Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas tree recycling ‘a joke’ to Brodnax

Supervisor Tommy Brodnax said the program was a waste of time, and therefore money, having county rubbish trucks pick up trees dropped off at certain locations just for the purpose of recycling.

“It’s a joke,” Brodnax said after the meeting. He called it unnecessary, especially since the company that handles county garbage will pick up discarded Christmas trees curbside for no extra cost.

But Supervisor Melton Harris suggested Brodnax was missing the point and that recycling is something in general that the county wants to encourage.

He pointed out that Jackson County has gone from twice monthly curbside recycling of bottles and newspapers to once a week. But Brodnax said he disagreed with that as well, pointing out the $517,000 annual price tag to offer the enhanced service

Brodnax is the real joke, he gleefully orders trees mowed down in order to 5 lane roads in residential areas, that the residents of those areas do NOT want.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Gene Taylor's Funding Request for South Mississippi for Fiscal Year 2011.

Jackson County Board of Supervisors
P.O. Box 998, Pascagoula, MS 39568
Urban Collector Road ($2.5 Million)
Next phase of construction of urban collector road adjacent to I-10, linking two commercial districts. Supported by MDOT. Relieves congestion and improves safety by taking local traffic off I-10. Previous funding from SAFETEA-LU, FY 2008, FY 2009, and FY 2010 T-HUD Appropriations. Once completed, the urban collector project will assure a safer and more convenient route for local residents between the I-10/SR 15 Interchange in Harrison County to the I-10 Tucker-Washington Interchange in Jackson County.  This alternative route will allow traffic to avoid accessing the heavily congested Interstate 10, while also permitting the development of frontage property.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the area north of I-10 has witnessed extraordinary growth that makes the urban collector project even more critical to meeting formidable local transportation challenges.


Did anyone bother to ask the residents of Jackson County who will be affected by this MONSTER ROAD if they wanted it? NO!!!!!


The people along Tucker Road/Washington Avenue lost their yards and in a few instances their homes to this MONSTER ROAD that the residents of Latimer didn't want. Before more of your friends and neighbors lose their yards/homes to this MONSTER ROAD tell the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT that we do not wish our tax money to be spent on these roads.


And why have they bothered making Interstate 10 6 lanes if they didn't want anyone using it. BTW I don't know anyone who thinks Interstate 10 is congested unless it is during one of the periods when they have it shut down for road work. 


Prime Example of wasteful government spending.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Petition to Stop Highway 15 from going through Northern Jackson County

As of November 15th 287 signatures have been collected. I know several people have petitions out to gather signatures if you do please let me know how many signatures you have and either get them back to me or mail them to MDOT.

If you would like to sign a petition they are available at T & N as well as Cruthirds Country Corner. There also may be some at Today's Hair in Ocean Springs (not sure as I did not see them the last time I was there and forgot to ask). I have been unwell and unable to work much on this. You may also print out the petition below, collect signatures and send it in. Just please let me know how many signatures you have collected.


Petition Opposing State Route 15/State Route 57 ALT C-1 (Orange) Plan
Project #STP-0022-01(059) 104193 001000

We the undersigned citizens of Harrison, and Jackson counties strongly oppose and object to the proposed State Route 15/State Route 57 ALT C-1 (ORANGE) Plan, Project #STP-0022-01(059) 104193 001000.

We are concerned about the environmental impact that such a project would have on Desoto National Forest as well as the entire Tchoutacabouffa River Watershed; which includes Bayou Castopia, Bayou Billie, Railroad-Hurricane Creek, Bluff Creek, Cypress Creek, Tuxachanie Creek, Bigfoot Creek, Hester Creek and Hog Creek.

The ALT C-1 (ORANGE) Plan creates a road through Desoto National Forrest where there are currently no roads. The environmental impact on the animal and plant life that reside in Desoto National Forrest would be horrendous.

We further object to the wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars for the construction of a new four-lane highway instead of the modification to the existing two-lane highway.

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The petitions should be mailed to:

Mississippi Department of Transportation
Environmental Division (87-01)
P. O. Box 1850
Jackson, MS 39215-1850


Also please call or email and let MDOT know what you think
For additional information or to provide comments surrounding this study, please contact the MDOT Environmental Division at 601-359-7920 or by email at environmentalcomments@mdot.state.ms.us.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Jackson Co. shipbuilding school scaled back due to budget woes

A future multi-million dollar school aimed at educating shipbuilders in South Mississippi is going to be scaled back now  because of budget woes. That's according to the designers of Northrop Grumman's future Maritime Trades Academy in Pascagoula.

