City Drinking Water Report – 2015 – ( corrected )

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City May Get Funds for New Fire Station

A bill passed by state lawmakers could help Brookhaven replace an aging fire station on Willard Street.

“Over the weekend and into last night, Sen. Sally Doty and Reps. Becky Currie and Vince Mangold were able to include our request into the bond bill for $625,000, designated for a fire station,” Brookhaven Mayor Joe Cox told the Board of Aldermen Tuesday.

Fire Chief Tony Weeks, the mayor and the board have been pitching the city’s need to replace Fire Station 2 on Willard Street to different sources for the last two and a half years, Cox said.

“The big hurdle was passing (the bond bill) through the Legislature, and that has now been done,” Cox said. “It now has to be approved by the bond board, which is made up of the governor, the lieutenant governor, the treasurer and the attorney general, and then signed by the governor, so we don’t have a check yet, but it’s looking real good.”

If the bond bill is approved, the state will administer the funds for the new fire station in July when the new fiscal year begins.

“We just give our thanks again to Sen. Doty and Reps. Becky Currie and Vince Mangold,” Cox said. “This is just great.”

More at Daily Leader 4/21/2016

City Begins New Paving Plan

Contrary to the way city paving has been carried out in past years, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen embarked upon a much larger paving project in 2016. In order to provide a systematic plan of assessing and grading streets by professionals, the city hired Dungan Engineering to evaluate and present to the board a plan to improve our major thoroughfares and poor or failed auxiliary roads.

Every street in the city was evaluated professionally by engineers, and paving funds will be directed to those streets that were found to be in the worst condition. Through this process the board was able to more than triple the number of miles ordinarily paved.

Exactly how much paving are you doing in 2016?

We are able to pave 26.97 miles of city streets in a city that has 136 miles of streets. Can you tell us how many streets that is? That equals about 77 city streets.

Are all wards equally represented in the paving project?

Yes. Although the streets to be paved were not selected by ward, the number of miles has worked out fairly equally. In round figures, Ward 1 has 25 miles; Ward 2, 23; Ward 3, 27; Ward 4, 26; Ward 5, 23; and Ward 6, 27. Some ward lines overlap streets.

Who is doing the paving?

After following the proper procedures and respecting the bidding process, Dickerson & Bowen of Brookhaven was the low bidder for the project.

How much will the project cost?

Total cost of the project will be $ 3,094,449.10.
How will the city pay for the paving?

The city will pay for the paving with cash on hand. No money has or will be borrowed to take care of this obligation to our citizens. No increase in taxes will be seen.

How were the streets professionally rated?

Dungan Engineering used the Pavement Condition Index rating system as they traveled our streets to evaluate them. This system measures type, extent and severity of pavement surfaces and the smoothness and riding comfort of the street. Age of surface, condition of surface and amount of traffic are factored into the thorough evaluation of the streets in a systematic away. This high-quality information tells public works officials and engineers the current condition of all streets in the city, which are then rated as good, fair, poor or failed.

Will all streets be surfaced identically, or will some require more treatment than others?

Under the recommendation of engineers, Dickerson & Bowen will be using four surface treatment methods based on the rating of the street:

Hot mix asphalt that is approximately 1 1/2 inches thick.

• Ultra-thin asphalt overlay which is an aggregate blend of asphalt that is generally less than one inch thick.

• Limestone seal which requires an application of liquid asphalt emulsion with limestone aggregate spread on top to fill in any cracks.

• Mat and seal, aka double bituminous surface treatment, a two-step process in which asphalt emulsion is applied, a layer of coarse aggregate is applied, and the process repeated.
Is the city also striping and milling any of the streets?

Yes. Higher-volume streets will be striped both at the center and the edge. Milling will be done where deemed necessary by the consulting engineers.

In what area of Brookhaven will the paving project start?

Actual paving began on Jan. 29. Contractors are allowed to begin the project in areas most advantageous to their work plan. Their approach is systematic and efficient. In some areas the water department must stay ahead of the paving as they raise water valves and manholes to be flush with the pavement. Infrastructure work should be completed before the street is paved.

What streets have already been paved?

Junior Trail, Portman Trail, Gatson Trail and Field Lark Lane. Work has begun on Fairlawn, streets in the Brignall area and on Heucks’ Retreat Road. North Jackson Street is probably next. What streets are on the list to be paved in 2016? Avalon Avenue, Georgia Avenue, Old Wesson Road, Beauregard Street, Greenview Trail, Palmer Drive, Becker Street, Guiser Street, Perkins Drive, Brignal Road , Harper Street, Portman Trail, Bristow Trail Hartman Street, Rhodes Lane, Broken Lane, Heucks Retreat Road, Rosehill Cemetery, Brookhaven Street, Honey Creek Lane, Sawmill Lane, City Park parking, Irby Drive, Shore Drive, Clarkwood Trail, Josephine Street, Silver Cross Drive, Conrad Trail, Junior Trail, Skyward Lane, County Club Road, Kids Kingdom parking, South Church Street, Crooked Lane, Lakewood Drive, South First Street, Dale Trail, Lance Alworth Drive, Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Drive, Denham Lane, Lewis Drive, South Washington, Drury Lane, Lipsey Street, East Chickasaw Street, Locust Trail, Turnbough Avenue, Lumber Street, Turner Street, East Congress Street, Mary Street, Walnut Street, East Enterprise Street, Melanie Lane, West Chickasaw Street, East Minnesota Street, Mississippi Avenue, West Congress Street, Easthaven Cemetery, Moak Street, West Enterprise Street, Eastley, North Jackson Street, West Minnesota Street, Fairlawn Trail, West Monticello Street, Field Lark Lane, North Park Lane, Williams Street, Fulton Street, North Second Street, Wood Street and Gatson Trail.

