Council faces huge agenda Tuesday; other news and notes

Mayor A.J. Holloway on Tuesday will ask the City Council to spend nearly a million dollars to purchase more than three-dozen heavy-duty trucks, two tractors and other vehicles for the Public Works Department.

The purchase, which would replace storm-destroyed equipment used mostly in the drainage division, is among the 44 measures on the agenda for the council meeting on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Also on the agenda: 11 zoning cases, including the re-zoning of land near the IP Casino Resort, a proposal for a 230-unit condo and hotel development at the Gulf Beach Resort Hotel, and a proposal to re-zone a 10-acre tract of land on Woolmarket Road to allow offices and a maintenance facility for a waste disposal service operation.

The much-debated issue involving a proposal to approve a 33-story condo tower in west Biloxi, tabled by the council two weeks ago, is expected to be added to the agenda at the outset of the meeting.

The agenda also includes three measures involving the ongoing Caillavet Street project, and 11 code-enforcement cases, where the city is seeking to have property owners bring their property into compliance with land-use codes.

To see the complete agenda and available resolutions for Tuesday’s meeting, click here.

News and notes

Mayoral travels: Mayor Holloway was in Jackson for the majority of the day Wednesday, meeting with Governor Haley Barbour in the afternoon and attending the Gulf Coast Legislative Reception later that evening.

Easy RTR access: The Reviving the Renaissance section of the city web site now offers easier access to individual sections of the 215-page report. To see the report, which also includes the video kickoff by Mayor A.J. Holloway, click here.

Webcasting: Get a preview of Monday’s MLK parade and Battle of the Bands, among other issues du jour, on this week’s City Desk webcast. To listen to the 28-minute program, click here.

MLK reminder: Biloxi’s MLK parade rolls through downtown Monday, beginning at 11 a.m., and ending at Yankie Stadium, where a Battle of the Bands will be conducted. Non-emergency city offices will be closed for the day Monday. To read about the MLK events, click here.

A swimming time: The city will conduct two weeks of swimming lessons for children and adults beginning Jan. 29 at the Biloxi Natatorium. To see info on the lessons – as well as registration info for Biloxians and non-residents – click here.