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Ridgeland Mississippi News

May 2020 Mosquito Report

Ridgeland April 2020 Mosquito Report

Mayor Gene McGee Signs Executive Order Helping Ridgeland Businesses

Ridgeland City Hall Implements Restrictions on Visiting Public

In light of the ongoing national health crisis, and out of abundance of caution to protect our city employees and citizens, we would ask that anyone needing to conduct business in person at City Hall to utilize the drive through window until further notice.

Should you require access to public records or, you may access them on our webpage at www.ridgelandms.org.  If you need further assistance or have any questions, please call Paula Tierce, City Clerk at 601-856-7113.

The Board of Aldermen will meet tonight as scheduled; however, for the safety and health of our citizens, employees, and aldermen, attendance will be limited to 10 persons in the board room.

City Hall is pleased to continue to provide all services to our citizens under these precautionary changes.

LOCAL EMERGENCY declared by Mayor Gene McGee for City of Ridgeland!

City of Ridgeland Hires McCullouch as Community Promotions Coordinator

The City of Ridgeland and Mayor Gene McGee announced today that Mary Beth McCullouch has accepted the position of community promotions coordinator.

“We are excited to have Mary Beth join us in promoting the mission of our great city,” Mayor McGee said. “I have worked with Mary Beth professionally over the last several years and know that she will bring a wealth of experience, talent, and enthusiasm to Ridgeland.”

Most recently, McCullouch served as Special Projects Officer and Administrative Assistant to Mississippi’s Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, who retired after serving his state for 43 years.

“I am blessed and honored to have been chosen for this position. Ridgeland is such a wonderful city and I’m excited to be part of its advancement,” McCullouch said.

Prior to her tenure with Commissioner Hall, McCullouch was an Official Court Reporter in the Fourth Circuit Court District of Mississippi.

McCullouch is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a degree in court reporting. She lives in Madison County with her daughter Presley and dog Savvy.

City of Ridgeland Files Annexation

City of Ridgeland Files Annexation

The City of Ridgeland has filed to annex approximately 3128 acres to the west of its current city limit. By annexing this area the City hopes to protect its borders, preserve the path of growth for future development, and provide adequate zoning.The City has had the long-range goal of annexing this area since the 2008 Master Plan was debuted.

 

“The area of the proposed annexation has been in Ridgeland’s long range planning for over a decade because it is within Ridgeland’s only available growth path,” said Alan Hart, Director of Community Development for the City of Ridgeland. “Ridgeland is bordered to the south by Jackson, the north by Madison, and the east by the Reservoir.  The current proposed annexation follows other annexations that date back to 2016, 2014, and two in 2006.”

 

The City hopes that by annexing this area they can develop a light industrial area, which would bring more jobs to the City within the next 20 years. The Community Development Department currently interacts with five to six businesses a month seeking information for their industrial business to move to Ridgeland.

 

“It’s imperative that Ridgeland continues to protect its borders and preserve the path of growth for future development,” said Hart. “Ultimately, the landfills will close, and a portion of this area can thrive as a light industrial area home to thousands of jobs with the existence of nearby rail, electrical distribution, natural gas, Highway 49, and Interstate 220.

 

This area is also prime for continued residential development and preservation of natural areas and buffers. The current and future residents in the annexation area will be able to enjoy the services that the City currently provides to its residents. These services include water service, fire service, garbage and recycling collection, code enforcement, police service, and animal control. Ridgeland’s Public Works department will maintain and fix the roads in this area. These residents should also be able to enjoy lower home insurance rates due to the City’s Fire Rating being a four.

 

As Mayor of the City of Ridgeland, I am continually committed to providing quality services that will enhance the quality of life to all our citizens,” said Mayor Gene McGee. “We look forward to offering these same services, such as police, fire, road maintenance, animal control, quality water, as well as garbage and recycle pick-up to the annexed area.  I would expect that property values will increase over time as a result of the annexation.”

Ridgeland Mayor and Aldermen Pass Resolution Opposing Landfill

The City of Ridgeland Mayor and Board of Aldermen have passed a Resolution Opposing Landfill proposed for North County Line Road in Madison County. The Mayor will be speaking at the Madison County Board of Supervisors Meeting on October 21 at 5:00 p.m. and hopes that anyone who opposes the landfill will also show up to support the opposition of the landfill.

Things We Love about Ridgeland

Recently, Mayor McGee had lunch with Chateau Ridgeland. The residents gave him this list about what they love about Ridgeland. We hope you love these things too!

  • The feeling of being safe not only in our building, but around the community
  • Our proximity to doctors, hospitals, and shopping
  • Feeling safe while walking in different areas around  the city and seeing our Police Department on constant  patrol  and the low crime rate
  • Friendliness of the people in the community, whether it is business owners, service people, or neighbors
  • We appreciate  the promptness of our First Responders and how nice they are when they help us
  • We appreciate  the promptness of our Mayor when he makes public announcements pertaining to the state of our city
  • We love all the different shopping avenues: The Mall, Renaissance, and other shopping areas
  • We appreciate  our Library and the activities they offer  and the new book-mobile
  • We love all the city-wide family activities  such as the Pepsi Pops, concerts at C-Spire, Friendship Park, but especially the Balloon Glow since we can sit outside on our front porch and watch it and the fireworks!
  • We love having banks close by, especially those that are able to come into our building when we are unable to get out
  • We think  our city is pretty, clean, and has a wonderful ambiance and a feeling of togetherness
  • We love all the restaurants!!
  • We appreciate  all efficiency  and promptness  of our city when problem  arise, such as road closures, pot holes, and other things when needed fixing
  • We just enjoy seeing how beautiful the scenery throughout the city, with  well-kept shrubs, beautiful crepe myrtles, and flowers  that are always maintained
  • We love having Freshway Market  close by so we can go to a local farmers’  market
  • It just makes me feel like I’m At Home!

Groundbreaking News…Construction is Officially Starting on the New City Hall

 

On Friday, August 16, the Mayor joined with elected officials, city employees, and members of the community for the groundbreaking of the New City Hall, which will be located on Highway 51 in the center of Ridgeland.

Mayor McGee and City Officials Break Ground on the New Ridgeland City Hall.

This groundbreaking was at least ten years in the making. It all started when the Master Plan was created in 2008. The City Center, which is where the New City Hall is located

The architects rendering of the new City Hall.

will eventually house future buildings which may include other government offices, a new Library, a Civic Building, a performing arts center, and a Choctaw Agency Museum.

The New City Hall will two stories and approximately 30,000 square feet. It will have public green space as well as a Veterans Memory Park. The new energy efficient building will house the offices of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, Finance and Administration, Community Development, Public Works, and Recreation and Parks. The new boardroom will have more capabilities than our current one and will be able to seat at least 65 citizens. We are looking forward to behind in the completed building in late 2020.

 

City of Ridgeland employees are looking forward to the New City Hall.