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Mayor's Report


Jun 14

Police Chief Steve Pirtle's Retirement

Posted on June 14, 2019 at 11:47 AM by Darren Musselwhite

How many people stay with an organization for more than 36 years anymore?  You just don’t see this kind of loyalty much now.  Steve Pirtle started his service to the Southaven Police Department and City of Southaven in 1982.  He has served in many capacities and experienced about everything possible during his law enforcement career.  Never did he hesitate to step up and serve our city, regardless of how tough the assignment.  He always placed our city and police department’s needs before his own; and it has been obvious that he truly cared about his officers and the citizens of our city.

Chief Pirtle gave our city 36 1/2 years of loyal service.  He has had a tremendously successful law enforcement career, but more importantly, is a great man with a great name! He is one of the most unselfish and hardest-working people I’ve ever known.  Whenever I asked him for help, he stopped what he was doing and delivered solutions with detail.  He played a key role in making our Police Department and City what it is today.  We will miss him!

Thank you Chief!  I sincerely appreciate all of your help to me and your outstanding service to the City.  It has been an honor to work with you!  May God continue to bless you in all your future endeavors!

May 29

Wildflowers in I-55 Median

Posted on May 29, 2019 at 3:17 PM by Melitta Duncan

In 2016, Sarah Kountouris, the Executive Director of Keep Mississippi Beautiful, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, started a new project to beautify Mississippi named “Wildflower Trails of Mississippi”.  This new project has since been supported by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Mississippi Department of Agriculture, the Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts, Mississippi State University Extension Services, the Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission, the Mississippi Department of Transportation, and the Garden Clubs of Mississippi.

Many of the citizens I represent have seen by now that beautification of our city is one of my top priorities.  I have pride of ownership in Southaven and want our city to look our best for both our residents and visitors.  Not only does this improve our quality of life, but it makes our city more economically attractive which ultimately provides exponential financial benefits.  First impressions matter!

Because of our shared priority of beautification, the City of Southaven began participation in the wildflower trail program in 2018 and received assistance from Mississippi State University Extension Services in planting wildflowers in the median of I-55 between Goodman and Church Roads.  This is also a dual-purpose project to reduce costs of landscape maintenance.  The beautiful Black-Eyed Susans have bloomed for the first time this year.  We will continue to re-seed the median until the wildflowers maximize density and look their best.

I hope you like them as much as I do!
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Apr 22

Springfest Pavement & Landscaping Project

Posted on April 22, 2019 at 4:57 PM by Melitta Duncan

Our annual Springfest event will begin next week as our city celebrates our 39th year.  This is a great tradition for our city, but I need to report that we’re about to lose one special part of this tradition that we’ve learned to count on every year...the mud!

Now, we all know, for whatever reason, you can count on rain in Southaven, Mississippi the third week in April every year.  Go ahead and mark it down on your calendar!  However, I’m glad to report to you that this year will be the last year our BBQ teams and guests will stand in the mud.  This project will pave and beautifully landscape the area where our BBQ event occurs every year including lot designation with appropriate electrical sources.  It will finally solve the mud and drainage problems in this part of our park and also make the area more attractive.  It will also provide a dual function of adding more parking for concerts at the BankPlus Amphitheater.

This project is part of our 2017-2021 Parks Expansion & Enhancement Plan approved by our Board of Aldermen and 100% funded by tourism taxes.  It was designed by Civil-Link, the City’s contracted engineering consultant, and construction will begin quickly after Springfest ends this year.
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