City accepts bids on Eagle Point sewer work

The city has received a dozen bids from contractors for work to install sewer lines on nearly a mile stretch of Oaklawn Road, one of the last areas of Eagle Point without sewer service.

The project also opens the door to extend sewer lines north of the interstate, where design work is now underway.

The two sections of sewer lines on Oaklawn – from Mississippi 67 to Landing Court and another section just east of Pin Oak Drive – have a budget of $825,000. The 12 bids received this week range from $774,000 to more than a million dollars.

“We’re pleased with the spread of bids,” said City Engineer Damon Torricelli. “We’re reviewing them to make sure they meet specifications, and we expect to approach the City Council to award a contract this month.”

Work on the 150-day project is expected to begin by February.

“The next step,” Torricelli said, “is to move north on 67. The city is in the process of acquiring property for a pump station, and we’re awaiting delivery of a $955,000 grant for this portion of the work.”

Latest Q&A released for infrastructure work

December 10 at 10 a.m. CST is the deadline for engineers and design teams to respond to the city’s Request for Qualifications for the $355 million in pending infrastructure work.

Meantime, the city and project manager HNTB have continued to respond to interested engineers with questions about the project. To see the latest batch of questions and anwers, click here.

To see the expanded RFQ, which was released Nov. 24 to include initial Q&A, click here.

Inaugural Mississippi Bowl this weekend at Biloxi High School stadium

Georgia Military College (9-1, and the country’s No. 3-ranked community college football team) will face the 2008 state champion and 2007 co-national champion Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (9-2, ranked No. 7 in nation) in the inaugural Mississippi Bowl, which will be played Sunday at 2 p.m. at Biloxi Indian Stadium.

The bowl game, which Gulf Coast Community College plans to host annually, will pit the state juco champion against a nationally ranked community college team.

Players, coaches and visitors will see three days of activities for the bowl weekend.

Mayor A.J. Holloway, himself a player in two Sugar Bowls and a Cotton Bowl, will welcome teams during a shrimp boil at Jeff Davis campus of Gulf Coast Community College. Players also are expected to visit a Sea Wolves hockey game.

For more on the Mississippi Bowl,
click here.

News and notes

Holiday events: An updated list of holiday events is now on the city web site. To see the list, click here.

Top honors: The Biloxi Public School District is one of nine in the state and three on the Gulf Coast to be recognized for having all schools in the district meet federal progress standards and having students score proficient or advanced in all 12 areas of the rigorous common term assessments. For details on the award,
click here.