East Hancock Library & Kapalama Bridge Opened this Week. Clovis Reed, Manager for the City of Diamondhead, announced at the June 21st Council meeting that the city is literally “open for business” with the re-opening of the Kapalama Bridge late Monday evening and the East Hancock Library on Tuesday morning.
The Mayor and City Council expressed appreciation to the Hancock County Board of Supervisors for their quick action to hire contractors and engineers to complete the project in less than 30 days. The work was completed by Gulf Equipment Corporation at a cost of just under $400,000. Coast Electric and Cable One provided services to move any utilities to avoid obstructions and construction delays. Law enforcement officers were also recognized for keeping traffic flowing and insuring public safety.
Blaine Lafontaine, President of the Hancock County Board of Supervisors announced during the Board’s meeting on Monday that over the coming days there will be some final elements of the project that will need to be completed and there could be temporary lane closures but the road will remain open through the final stages of construction.
In other business, the City approved the following:
• $10,000 in support for the East Hancock Library; and,
• having reviewed RFQ’s, designated four Engineering Companies as firms of record to include: James J. Chiniche, PA, MS Engineering and Development, Pickering Firm, and Seymour Engineering.
The Council also approved hiring Ms. Kelly McDonald as Treasurer for the City. McDonald, who has nine years administrative experience, previously worked for Covington County Emergency Management Office. She was selected from a field of applicants for her experience in government budgeting, purchase order systems, payroll administration and grant management.
It was announced that the Mayor and City Council will be recognized during a Mississippi Municipal League event on Tuesday, June 28th at 3pm at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center (Room B-4) to award municipalities that passed smoke-free ordinances in the past 12 months. Diamondhead is the only Coast City recognized this year and is one of 123 smoke-free communities in Mississippi, leading the nation for indoor clean air acts.
Coming up next, the Council will open bids on July 15th at 2pm to select a contractor to providing milling and re-paving services for 24 streets in Diamondhead including portions of Golf Club Drive and Diamondhead Drive.
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