Municipal Court Closed Wednesday

Posted on: September 4, 2018

Laurel Municipal Court will be closed on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, due to inclement weather. Individuals may come on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. or Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. If you have any questions please call 601-425-4711 and ask to speak with a court clerk. We apologize for any inconvenience.

CITY WATER SYSTEM ADVISORY

Posted on: August 14, 2018

This notice is to advise residents of maintenance/repair work planned for Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 7AM – 7PM on the city water system. This is most likely to affect residents and businesses north of Parker Drive and west of University Avenue (this includes the Windemere Subdivision.) It is possible the a precautionary boil-water alerts could be issued when water pressure is lost so please stay alerted to changes on the City of Laurel Facebook and/or Twitter page . The department has requested that experience low/no water pressure to please call 601.428.6464 so it will be logged. We apologize for the inconvenience and will make every effort to complete the needed repairs as quickly and as safely as possible.

Leaf and Limb Pick-up Hours Extended

Posted on: June 7, 2018

The Public Works Department provides a free pick-up service for disposal of leaves, limbs, and other non-household waste items. Currently, there is no regularly scheduled day for pick-up of leaf and limbs, rather pick-ups are scheduled from the 1st of the month through the 15th of the month for those residing north of 10th Street. Pick up from 10th St to the south will be picked up from the 16th to the end of the month. The department is currently working on Saturdays to catch up on pick-ups. Three of the four trucks were out-of service due to maintenance and are back on line to catch up with the demand. All leaves and small limbs should be organized neatly off the roadway and should be out before the schedule starts at your part of town. Individual limbs should have a diameter no larger than 6 inches. Larger amounts of limbs can be picked up for an additional charge. No trees will be picked up without prior arrangement.  The Sanitation Department does not pick up for commercial tree services.  They are responsible for hauling away trees they cut down Please contact the City of Laurel Public Works office at 601.428.6455 to schedule a large pick-up or for miscellaneous debris collection (i.e. furniture or large appliance.)

 

Leaves or debris shall not be placed in the street or near a storm drain. Leaves and debris placed in the street or gutter ultimately get carried by stormwater. There are a number of ditches, culverts, and other features in place to help reduce the chance of flooding by stormwater. These features require continuous maintenance to make sure they are functioning properly. Many times because of yard maintenance and debri, these drains can get clogged. Please be sure to keep our drains clear by not blowing yard trimmings into the street. Thank you for your patience as we get back to our regular debris pick-up schedule

Downtown Thursday is Back!

Posted on: May 31, 2018

The City of Laurel, in partnership with Laurel Main Street and Agape Church, is proud to present the 2018 season of Downtown Thursday. This is the premier community and entertainment event of the summer sponsored by Central Sunbelt Federal Credit Union! Downtown Thursday combines Farmers Market and Downtown Movie Night into a Thursday Night experience for all ages. This year’s season begins on Thursday, May 31 and will continue EVERY THURDAY through June 28, 2018.

The Laurel Farmers Market is back at a NEW TIME, 5pm-8pm, and NEW LOCATION, the 300 block of North Magnolia Street in front of our downtown merchants like Adam Trest Home, Southern Antiques, JParker Reclaimed, The Loblolly Boutique and many more. The Laurel Farmers Market is not only a great place to purchase local produce and goods, but it is a place to enjoy the day with family and friends. This year, to celebrate our Opening Day, we will be have Jackson-based musical artist Kerry Thomas and every market will have live music on the Magnolia Street Stage! The Laurel Farmers Market is a rain or shine event.

“We are hoping to add vendors to the market so we can provide a nice selection of goods. The number of vendors usually increases as the growing season progresses, but there is still time to participate,” said Nece Hill, Laurel Farmers Market manager.

Downtown Movie Night begins at 8pm at The BACKLOT, located on the corner of N. Magnolia and Library Street. This year offers a bigger screen, more space and an even better experience! The kick-off Fireworks Show will be back on Thursday, May 31st at 8pm! Food, drinks and T-shirts will be available for purchase each night. So, grab your friends, family, neighbors, a lawn chair, or favorite blanket and join us for a great summer in beautiful, Downtown Laurel.