They said unexpected construction roadblocks as well as design requests are running up the bill. And Jackson County supervisors refuse to spend taxpayer dollars to help build the school. Read more here.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Jackson County Board of Supervisors seeking solutions after huge embezzlement

Lashley, 50, already had embezzlement crimes on her record when the county hired her.

In 1990, she pleaded guilty to 26 counts of embezzling from a local business. She was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay $7,451.98 in restitution, according to court documents. Jackson County - without a background check - brought her aboard in the finance department eight years later.


Read more in the Clarion Ledger.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Latimer residents circulate new petition against Miss. 15 extension

Petitions to Stop Highway 15 from going through Northern Jackson County are available at

  1. T & N Feed & Pet Supplies 8112 Tucker Road (Latimer)
  2. Country Corner Store-Cruthirds 10600 Daisy Vestry Road (Latimer)
  3. Today's Hair 801 Holcomb Blvd. (Ocean Springs) 
Brown said the residents' new petition is "a valid thing" and that protests might lead to MDOT dropping the route as an option, especially since the project is still in its infancy. 

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

    Notes from the Civic Meeting

    After the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance Cissy recognized the guest and Darrell Holloway (Treasurer) gave a brief report.

    Then Steven Palazzo was introduced. He promised to put Mississippi families first and to create jobs by cutting taxes including cooperate taxes.  When question about Highway 15 he said it was "worth investigating and that the government should work for the people". He had to leave after he spoke for another engagement.

    Cissy asked the crowd to be respectful of all opinions.

    Jackson County Fire Coordinator, Ray Watson was the next to speak. This was rather confusing so if you have any questions I suggest you contact Ray Watson at 769-3110 . Three departments have been consolidated into one management structure (Fort Bayou Fire Department). Some Latimer residents will be in the St. Martin Fire Grading District and will hopefully receive a rating of 7 which will allow for cheaper fire insurance rates. Others like myself will be in the Latimer Fire Grading district and our ratings will not be as good. For those of you unaware Wanda Freeland maintains Latimer Community News and can be reached by email.

    Lori Massey spoke next she informed us that employees of MDOT can no longer make comments to us thus she did not have a  statement from them to read. She then read my letter and added her own comments. Lori said "As a voting citizen of Jackson County, I am disappointed in our elected official Tommy Broadnax who is not supporting the majority of his constituents.".

    Tommy Brodnax District 4 Supervisor (phone # 769-3457) then addressed the crowd. He refused to answer questions concerning highway 15 but stated he believed in MORE AND BIGGER ROADS and that the only way to stop the roadwork in Latimer would be to vote him out of office. He was questioned about his potential economic gain if the route for Highway 15 went through Latimer and  the property he owns. He was also asked why the bridge on Mallett Road/Cook Road has been out for so long. He stated that there were majoring engineering problems, he thought the firm hired was incompetent but the other Board of Supervisors refused to fire them. He was also questioned why Jackson County students do not have enough school books to bring their books home to study.

    Cissy reminded everyone that the Civic Association does not take positions and is merely there to share information with the residents.

    Tuesday, October 05, 2010

    Civic Meeting

    Come hear Fourth Congressional Candidate Steve Palazzo speak....also Ray Watson, Fire Marshall will explain the new fire department merger; Supervisor Tommy Brodnax will give an update on current and future road work and other county issues.  Also we will have an update on Highway 15 route.

    Bring a neighbor, bring a friend...Oct. 11th 7 p.m. at the Latimer Community Center.

    Wednesday, September 22, 2010

    Stop Highway 15 from going through Northern Jackson County


    I talked to a very nice gentleman at MDOT who informed me that the only reason the route to connect Highway 15 with Highway 57 through Northern Jackson County Alternative C-1 (Orange Route on the MDOT map) was still in play was that some City Officials and County Supervisors wanted it. He also said that if a number of Latimer and Larue residents contacted MDOT opposed to the route they would be happy to discard it.

    For those Latimer/Larue residents who aren’t concerned because you don’t think the project will impact you think again. Tommy Brodnax (who wants the route despite what a number of his constitutions want) has already informed me that IF Highway 15 goes through Jackson County they will widen Tucker Road/Old Biloxi Road until it meets 15 and create an economic corridor, for business. Those of us who have homes along the route will be displaced for “economic progress”.

