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(02/03/16)  City Council approved new water and sewer rates effective April 1, 2016.  There is no rate increase for those homes and businesses using less than 5,000 gallons per month, about 78% of those metered.

(02/03/16)  City Council approved an amended and restated Interlocal Agreement with the cities of Gulfport and D’Iberville to support the Motor Vehicle For Hire Authority (MVFHA) that regulates taxis, limousines, shuttles, etc., in Harrison County.  Also adopted were the amended Rules and Regulations for the MVFHA.

(01/20/16)  Mardi Gras information: Mardi Gras parades in this area, safety tips, Krewe of Neptune parade route (Feb 6, 5:30), Gulf Coast Carnival parade route (Feb 9, 1:00)

(01/15/16)  The City of Biloxi will conduct a workshop for the purpose of sharing general information about rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.  Community Development Auditorium located at 676 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in downtown Biloxi, 5:30 p.m., Thursday, January 21, 2016.

01/12/16   The Biloxi Lions Club is now accepting nominations for Biloxi’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year, who will be recognized during a luncheon at the Biloxi Yacht Club on Wednesday, Feb. 17.  Nominations are due at Biloxi City Hall by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3. Click here for the nomination form. Nominations should be emailed to vcreel@biloxi.ms.us, faxed to (228) 435-6129 or dropped off at the second floor of Biloxi City Hall, 140 Lameuse St.

01/09/16  Water  and sewer rate increase? Hear what the administration has to say on City Desk; the commentary begins at the 9:23 mark.  City Desk is a public service program, which provides a detailed, behind-the-scenes look at city issues, is recorded unedited each week (Thursday morning) at Biloxi City Hall and is available on demand 24/7.  For your convenience that link may be found at the top of this column.

01/08/16  Stay current with what’s happening in your city by subscribing to Bmail… it’s FREE and delivered by e-mail.

01/08/16   16th Annual Biloxi Children’s Mardi Gras Walking ParadeJan. 30 10 a.m. Sign in and late registration begins at 9 a.m. Participants may walk, bike, skate, or be pushed/pulled in strollers and wagons (no motorized vehicles will be allowed). The theme for the parade is “Coastal State of Mind.” Children and families are encouraged to be creative and dress in costume and decorate their bikes, wagon, etc. in celebration of the things and events which make the Coast a wonderful place to live, such as the lighthouse, fresh seafood, the sand beach, diverse ethnic cultures, etc. Parade will begin at 10 a.m. under the I-110 overpass on Howard Avenue. It will continue east on Howard, to Reynoir Street and turn south ending at the Mardi Gras Museum, where there will be a celebration including an opportunity to meet and have pictures taken with the 2015 Gulf Coast Carnival Association Royal Court, a costume and float contest, refreshments, and Mardi Gras art activities. Sponsored by the Biloxi Mardi Gras Museum, City of Biloxi, and the Gulf Coast Carnival Association.

01/08/16  Story Time … Biloxi libraries story and activity time for pre-schoolers.
• Woolmarket Library, 8455 Woolmarket Rd., Mondays, 10:30 a.m., 354-9464
• West Biloxi Library, 2047 Pass Rd., Tuesdays, 10 a.m., 388-5696
• Biloxi Library, 580 Howard Ave., Toddler Time, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 10 a.m.; Preschool Story Time,
Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and Thursdays at 10 a.m.; After School Buddies,Thursdays at 4 p.m., 436-3095
• Margaret Sherry Library, 2141 Popps Ferry Rd., Thursdays, 10 a.m., 388-163

01/02/16 Tuesday’s agenda… Workshop, at 4:00, will focus on Water & Sewer Rates, progress of the North Infrastructure project (north of the railroad tracks and east of Porter Ave., roughly), and bids on the South Infrastructure project (south of the railroad tracks and east of Porter Ave., roughly).   Short Term Rentals, revised again, comes before the Council for a First Reading.  The latest revisions are underlined and found on pages 9-12.  Water Rates are anticipated to increase, as noted in a recent B-Mail; a First Reading is on the agenda to do so.  And for those following the Motor Vehicle for Higher Authority, which regulates the taxi cabs locally, the Council will consider extending the City’s withdrawal deadline (the proposed Rules & Regulations are not yet complete) from January 15 to March 15 and approving $5,000 to cover the cost of regulation by the Authority from October 2015 – March, 2016.

12/14/15 Short Term Rentals, revised come before the Council again for a First Reading that eliminates the proposed overlay district east of Caillavet Street.  The previous attempt to revise the Land Development Ordinance (LDO), Short Term Rentals was denied.  A Grant Anticipation Note for $7,000,000 is also slated for action, the funds to be used for interim financing to defray the cost of sewer improvement and paving projects in the city, and to approve a revolving line of credit.