The Winona Mayor and Board of Aldermen have plans to pave Powell Street, from the railroad tracks on the east side of Highway 51 all the way to Barron Street, the south side of Barron Street to Dennis Street, Dennis Street from Barron to Cemetery Lane, and Cemetery Lane back to Powell. This project will be paid for in part by $300,000 designated to for the project by the Mississippi Legislature during last August’s special session.
According to Winona Mayor Jerry Flowers, the portion of the project on the west side of Highway 51 will cost around $300,000, and the portion on the east side of Highway 51 is estimated at $81,000.
“We are going to try to do the whole project,” Flowers said.
In other city business, North Central Planning and Development District’s Chris Pope came before the board to discuss a public works grant the city hopes will help construct a second elevated tower near the Interstate 55/Highway 82 interchange. Pope said Winona submitted a grant proposal for the project, however, he was told to apply for an Environmental Protection Agency Public Works grant.
Pope said Winona was approved in the preliminary stage and asked to submit a full grant application for the project.
The cost of the project is around $1.9 million, with 50 percent being funded by the proposed EPA Public Works grant, Appalachian Regional Authority kicking in $394,000, and the city getting the remaining $600,000 through a CAP loan.
• The board is still considering a request made by resident Dorothy Jackson to pass an ordinance better regulating fireworks.
• Engineer Joe Sutherland is providing a cost estimate to install a new pumping station on Small Road to better suit the five or six houses in that area.
• The board agreed to allow officers from the Winona Police Department to assist officers at the Carroll Montgomery Regional Correctional Facility in Vaiden if there is an emergency at the facility.
• Winona Street Superintendent Tony Palmertree reported to the board that his crews are working to fill potholes caused by heavy rains. He said because the rain continues, it is difficult to keep the streets in good repair, but they are working on the problem.
• Code Enforcement Officer Arlin Pearson urged residents not to blow grass clippings and leaves into the street. There is an ordinance that forbids leaving grass and leaves in the street, and anyone who does can receive a citation.