City Council updates from Departments; recognizes Lex Doby
Tuesday’s meeting of the Picayune City Council had reports from all Department Heads to share what was going on in the city.
Fire Chief Pat Weaver stated that his department responded to 36 calls and also assisted in the emergency clean up of East Canal and surrounding area after last week’s tornado.
Police Chief Joe Quave said that his officers arrested 10 people for misdemeanors and 11 people for felonies. Chief Quave also stated that a juvenile had been arrested for crimes that occurred in the Millbrook subdivision recently, and he has confidence that more arrests would follow.
Public Works Director Eric Morris wanted to praise his crews and everyone involved for their actions in insuring everyone was safe and for getting East Canal back open after the recent tornado.
Mayor Jim Luke called all members of council and everyone in attendance to recognize Lex Doby for his 41 years of service to the Picayune Housing Authority Board.
Also on the agenda was a request for the City to look in to participating in the District 9 Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan requires the City to be proactive in preparing for disasters such as flood and hurricanes. Being proactive can reduce overall damage inflicted and being a member of the plan can expedite grant funding from FEMA and MEMA to help fund the City’s return to normal.
The City would be required to share up to 10% of the cost of the grants, but being a member of the plan allows the City to apply for grant funding that isn’t readily available to others. It also works to keep flood insurance rates lower due to proactive approaches in keeping waterways open to reduce flooding.
Ted Barze’ was named to represent the City in all matters pertaining to the development of the District 9 Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan.