Thursday, May 28, 2015

NationalNightOutThe 2012 National Night Out, Community Partnership Against Crime event, will be held Tuesday October 2, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Block parties will be held in neighborhoods all over the city! The following locations have notified the VPD of their participation:

  1. Vicksburg Housing Authority (3 locations) Rolling Acres/Elizabeth Circle, Waltersville Estate, Cedars Estate
  2. Downtown Crimewatch - Monroe and Grove (grassy area in front of the Bazsinsky House)
  3. Fostoria Neighborhood Association - 2400 block of Drummond
  4. Marcus Bottom Neighborhood Association - 2629 Alma Mt. Carmel church
  5. Parkview/River City Neighborhood Association - River City Rescue Mission 3705 Washington St.
  6. Bering and Lightcap Neighborhood Association - (vacant lot at end of Lightcap)
  7. Meadowbrook Properties Red Bone Road - 146 Meadowbrook Dr. Hwy 61 South
Come out and meet your neighbors and get information on how you can help protect your neighborhood! If you have any questions please call your Community Resource Officers, Angela Turner at 601-218-0402 or Danitta Reed at 601-218-7577.
The public hearing to discuss the 2013 Budget has been moved from the City Hall Annex building to the Convention Center. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm.

PEARL— Residents evacuating from the Gulf Coast can stay in 14 shelters open currently as Tropical Storm Isaac continues its move toward Mississippi and Louisiana.

MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham urges residents to finalize their evacuation plans, as coastal Mississippi could see tropical storm force winds beginning tonight or early Tuesday morning.
The greatest potential for loss of life related to a hurricane is from the storm surge!

Storm surge is simply water that is pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around the storm. This advancing surge combines with the normal tides to create the hurricane storm tide, which can increase the mean water level to heights impacting roads, homes and other critical infrastructure. In addition, wind driven waves are superimposed on the storm tide. This rise in water level can cause severe flooding in coastal areas, particularly when the storm tide coincides with the normal high tides. Because much of the United States' densely populated Atlantic and Gulf Coast coastlines lie less than 10 feet above mean sea level, the danger from storm tides is tremendous.

The storm surge combined with wave action can cause extensive damage, severely erode beaches and coastal highways. With major storms like Katrina, Camille and Hugo, complete devastation of coastal communities occurred. Many buildings withstand hurricane force winds until their foundations, undermined by erosion, are weakened and fail.

Get more information through the National Hurricane Program SLOSH.
Job Title: Equipment Operator/Gas

Department: Gas
Reports To: Supervisor
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Summary Operates heavy equipment to assist with the construction, maintenance, and repairing of gas lines by performing the following duties.
Job Title: Serviceperson/Gas