    Latimer rallied before and saved our community from the now discarded route. We need to rally again and get this C-1 route through Northern Jackson County discarded. What can you do? Contact MDOT, sign a petition, contact your supervisors and tell them you are opposed to this route and you want them to pass a resolution saying they DO NOT WANT Highway 15 to go through Northern Jackson County, IF they do, the gentleman at MDOT assured me the route would be discarded. If we have enough names on the petition even without “our supervisors” support the route will be discarded. You can sign an online petition here http://www.petitiononline.com/Latimer2/petition.html

    There will be a Civic Meeting October 11th, 7PM at the Latimer Community Center. I encourage you to take the opportunity to let Tommy Brodnax know what you think of Highway 15 cutting through Northern Jackson County and his desire to widen Tucker/Old Biloxi Road.

    Friday, July 16, 2010

    July 16 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Letters - SunHerald.com

    No lipstick can disguise barbaric hog-dog contests


    Recently I called the Jackson County supervisors individually to express my disagreement with their 4 to 1 vote in favor of allowing hog-dog contests in Vancleave. Although the four “yes” voters listened politely, I could tell they were not going to back down on their decision.

    Mike Mangum was the only supervisor to vote “no.” Each of the other four asked me the same question: “Have you ever been to a hog-dog fight?” This led me to believe that they had attended them. One supervisor said, “The animals are not hurt. The tusks and nails of the hog are filed down (ouch) and there is a vet tech to ensure that the animals are all right.”

    Why is a vet tech needed if there is never injury to the animals? I was told that a hog is in the arena with several dogs, and the dog that is able to get the hog into a corner without biting the hog is the winner. This implies that the losing dogs do bite the hog and, to me, the word “biting” means that some injury is involved.

    One supervisor said, “This has been a tradition in our area for a long time.”

    Long-time traditions such as dog fights and cock fights have been deemed inappropriate and cruel and have, therefore, been outlawed.

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals told me that they received hundreds of e-mails from our area and strongly argued on our behalf against the contests, to no avail.

    Animal lovers in Jackson County, I plead with you, do not allow this to continue. It is barbaric, archaic, and totally exploits our furry friends.

    Please call the supervisors (blue pages in the phone book) or e-mail them via the Web site, www.co.jackson.ms.us, and let them know that we are above having this cruel, senseless activity in our community.

    CAROLYN WEATHERSBY
    Pascagoula

    July 16 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Letters - SunHerald.com

    Great letter to the editor, if only our supervisors would listen. The majority of Jackson County residents do NOT WANT or APPROVE of this barbaric event.

    Wednesday, June 23, 2010

    Supporters of hog and dog competitions told the Jackson County Board of Supervisors on Monday that the events represent a way of life in Vancleave and shouldn’t be stopped.

    Stupid Supervisors, I am sure the supporters of dog fighting say the same thing. What is even more OUTRAGEOUS is the County Planning Commission had decided the event was NOT in harmony with the community and recommended the permit NOT be issued, but the Jackson County Board of Supervisors ignored their recommendation.

    To contact the Supervisors and express your outrage

    Manly Barton Manly_Barton@co.jackson.ms.us
    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 998 Pascagoula, MS 39568
    Phone Numbers  228.769.3403
    Toll Free: 877.542.0976

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 998 Pascagoula, MS 39668 
    Phone Number: 228.769.3170

    Mike Mangum Mike_Mangum@co.jackson.ms.us
    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 998 Pascagoula, MS 39668 
    Phone Numbers: 228.762.7641
    * Mr Mangum was the only Supervisor to vote against the event.

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 998 Pascagoula, MS 39568 
    Phone Number:  228.769.3457 Toll free: 877.542.0975  

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 998 Pascagoula, MS 39668 
    Phone Number: 228.769.3378   

    Supervisors allow hog-dog events

    Tuesday, May 18, 2010

    Oil Well Destroying Environment Even Before The Spill

    Since the 1930s, oil and natural gas companies dug about 10,000 miles of canals, straight as Arizona highways, through the oak and cypress forests, black mangroves, bird rushes and golden marshes. If lined up in a row, the canals would stretch nearly halfway around the world.

    They funneled salt water into the marshes, killing trees and grass and hastening erosion. Some scientists say drilling caused half of Louisiana's land loss, or about 1,000 square miles.

    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    The Oil Spill

    This is the first time I have really blogged about the oil spill. My deepest sympathy goes to those who lost loved ones or who were injured when the oil rigged exploded.

    First BP seems to be trying to control the information the public has access to about the oil spill.

    Secondly BP seems to be trying to get out of paying for the spill.
    BP CEO Tony Hayward would not commit to paying for economic damages beyond the company's $75 million liability limit. Here's video of Nelson, along with a brief interview of Hayward from CNN (transcript):
    Please read  Nelson: BP not waiving liability cap for a roundup of news and information related to BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

    BP also seems to be trying to control who has access to the area and preventing volunteers from helping the wildlife.

