Council to eye heathcare program, land-use issues

Mayor A.J. Holloway, following up on a proposal that has been in the works for months, has called a special meeting of the City Council for Tuesday at 11 a.m. to learn about a proposal to provide free or low-cost health care for city employees and their families.

Councilmembers will hear about the program at Biloxi Public Schools, where a year-old program, the first of its kind in the state, has saved employees $1.36 million in medical expenses and reduced employees time away from work.

To read more about the Biloxi schools program, click here.

Council to consider zoning, land-use issues

Members of the City Council, during the 1:30 meeting Tuesday afternoon, face an agenda of nearly three-dozen issues, including eight land-use measures.

Three of the measures, including a public hearing, involve the proposal to convert the former Saxony Apartments on Beach Boulevard to the Waterford Place Condominiums.

Another land-use issue involves the proposal for a mixed-use subdivision, to be known as Bay Village, on a 27.5-acre tract of land off Pass Road, immediately west of Keesler Federal Credit Union.

Among the other issues on the agenda: purchase of land from the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi for the proposed new visitors center site; donation of two parcels – on Huff Alley and Nixon Street – to Habitat for Humanity; transfer of four surplus vehicles to the D’Iberville Police Department; and measures involving the Biloxi Sports Complex, two fire stations; and repairs to streets in the Bent Oaks subdivision, Saylor Drive and River Place Street and Caillavet Street.

To read the entire agenda, click here.

News and notes

New fire trucks: The Biloxi Fire Department this week is expected to accept delivery of three of the four new trucks ordered to replace vehicles destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. The three new pumpers, which cost nearly half a million dollars each, will go in service at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center, East End Fire Station and Popp’s Ferry Fire Station. A fourth pumper, which will be stationed at the Back Bay Fire Station, is expected to arrive in mid-May. Fire Chief David Roberts had pressed spare vehicles into service since the storm.

Calendar of events: To see the city’s Calendar of Events for March, click here.

Seniors programming: To see the latest on seniors programs offered by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, as well as a seniors calendar of events, click here.