Department: Gas
Reports To: Supervisor
FLSA Status: N

Summary: Installs and repairs gas and water meters, regulators, ranges, and heaters in customer's establishment by performing the following duties.
The City of Vicksburg does not license daycare centers and therefore does not have the authority to close the facility. The abuse issues have been reported to the appropriate State Agencies. Those Agencies are actively involved in investigating the matter. The City's police department is also working with those agencies. All evidence has been turned over to the Warren County Youth Court. All inquiries into the case must be made by petition to the Youth Court. The Judge has issued a gag order in the case.
thumb OldDepotThe Old Depot Museum, located in downtown Vicksburg in the former Yazoo and Mississippi River Valley Railroad Depot, will have its grand opening this Sunday July 15 at 2:00 pm after over five years of planning.
The City has an opening for Safety Director/ADA Coordinator. Applications may be picked up at the Human Resource Office located in the City Hall Annex building from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 pm - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Deadline for applying is July 6, 2012
Atkins Stamps_awardVicksburg Fire Chief Charles Atkins (pictured right) and Fire Training Officer Derrick Stamps (pictured left) were recently presented with service awards from the Mississippi Fire Chief's Association. Both men were recognized for their dedication to the fire service ...
winfield thumbnailMayor Paul Winfield is in Shanghai, China to visit with the United States Consulate on Foreign Commercial Services to facilitate business and government relationships in China. He intends to make visits to Kunshan and Suzhou industrial parks to develop a greater understanding of the possibility of promoting more international economic development opportunities for river ports in Mississippi.
Hundreds of motorcycle riders representing the Rolling Thunder organization passed through Vicksburg today on to their way to their final destination of Washington DC. The group was lead into Vicksburg by nearly 100 police and other public safety motorcycles.
The City of Vicksburg Gas Department is planning a drill to simulate a natural gas explosion caused by a contractor digging in the area. The drill, scheduled for May 29, 2012, should begin around 9:00 .a.m. and will take place just south of the Old Depot building on Levee Street. The entire exercise should only last three to four hours. The drill is a requirement of a federal inspection to be done in June by the Mississippi Public Service Commission.
warningThe water department will have the water off Wednesday May 16, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. for approxiamtely three hours while repairing a fire hydrant. Residents in the area of 1729 Frontage Road near the Wisconsin Avenue overpass are asked to boil their water when service is restored. * * * LIFTED * * *
flood marking thumbnailThe City of Vicksburg, in conjunction with the US Army Corps of Engineers – Vicksburg District, will commemorate the 2011 historical Mississippi River flood with a ceremony on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. The Mississippi River crested in Vicksburg on May 19, 2011, setting a record at 57.1 feet. The ceremony will be held at the Vicksburg waterfront and will include the official high water floodwall marking.
Paul E. WinfieldMayor Paul E. Winfield has been elected to serve as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention.  Winfield was selected during the Mississippi Second Congressional District Convention held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 in Greenville, MS. “I am humbled to have an opportunity to represent the state of Mississippi and the Second Congressional District at the Democratic National Convention,” stated Winfield.  The convention will be held in Charlotte, NC during the week of September 3, 2012.
American QueenFor the first time in more than three years, the sounds of an authentic steamboat calliope were heard in Vicksburg, when the American Queen docked early Tuesday morning. "Vicksburg is proud to welcome the American Queen to our City." Mayor Paul Winfield said early this morning as he greeted the steamer's crew and passengers back to Vicksburg. 
warningDue to a broken water main, residents in the following areas are asked to boil their water before use: Sherman Avenue, Greenview Drive, Riviera Blvd and the south side of Union Avenue. * * * LIFTED * * *
recycle logoThe City of Vicksburg has been awarded Local Government Solid Waste Assistance Grant funding from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to implement a pilot Curbside Recycling Program. The program is a voluntary recycling pilot program in the area between Chambers Street and East Avenue. All homes in the area bounded on the west by Cherry Street, east by Eisenhower Drive, north by East Avenue and the South by Chambers Street will be given an opportunity to opt-in the program. There will be no cost to the residents that participate.
riverfestThe 25th annual Riverfest will be held April 20-21, 2012 featuring the43rd Annual Arts and Crafts Festival as well as live entertainment from 7pm to 12am nightly. Gates for nightly events will open at 6pm. Attendance for Saturday Daytime Activities is free and parking is free for the whole weekend! Admission for Friday and Saturday night entertainment is $20 for a night passand $35 for a weekend pass. For more information visit www.riverfestms.com or to order tickets www.riverfest.frontgatestickets.com
warningThe Water Department replaced a fire hydrant in the McAuley Drive/Marian Lane area on Monday, March 26, 2012. Repairs have been completed however, residents in the area are asked to boil their water until further notice. *** THIS NOTICE HAS BEEN LIFTED *** 
registration datesRegistration for Adult Softball begins March 5, 2012 and runs through April 16, 2012. Registration packets can be picked up at the Parks and Recreation office at 100 Army-Navy Drive. Participants must be at least 18 years old to be eligible to play.

