Council to discuss housing, state port issue

The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday will consider asking the Mississippi Development Authority to delay allocating funds for the restoration of the State Port at Gulfport until post-Katrina housing issues are resolved.

The resolution, which will be introduced by Councilman Bill Stallworth, also asks that any unspent state homeowners grant funds be used for new and existing housing programs.

The council’s meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Gov. Haley Barbour has consistently said that funding for the restoration of the State Port at Gulfport had been in the state’s Katrina recovery plan since its inception.

To read the complete agenda and available resolutions, click here.

News and notes

Flood talk: Community Development Director Jerry Creel discusses the implications of the new floodplain maps during a segment of “WLOX News This Week” airing Saturday at 6 p.m.

Longevity pay: Biloxi’s long-serving municipal employees are sharing in more than $276,000 in longevity pay included in City of Biloxi paychecks issued today, The program, designed to foster employee retention, provides $6 per month for each year of municipal service, payable either each payday or as a lump sum in the first paycheck in December. More than 423 city employees – average length of service, nine years — are eligible for the program this fiscal year, with a total of $433,359 budgeted for longevity pay.

Weekend preview: The city’s Parks and Recreation Department kicks off the weekend this evening with a Christmas dance for ages 6 to 12 at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center in west Biloxi. The free dance takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. and parents are invited. For more on upcoming events, courtesy of listings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.