Have trash? Bring it out NOW

Waste Pro, the company that picks up garbage and trash countywide, has committed to have extra resources in Biloxi on Friday, so Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is encouraging residents to bring out the trash.

“We want to see people take advantage of this opportunity,” Gilich said this morning after the Harrison County Utility Authority meeting. “Waste Pro made the commitment this morning to try to catch things up in Biloxi, and I want to see people take advantage of this.

“The message is this: If you have trash to be picked up, get it out to the curb now.”

Waste Pro, under the terms of its contract with the Harrison County Utility Authority, will not pick up trash generated by private contractors or tree services. Also not included in the trash pickup are tires, refrigerators, air conditioners or any hazardous material.

Missed service: If trash, garbage or recycling pickup is missed, call Waste Pro at  (228) 818-5393.  If you have not received a prompt reply after calling Waste Pro, contact the city’s Citizens Services representative, Craig Ross, at (228) 435-6279 or cross@biloxi.ms.us.


Court seeks to make traffic fine payment easier

Biloxi Municipal Court handled more than 10,000 traffic cases last year, and court administrators say many of those appearing in court can now take advantage of a convenient online payment.

The city offers the service to those facing traffic fines, and the service can be used without having to appear in court for those pleading guilty. However, if an arrest was involved in the case, such as DUI, a court appearance is required.

The online payment option does carry a fee, but Court Administrator David Leckich says the $2.50 and 2.95 percent fee, which is a typical online government rate, may be a viable option for some with traffic tickets.

“You’re looking at having to take time off from work, appearing in court and then having to go to the payment window at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center on a weekday,” Leckich said. “Some people prefer the online payment option when they consider the time-saving convenience.”

Added Leckich: “Nobody likes to get a traffic ticket, but we’re trying to streamline the process for everyone.”
Learn more about online court payments


Its a milestone week in Biloxi

Two big milestones top the conversation in this week’s City Desk podcast.

The city kicked off the week by marking the the 25th anniversary of the casino gaming and ends the week with the opening of a new school year, complete with a new $35.5 million, state-of-the-art junior high school.

Discussing these milestones in this week’s program are David Nichols, former director of the city’s Community Development Department and current Biloxi Public Schools director of Personnel, and Schools Superintendent Arthur McMillan, who also opines on the state of Biloxi Public Schools.
Listen to the podcast


News and notes

Keesler land-use meeting:  The public will have its chance to comment on a public draft of the Joint Land Use Study with Keesler Air Force Base tonight from 4 to 6 at the Community Development Building on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.  For more info on the project, click here

Play ball:  The Biloxi Shuckers take on the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp tonight at MGM Park.  The first pitch is at 6:35 p.m. For more information or to buy tickets, click here.

Natatorium to temporarily close:  On Friday from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., the Biloxi Natatorium will close so that workers can install materials for a new heating and cooling system in the lockeroom and bathroom areas.  For more information, call the Aquatics Division at 228-435-6205.