MML, police chiefs in town this week

Biloxi motorists will be seeing a host of unfamiliar public vehicles on U.S. 90 and other local roadways this week: Police cars and an array of municipal vehicles from across the state.

The annual Mississippi Municipal League convention, which attracts more than 3,000 municipal elected officials, municipal employees, state agency employees, legislators and exhibitors begins gathering today at the Coast Coliseum and continues through Thursday, and the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police, a group of about 300 law enforcement leaders led by President and Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, is also in town.

Delegates and exhibitors at both gatherings also are expected to be joined by a host of family members as well.

The Mississippi Municipal League, which represents more than 300 cities and towns from throughout the state, lobbies the state and federal legislatures, provides education for municipal elected officials, provides technical support, represents municipalities with public and private entities, and is a networking media for municipal members.

This year’s MML conference has a theme of “Hometown Heroes.” The theme, says MML President and Flora Mayor Les Childress, “celebrates municipal officials for their commitment to lead where they live. Local elected officials and municipal employees are not only seen at city hall, but they are also attending the same church services, shopping at the same grocery stores, and cheering on the same hometown sports teams as the citizens they serve, allowing for greater insight into the needs of the community.”
Learn more about the Mississippi Municipal League


News & Notes: Weekly Report; Splash pad; Blood drive; Festival

The week that was: Last week, the Fire Department answered 163 calls for service, including 114 medical emergencies and four fires; the Police Department handled 2,285 calls for service; the Community Development Department issued 77 building permits with a construction valuation of nearly $3 million; and the Engineering Department continued to progress on projects throughout the city.  To see the reports covering last week, click here. 

Splash pad to temporarily close: The splash pad at the Point Cadet Pavilion will be closed on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for cleaning.  The splash pad will reopen to the public at 2 p.m. For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 228-388-7170.

Red Cross Blood Drive:  The largest blood drive in the southeast begins on the coast Tuesday.  The four-day event takes place in a different city each day and wraps up on Friday with a 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. blood drive at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center. To see more information, including the other blood drive locations during this event, click here

Community Market Festival:  The June installment of the Biloxi Community Market Festival takes place on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the market site under the I-110 overpass off Hopkins and Howard.  The “Grill it up” themes event will include, hourly giveaways, entertainment by Ty Taylor and a kids water slide.  To see the festivals’ flyer, click here