Monday, March 9, 2015

Jackson releases proposed master plan

The city of Jackson issued the following press release and the proposed master plan for infrastructure.

City of Jackson Seeks Public Comment on Infrastructure Master Plan
Citizens Can Provide Feedback Via City Website

The City of Jackson has published the multi-year, comprehensive Infrastructure Master Plan draft and is seeking public comment.

The holistic plan has sustainable solutions that will be implemented over the long-term to improve the city’s roads, bridges and water and sewer facilities. It can be found on the city website at this link: Copies of the plan also will be placed in public libraries.

Revenue from the 1 percent tax approved by voters in 2014 will be leveraged with federal and other funding to help cover the costs of the plan. Citizens are encouraged to review the draft and provide feedback over the next two weeks. Afterward, the Department of Public Works will make any necessary revisions and then present the plan to the 1 Percent Commission and the City Council for final approval.  

Comrades may submit public comments at this page on the city website.


Anonymous said...

Is there going to be a new jail?

Anonymous said...

What we have here is a complete failure of leadership.

"Prior to 2014, the city set aside one million annually to resurface streets, but with the passage of the 1 percent sales tax, it was decided to use the sales tax-funding mechanism to fund resurfacing in lieu of general fund dollars, which frees up those general fund dollars for other priorities in the city."

One step forward and two steps back for Yarber.

Composition is Important said...

I won't cricize the document itself at this time. But I do have a request of Kingfish, or whoever else could provide the information, and that is this: Can you please identify by race, each individual on the Sales Tax Commission, The Project Team and The Internal Workgroup. Thank you.

If you will not do that, you might just want to reply with, "At this point, what difference does it make?"

Anonymous said...

@ 10:17 - My guess is it is probably representative of the city's demographics.

Anonymous said...

10:17, thanks for playing the race-card on a site where, when its the other way around, everyone complains about people who play the race-card.

Anonymous said...

I only had time to get through page 18, but this so-called document was so overwhelmed with buzz phrases such as "green streets", "social equity", "..creation of wealth opportunities", "improving Jackson's ability to adapt to climate change impacts" that my hair began to hurt. Are we trying to fix the darn infrastructure or give jobs to preferred Jacksonians?

Despite this, I decided to educate myself on one buzzword I was not familiar with...bioswales. I would encourage anyone who is not familiar with this term to check out google images. Once you do, you'll see some 'pretty pictures' as to what a bioswale can look like. Wow, I'm impressed....Jacksonians can get drainage AND beautiful streetscapes all in one effort.

Except when one considers the requirements of maintaining a bioswale (thanks to the Montgomery Co. MD website) 1) Weeding, 2)Trash and debris removal, 3) Pruning of vegetation, 4) Mulching, 5) Leaf removal. So who's going to do that, may I ask? The people we can't hire now to fix potholes? I wouldn't hold my breath looking to the majority of residents who border such an infrastructure project...they only know how to get on '3 on Your Side' to complain about the ugly ditch they have to look at. It is evident to me that if bioswales aren't maintained, then we'll have snake infested beer bottle deposit zones.

OK, I'm done, sorry to be so critical, but until I see some execution of a small, routine infrastructure project, I along with many others will remain skeptical.

Anonymous said...

Does it really say "Comrades may submit . . ."? As opposed to "Citizens"?

Anonymous said...

It is important to know who did the plan, what is cost and what are the other financial deals that have been made in this plan.This may be a Joe Waggoner plan?

Anonymous said...

I believe every city is required by a law of some kind to update their 10 year strategic plan. And then they engage outside resources to actually do the plan. And then nobody looks back at the previous 10 year plan to see if any of it actually got done. However, it is a nice economic boost to those that do 10 year strategic plans. Where ever you live, go to city hall and ask to see the 10 year strategic plan from 20 years ago. You will laugh out loud when you read it (if anybody can actually find it).

Anonymous said...

Just after an initial sweep, the plan depends on the one-percent sales tax but makes no mention of how the city will adjust to the restrictions placed on it by the state legislature after the increase was voted upon by the citizens.

This past session it would been an excellent time to have that addressed. I know that the issue with lobbyists is not entirely the mayor's fault, but the timing of this is awfully delayed.

Anonymous said...

Farish Street started out with a grandiose plan. How'd that work out?

Anonymous said...

2:08, are you really trying to make the point that urban planning is not a good idea?

You guys keep finding ways to outdo yourselves.

Anonymous said...

The pendulum has already tipped, the flight of ad valorem tax payers has doomed the city to that of a welfare state with continued crumbling infrastructure. No amount of rhetoric nor catch phrases can save Jackson from a Detroit like wasteland.

Anonymous said...

And all the adjacent areas. Borders are just lines on paper

Anonymous said...

WOAH is ME oh woah is me! We are becoming like Detroit.....gnashing of teeth!

So scary....OMG what will we do???? 3:12 you have me peeing in my Jackson Country Club pants!!

Enjoy your 45 minute commute home.

Johnny Weir said...

I read the whole report. No where was their any mention of the REAL problem. Yazoo Clay.

Juan said...


We're here, sister.

Anonymous said...

4:18 PM

If I still owned a house at the JCC, I would sell it immediately.

Now, if you have not been there for say 25 years, then you will never realize any equity....I still say sell it.

The little monies which the city will collect will not ever make its way that far north. You are going to be fighting for scraps while your property values decline.

Or you can stay and watch your investment decline until the situation resembles the original JCC you even know where that is located? If not, you really will be peeing on yourself.

Anonymous said...

oooo 6:06. Feel better now? why do you care? tearing down does not equaling a bigger D.

Anonymous said...

4:18, please excuse my fellow commenters. Someone let the degenerates out of their cage again. They can't stand for someone to make a positive comment about Jackson. They only want to be told what fits into their narrow world view. What a wonderful world that must be. Congrats on your area gaining the Sanderson Farms PGA tour (you know, because everything is moving out of Jackson, Hahahahaha).

Anonymous said...

"Except when one considers the requirements of maintaining a bioswale (thanks to the Montgomery Co. MD website) 1) Weeding, 2)Trash and debris removal, 3) Pruning of vegetation, 4) Mulching, 5) Leaf removal. So who's going to do that, may I ask? The people we can't hire now to fix potholes?"

Don't worry. I'm sure what is meant by 'Bioswales' in Jackson's 10-year plan is BIOSWALES, MISSISSIPPI-STYLE: Ditch-bank dead-zones kept "pretty" with herbicides. You only have to mulch once. After that, the cigarette butts and beer cans become the mulch.

Ditch-bank dead-zones are far more practical than those other kinds of bioswales with plants. Who needs plants? "Dey draws BEES." No, the dead-zones are better, because you NEVER have to disturb the bottles and beer cans. Much more practical.

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