A mandatory coaches meeting will be held on April 9, 2012 at 6:30 pm at the Parks and Recreation office. All registered teams must have a representative at this meeting. All rules and regulations for the 2012 season will be covered. Please call 601-634-4514 for more information.
The Vicksburg Amateur Radio Club (VARC) will host a Skywarn Basic Training Course on Monday, March 19, at 6:30 PM presented by the Jackson National Weather Service. Location: Goldies Trail Bar-B-Que at 2430 South Frontage Road in Vicksburg. For more information contact Malcolm Keown at 601-636-0827.
Washington DC Trip 2012Mayor Winfield and a group of Vicksburg/Warren County leaders were present as Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran was honored with the Edward M. Kennedy National Service Lifetime Leadership Award in Washington D.C. Cochran was among thirteen legislators and citizen humanitarians honored February 14, 2012, at the Friends of National Service Awards Reception, an annual event sponsored by Voices for National Service.
Due to weather concerns, the Vicksburg Mardi Gras Parade has been pushed back one day to Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm.
City of Vicksburg offices will be closed Monday, February, 20, 2012 for Presidents' Day.
The long awaited replacement trash container lids, which had been on backorder, have been delivered. City crews are now replacing lids starting with the oldest service request dates. If you have not called to request a new lid please use our online service request form or call the Action Line at 601-636-3411.
Washington Street Bridge CeremonyDespite the cold, drizzling rain and a nearly three year wait, the Washington Street Bridge is open for traffic once again. The bridge closed in 2009 because of bank erosion and was replaced by a tunnel and roadbed. The bridge is the main north-south corridor connecting downtown Vicksburg with Interstate 20.
On Monday, February 13, 2012, the Vicksburg Police Department will be diverting traffic from the new Washington Street Bridge during the reopening ceremony. Starting at 11:00 a.m., all through traffic will be rerouted down Lee Street to Army-Navy Drive and then to the Frontage Road. This is the same route used prior to the temporary road being constructed near Diamond Jacks Casino.
lanternThe Mayor and Alderman of the City of Vicksburg, the Mississippi Leadership Council on Aging, Vicksburg Triad and the Vicksburg Police Department in a joint partnership are sponsoring "The Vicksburg Safelight Program". The program is a crime prevention program for the elderly. Rechargeable lanterns will be given away on a first come first serve basis, while supplies last, to up to sixty-five seniors age 60 and up. Please call the Triad message line at 601-801-3556 and leave your name and telephone number. We will return your call to schedule an appointment to determine eligibilty.
radio towerThe City of Vicksburg is proud to announce that the radio traffic of the Police and Fire departments is available on our website. Listen to the re-broadcast of our public safety communications. Vicksburg, MS Radio Traffic Re-Broadcast.
Beulah CemeteryA group of Hinds Community College students lead by their instructor Joe Johnston, restored the metal archway over the entrance to Beulah Cemetery. The students did a fantastic job in restoring the sign which had been on the ground for nearly sixty years. The late Mr. Sims, who was ...
thumb TomLewis026Mayor Paul Winfield and Alderman Michael Mayfield took time Monday to visit one of Vicksburg's oldest residents. Mr. Tom Lewis, a lifelong city resident, recently celebrated his 103rd birthday. When asked by Alderman Mayfield about the secret to his longivity, Mr. Lewis quickly said "hard work, I was never afraid of working hard".
Mayor Paul Winfield Sportsplex Interview Mayor Paul Winfield plans to ask local State lawmakers to back a bill to allow the City to increase taxes to build a sports complex consisting of baseball, softball and soccer fields and a walking trail. Currently there is a two (2%) percent tax on hotels and a one (1%) percent tax on local restaurants and bars. Mayor Winfield's proposed bill would raise the hotel tax to four (4%) percent and the restaurant tax to two and one half (2.5%) percent.
A recent article posted in the Delta Business Journal touted the importance of the Delta's Ports and in particular the Port of Vicksburg. The port at Vicksburg is one of 16 ports in Mississippi, and one of six along the Mississippi River. It's the 11th most active inland port in the U.S. Not only is Vicksburg served by a class-1 rail service, but they are also a designated foreign trade zone as well. As far as rail goes, the Vicksburg port features the only railway that crosses over the Mississippi River between Memphis and Baton Rouge, and that’s significant when it comes to moving goods. See the complete article at the Delta Business Journal website.
As of December 23, 2011, the City of Vicksburg will be enforcing the 2009 International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Plumbing Code, International Mechanical Code, International Existing Building Code, International Property Maintenance Code and the 2008 National Electrical Code.
Mayor Paul Winfield ordered the flags at City Hall be flown at half-staff in honor of Wayne Smith, former Alderman in Vicksburg. Mr. Smith passed away Sunday, December 11, 2011 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1975 with a degree in Urban and Municipal Recreation. He returned to Vicksburg to work in the City recreation department and worked his way to superintendent of the department at the young age of 25. He was elected South Ward Alderman at the age of 28 and served three terms in office.
redkettlevideoMayor Paul Winfield accepted two large donations for the Salvation Army "Red Kettle campaign during his bell ringing shift at Walmart Wednesday morning. Ameristar Casino General Manager, George Stadler, presented the Mayor with a $1,000 donation from Entergy and a $5,000 donation from Ameristar Hotel and Casino. Captain Bhatnagar of the Slavation Army, expressed his gratitude to Entergy and Ameristar as well as the citizens of Vicksburg for their donations to this years "Red Kettle" campaign. 
 
