As our city continues to experience tremendous growth, challenges become more pressing in providing the highest standard of service. Many years ago, the plan began to add the City’s 5th fire station to service the extensive growth in the southeastern part of our city. This plan was stalled in 2008 when the housing crisis began, but we reinstated this plan again in 2014 and have prepared since then for this day. I’m so glad to report that we have secured land, planned the financial instrument, and awarded the bid to begin construction on this long-planned project that is crucial for our future in meeting public safety goals. The Board of Aldermen recently awarded the lowest and best bid of $3,871,938 to Legacy Construction Services to begin construction of Fire Station #5 on Star Landing Road adjacent to the big curve just west of Getwell Road. This beautiful facility was designed by A2H with a dual-front design to accommodate future road changes with Star Landing and will be under construction within 45 days with projected completion by year end. Along with our aggressive fire hydrant expansion plan and adoption of the most recent building codes, we believe this addition will improve our already- excellent “Class 3” fire rating. Currently, there are only 5 cities in Mississippi with a rating this high (low number means high). Moving to a “Class 2” would make us the best rated fire department in Mississippi, along with only Hattiesburg and Biloxi. It goes without saying that an excellent fire rating signifies excellence in public safety, reduces property insurance costs, especially commercial rates, and makes our city even more economically attractive. I’m extremely proud of the outstanding men and women in our Fire Department and this new facility will help them continue with the highest standard of excellence.
Recently, the City awarded the lowest and best bid to Ferrell Paving in the amount of $1,393,727.42 to begin construction on this long-awaited and long-planned project. This project will add sidewalks on both sides of Main Street extending from Highway 51 to Northwest Drive, then carrying southward along Northwest Drive to City Hall and Saucier Park. It will also add new mast arm traffic signals with pedestrian crossing options at the intersection of Whitworth/Main. The City received federal co-op money administered through MDOT in the amount of $991,341 allowing the City to fund this project completely with just $487,386.42 of City funds. Projects like this get delayed from time to time due to property right-of-way and utility obstacles. Projected completion of this project is in September, ‘21 and will be well worth the wait as it will help us with our goals of the revitalization of our original business district and the improvement of pedestrian options in our city. If you haven’t been to Saucier Park behind City Hall, you are missing a beautiful park. Connecting this park to this new pedestrian path will add an excellent new amenity for our citizens.
It’ll take a big sign for Alex Grisanti to let folks they’ve arrived at his new restaurant. On Friday, Elfo Pizzeria in Southaven opens, part of Elfo Grisanti Northern Italian Cuisine. He’s pretty sure people will call it Elfo’s. Grisanti worked for years along alongside his father and brother Judd at Ronnie Grisanti’s and later opened Elfo, the restaurant he owned with his wife Kim, first in Chickasaw Oaks Village and later in Germantown. (Judd Grisanti owns Ronnie Grisanti’s in Regalia.) Alex Grisanti also owns 9 Dough 1 pizza food truck. In this week’s Sound Bites, we talk about the new restaurant, which has evolved over the past few months that Grisanti has held the lease. He’ll open with pizza, salads, sandwiches and take and bake items in the pizzeria on Nov. 13 and hopes to have the full-service restaurant open around Dec. 1.
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