For more information, entertainment schedule, movie line-up or to purchase one of this year’s custom t-shirts, check out the Downtown Thursday website www.DowntownThursday.com.

Unsolicited Water and Sewer Line Coverage

Posted on: February 27, 2018

A mailer will soon be arriving at homes offering a “water line protection program.”

Property owners receiving mailers from companies offering coverage for water and sewer line protection should consider a few things before purchasing a plan: The coverage is legitimate and optional, but it isn’t insurance, and the products aren’t affiliated with, or officially endorsed by the City of Laurel. American Water Resources has started sending unsolicited advertisements and enrollment forms to local residents. Homeowners might easily assume they’re buying an insurance policy; however, American Water Resources states they offer “peace of mind” with external water-sewer line protection for varying costs per year.

“Customers will call asking if it’s something that the city promotes,” Anicia Hill, public relations specialist for the City of Laurel, said. “We have nothing to do with that.”

On the other hand

None of this suggests that the company is peddling a scam. In addition to offering several thousand dollars’ worth of coverage, American Water Resources deploys its own trained contractors within service areas to do repair and replacement work.

“It’s a product that some people might think is necessary and valuable to them, and that’s why it’s actually specifically defined in law — in case someone does feel that’s appropriate for them,” Hill said.

American Water Resources correctly points out that homeowners are financially responsible for water and sewer lines that run from the house to the meter. The city stops all responsibility at the meter, so basically it’s the customer’s responsibility from the meter to the home and throughout the house.

Buyer beware

Potential customers should do their homework and proceed with caution before purchasing a plan. Homeowners should know exactly what the companies cover, what they don’t and what conditions would void a contract. American Water Resources will not cover “pre-existing conditions,” like longstanding leaks, or claims arising from acts of nature like floods or hurricanes. The coverage is meant for the normal wear-and-tear associated with underground plumbing, such as tree-root invasion. Property owners may also want to investigate whether their water and sewer lines need coverage at all, whether the piping is even likely to experience damage that will demand attention.

Saving Lives Made Easy

Posted on: February 13, 2018

The City of Laurel will host a city-wide blood drive on Thursday, February 15 at City Hall from 9AM – 4PM. We are asking that everyone who is able to come out and donate. With the flu hitting our area hard, the blood supply is dangerously low. Due to the sickness the need of all blood types is high. United Blood Services is operating at a little over a 2-day blood supply due to the sickness. To save you time, complete your Fast Track Health History questionnaire on your computer or mobile device (smartphone or tablet) before you come to the drive. The health history must be completed the same day you donate; it cannot be completed a day or two ahead of time. To access the questionnaire, go to the following website.

Blood and blood donation is powerful. Blood is essential to life. Blood circulates through our body and delivers essential substances like oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells. It also transports metabolic waste products away from those same cells. There is no substitute for blood. It cannot be made or manufactured. Generous blood donors are the only source of blood for patients in need of a blood transfusion. Many potential blood donors have questions about their ability to donate because of medical conditions or other reasons. There are four basic components that comprise human blood: plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.

Red Blood Cells
Red blood cells represent 40%-45% of your blood volume. They are generated from your bone marrow at a rate of four to five billion per hour. They have a lifecycle of about 120 days in the body.

Platelets
Platelets are an amazing part of your blood. Platelets are the smallest of our blood cells and literally look like small plates in their non-active form. Platelets control bleeding. Wherever a wound occurs, the blood vessel will send out a signal. Platelets receive that signal and travel to the area and transform into their “active” formation, growing long tentacles to make contact with the vessel and form clusters to plug the wound until it heals.

Plasma
Plasma is the liquid portion of your blood. Plasma is yellowish in color and is made up mostly of water, but it also contains proteins, sugars, hormones and salts. It transports water and nutrients to your body’s tissues.

White Blood Cells
Although white blood cells (leukocytes) only account for about 1% of your blood, they are very important. White blood cells are essential for good health and protection against illness and disease. Like red blood cells, they are constantly being generated from your bone marrow. They flow through the bloodstream and attack foreign bodies, like viruses and bacteria. They can even leave the bloodstream to extend the fight into tissue.