Dennis ButlerDennis R. Butler, 54, started playing tennis a few years ago and immediately loved the sport. He has organized most of the tennis players in Vicksburg, Miss., and became the captain of four different USTA League teams. In his first year as captain three years ago, he took his 6.0 team to the state championships, and this past year, all four of his teams qualified for states. He organizes his tennis schedule around his flexible work schedule as an environmental engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers and plays or goes to practice with his team almost every day.

For his efforts in organizing tennis, he has been named the USTA League Captain of the Month for September.   Click here for the complete USTA article.

rick shieldsRick Shields, Parks and Recreation Assistant Director, has been selected to receive the Mississippi Tennis Association 2011 Educational Merit Award. Rick was nominated by his peers to receive this prestigious award. Rick has been with the City since June 2007.
City offices will be closed Friday, December 23, 2011 and Monday, December 26, 2011 in observance of the Christmas holiday. Offices will also be closed Friday, December 30, 2011 and Monday, January 2, 2012 for the New Years holiday.
City office's will be closed Thursday, November 24, 2011 and Friday, November 25, 2011 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. There are 86,400 seconds in a day. Use one to say “thank you!”
City offices will be closed Friday, November 11, 2011 in observance of Veterans Day.
The Vicksburg Fire Department will be conducting hydrant flow tests in the City of Vicksburg over the next several weeks, specifically in Fire District 5 and 9. This testing is required annually by the Insurance Rating Bureau. Testing will occur Monday thru Friday between 7am and 12 noon.
The Bryan Adams concert that was scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled for October 30, 2011. The solo acoustic convert will be at the Vicksburg Auditorium. Bryan Adams' hits include Summer of 69, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You, Heaven and more.
Breast Cancer AwarenessFor more than 20 years, the observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month each October has provided a time to reflect on loved ones who have won and lost the battle against breast cancer. It's also an opportunity to raise awareness toward finding a cure, including encouraging women to get a regular mammography screening.
pumpkin1Trick-or-Treat will be observed Monday, October 31, 2011 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please use extreme caution while Trick-or-treating.  Here are just a few safety tips: Never allow children to trick-or-treat alone, never allow your child to go into the home of a stranger, make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars, only trick-or-treat during official times; remain on well lit streets and on the sidewalks.
Bids are due in the City Clerk's Office before 9:00am on December 5, 2011
August typically signals the end of summer, but there are still enough pleasant days left to enjoy the serenity of our Nation's pristine national parks and sites.
The annual Vicksburg Kiwanis Club Golf Ball Drop will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2011 after the Annual Citywide Pep Rally at the Vicksburg Outlet Mall. This year the funds will benefit our local United Way of West Central Mississippi, who has be at the ready to serve and continues to serve the survivors of the recent Historical Flooding.

Paul WinfieldVICKSBURG, Miss. (July 25, 2011)
– On Friday, July 29, thanks to the generosity of NBA Star Allen “Big Al” Jefferson, Feed The Children will deliver a semi tractor-trailer full of food and essentials to Vicksburg. The food and essentials will be distributed to families beginning at 4 p.m. at the Vicksburg Mall (3505 Pemberton Square Blvd.). Jefferson and Mayor Paul E. Winfield will be in attendance to help distribute boxes to families in need.   Families receiving food and essentials were affected by the recent Historical Mississippi River flooding, in the 5 local counties: Warren, Yazoo, Sharkey, Issaquena, & Claiborne.

Effective August 15, 2011, the Vicksburg, MS Social Security office will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday. 
Chief Armstrong brings this public service announcement
Fire Chief Charles Atkins with the Vicksburg Fire Department has issued a ban on the use of fireworks throughout the 4th of July holiday due to the ongoing burn ban that the City of Vicksburg has been under since June 7, 2011. This is for the protection of property and woods against fires while our city remains under drought conditions. Any such fires that are started will be investigated with the person(s) responsible incurring charges and/or fines.

The scheduled fireworks display will still take place on July 4th at the City Waterfront on Levee Street. These fireworks will be set off on a barge that will be located on the Yazoo Diversion Canal.
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