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City of Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen Meeting – March 21, 2011

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City of Vicksburg and employees with the United Way Silver Award for the second year for their participation in pledges. The motion to authorize the Mayor to execute Letter in Support of the Hal Gordon Foundation was tabled until later meeting. The following Sealed Bids/Proposals were received: a. Water Treatment Plant Generator b. Garbage, Recyclables, & Rubbish Collection/Garbage & Rubbish Disposal The mayor was authorized to execute Amendment No. 1 to Agreement between City of Vicksburg and Allen & Hoshall for professional services to change Natural Gas Generator to diesel The request from WVBG for radio sponsorship of Miss Mississippi & Miss Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageants was approved. The City Clerk was authorized to advertise Sealed Bids for sale of a 1986 IHC Fuel Truck from the airport. Discussion was opened for bids for Fuel Access Cards for the city between Pantry/Kangaroo and Fuelman.  Awarding is tabled pending further discussion. A renewal of contract was approved for an additional year for Cedar Hill Cemetery grass cutting to Scott Lawn Service of Yazoo City, MS, for the amount of $7,500.00 per cutting. The Mayor was authorized to execute a Rental Agreement with Pitney Bowes, Inc. for the use of a paper folding machine.  The city is moving toward a new option to facilitate mailing and delivery of Water and Gas bills electronically, but is currently unprepared to integrate the new systems. The Mayor was authorized to execute Extended Warranty Agreements with Kossen, Inc., for generators installed at the following locations: a. Wastewater Plant in the amount of $1,944.00 b. Wastewater Plant in the amount of $6,844.00 c. Vicksburg Fire Department in the amount of $3,705.00 d. City Hall in the amount of $3,442.00 e. Castle Hill in the amount of $1,944.00 f. City Hall Annex in the amount of $1,944.00 The Mayor was authorized to enter a Preventative Maintenance Agreement with Kossen Equipment, Inc. for generators installed at the following locations: a. City Hall in the amount of $5,234.00 and City Hall Annex in the amount of $2,855.00 b. Castle Hill in the amount of $3,740.00 c. New Vicksburg Fire Department in the amount of $5,234.00 The motion from the January 10, 2011 Board Meeting awarding a sealed big for the Surplus Property at 1608 First East Alley (PPIN 17512) to William Nelson in the amount of $429.00 was rescinded, and a resolution rejecting all sealed bids for the same was adopted.   The property in question was misrepresented. A request for permission from Vicksburg Main Street to hold the 4th Annual Vicksburg Farmers’ Market at the parking lot on the corner of Jackson Street and Washington Street was approved.  The market is scheduled to begin Saturday, May 21, and end Saturday, July 30, 2011 The request from Mississippi Main Street Association to authorize payment in the amount of $11,600.00 to the same to facilitate a branding and marketing charrette has been tabled pending further discussion and investigation of a prior marketing charrette financed by the city. The Mayor authorized an agreement with Port Gibson Main Street, Inc. for temporary use of metal barricades for 19th Annual Port Gibson Heritage Festival.  The barricades are federally funded, and Port Gibson Main Street, Inc. is insured and will replace in case of damage. The Mayor has been authorized to enter an agreement with Vicksburg Girls’ Softball Association pending a small amendment to said agreement. The Mayor signed the Vicksburg/Warren County Coordinated Community Response Working Agreement.  This agreement ensures that emergency response officials, Police, Sheriff offices, Haven House, and other assisting agencies within the city of Vicksburg and Warren County will be knowledgeable of services that each other’s protocols and availabilities. Dilapidated buildings and overgrown lot codes and authorization for Victor Gray-Lewis, Director of Buildings and Inspections, to proceed to cut, clean, and demolish properties at 1500 East Ave. has been tabled until the next Monday meeting.  This has been tabled pending a meeting between the property owner, Mr. Abraham Fowler, Jr., his counsel and representatives from the City of Vicksburg. The Mayor has been authorized to execute request for Cash and Summary Sheet No. 19 for CDBG Project R-110-374-01-GZ (Vicksburg Municipal Fire Station). A request for advertisement funds from Vicksburg High School in the amount of $250.00 for 2011 River City Shootout Tournament has been approved. The tournament will feature between 12-15 teams and be held on June 25 at Vicksburg High School. The request for $300 in advertisement funds was awarded to the 2011 Vicksburg Outstanding Teen, McKenzie Pollock, for the Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen Salute Page The request for $300 advertisement funds was awarded to the 2011 Miss Vicksburg, Elyssa Lassiter, for the Miss Mississippi Salute Page Souvenir Booklet. The remaining allocation of funds in the amount of $30,000.00 to Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce was approved. The request to close Grove Street between Howard and Hayes from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2011 for Vicksburg Catholics Schools Annual PlayADayAwayInMay was approved. The following additions to Employee Driving List were approved: a. Jonathon Pittman – Water Mains b. Vernon Thompson – ROW The meeting was then adjourned to executive session, where the following matters were handled: A. Personal Action Forms: 1. New Hires (8): a. Sewer Department (2) b. Recreation Department (6) 2. Promotion (1): a. Street Department 3. Pay Adjustments (4): a. Gas Department (1) b. Water Mains (2) c. Right of Way (1) 4. Status Change (2) a. Recreation Department (1) b. Administration (1) B. Personnel Matters (19): 1. Gas Department (4) 2. Police Department (2) 3. Fire Department (2) 4. Right of Way (6) 5. Sewer Department (1) 6. Street Department (2) 7. Parks & Recreation Mains (2) The meeting was then adjourned to meet at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 25, 2011.]]]]> ]]>

