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Posted on May 3, 2018 at 9:38 AM by Darren Musselwhite
This Saturday, May 5, will be the first ever “Serve Day” for our “Serve Southaven” community outreach program. We’ve been waiting on this day for a long time.
In 2013, I knew that our city had many people that needed help, but what I didn’t know was how many people in our city sincerely wanted to give and help others. Usually, I can “connect the dots” and know quickly why people want to speak to me. Most of the time, they are asking for my help and are seeking what I can do for them and that is certainly OK. However, it was so stunning and refreshing when I kept wondering when “the ask” was coming from some people, but it never did. They truly just wanted to give. This is what led to the formation of our “Serve Southaven” program. I want to acknowledge and thank Andrew Perry for sharing the vision of this program, naming it, and helping start it before he underestimated the demands of new babies and parenthood! In 2014, a committee was formed that developed the original branches of service that this program would provide. A special thank you and acknowledgement to:
-Pastor Patrick Conrad with Life Fellowship Church
-Pastor Bartholomew Orr with Brown Missionary Baptist Church
-Pastor James Lewis with Desoto Hills Baptist Church
-Pastor Bill Beavers with Getwell Road Church
We hope to expand services as needed, but the current branches of service are:
-Beautification (Adopt-a-Neighborhood, Street, Intersection, or Subdivision
- Elderly and Special Needs
Since 2014, our program was functional, but it became apparent we needed a director to help our program reach its full potential. We needed someone that not only possessed a servant’s heart, but someone with extreme organizational and people skills, and an incredible work ethic. We not only found a director, but the perfect director in Tracy Gallagher! Thank you Tracy for your incredible efforts leading Serve Southaven!
Thanks in advance to all of our volunteers who will give their time this Saturday and further into the future to beautify our city and serve those in need!
Posted on April 24, 2018 at 2:49 PM by Melitta Duncan
Many times during the last five years I’ve said to developers, “Bring something to Southaven that we’ve never had before.” Well, developer Brian Hill is doing just that. Construction will begin soon on a $200 million development on a 228-acre parcel of land between Getwell and Tchulahoma just north of Nail Road. “Silo Square” will be a mixed-use development with office, retail, hotel, and restaurant commercial occupancies combined with upscale, loft-style apartments built around a traditional town square near an old silo. This walkable, pedestrian-friendly community will also consist of approximately 300 single-family residential homes with a variety of price ranges connected to the town square with a 10-foot multi-use trail that will span the distance between Getwell and Tchulahoma.
This development will tie-in nicely with Snowden Grove Park and help make our city more pedestrian-friendly and improve our entertainment value. The main entrance from Getwell will line-up with the park entrance on May Boulevard. Many young adults and “empty-nesters” are attracted to residential options within walking distance to entertainment options. Southaven is an “auto-era” city that has never had a traditional town square that is commonly found with older, “rail-era” cities that were naturally designed to be more walkable. The town square design with this development will add this amenity.
Silo Square will also bring architectural character never seen here before as the buildings will be built with an urban design up near the streets and sidewalks and made to look like old buildings built many decades ago. The general design will have the look of what you will see on Main Street in Memphis, the square in Oxford, Mississippi, or in old ski-resort towns in Colorado.
Continued development always brings traffic challenges. The development itself will have a new street from Getwell to Tchulahoma which will provide relief for Getwell. The City already has a pending project to widen Getwell south of Church to Starlanding which is projected to be under construction in 2020. The development itself will also promote more pedestrian activity which will also reduce vehicle traffic. Nonetheless, the development will bring traffic, although certainly manageable. This inconvenience is greatly outweighed by the financial benefits the development brings to the City in the form of significant tax revenue that may be used to improve amenities and services throughout the entire City.
Get ready for Silo Square…”something we’ve never had before!”
Posted on April 23, 2018 at 5:18 PM by Darren Musselwhite
“The Mayor likes the grass tight!” There could not be a more accurate statement. I like the grass cut everywhere and want our roads and intersections to look great. I believe little things make a big difference and I am committed to improving the look of our city. On my watch, every day is “beautification day” in Southaven!
When the current budget was adopted for our Fiscal Year ’18 last October, the Board of Aldermen supported my recommendation to bring this service back “in house” instead of contracting with private contractors. The reason for this was to improve quality control and simply make our road right-of-ways look better with more frequent cuts and attention to detail. We do still use a private contractor for certain manicured right-of-ways and public grounds that require planting and other detailed maintenance. The City purchased approximately $325,000 in equipment and hired 6 new Public Works personnel that are also cross-trained to improve other street services in non-growth months. Our crews are doing an outstanding job so far and we hope to make our city look even better as the summer months approach.
There is a fine line between mediocrity and excellence. Let’s be excellent in Southaven!