City seeks volunteers for clean-up campaign; other news and notes

Businesses, civic groups and individuals are being asked to sign up this week for a weeklong citywide clean-up that takes place next week throughout the city.

The event, being held in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup and Earth Day, will culminate next weekend with a brown bag lunch and cookout on the Town Green on Friday and a citywide cleanup day on Saturday.

“What we’re doing is asking people to get out walking throughout next week and pick up litter as they go,” said Downtown Services Manager Kay Miller. “We’re expanding the program from what had been one Saturday to run throughout the week.”

Already, teams from Beau Rivage, Grand and IP have agreed to help spruce up areas around their properties. IP, in fact, has adopted all of Caillavet Street for the cleanup.

“Anyone who is interested should drop by the Creole Cottage across from City Hall this week to sign up for a designated area,” Miller said. “We’ll provide the trash bags, but what we need are office teams, individuals or civic groups to get involved in the effort.”

To print a flyer about the clean up project — titled “Don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk!” – click here.

To print a flyer about the free cookout and live entertainment on the Town Green on Friday, April 18, click here.

Sunkist widening work now underway

Motorists on Sunkist Country Club Road are asked to use extra caution over the next several weeks as a Public Works construction team widens a 550-yard section of the roadway between On the Green and North Shore Drive.

Public Works Director Richard Sullivan said the work, which began this week and is expected to be complete in four weeks, will see the road widened from 18 to 22 feet, with some drainage improvements planned.

“This work will make the roadway safer for motorists, and we’ll also address a few drainage issues in the work area,” said Sullivan, noting the project has a budget of about $40,000.

The Public Works Department’s daily Traffic Update has an overview road work underway throughout the city. To see the report, click here.

News and notes

Updated economic indicators: The city’s key economic indicators – tax revenue, building permits, etc. – have been updated online. To see the charts, which will be part of the upcoming State of the City 2008 newsletter, click here.

Holloway on tourism development: Mayor A.J. Holloway will address the Tourism Development and Airline Summit this evening at the Beau Rivage. Holloway will speak about the importance of tourism to the city’s economy. The summit will continue Wednesday. (An item last week gave an incorrect day for the mayor’s presentation.)

Public safety cooking: To see a signup sheet for the 2008 Law Enforcement Torch Run fish fry, which will be held Friday, April 25 at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center, click here.

Police opening: The Biloxi Police Department will hold a grand opening on April 12 for the department’s new satellite office at Edgewater Mall. For details on the event, click here.