Gulfport Ward 6 Newsletter from Councilman Flowers – September 19, 2013

Upcoming Community Meeting
Councilman Myles Sharp (Ward 5), Councilwoman Cara Pucheu (Ward 7), and I will hold a community meeting for wards 5, 6, and 7 from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, September 26 at the Orange Grove Community Center. The center is located at 14416 Dedeaux Road.
20130915-171719.jpgWe will have updates on many projects that affect our area planned for the next fiscal year. Among others, for Ward 6 specifically, we will have updates concerning the Dedeaux Road Widening and the Lorraine Road bridge at Biloxi River.

If you would like a specific issue covered at the meeting, please call the council office and let us know. The phone number is (228)868-5848.

Biloxi River and Fritz Creek Watershed Sewer Connections
20130805-194706.jpgThe Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) funded project for the Biloxi River and Fritz Creek Watersheds is complete. Jason Chiniche of Brown, Mitchell & Alexander, Inc. was the engineer that headed this project for the City. I received emails and phones from residents telling me that Jason and the contractor Hudson Contracting, Inc. have done a great job working with the property owners that were connected.

All of the items on the punch list created during the inspections by Jason, the contractor, and City personnel have been addressed.

The project connected 36 houses (2 more than originally planned) and abandoned 41 septic tanks (7 more than planned) while saving $19,000 on the overall contract cost.

I must take this opportunity to thank all of those involved with this project for making this project a success. This project helps reduce the possibility of sewer entering our waterways.

Property Acquisitions for Phase I of Dedeaux Road Widening Project
Total properties needed: 31
Council approved: 29
Offers extended: 27
Offers accepted by owners: 10

Lorraine Road Bridge at Biloxi River
Volkert have completed and submitted the report on the recent full structural assessment of the Lorraine Road bridge over the Biloxi River to the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s Office of State Aid Road Construction. It is currently under review by the bridge engineer at State Aid and will be passed to Harrison County, Biloxi, and Gulfport engineering departments within the next couple of business days.

Port of Gulfport Community Tours
The Mississippi State Port at Gulfport has been in the news quite a bit lately. If you are interested in seeing what is happening at the Port, Mississippi State Port Authority (MSPA) are offering Community Tours to the public on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. until noon. This is an opportunity to go behind the gates and get an up close look at the Port’s infrastructure and facilities.

20130918-150122.jpgHere’s more information to know before you go:
* Tours are expected to last 30 minutes with shuttle departures staggered in 15-minute increments. The first shuttle will depart at 9 a.m., the second at 9:15 a.m., the next at 9:30 a.m., and so on until the last shuttle departure at noon.
* Shuttle departure is from the west end of Hancock Bank Plaza, located at 2510 14th Street in downtown Gulfport.
* Port of Gulfport Community Tours are open to the public and free of charge.
* There are no age restrictions for tour participants.

For more information about the Port of Gulfport Community Tours, call 228-865-4300 or visit or