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Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations Community Project Funding Requests

Project Name: 4th Street Sidewalk Project

Requested Amount: $500,000

Intended Recipient: City of Hattiesburg, MS

Recipient Address: 200 Forrest Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Request Explanation: The City of Hattiesburg 4th Street Sidewalk project would provide for the installation of an eight (8') foot multi-use pathway along 4th Street from near Coliseum Drive west to 38th Avenue. This project is part of the City of Hattiesburg's MPO Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan and would complete the sidewalk network along this portion of 4th Street. Throughout the day, students travel along 4th Street between student housing and campus.  This project would provide a more safe connection for travel for this entire area. 
Certification of Financial Disclosure

Project Name: Bogue Homa Water System Project

Requested Amount: $2,000,000

Intended Recipient: Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Recipient Address: 101 Industrial Road, Choctaw, MS 39350

Request Explanation: The Bogue Homa Community is served by a rural water system (non-Tribal) that pumps drinking water from an aquifer that has naturally occurring color in the water. The color does not pose a health risk, so the water system is able to meet its Safe Drinking Water Act regulations and distribute the water based on the color being an aesthetic defect. That said, the color does stain clothing, has been described as looking like iced tea, and does not inspire confidence with the local population or the patrons of local businesses. The Tribe will drill new wells and install a water treatment plant capable of removing the color. Clean and safe water is critical to health, but is also critical to business development, especially in rural and underserved communities such as Indian reservations.
Certification of Financial Disclosure

Project Name: City of Gautier Water Treatment Project

Requested Amount: $2,770,000

Intended Recipient: City of Gautier, MS

Recipient Address: 3330 US-90, Gautier, MS 39553

Request Explanation: The City of Gautier is now underway with taking significant action to address its drinking water quality, which has been a major detriment to the City’s residents and businesses.  The typical well water throughout the City has a prominent color level– typically in the range of 50 to 80 units, which is unfortunately over 3.5 times the USEPA recommended Secondary Maximum Containment Levels for color (15 units maximum).  This water treatment project would address the color concerns by constructing a 1 million gallons per day (MGD) nanofiltration water treatment plant in the northeast area of the City of Gautier, on property already owned by the City. The project also includes the necessary interconnecting raw water line.
Certification of Financial Disclosure

Project Name: Diamondhead Commercial District Transformation Project

Requested Amount: $1,000,000

Intended Recipient: City of Diamondhead, MS

Recipient Address: 5000 Diamondhead Circle, Diamondhead, MS 39525

Request Explanation: The Commercial District Transformation Project will connect two distinct parts of the city and provide access to a new technology park, enhance internal traffic flows, reduce regional vehicle miles traveled (VMT), and spur economic/commercial development. Using a complete street approach, Diamondhead envisions a boulevard style roadway that will accommodate multiple modes of travel including bicycles and pedestrians, electric vehicles, charging stations, and mixed-use commercial and residential development. The project will include a multi-modal lane, green space including pocket parks, decorative street lighting, and a thematic design suitable to the Gulf Coast.
Certification of Financial Disclosure

Project Name: Forrest County Sheriff’s Office Radio/Body-Worn Camera

Requested Amount: $500,000

Intended Recipient: Forrest County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO)

Recipient Address: 55 Arena Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Request Explanation:  This request would accomplish two projects for Forrest County Sheriff’s Office: an upgrade to mobile and hand-held radio equipment and broad scale implementation of Body Worn Camera (BWC) deployment. The radio project would enhance the effectiveness and flow of information within their department and among law enforcement agencies within their jurisdiction, while the BWC project will promote transparency of law enforcement activity within the community they serve.
Certification of Financial Disclosure

Project Name: Gateway Harbor Project

Requested Amount: $4,300,000

Intended Recipient: City of Long Beach, MS

Recipient Address: 201 Jeff Davis Ave., Long Beach, MS 39560

Request Explanation:  The project will enhance existing, underutilized public beach/harbor property by providing safe public access and new resilient amenities such as, sidewalks, walkways, landscaping, playground with equipment, parking and ADA compliant restrooms.  In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina Long Beach essentially destroyed Long Beach’s connection to its beach and harbor.  This project is critical to reconnect the City of Long Beach with the Gulf of Mexico’s beaches and a public harbor to provide a resilient, sustainable, safe public area for residents and visitors to access and enjoy Gulf.
Certification of Financial Disclosure

Project Name: Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority T-Hangar #3 and #4 Taxiway Infrastructure Project

Requested Amount: $250,000

Intended Recipient: Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority

Recipient Address: 14035-L Airport Road, Gulfport, MS 39503

Request Explanation: Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority is seeking to construct taxiway infrastructure for future T-Hangars at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport to meet the demand of general aviation and corporate pilots. Constructing the necessary taxiway infrastructure to access future T-Hangars for local corporate and private aircraft will contribute to additional operations and fuel sales at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. It would increase aviation safety helping with ground movements of general aviation and corporate aircraft.
Certification of Financial Disclosure

Project Name: The Memorial Multispecialty Center Project

Requested Amount: $5,400,000

Intended Recipient: The Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Foundation, Inc.

Recipient Address: 4500 13th Street, Gulfport, MS 39501

Request Explanation: The Multispecialty Center will be a multi-story, mixed-use healthcare facility adjacent to the hospital and will offer expanded services including pediatric operational services for South Mississippi. The Center will accommodate several new and vital programs including a state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center for pediatrics, a post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) to support pediatric specialty, subspecialty and adult surgical care, some of which are currently unavailable in South Mississippi, and an expanded inpatient rehab facility. The funding would be used for Equipment (ex. MRI Unit, CT Machine, Ultrasound, X – Ray, C-Arm X-Ray, Pediatric Endoscopes, Remote Patient Monitoring Devices). This equipment would be used for pediatric surgery, radiology, infusion, and telemedicine.
Certification of Financial Disclosure 

Project Name: The Northern Gulf Institute Technological Building Upgrade Project

Requested Amount: $490,000

Intended Recipient: Mississippi State University/ Northern Gulf Institute

Recipient Address: 3501 Lee Hall, Mississippi State, MS 39762

Request Explanation: MSU/NGI building at Stennis Space Center is a scientific hub for federal/state and private institutions. Presently, national agencies ranging from NASA, NOAA and USACE as well as state entities such as MDMR and MDEQ and others have utilized the meeting spaces and resources that NGI possesses. Because the building and resources have already been identified as a desired location for the scientific community, it is crucial to update and keep MSU/NGI at the forefront of multi-institutional collaborations. The meeting space infrastructure and technology needs to be upgraded to account for the new hybrid meeting in-person/virtual capabilities that COVID-19 has forced the scientific community to account for. The Northern Gulf Institute Technological Building Upgrade Project allow this already impressive location to upgrade its meeting spaces, virtual conference hardware/software and overall scientific facilities.
Certification of Financial Disclosure