    The oil spill seems to be the "monster that won't go away". They still haven't managed to plug the leak, which means every day additional oil is pumped into the gulf. The chemicals they are using to fight the oil spill also pose a threat to the wildlife. Please read Oil not the only threat to Gulf's fragile wildlife Chemicals to fight spill also a problem.
    In the potential path of the spill are 20 national wildlife refuges currently filled with nesting herons, terns and brown pelicans, removed from the endangered species list in Louisiana just a few months ago
    This spill is more than a third as large as the devastating Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska in 1989, according to official estimates, and could get larger. And never before has so much dispersant — containing toxic heavy metals — been deployed to fight a spill in a single site.
    So far, BP estimates that about 95,000 barrels of oil — 5,000 barrels a day — have spewed into the Gulf since the drilling rig exploded on April 20.
    On top of that, more than 250,000 gallons of dispersant have been applied both by air and underwater at the Deepwater Horizon spill site, the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed.
    What caused the oil rig explosion is still being investigated read  In the Gulf of Mexico, what went wrong with the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig? for more information. But apparently at least some of the blame can be placed on government agencies who were in charge of making sure safety regulations were followed, see WH proposes overhaul of drilling oversight agency.

    Sadly many Mississippi officials and new agencies seem to be trying to down play the spill.  
    Mississippi’s Haley Barbour, a well-connected former Washington lobbyist, has calmly said the oil slick looming offshore is just a sheen in most places and there’s no reason for people to panic.
    Barbour has said the oil spill is “not Armageddon,” but he believes news coverage has hurt tourism in his state.

    Wednesday, April 21, 2010

    $8M Loan To Fund Jackson County Roadwork

    Supervisor John McKay says most of the money will be spent to widen the two-lane Tucker Road to four lanes from Interstate 10 north to the Latimer Community Center.

    $8M Loan To Fund Jackson Co. Roadwork | WJTV.com

    April 21, 2010 Letters to the Editor ~ The Sun Herald

    Change of heart followed change of highway’s path

    I am confused about Jackson County Supervisor Tommy Brodnax’s change of heart. When his property in Latimer was threatened by the proposed route through Latimer, Mr. Brodnax said he would prefer for Mississippi Highway 15 to remain where it is today. “I’d like to see it in its present place,” Brodnax said. “Where it is now, I think that would be the most sensible thing to do.” (www.wlox.com/global/story.asp?s=10888497)

    Now that his Latimer prop-erty is no longer threatened by the proposed route Tommy Brodnax introduced a resolution formally supporting a route for Mississippi 15 that would take the highway through parts of Latimer and the De Soto National Forest, across west Jackson County, to connect with Mississippi 57 north of Vancleave. (Sun Herald, April 5).

    I guess those who are politically connected do not have to fear MDOT’s bulldozers destroying their property, while the rest of us have to live in fear that our homes will be ripped from us by eminent domain.

    Perhaps it is time for Latimer residents to stage their own tea party and elect a representative who actually represents them, not someone who is only looking out for his own selfish interest.

    KATHY DAVIS
    Vancleave

    Monday, April 19, 2010

    MDOT - Highway 15

    Spoke to someone at MDOT today. According to them no route has been chosen and they do not even have a preferred alternate route yet. The lady is suppose to call and let me know when they expect to have a decision on the preferred alternate route. They are still taking comments from the public so please call and let them know you do not wish for the route to go through DeSoto National Forrest in Jackson County.

    Spoke to someone at DeSoto National Forrest. The Forrest Service is opposed to any forest land being used for the highway and will fight them if that is the route is chosen. Nice to know the National Forrest Service will be on my side.

    Saturday, April 17, 2010

    Tommy Brodnax

    I spoke to Tommy Brodnax today and according to him MDOT said that the route will go through Jackson County. Since I was unaware MDOT had completed any of the "required" studies I was very surprised by this assertion and was outraged by his comment "that there is nothing we can do about it". I plan on calling MDOT Monday to find out if a final route has been decided upon.

    Thursday, April 15, 2010

    Letters to the Editor Concerning Highway 15

    MDOT and supervisors should hang their heads in shame

    The Jackson County Board of Supervisors should hang their heads in shame for passing a resolution that supports moving Highway 15 to Jackson County, destroying fragile ecosystems and wildlife habitats in DeSoto National Forest in the process. Our national forests are a national treasure, and everyone should work to keep them safe from destructive development.

    I encourage everyone to contact MDOT as well as the Jackson County Board of Supervisors and let them know you do not wish to see Highway 15 routed through Jackson County on the proposed route that would take it through DeSoto National Forest. I also encourage environmental groups to get involved in saving our national forest from this destructive route.