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749 new COVID-19 cases reported Friday in Mississippi

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More than a half-million new COVID-19 cases were reported in the U.S. this past week in what is being reported as the worst week since the crises began. The 14-day average for cases saw an increase of 42% while deaths increased by 16%. Hospitalizations have exploded by 46%.

In Mississippi, the seven-day average for new cases is hovering just below 800, while hospitalizations remained fairly flat.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported five new COVID-19 cases Friday in Warren County and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,571, and the county’s death toll is 56.

Statewide, MSDH reported 749 new COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 119,336. The seven-day average of new cases is 780, higher by 263 cases from a month ago.

Most new cases are seen in younger people recently, and they are more likely to survive the virus than those 65 and older. By far, the age group reporting the most cases in Mississippi are young people from 18 to 29 years old.

MSDH reported Friday that 18 additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,328. The state’s rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 2.8%.

Deaths are a lagging indicator. While July saw the highest number of new cases since the crisis began, August saw the highest number of deaths. The highest number of deaths in any one day was 67 reported Aug. 25.

Of the 18 deaths MSDH reported Friday, five occurred between Oct. 14 and Oct. 28 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Friday
Harrison 1
Itawamba 1
Jackson 1
Simpson 1
Tippah 1

Thirteen COVID-19 related deaths occurred between July 31 and Oct. 25, identified from death certificate reports.

County Deaths identified from death certificate reports
Chickasaw 1
Copiah 1
Forrest 1
Grenada 1
Hancock 1
Harrison 1
Jackson 1
Jefferson Davis 1
Marshall 1
Monroe 1
Oktibbeha 1
Sunflower 1
Yazoo 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. MSDH usually reports statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each day based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.

The primary metric concerning state health officials are the numbers of people hospitalized, and that number rose steadily with the rise of new cases in July and August. On June 6, the number of Mississippians hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 was at 358. Hospitalizations nearly tripled by late July. They leveled off in early August and began noticeably dropping in the middle of the month including critical cases and numbers of people requiring ventilators. Hospitalizations continued to drop in September but levelled off at the middle of the month. They dropped again through Oct. 3; however, hospitalizations began rising since then. They have leveled off this week.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, is 712, more than half of the late July peak of about 1,200. The number includes 609 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 103 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 173 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 72 were on ventilators.

Source: MSDH

MSDH has estimated the number of people who can be presumed recovered from COVID-19 in Mississippi. That number is 101,336 through Sunday, Oct. 25. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 85% of the cumulative 119,336 cases reported as of Friday, Oct. 30.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Friday, Oct. 9, was 1,459, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,403, or about 89.3% of the 1,571 cumulative cases reported as of Friday, Oct. 30. The county has an estimated 112 active cases.

These estimates are based on MSDH’s guidelines for calculating estimated recoveries when hospitalizations are not known, using the number of cases 21 days ago, less known outcomes (deaths).

The total number of Mississippians tested for COVID-19 (PCR and antigen tests identifying current infections) as of Saturday, Oct. 24 (the latest testing results reported by MSDH), is 1,002,327 or about 33.7% of the state’s 2.976 million residents. Without an updated number of tests, it is impossible to accurately calculate Mississippi’s positivity rate (positive results to tests, seven-day average), however, the rate was 6.9% Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 6.3%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities was 131 Friday. About 39.3%, or 1,319, of the state’s total deaths were people in long-term care facilities.

A total of 26 deaths in Warren County were residents of LTC facilities.

MSDH is no longer reporting outbreaks in individual long-term care facilities in Mississippi and has replaced it with access to a database from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. You can access and search the data here. The latest data available is for the week ending Oct. 18.

