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.