcarts and mobile food vehicles may not locate within 200 feet of a restaurant, residence, church, school, or daycare
  • The sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited, except for areas properly licensed to permit ”Go Cup” sales, subject to the specific regulations of the “Go Cup” Ordinance.
  • The vendor is responsible for all trash within 15 feet of the mobile pushcart or mobile food vehicle at any time the vendor is selling or offering to sell any merchandise or service.
  • Failure to abide by said ordinance shall result in the following:
    • First violation – fine not to exceed $150.00
    • Second violation within one year of any prior violation – fine not to exceed $250.00
    • Third violation within one year of the first – fine not to exceed $500.00

If you would like an application, please go here:  https://www.ridgelandms.org/licenses-forms-permits/and click on the Mobile Food Vending Ordinance and Application.

City of Ridgeland Water System Gets Maximum Score

The City of Ridgeland has again earned the maximum score of 5.0/5.0 from the Mississippi State Department of Health for the city’s drinking water supply, according to an inspection report dated December 5, 2018. Ridgeland earned 5 for technical, 5 for managerial and 5 for financial inspections.

Water Systems throughout the State are graded on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the best. Mississippi has over 1800 water systems that are evaluated by the Health department with only five percent reaching the maximum score of 5. Some of the areas that the Health Department looks at are capacity, bacteriological and inorganic contaminates, standard operations procedures, risk management plans, financial procedures , viability and site security to name a few.

“As always it is the goal of the City of Ridgeland to provide the very best water system,” said Mayor Gene McGee. “A great thank you goes out to those employees who work tirelessly to be sure we reach that goal.”

Public Works Director, Mike McCollum had this to say about Ridgeland’s maximum score, “The City of Ridgeland Administration and Utility Division work constantly to provide the highest quality water at a reasonable price to all of its customers. If anyone has any questions about this inspections you may contact the City of Ridgeland Public Works Department at 601-853-2027 or email: Mike McCollum at mike.mccollum@ ridgelandms.org”

The City of Ridgeland seeks to provide its citizens with a superior supply of drinking water. Staff work consistently to perform technical functions, manage the water systems, and conduct financial operations in a proficient manner. A copy of the annual inspection report from the Mississippi State Department of Health may be viewed at Ridgeland City Hall, located at 304 Highway 51, Ridgeland, Mississippi.

Pay Your Water Bill By Phone

We are now offering an even more convenient way to pay your water bill. You can now pay by phone. You can also check your account balance. The phone number is 888-284-9025. You must have your account number and address ready. There is a $2.95 convenience fee and a $1.25 technology fee when you pay your bill by phone. There is no charge to check your balance and due date.

True Local Farmer’s Market Comes to Ridgeland

We are excited to announce that Ridgeland is getting a weekly farmers market! The True Local Farmer’s Market will be every Saturday and Sunday Starting on October 20 at 2 p.m. It will be every Saturday from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. and every Sunday from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. until the end of the year. Come out and enjoy local vendors for fruits, vegetables, plants, soaps, candles, and so much more!

Ridgeland ‘Cross Weeknight ‘Cross Racing Series!

Join us for the inaugural TCMBA Ridgeland ‘Cross Weeknight ‘Cross Racing Series p/b Mississippi Cyclocross Cup in Ridgeland, MS. The four Thursday night races will be the perfect tune-up to the Mississippi Cyclocross Cup Series (Ridgeland Cyclocross Festival & Spooky ’Cross) and Gulf South Regional Mountain Bike Series.
Each week the race course will be slightly different using natural and man made sections of the Ridgeland Trails portion of the park (directly in front of the parking lot). Bring your MTB, Cross or Gravel bike!
The series spans four Thursdays during the month of September. Race dates are: September 6th, September 13th, September 20th & September 27th. You will be able to purchase an early bird series discount pass starting on July 1st. This pass will get you registered for all four nights via one transaction and receive a nice discount. Stay up-to-date with the latest race information by following our Facebook page at “Mississippi Cyclocross Cup Series”.

REGISTRATION
SAVE $! Get a series pass and you’ll be registered for all 4 nights. Registration opens on July 1st. All series pass holders will get a series bib number which will be used for all 4 nights and will not have to wait in line or sign multiple waivers! Early bird discount options:
• Aug. 1st-31st for $70.
• Sep. 1st-5th for $75

Required: All Racers must have a current USA Cycling license or one-day license.
On-site registration opens at 4:45 PM and closes 15 minutes before the start of each event. Adult registration is $20 for the night, unlimited races. Junior races are Free!