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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Suspect in LD’s Kitchen fatal shooting still at large

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James Earl Winters (photo courtesy VPD)

The Vicksburg Police Department continues its search for James Earl Winters, 29, of Vicksburg, in connection with the death of Wade Carter, Jr.

Carter was shot twice in the abdomen at LD’s Kitchen, 1111 Mulberry St., Oct. 6, and died of wounds Oct. 9. Two other victims were also shot at the time but survived their injuries.

Anyone having information concerning Winters’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511 or Crime Stoppers at 800-355-8477 (800-355-TIPS).

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Vicksburg mayor extends COVID-19 restrictions and mandates another month

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Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. during July 15 news conference. (Photo by Thomas Parker)

Friday, Mayor George Flaggs, Jr. extended the city’s COVID-19 restrictions and mandates for an additional 30 days.

The extension also applies to the juvenile curfew and the special crime task force previously put in place by the city.

The following is a summary of the new proclamation:

RETAIL BUSINESSES

Face Coverings are still required in the City of Vicksburg inside all retail businesses, including grocery stores, building supply stores, cigar shops, convenience stores, liquor stores, and any other store that sells items to the public. However, maximum capacity may go back to 100% as long as strict social distancing, 6 feet separation, can be ensured between persons who are not in the same household.

RESTAURANTS & BARS

Face coverings are still required of employees and customers while not eating or drinking. Maximum capacity may go back to 100 % as long as strict social distancing can be maintained between tables and parties/groups. Limit of 10 to a table. Places that sell alcohol or allow consumption of alcohol on the premises must stop serving, selling or consuming by 11 p.m. and close the business by midnight.

SALONS, BARBER SHOPS, SPAS, MASSAGE PARLORS, TATTOO PARLORS, PERSONAL GROOMING OR PET GROOMERS

Face coverings are still required of employees and customers. Maximum capacity may go back to 100% as long as strict social distancing can be maintained between customers.

GYMS & FITNESS CENTERS

Face coverings are still required and must not exceed 75% capacity. Must clean and disinfect high contact equipment and areas frequently. Hand sanitizer must be available at entrances and exits.

MOVIE THEATERS & AUDITORIUMS

Face coverings are still required and must not exceed 75% capacity. Must clean and disinfect high contact equipment and areas frequently. Hand sanitizer must be available at entrances and exits.

DANCE STUDIOS, LIBRARIES & MUSEUMS, INDOOR RECREATION & PLACES OF AMUSEMENT, OUTDOOR RECREATION & PLACES OF AMUSEMENT

Face coverings are still required indoors and may go back to 100% maximum capacity as long as strict social distancing can be maintained between persons not in the same household.

RECEPTION HALLS AND CONFERENCE CENTERS

Face coverings are still required and may go back to 100% maximum capacity as long as strict social distancing can be maintained between persons not in the same household. For seated dinners only, there shall be at least six (6) feet between tables and a maximum at ten (10) persons at each table.

IN GENERAL

  1. Face Coverings are still required in all businesses, except manufacturing businesses.
  2. Exceptions to the face covering requirement:
    1. Any individual who will not come in contact with any other individual and can maintain social distancing (6 feet apart);
    2. Any child under 8, but strongly encouraged for ages 2-7;
    3. Any individual with a medical condition that prevents wearing a face covering;
    4. Any individual who is consuming food or drinks;
    5. Any individual seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing impaired;
    6. Any individual giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience; and
    7. . Any individual temporarily removing his or her face covering for identification purposes.

GROUP GATHERINGS

All persons in public or private social gatherings/activities shall maintain social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet apart between individuals not in the same household. If indoors, a face covering is required if persons are not able to maintain a minimum of 6 feet separation.

RELIGIOUS SERVICES

Places of worship are encouraged to follow the Safe Worship Guidelines adopted May 20, 2020. Face coverings are encouraged.

Worshipers shall maintain social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet apart between individuals not in the same household.

FUNERALS

Funerals are encouraged to be grave side. May be held at Church or Funeral Home at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. or at the City Auditorium at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. All persons shall maintain social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet apart between individuals not in the same household. Upon proof of death due to COVID-19, the cost for the City Auditorium for the funeral shall be one-half of the regular auditorium fee.

JUVENILE CURFEW

The curfew for juveniles 17 and under will remain in place with the exceptions of traveling to or from work, being with a parent or guardian, traveling to or from a legitimate school function or organized youth sport activity.

SPECIAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TASK FORCE

The special law enforcement task force will remain in place on Thursdays through Sundays from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

BUSINESS SCREENING AND CLEANING

Businesses shall continue to screen employees and customers and disinfect high contact areas.

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