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Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations Requests

Project Name: Police Equipment Upgrade and Improvements 

Requested Amount: $510,000

Intended Recipient: City of Gautier, MS

Recipient Address: 3330 Highway 90, Gautier, MS 39553 

Request Explanation: The funding would be used to upgrade to both body-worn and in-car camera systems and to the Gautier Police Department’s (GPD) dispatch control station/radio system. This project serves to increase transparency of law enforcement activity within the community and enable effective communication with surrounding law enforcement agencies in order to provide the most efficient safety services to the residents of Gautier. This will also enhance the flow of time-sensitive information and allow for better coordination and response during interjurisdictional emergencies. 

Certification of Financial Disclosure

Project Name: Northwood Hills Water Main Replacement

Requested Amount: $2,000,000

Intended Recipient: City of Gulfport, MS

Recipient Address: 2309 15th Street, Gulfport, MS 39501

Request Explanation: The funding would be used to install and replace approximately 12,000 linear feet of water piping, 48 water valves, 33 fire hydrants, and over 6,000 linear feet of water service lines in the Northwood Hills Subdivision. Replacement of this piping will improve the quality of life of citizens in the area. Further, this project will not only eliminate the continuous water leaks in the area but it will also improve fire flow.

Certification of Financial Disclosure

Project Name: Tatum Park Sports Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Resiliency

Requested Amount: $3,000,000

Intended Recipient: City of Hattiesburg, MS

Recipient Address: 200 Forrest Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Request Explanation: The funding would be used for the re-grading of existing Tatum Park playing fields, installation of drainage infrastructure, addition of natural and synthetic turf for three soccer fields and five baseball fields, security fencing, updated LED lighting and security warning lighting for additional public safety security. Upgrading the infrastructure of Tatum Park will create economic resiliency that will enhance Hattiesburg’s competitiveness for large athletic tournaments and events. It would secure a sustainable source of tourism revenue in a constantly growing leisure market and prove a catalyst for further opportunities for economic growth in Hattiesburg.

Certification of Financial Disclosure

Project Name: 12th Street Roadway and Pedestrian Improvements

Requested Amount: $3,000,000

Intended Recipient: City of Laurel, MS

Recipient Address: 401 North 5th Avenue, Laurel, Mississippi 39440

Request Explanation: The funding would be used to construct a road diet to calm traffic speeds, construct two speed tables for pedestrian crossings between the athletic facilities and the educational campus, and construct ADA compliant sidewalks from Highway 15 North to 7th Avenue. This public street connects Highway 15 North to 10th Avenue and intersects the campus of Laurel High School. The City of Laurel and the City of Laurel Public School District have identified the section of 12th Street near Laurel High School as a dangerous pedestrian area.

Certification of Financial Disclosure

Project Name: Eagle One Mega Site Acquisition and Improvements

Requested Amount: $4,000,000

Intended Recipient: Forrest County, MS

Recipient Address: 641 Main Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39403

Request Explanation: The funding would be used to purchase an "option to purchase" 2,222-acre parcel for economic development purposes. This project is needed to transform the economic resiliency of area citizens. Ultimately, this project will lead to employment opportunities, wage improvements for residents and increased home ownership.

Certification of Financial Disclosure

Project Name: Greene County Demolition & Rehabilitation

Requested Amount: $600,000

Intended Recipient: Greene County, MS

Recipient Address: 413 Greene Ave, Leakesville, MS 39451

Request Explanation: The funding would be used for the demolition of a county owned, abandoned 125,000 square foot industrial building and rehabilitation of the 5-acre county owned site the building sits on.  The building and site occupy a prime location in the heart of downtown Leakesville.  The building is not a Brownfield site but has been found to contain asbestos building materials.  The building is an attractive nuisance for illegal activity.

Certification of Financial Disclosure

Project Name: Hancock County E-911 Radios

Requested Amount: $900,000

Intended Recipient: Hancock County E-911 Commission

Recipient Address: 18333 Highway 603, Kiln, MS 39556

Request Explanation: The funding would be used to replace end of life cycle/obsolete mobile and portable radios throughout the Law Enforcement and Fire Department Agencies within Hancock County. This project will allow for the ensured safety of all personnel within the Law Enforcement and Fire Department agencies. By providing reliable communication between their Law Enforcement, Fire Departments and Central Dispatch Center, it allows first responders to better serve the citizens of Hancock County in not only day to day operations but also other emergencies such as natural disasters.

