RIDGELAND- As work continues on Lake Harbour Drive, including a $22 million extension project, the city recently concluded overlay work on the existing eastern part of the roadway. 

Mayor Gene McGee said last Tuesday that the city had received word from the Mississippi Department of Transportation to close out the project.

“We have finally received a letter from MDOT giving us the go-ahead to close out the overlay project for east Lake Harbour Drive,” McGee said. 

McGee said that specifically applied to the stretch of road from Northpark to Breakers Lane.

The $2.3 million overlay project started in 2017 and received 80 percent funding from MDOT, or almost $1.6 million.

On the consent agenda, officials approved a final settlement for the project with MDOT in the amount of $50,863.53. This represents MDOT’s portion of two payments to Waggoner Engineering.  

“We are glad to get this project done,” McGee said.

Following the closeout of the project, the city had $581 in earmarked funds for the project that would be moved to the ongoing Lake Harbour Drive Extension project.

In other news, aldermen:

    •    Appointed Kim Traylor as deputy City clerk. City Clerk Paula Tierce said that this would allow her to send her to certification courses. “She shows a lot of promise, does a great job and I think will be with us for a long time,” Tierce said last week.

    •    Approved a special event permit for the St. Dominic Hospital’s Magnolia Meltdown 5k, 10k and Half Marathon scheduled for March 30, at the Renaissance at Colony Park starting at 6 a.m. and set to wrap up around 1:30 p.m. They expect 1,700 participants. The event will generate an estimated $2,281 dollars in overtime. Police Chief John Neal said that RPD will need to cover 24 posts for 84.5 total overtime hours at a rate of $27 an hour.

    •    Approved a special event permit for SouthGroup Insurance Agency’s Make a Difference 5k Run/fun walk scheduled for February 16, at SouthGroup insurance on Woodlands Parkway from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Organizers expect between 600 and 700 participants. This event will generate eight posts for the police department. Neal said that they expect it will be about $648 in overtime.

    •    Received the December 2018 privilege license report.

    •    Approved FY2018 continuing disclosure engagement letter with Butler Snow.