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After two years, Jackson’s Friday Furloughs are slated to end October 1, with the passage of the 2017-18 budget.
The Jackson City Council approved a $364 million budget last week.
The budget goes into effect October 1, meaning that the last Furlough Friday for city employees will be this month.
Jackson City Council chambers erupted into a 34-second round of applause last week, a sign of appreciation from residents whose long battle to restore the city’s public access gating ordinance was over.
The council voted 5-2 to amend the gating ordinance, again allowing neighborhoods across the city to have the devices.
Jackson could be getting $6 million to help with the North State Street and West County Line Road reconstruction projects.
The city’s one-percent oversight commission recently approved the allocation, but with two caveats.
Developers get nine more months to decide on center
Developers have roughly three months to decide if it will lease some 130 acres of airport property to build a $165 million mixed-use project in Flowood.
The property is owned by the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA).
Jackson could easily pay for several drainage control projects with the one-percent revenues it has on hand, according to an official with the city’s public works department.
Mayor suggests city oversees one-percent projects
Jackson’s new mayor could have a solution to the city’s one-percent program management woes: Let public works oversee the projects, and reimburse the city for labor costs related to that work using one-percent dollars.
For more than a year, a handful of Jackson residents have kept the city from updating its ordinance on public access gates.
However Ward One Councilman Ashby Foote believes the city will break through that opposition and see the ordinance expanded for all neighborhoods.
Seven years later, the Fondren streetscape project seems like it’s actually going to happen.
Last week, the Jackson City Council approved hiring Hemphill Construction to do the work.
Construction is expected to begin in two months, Engineering Manager Charles Williams told the council.