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Aldermen pay for Timber Ridge POA’s paving project

Posted: December 19th, 2014, by editor

BY JACE PONDER
The Pass Christian Board of Aldermen on Tuesday approved a request from Timber Ridge Property Owners Association for $1,100 to reimburse the cost of asphalt used in a paving project initiated by the association.
On November 5, the board granted permission for the POA to install a concrete curb at the intersection of Henderson Avenue and Royal Oak Boulevard. The area is part of the city’s easement.
The initial request was approved with the understanding that the POA would pay for the work, said Alderman Anthony Hall during this week’s meeting.
Steven Hammons, representing the POA, said he believed the alderman was correct, but asked the city to help the association recoup some of the costs.
Alderman Earl Washington said he also thought the project was not going to cost the city any money.
“I understand this [improvement] for that area, but this is something the POA wanted to do,” he said.
Alderman-at-large Kenny Torgeson said the request was not a huge amount of money for the improvements that were made.
“We are all about trying to beautify the city,” he said. “Henderson Avenue is one of the main entrances to the city.”
The request was approved 3-1 with Earl Washington voting no and Anthony Hall abstaining.
The POA will be reimbursed from excess bond proceeds used for paving in other parts of the city.
In other action, the board authorized the city to rent machinery for the removal and relocation of ice making equipment owned by Pass Purchasing at the west harbor.
The city will rent a crane and forklift from Herzt Equipment Rental for a total of about $3,500 for the partial demolition of the ice house.
City attorney Malcolm Jones said the city is required to provide Pass Purchasing with assistance to move from the old icehouse to the new icehouse. The Uniform Relocation Act requires government assistance to people displaced by federally funded projects.
Pass Purchasing workers have removed the roof and east wall of the old icehouse, Jones wrote in a letter to the board. The rental machinery will be used to remove the equipment inside.
Once the equipment is moved, the board is expected to advertise for bids for the complete demolition of the old icehouse.
The mayor said he wants all of the old seafood processing area demolished, but the three-story icehouse is the main focus for now.
For more, pick up the 12/19/14 edition of the Gazebo Gazette. Available in newsstands now.

‘Lion in Winter’ opens Thursday

Posted: December 10th, 2014, by editor

BY ANITA GIANI
Christmas 1183, an aging and conniving King Henry II plans a reunion where he hopes to name his successor.
Laced with wry and mordant humor, “The Lion in Winter” tells the story of a truly dysfunctional family, but one that was the most powerful in Europe.
Henry II and his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, held sway over England and more than half of France. It was not a marriage made in heaven.
Eleanor had been imprisoned for ten years for her part in a rebellion and was meeting the king, their three sons, the young king of France and Henry’s young ward and mistress for a brief Christmas reprieve from prison.
During the stay, every kind of trickery and device is used by the parents and the sons as they jockey for the succession.
Alliances are made and unmade and intrigues abound. There is a delicious war of wits among all the characters using purposely anachronistic dialogue to heighten what is a thrilling, essentially true story.
 This brilliant comedy captivated Broadway with Robert Preston and Rosemary Harris, who won a Tony for Best Actress, and went on to triumph as a film with Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn winning her third of four academy awards for her performance.
Come enjoy this spectacular cast directed by Will Koolsbergen.
 “The Lion in Winter” will open The Randolph Community Center, on Thursday, December 11. 
Shows will run December 11, 12, 13 and 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m..  Doors open 7p.m.  Rated: PG. Tickets are on sale now:  Call Pass Main Street at 228-452-3315 or email info@passmainstreet.com.

