NEWS UPDATES FROM THE CITY OF DIAMONDHEAD

September 23, 2016

news-updates

LT GOVERNOR REEVES WILL HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING IN DIAMONDHEAD

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves will be in Diamondhead on Thursday, October 20th at 11am for a Town Hall meeting at Diamondhead City Hall, 5000 Diamondhead Circle. This meeting is one of three being held across the Coast to gain citizen input on how the Legislature should allocate BP settlement funds from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Lt. Governor Reeves has said he would like to see the majority of the funds spent in South Mississippi. The state is set to receive $750 million over 15 years from the settlement to offset economic losses from the spill.

PAVING IS SET TO BEGIN ON DIAMONDHEAD STREETS
During the September 20th meeting of the City of Diamondhead it was reported that paving is set to begin on Diamondhead Streets on September 26th. Land Shaper of Gulfport received the contract for repaving 25 roads throughout Diamondhead over the next 90 days. Specific roads included in the $482,120 project are: Alakoko Place, Makiki Place cul-da-sac, Kalipekona Way, Alawai Avenue, Amoke Drive, Anahola Place, Auka Place cul-da-sac, Kome Drive, Hana Court, Kalae Street, Kahala Drive, Ewa Street, Ewa Place, Gulf Club Drive South of the water tower, Laie Street, Laie Place, Moanalua Way, Manini way, Kailua Place and cul-da-sac, Diamondhead Drive East between Aupuwi Place and Apona Street, Diamondhead Drive East between Anahola Place and Hana Court, Mauna Loa Place, and Gex Road.

During the meeting, the Mayor and City Council adopted a resolution to activate funding for the surface transportation program grant for the I-10 Exit 16 interchange lighting project. The total cost of the project is estimated at $500,000 with $400,000 from the Mississippi Department of Transportation and a 20% match from the city of up to $100,000. This project is expected to be completed by mid-2017.

It was also reported that Twin L. Construction has begun work on the new East Aloha access road in the commercial district. This 120 day contract, made possible through a Small Municipalities and Limited Population County Grant with local match funding, should be finished earlier than projected. City Manager Clovis Reed said discussion is underway to determine the best name for the road to add to the cities roadway system.

The City also took action on the Golf Club Drive Roundabout Project to activate $50,000 in matching funds to support the project. The total cost of the project is $250,000, which is funded primarily through the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) Transportation Alternatives Project (TAP) Award Program.

The City will be advertising for bids for the construction of the new City Hall Exercise Fitness Trail project. Funding for this project will be provided through a $96,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Recreational Trail program with a local match from the City of $24,000.

It was also reported that a contractor is onsite this week to pave over the new drainage pipe recently installed across Airport Drive. The road will not be closed during the process and traffic will be rerouted from one side of the road to the other.

During the meeting, David Bohn was appointed to serve as commissioner for the Diamondhead Water & Sewer District for a five year term effective September 20th. He is one of five commissioners with one from each ward represented. In a meeting earlier this month, the Council appointed James Bradley Johnson to serve as Municipal Election Commissioner.

To stay connected to news and events in Diamondhead and find online payment services, maps and other helpful links, go to www.diamondhead.ms.gov. Residents can also sign up for the regular eblast @diamondhead.ms.gov or Text “DIAMONDHEAD” TO 22828 OR CALL City Hall at 228-222-4626.

DIAMONDHEAD HOLDS SPECIAL ELECTION FOR WARD 1 SEAT

The City of Diamondhead will hold a special election to fill the vacant Ward 1 City Council seat on Tuesday, September 27th. Voting will take place in the City Hall Activity Center from 7am – 7pm. The two candidates who have qualified to run are Nancy Depreo and Kelsy Johnson. The last day to vote by absentee ballot in person is Saturday, September 24th by noon. The last day to accept absentee ballots by mail is September 26th by 5:00pm. Absentee ballots by mail must be delivered by the mail carrier.

DIAMONDHEAD HOSTS “BLESSING OF THE CLASSICS” DURING CRUISIN’

America’s largest block party is coming to Diamondhead. The City of Diamondhead is one of the sanctioned sites during the upcoming Annual Cruisin’ the Coast. Festivities across the Coast are from October 2- 9 with the Third Annual Blessing of the Classics rolling into Diamondhead on Wednesday, October 5th.

Mark Duffy, Founder and chairman of the event for the City, said registered vehicles are invited to the staging area on the south side of Diamondhead from 1pm – 3pm. At 3pm, they will drive their rides around a scenic route on Diamondhead Drive East and Lanai Drive where they will have their classic cars blessed (nondenominational). Each participating car will receive a pair of fuzzy dice for their rear view mirror and a commemorative certificate. The event will culminate at the Diamondhead Shopping Center with live Rock N’ Roll music by Tight Squeeze presented by Rouses. Residents and visitors are invited to meet the classics at the Shopping Center to view the classics and visit local merchants for special offers and discounts.

“Cruisin’ the Coast is our opportunity to showcase Diamondhead as a great place to live, raise and family and retire,” said Duffy, who was recognized by the City and the Hancock Chamber as one of Hancock County’s Outstanding Citizens for his work on this event and other tourism initiatives for the past 20 years.

Diamondhead is recognized across the country as the smartest city in Mississippi, the Best Place to Live and one of the Top 10 Livable Cities in the State for its amenities, quality of life, low crime rate, access to employment, education and affordable housing.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 27th, 7am – 7pm
Diamondhead Special Election Ward 1
City of Diamondhead Activity Center
5000 Diamondhead Circle

Saturday, October 1st from 8am – 1pm
Hancock County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Coast Electric Power Association on Highway 603.
For a complete list of items accepted go to www.diamondhead.ms.gov on the home page under events.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 6pm
Diamondhead City Council Meeting at 6pm
5000 Diamondhead Circle

Wednesday, October 5th from 12:00 pm – 6pm
Blessing of the Classics during Cruisin’ the Coast
Diamondhead Shopping Center

Thursday, October 20th at 11am
Lt. Governor Reeves Town Hall meeting
Diamondhead City Hall – 5000 Diamondhead Circle
Coast residents can express their views on how the Legislature should allocate BP settlement funds from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The state is set to receive $750 million over 15 years from the settlement to offset economic losses from the spill.

City of Diamondhead

City of Diamondhead, Mississippi
5000 Diamondhead Circle, Diamondhead, MS 39525
Various photos courtesy of Diamondhead Country Club.

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