Certification of Financial Disclosure

Project Name: Multi-User Aero Strip Construction

Requested Amount: $3,500,000

Intended Recipient: Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission (HCPHC)

Recipient Address: 14054 Fred & Al Key Road, Kiln, MS 39556

Request Explanation: The funding would be used to construct a Multi-User Aero Strip that is essential to current and future operations at Stennis International Airport, including but not limited to support continuous C-130 operations while making available the existing (primary) runway for customers such as corporate and general aviation users, supporting and expanding the existing Joint-Use Agreement with the United States Government via increased revenues and operations, and providing support for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), rotorcraft, and future Spaceport operations.

Certification of Financial Disclosure

Project Name: Lamar County Crisis Stabilization Unit

Requested Amount: $3,000,000

Intended Recipient: Lamar County Board of Supervisors

Recipient Address: 403 Main Street, Purvis, MS 39475

Request Explanation: The funding would be used to renovate a current structure to provide stabilization and treatment services to persons who are in psychiatric crisis. The Crisis Stabilization Unit would be a unique 2-part, hybrid model that will potentially service a five-county area (Lamar, Marion, Forrest, Pearl River, and Perry Counties), but not limited to this region.

Certification of Financial Disclosure

Project Name: Gulfport Harbor Feasibility Study

Requested Amount: $200,000

Intended Recipient: Army Corps of Engineers

Recipient Address: 109 St. Joseph St., Mobile, AL 36602

Request Explanation: The funding would be used to study the feasibility of deepening and widening the Federal Navigation Channel into the Port of Gulfport to allow deeper draft cargo and military vessels to utilize the Port. Deepening the channel would create greater efficiency and lowered transport costs which lead to improved national economy, safer transportation, less environmental impact and improved national security.

Certification of Financial Disclosure

Project Name: Gulf Coast Aquatic Health Laboratory

Requested Amount: $1,800,000

Intended Recipient: Mississippi State University, Global Center for Aquatic Health and Food Security

Recipient Address: 521 34th St, Gulfport, MS 39507

Request Explanation: The funding would be used to establish the Laboratory which will provide diagnostic and research activities to improve the health of aquatic animals in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), including the Mississippi Sound. This will protect our commercial & recreational fisheries and support the growth of aquaculture.

Certification of Financial Disclosure

Project Name: Pearl River County Multipurpose and Emergency Operations Center

Requested Amount: $5,000,000

Intended Recipient: Pearl River County, MS

Recipient Address: 109 West Pearl Street, Poplarville, MS 39470

Request Explanation: Funding for this project will be for a state-of-the-art, 85,000 square foot facility that will significantly enhance disaster response and improve the quality of life for Pearl River County residents and beyond. The Center will provide a staging area that will be used for disaster response and future events, private meeting rooms to be used for training and a kitchen to support disaster response.

Certification of Financial Disclosure

Project Name: Singing River Health Facility Construction

Requested Amount: $2,800,000

Intended Recipient: Singing River Health System

Recipient Address: 3109 Bienville Blvd, Ocean Spring, MS 39564

Request Explanation: The funding would be used to increase capacity for hospital-based care at its Ocean Springs, MS location.  Funding for this project will support the buildout of existing space to create up to 20 new hospital rooms, nurse stations and procedure rooms.  This project seeks to address two problems highlighted and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic:  hospital capacity and the healthcare workforce. 

Certification of Financial Disclosure

Project Name: Jernigan Water Main Extension

Requested Amount: $1,826,464

Intended Recipient: Town of Leakesville, MS

Recipient Address: 301A Lafayette Avenue, Leakesville, MS 39451

Request Explanation: The funding would be used to install 42,500 feet (approximately 8 miles) of water main to provide clean drinking water to residents in an unserved area, thus consolidating water supplies, protecting residents from the danger of contaminated water from shallow, private wells, and alleviating pressure problems in the Town’s existing system by connecting both ends of the extension to the existing distribution system.

Certification of Financial Disclosure

Project Name: Town of Sumrall Business, Recreation and Community Development

Requested Amount: $1,815,000

Intended Recipient: Town of Sumrall, MS

Recipient Address: P.O. Box 247, Sumrall, MS, 39482

Request Explanation: The funding would be used to acquire and appropriately develop properties that may not be commercially viable due to size or environmental conditions in a manner that would enhance the community business corridor, by providing opportunities for outdoor recreation and learning in a natural setting, community space to support farmers markets/trade days, public events, and link a regional attraction, The Pearl and Leaf River Rails to Trails Project, with both business and public facilities in areas that are currently not connected.

Certification of Financial Disclosure