    Highway 15 should remain in its current location in Harrison County. The land to widen Highway 15 at its current location was purchased 25 years ago and should be used for the purpose for which it was purchased. It is time for government officials to stop wasting taxpayers’ money, paving over people’s homes, as well as destroying fragile ecosystems and wildlife habitats out of greed.

    ABIGAL PARKER
    Vancleave


    Supervisors are listening to ‘cha-ching’ instead of to constituents

    We were dismayed to read of the Jackson County Board of Supervisors’ resolution supporting a route for Mississippi 15 that would take the highway through parts of Latimer and the DeSoto National Forest.

    Many of the residents of Latimer do not want Mississippi Highway 15 moved from its current location. Many of us do not wish for the route to be moved through Latimer and the DeSoto National Forest. We do not wish for Old Biloxi Road to be four-laned in order to connect Tucker Road and the “relocated” Highway 15.

    The Jackson County Board of Supervisors, which is supposed to represent us, was not taking our views into account when they passed this resolution. The resolution should be rescinded immediately and the Jackson County Board of Supervisors should start representing the people who live in their communities and not big businesses that want to pave over our homes to create “economic corridors.”

    Highway 15 should be kept in its current location in Harrison County.

    SANDRA ALAWINE
    ANDREA CHATHAM
    LORI RAMSEY MASSEY
    MAXINE RAMSEY
    Latimer

    Letters to the Editor Thursday April 15, 2010 The Sun Herald

    Monday, April 12, 2010

    MDOT Meetings

    The Mississippi Department of Transportation will hold three public meetings this week to help develop nothing less than “a unified, 25-year outlook of transportation vision, goals and objectives” for the state.

    Since it is better to help develop such plans than try to change them once they are in place, we encourage your participation at one of the following:
    • 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Gulf Regional Planning Commission Annex Center, 1224-A Pass Road, Gulfport.
    • 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Gautier.
    •  5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Bay St. Louis City Council Chambers at 598 Main St.

    Friday, April 02, 2010

    Sour Grapes by USM Drives USA Away

    The USA Board of Trustees in March voted to support the establishment of a USA satellite campus in Gautier after Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College sought a formal partnership following consultations with civic and business leaders in the Mississippi Gulf Coast region.
    Since that time, conflict has arisen among institutions within the higher education system in Mississippi, the colleges stated in a joint news release. 
    "While USA appreciates the invitation to partner with MGCCC and remains committed to meeting the educational needs of the upper Gulf Coast region, the proposed satellite campus has been the subject of unanticipated discord within Mississippi," said USA President Gordon Moulton.
     University of South Alabama officials decide against satellite campus on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College campus in Gautier, Miss.

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010

    Highway 15 Meeting

    There was a meeting about the new proposed routes March 23rd. Unfortunately I missed it as we were out of town.

    My biggest fear is that they will run the Highway across Latimer through Desoto National Forest up above my house and then insist on 4 laning Old Biloxi Road up to it, destroying my front yard.

    I am hoping that they will either go up Highway 57 or keep Highway 15 in it's current location in Harrison County and stay out of Jackson County all together.

    New Mississippi 15 routes unveiled Two plans follow existing highways

    A route through Latimer that faced opposition has been modified to travel about 3 miles north through De Soto National Forest land rather than through neighborhoods.

    DOE shelves plans for Richton salt dome project

    The U.S. Department of Energy has re-evaluated the need for increasing the nation's strategic oil reserve capacity and has dropped the Richton salt dome project from its budget.

    Environmentalists warn that this doesn't mean the Richton project is dead, but that it currently isn't being funded.


    DOE shelves plans for Richton salt dome project - Politics - SunHerald.com

    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    Update on Mallett - Cook Road Project

    It really sucks that some longtime Latimer residents will lose their homes because two New York Developers bought up land in Latimer, MS and are pushing a monster road through so they can build a shopping complex and apartments.

    The plans were approved when Frank Leach was supervisor.

    This project will not directly affect me.

    Still no updates on the Highway 15 project.

    Supposedly it will be 6 months before the Tucker Road project is completed. Mr. Brown did promise to get better signs up telling us the detour route. Since I am unfamiliar with the back routes I worry about getting lost especially at night and the roads we are having to detour on are really narrow and run down.

    Tuesday, March 02, 2010

    Mallett - Cook Road Project Meeting March 11th, 2010 Latimer Community Center

     If you want to take a look at the map and the paperwork before the meeting  it is currently available at the St. Martin Public Library.

    Public Meeting
    DATE:     March 11, 2010
    Time:        6PM
    Where:      Latimer Community Center.