From the desk of City Manager Jim Luke…

Posted on April 1, 2014

Jim LukeCity Hall Dedication was a huge success on May 3, 2013. Approximately 600 people were in attendance at the dedication services, which were modeled after the same dedication program format as was held on May 3, 1939. On behalf of the Mayor and Council I would like to thank everyone who contributed and donated to make the dedication ceremony successful. A great deal of thanks goes out to The Home Depot of Picayune for providing all the beautiful flowers that were planted by the Public Works Department around the A.L. Franklin Complex.

Decades from now people will still remember the portrait presented to Mayor Ed Pinero by local photographer, Carolyn Terry, which will be displayed at City Hall. Paul’s Pastry Shop of Picayune made a phenomenal cake that was a 3D replica of the complete A.L. Franklin Complex.   The cake weighed over 600 pounds and it will forever be known as the “Cake that Stole the Show”. Everyone is enjoying the beautiful fountain and benches located at the Plaza entrance to City Hall. We are getting calls daily asking if people may take senior portraits, family pictures, and even a call asking if a wedding can take place by the fountain. If you missed the City Hall Dedication and would like a tour of City Hall please contact my Administrative Assistant, Kris Landrum at 601-799-0615.

Brick by Brick

Nearly 20 years ago, a group of community members under the leadership of Career Woman’s Club began a drive to have a permanent veteran’s spot in Picayune. The first blocks were laid May 19, 1990. A lot of planning went into the original design and we want to honor that, as well as improve a little, through community contributions and insights from the original planners. We have decided in light of the recent deployment, to bring back the “Brick by Brick” program in honor of those who serve in the military.

Engraved bricks are $50. To order a personalized engraved brick, contact Diane Miller by phone at 601-799-0606 or at the Intermodal and Tourist Center located at 200 Highway 11 South.

 Picayune Main Street

 Reba Beebe has returned to the Picayune Main Street, Inc. as manager. This coincides with the relocation of the organization to the Intermodal and Tourist Center located at 200 Highway 11 South. The Main Street Program focuses on revitalization through beautification and preservation. Around 1996 Bill Edwards, Mayor Woody Spiers, and others held a key role in establishing the Picayune Main Street Organization. The City will continue partnering with Picayune Main Street on carrying out the visions that were originally established. An example of those visions is to give Downtown Picayune a unified appearance with nostalgic street signs and lighting. We hope by Christmas to improve the lights all around Picayune, especially in the ingress and egress areas. Plans are in motion for new lights along Highway 43 North at Highland Commons Parkway in conjunction with the Highway 11 Expansion project by Mississippi Department of Transportation.

 Picayune Fire Department

 Fire Chief Keith Brown serves as a member of the “Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs” representing the Mississippi Fire Chiefs Association.   The Fire Department is proud to announce that Chief Brown was recently elected as the International Director for the “Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs” to the “International Association of Fire Chiefs” and will be sworn in on June 21, 2013 in North Charleston, South Carolina.  In this position, Chief Brown will represent ten southeastern states as well as the territories of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Island which make up the “Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs”.  Congratulations to Chief Brown for being elected to this prestigious position.

Picayune Municipal Airport

Soon after I became City Manager, I was asked to look into extending the hours at the airport. We would like to let everybody in the aviation community know that there is 24/7 access to the Picayune Municipal Airport Terminal. The Terminal is now equipped with a security system that will allow pilots and passengers a place to rest and utilize fuel services at any time of day. A new sign is being placed on Airport Road at the Airport’s main entrance. Airport Road is expected to be repaired within the next 60 days. The airport is a huge economic generator for our City’s future.

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