Aldermen hire new officers

Posted: December 5th, 2014, by editor

BY JACE PONDER
The Pass Christian Board of Aldermen on Tuesday hired new patrol officers in the harbor and police departments.
In the police department, the board approved rehiring Edward Walley as a patrol officer to replace the vacancy left by Britt Berden, who resigned last month. Walley previously worked with Pass police before resigning earlier this year in July.
In the harbor department, the board accepted the resignation of Anne Mikish from her full-time patrol position effective December 5. She will remain a part-time patrol officer.
The board hired Brandon Lancaster to full-time harbor patrol. He is currently a part-time employee.
The hiring decisions were unanimous among the board members present. Ward 4 Alderman Victor Pickich was absent.
Pickich has been absent from the the last four regular meetings and also missed two special meetings in October.
The last regular meeting he attended was October 7, according to board minutes.
Pickich, who works as a caterer, said recent jobs have had him working odd hours.
“I’ve had a scheduling conflict with work,” he said. “I’ve been working with the mayor and city attorney about doing phone call-ins for the meeting.”
Pickich said he is well aware of what is going on in the city and responds to calls and e-mails from constituents.
“I’m working to rectify the situation,” he said.
Pickich was elected to the board in June 2013 after defeating Buddy Scarborough in the Republican primary and LyTanya Toomer in the general election.
Pickich filled the Ward 4 seat which was left vacant by Huey Bang when he stepped down in February 2013 due to family and work commitments.
The next board of aldermen meeting will be December 16 at 6 p.m. in the municipal court.
In other action:
• The board approved a $680 summary change order for Twin L. Construction at the library parking lot expansion project.
According to board documents, the change order covers additional dirt work the company had to do.
The $147,000 project added 25 parking spaces north of the library. The project was funded through a CDBG grant that also funded the city hall project.
• The board adopted a resolution allowing public works to maintain Toleman Alley Cemetery.
Volunteers have been maintaining the grounds and requested the city’s help to cut and clear the perimeter.

Christmas in the Pass starts today

Posted: December 5th, 2014, by editor

Kick off your Holiday Season in Pass Christian. Christmas in the Pass is entering its 29th year. For the second time, this year’s event will be two days, December 5-6, and will be a cooperative effort of the Pass Christian Main Street and Pass Christian Chamber of Commerce.

Friday, December 5th: 5-9 pm. Festivities begin at War Memorial Park with the lighting of the town Christmas tree and arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Follow the town elves and parade to Davis Avenue in Downtown Pass Christian for our Holiday Open House, street fair, live music, photos with Santa, children’s activities and an Arts & Crafts Village with almost 100 vendors.
Saturday, December 6th: 8 am – til. The Pass Christian Market will join up with vendors from Christmas in the Pass to offer their wares from 8am until 4 pm. Pet photos with Santa will be available from 12-3 pm and a pet parade will take place at 1:30 pm. Our annual “Pass Under the Lights,” a 5K run and ½ mile fun run will take place at 5pm and 6pm respectfully. Live music will take place at multiple locations throughout town late into the night.
For more information, please contact: Pass Christian Main Street at (228)452-3315 or info@passmainstreet.com or Pass Christian Chamber of Commerce at (228) 604-0014 or jenny@mscoastchamber.com.

Judicial runoff Tuesday

Posted: November 24th, 2014, by editor

Chris Schmidt of Pass Christian and Robert Fant Walker of Gulfport will face each other November 25 for a judicial runoff election.
Neither candidate earned over 50 percent of the vote in the November 4 election for Circuit Court Place Two seat which serves Hancock, Harrison and Stone counties.
Schmidt earned about 42 percent to Walker’s 34 percent. A third candidate, Myles Sharp, earned 24 percent.
On election day, polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
Residents east of Market Street in Pass Christian will vote at the city court at 105 Hiern Avenue.
Residents west of Market Street will vote at the VFW building at 400 Clarence Avenue.
In the county, other polling places include: DeLisle, DeLisle Volunteer Fire Station, 25242 Cuevas DeLisle Road; Ladner, West Harrison County Fire Station, 10071 Vidalia Road; Pineville, Pineville School, 5192 Menge Ave.; Vidalia, and Old Dedeaux School, 14595 Vidalia Road.
All Mississippi voters will be required to show a photo ID to vote in person or cast absentee ballot.
For more information about voting and voter registration contact Harrison County Circuit Court 228-865-4051 or visit the website at www.co.harrison.ms.us/.

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