Mayor seeks approval for Restore Biloxi engineers

Mayor A.J. Holloway on Tuesday will ask the Biloxi City Council to move forward with the approval of 17 engineering firms that will be working on the city’s massive Restore Biloxi project.

The 17 “general service agreements” are among 43 measures scheduled to be discussed during the council meeting, which takes place Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The council also will have an 11 a.m. meeting to discuss the pending annexation case, which is being opposed by the City of D’Iberville and the Harrison County Board of Supervisors. Since the annexation involves pending litigation, the meeting will likely be conducted in a closed session.

The council’s approval of the engineers for the Restore Biloxi project would mean the city would be ready to begin assigning design tasks for the various aspects of the $355 million in work to restore infrastructure – streets, drainage, utilities, sidewalks and curbing — in areas inundated by the Katrina storm surge.

Councilmembers were briefed on the process during a special meeting on March 3. (For background on that briefing and to see the presentation itself, click here.)

Among the other items on the agenda Tuesday are five zoning cases, including a 4,000-square-foot addition to the 6,000-square-foot Tri-County Eye Clinic on Popp’s Ferry Road; transferring a million dollars from a museums budget line item to fund repairs to roadways in the Bent Oaks subdivision; and amending a $10 million stimulus package request to include the new Katrina and Mardi Gras museums in addition the seafood museum.

To see the council meeting agendas and available resolutions,

click here.

Weekend preview: St. Pat, Grillin’ on the Green, ‘Aladdin Jr.,’ and more

Downtown Biloxi will be hopping with events on Saturday as the St. Patrick’s parade rolls and Grillin’ on the Green takes place throughout the day. For more on both events, click here.

Meantime, Biloxi High School unveils its production of “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” this evening, with two presentations also planned for Saturday and Sunday, and, of course, the Biloxi High School basketball team, which won the state championship last weekend, is back in Jackson for the Grand Slam showcase. For details on those two events, click here.

For your overall weekend entertainment preview — including details on Sinbad’s show, the boat and camper extravaganza at the Coliseum, and the city’s St. Patrick’s dance tonight in Woolmarket — click here.

News and notes

Paving progress: City contractors are expected to continue paving work on Irish Hill Drive on Saturday, weather permitting, and work should be wrapping up on this east-west corridor next week. For details on road work throughout the city, click here.

Lighthouse stamp: The U.S. Postal Service is working with the City of Biloxi on plans to have a first-day issuance of the pending Biloxi Lighthouse stamp. Plans are to set up a one-day postmarking station at the Lighthouse. Details to come.