City seeks laborers for outdoor work; other news and notes

The City of Biloxi is looking to fill 16 entry-level jobs in the Public Works Department, positions that offer nearly $19,000 in base salary, plus as much as $10,000 in benefits.

Those hired would perform such duties as hauling neighborhood debris and tree limbs, cutting grass, cleaning catch basins and storm drains, utility maintenance, light construction and performing other outdoor chores.

The positions pay $9 an hour, or nearly $19,000 a year, and city employees enjoy such premium benefits as free family health insurance, which includes medical, dental and eye coverage, life insurance and prescription drug discounts; longevity and education bonuses; a dozen paid holidays each year, along with paid vacation and sick leave; a state retirement savings plan; and tuition reimbursement for ongoing educational courses.

Those interested in the positions can apply weekdays in the Human Resources Division at City Hall in downtown Biloxi, or to see an application and other job openings with the city, click here.

To help fill the Public Works positions, the city will publish advertisements titled “Help make history, join the city workforce” in The Bay Press on Friday, the Sun Herald on Sunday and in the Job Fair, a free publication distributed Coastwide by Gulf Publishing Co.

To see the advertisement about the job opportunities, click here.

News and notes

Men (and women) at work: Workers from the city’s Public Works and Parks & Recreation departments will be hauling debris from alongside Pass Road in west Biloxi throughout the day Thursday. Police will be on hand to keep traffic moving safely during the work, which began today. Motorists are asked to exercise extra caution in the work areas.

Gorenflo seeks help: Administrators at Gorenflo Elementary — the two-year-old, $10 million elementary school that took 5 feet of water in Hurricane Katrina – are looking for volunteers to help assemble playground equipment. The work is scheduled to take place Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8:30 a.m. at the school, which is at the corner of Lameuse and Elder streets on Back Bay in Biloxi. To find out how you can help, click here.

Debris update: Nearly 95 percent of the storm debris has been removed from the city’s streets and neighborhoods, according to the latest figures released by city storm-debris czar Jonathan Kiser. Since Katrina struck 14 months ago, city contractors have hauled more than 2.8 million cubic yards of debris, enough refuse to cover a football field and stand more than 132 stories high. Read more about the debris and track progress by clicking here.