DETAILS:
Overall series awards based on total points earned, best three of four races (see website for points schedule and full details). Weekly swag & podium recognition! Promoter reserves the right to combine, cancel and change races based on rider interest and field numbers.
No warm-up on the course while races are in progress or disqualification may occur. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bicycle; mountain bikes are permitted, no bar-ends. Please clean up after yourselves, we are invited guests at one the area’s top weekend race venues (read: we cannot afford to lose this venue for future races.)
Call-ups: First race based on online-registration. Following races based on series standing!

Important:
1. Discount will not be available after September 5th.
2. Individual discounted race entries are not transferable.
3. Series Pass are not refundable!

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Registration Opens Soon for Ridgeland Recreation and Parks Flag Football

Come join the Ridgeland Recreation and Parks Department and NFL for its 22nd season of flag football. The program will build good hand-eye coordination and reflexes,
as well as teamwork and the basic fundamentals of football. Flag football is also an excellent opportunity to experience physical exercise and social
interaction. Players must be 6 years old by September 1, 2018. For more information, Contact John Sidney North at 601-853-2011. To Register, please sign up here: Registration Form

Important Information:
Program Price: $80.00
Registration: July 23 – August 17
Ages: 6-9
Event Date: September-November
Day of the Week: Tuesdays
Location: Freedom Ridge Park

Independence Celebration – Fireworks Show at Reservoir

Do you like Food, Family Fun and Fireworks?

We hope you will join the Barnett Reservoir Foundation for the 7th Annual Event! Of Course, there will be something for the whole family. No matter which side of the Rez you live on you can enjoy this event. The event is at both Old Trace Park as well as Lakeshore Park.
To help you plan your night, the parks open at 4 p.m. with the live music starting at 6 pm. Most of all, you will want to Stay for the dual fireworks show with a soundtrack of patriotic music from IHeartRadio’s MISS103FM.

Most noteworthy, you can purchase food and beverage from vendors on site as no outside coolers or refreshments will be allowed.

For more information, check out the Barnett Reservoir Foundation The Barnett Reservoir Foundation

Ridgeland Life Summer 2018


Check out the latest edition to find out what is happening this summer, what has been going on in Ridgeland over the Spring, and much more! Summer 2018 Ridgeland Life

Ridgeland Releases New Water Quality Report

The City of Ridgeland produces an annual report outlining the previous year’s water quality test results. The testing includes disinfection, disinfection by-products and contaminants. Ridgeland’s water comes from seven deep-water wells. WaterQuality Ridgeland 2017

Ridgeland Fire Rating Earns Improved Classification

The City of Ridgeland has recently been advised of a new improved fire insurance classification from Fifth Class to Fourth Class. It is reflective of advances the city has taken in digital record-keeping, more inspections and education, improvements in water supply and an overall advancement in fire defenses. The new classification is effective from March 26, 2018 per a letter from the Mississippi State Rating Bureau received on April 2 by the Mayor’s office.

“We recommend that property owners in Ridgeland check with their insurance agent to determine the savings in their insurance rates,” stated Gene McGee, Mayor. “We believe that commercial property owners should definitely see a rate reduction, which means their cost of doing business should reduce.”

Ridgeland Fire Chief Matt Bailey said, “Our department is stronger in its record keeping over the last several years since we have been working with a system out of the State Fire Marshall’s office. We can track inspections, incident reporting and medical runs through the MS Fire Bridge system. It has helped to improve our digital record keeping.”

Bailey adds, “We are inspecting more often and providing more education when we conduct inspections. Our inspectors visit every commercial property annually and many are inspected biannually such as educational, childcare, and patient care facilities.”

The State Rating Bureau conducted a survey of the City of Ridgeland’s water supply and checked flows. According to Bailey, the City of Ridgeland Fire Department is consistently able to meet the 3500 gpm needed for fire protection of commercial property. This is evidence of high quality water infrastructure that is overseen by the City of Ridgeland Public Works Department.

The Bureau also checked fire department equipment, manpower and activities, conditions affecting operations, as well as local codes and their enforcement.

For any questions about the Ridgeland Fire Department and its operations, please call Central Fire Station at 601-856-8405.