Heads up: Here’s the traffic plan for Halloween at Hiller

One of the city’s most popular Halloween events, Halloween in Hiller Park, is Friday evening and city officials want to remind visitors of the traffic plan.

To help keep traffic flowing, there will be one entrance, off Atkinson Road, and one exit, at Hiller Drive.

Beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, all vehicles must enter the park through the west entrance off Jim Money and Atkinson roads.  The eastern entrances to the park, at Hiller Drive, will be used only for exiting the park after the event.

Once inside, police officers will direct all vehicles to convenient parking spaces.

“This was put in place last year,” Parks & Recreation Director Cheryl Bell said.  “We wanted to take steps to make access to the park easier and it was successful.”

The affair takes place in Hiller Park at the Barbara Ferrill Softball Fields, 1940 Edgers Road, from 6 to 8 p.m. and includes a host of free family-orientated activities for those age 11 and younger.  Among the attractions will be games, inflatables, trick or treating with nearly two dozen local businesses, and food sold for a minimal free by the Friends of Hiller Park.
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Council: Yea on residential, nay on commercial

The Biloxi City Council, following a post-Katrina initiative, agreed with Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s proposal to waive permit fees for those making storm repairs to their owner-occupied residence. The council, however, stopped short of approving a council-suggested measure that would have waived permit fees for commercial repairs.

In other news at the meeting, councilmembers failed to OK a measure proposed by the mayor that would have reduced the number of city holidays from 12 to 10, bringing the city’s lineup in line with state statute. In addition to satisfying state statute, the mayor also pointed out that a typical holiday costs taxpayers $125,000 a day in overtime pay.


City recognizes third quarter longevity recipients

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, on Tuesday, recognized 16 employees for their years of service during a longevity awards presentation.

25 years of service: Fred Campbell, Parks & Recreation Department

15 years of service: Anita Kay Miller, Administration Department; and Greta Hogsett and Caryle Lena, Community Development Department

10 years of service: Russell Lepoma (Port) and Catherine McMahan, Administration Department; Richard Stickler, Community Development Department; Charles Hebert, James Landry, and Kenneth Matlock, Fire Department; Nancy Domenico, Parks & Recreation Department; Aaron Allen, Police Department; and Larry Jones, Public Works Department

5 years of service:  Bianca Brooks, Court Department; and Charles Brindley and Eric McKnight, Police Department

The mayor presents longevity awards quarterly at a Biloxi City Council meeting.
Gallery: Photos from Oct. 17 City Council meeting