When may I expect my street to be paved?

The goal of the city board is to get all our city streets in great condition. Weather permitting, your street will be paved as soon as possible if it is on the 2016 list. Our engineers have estimated a cost of 1.4 million dollars per year to maintain our streets. Budget constraints do not allow us to budget all of that amount in one year. Each year poor and failed streets will be evaluated in a professional way for repair.

Mayor Joe Cox, Alderman-at-Large Karen Sullivan and aldermen, Randy Belcher, Terry Bates, Mary Wilson, Shirley Estes, Fletcher Grice and David Phillips.

From:  The Daily Leader web site >

Distribution of 35 gallon Recycling Containers

The City of Brookhaven will make available, through a Department of Environmental Quality grant,  a total of 900  35 gallon roll cart recycling containers to be distributed to the citizens of Brookhaven on a “first come, first serve” basis beginning November 3, 2014.

The purpose of this distribution is to reward our faithful recyclers with an easier method for containing recyclables and also to encourage new households to begin recycling.

Procedure for Distribution :

1.  City residents must come to the City Barn on Willard St to verify address and Brookhaven residency with Photo ID.
2.  Pick up point will be the City Barn on Willard St.
3.  Distribution will continue on a “first come, first serve” basis until the containers are gone.
4.  35 gallon containers will remain the property of the City of Brookhaven.
5.  Hours of pick up will be 8-3 Monday through Friday

Brookhaven Recycles!

Learn how easy recycling can be. Brookhaven Recycles aims to encourage more of us to recycle with an information program that shows the benefits of recycling and the dos and the don’ts of Brookhaven’s recycling system.

Click here to learn more!

City of Brookhaven Water and Sewer Expansion

The City of Brookhaven has begun the planning process for prioritizing the needs of the City’s water and sewer improvements and expansion.

This is the beginning of the next phase of improvements and expansion to the 2007 annexed area. It is not an expansion of the City’s physical boundaries – it is the next phase of water/sewer services into unserviced areas.

The City of Brookhaven has spent $1.7 million over the past 4 years in the annexed area and has approved construction to begin on another $1.7 million. That is a $3.4 million commitment by the City of Brookhaven to the annexed area.

A clean, safe, dependable water supply is a very valuable commodity as polluted water sources become more common. Safe drinking water for the residents of the City of Brookhaven is one of the top priorities and obligations of your elected City officials.

Your City officials will do everything in their power to keep rates as low as possible. Water and sewer must be fee based and self supporting by state law. Over 60% of city residents pay the minimum bill (3000 gallons or less per month). Brookhaven’s water and sewer monthly rates are less than surrounding communities of equal size. The minimum City water bill is $11.45. A 5 gallon container of bottled water costs over $6.00; 5 gallons of City water costs 2 cents.

The greatest recession since the 1930’s has caused the City to be especially aware of our fiscal responsibilities to the citizens of Brookhaven. Timing is now right to fund the project due to interest rates being at historic lows.

Your elected City officials are diligently working and planning to provide top quality, safe and dependable water and sewer services to all residents in the annexed areas of the City of Brookhaven. If you have any questions, or wish to further discuss the City’s plans for this next phase of services expansion, please feel free to contact your Alderman or the Mayor’s office.

Mayor Joe Cox

Mayor Joe Cox believes it is an honor and privilege to serve as Brookhaven’s 30th mayor and is confident that we live in the best city in the state of Mississippi!  He looks forward to working with all residents and officials for the betterment of Brookhaven and is certain that together we can accomplish great things within our community.

Mayor Cox has a love for his hometown of Brookhaven and is committed to serve and meet the needs of all residents.  His vision for the future ensures unity with forward progress, as well as increased opportunities for our children and city.  He is dedicated to making a positive difference while keeping with the traditional family values of our Homeseeker’s Paradise.

He is a graduate of Brookhaven High School and the University of Mississippi, owner of Joe Cox Insurance Services, and has a history of community and civic involvement.  He and his wife, Angie, have been married 33 years and are members of Faith Presbyterian Church.  They have been blessed with two wonderful children, a son, Wade, and wife Katie, and their daughter Claire, and husband Jonathan Strong.

Mayor Cox looks forward to leading Brookhaven in a clear direction that supports efficiency, accountability, fiscal responsibility, economic development, job growth, a safe environment and academic excellence in education.  He will be proactive in addressing concerns of all residents and businesses, and bringing viable solutions to the place we call home.


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