Many potential blood donors believe that they can’t donate blood due to medical or other reasons. But whether you’ve heard or read information about donation restrictions or been turned down in the past, please do not self defer. You may be able to say “Yes I can!” and share your power through blood donation. If you have questions about any of the subjects below, please contact us for more information.

Anemia/Low Iron
Anemia is a condition that, if caused by low iron body reserves, can be corrected with a change in diet. Eating many types of red meat, fortified cereal and leafy green vegetables may help. Find out more about low iron and foods high in iron here.

Medication
While many medications may prevent you from giving blood, you may still be able to donate while taking medications in the treatment of non-infectious diseases such as arthritis, chronic pain, gout, etc.

High Blood Pressure
If your blood pressure is under control, you may still be able to donate blood while taking most medications for high blood pressure.

Diabetes
If your diabetes is being treated and is under control, you are most likely able to donate blood. You should let your doctor know that you plan to donate.

Cancer
Most localized skin cancers are not a reason to stop you from donating blood. Because many different types of cancer exist, we will ask you a few questions regarding your diagnosis, and in some cases the blood center medical director may make the final determination on the deferral. Most often, people who are free of relapse a year after completion of treatment are able to donate blood.

Tattoos and Body Piercing
People who received a tattoo at a state-licensed and regulated facility are now eligible to donate once the area has healed. People who received a tattoo at a non-regulated facility must wait 12-months before they can donate. People who received any type of body piercing done with single use equipment are now eligible to donate once the area has healed. All other types of piercings require a 12-month wait before donating.

Age
United Blood Services welcomes blood donations from donors 17 years old and older. And you are never too old to donate. If you are in good health, and qualify for other eligibility guidelines, you can donate blood regardless of age.

Travel or Former Residence
Those who lived in the United Kingdom for a total of 3 months or more from 1980-1996, as well as long term residents in several European countries during that period, are ineligible to donate blood. There are several travel locations that may cause a 1-year deferral, such as parts of Mexico, China and the Philippines, as well as tropical areas where malaria is endemic.

Surgery or Minor Illnesses
Donors are required to feel well at the time of donation, so a cold, flu or allergies may temporarily prevent someone from donating. Donors must wait at least 24 hours for many minor surgeries, including dental work. Donors should rely on our screening process to determine surgery or illness deferrals. Many times the blood center medical director may make this determination.

Pregnancy
Pregnant women are not eligible to donate blood, but they become eligible six weeks after giving birth. Women who are nursing are encouraged to drink plenty of water both before and after donating blood. Because of a medical condition known TRALI (transfusion-related acute lung injury), blood centers may question women about prior pregnancies. The question is intended to protect the recipient of the donated blood, since pregnancy may cause women to develop antibodies that could harm a recipient patient.

Jones County Federation of Democratic Women

Posted on: February 6, 2018

The Federation of Democratic Women came to the Mayor’s office for a proclamation presentation that recognized the work in voter registration in Jones County this morning. Current president Ann Martin has lead in the planning and implementation of initiatives that promote the principles and ideals of the Democratic Party on a local level in Laurel. During the years since the organization of their association, members of the Jones County Federation of Democratic Women have worked tirelessly to promote voter registration and have encouraged voter turn-out by going door-to-door to contact potential voters and by providing transportation to the polls. In addition, the group has hosted several meet & greet breakfasts with local legislators and handed out information at the South State Mississippi Fair as recently as October, 2017. They have lobbied the legislature regarding issues that benefit all citizens of Jones County and celebrated the tenth anniversary of their formation in 2007. A delegation of the Jones County Federation of Democratic Women will be on hand in Washington D.C. on March 8 & 9, 2018 as part of the National Women in Blue.

Mayor Magee presents proclamation to Ms. Ann Martin, President of the Federation of Democratic Women

LHA receives $488,000 grant to repair homes in Laurel

Posted on: January 23, 2018

A $488,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) and member institution, The First, A National Banking Association (The First), will rehabilitate 72 homes in Laurel, Mississippi. A check presentation ceremony was held at the office of Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee to award the funds.

“Laurel is a small town with a rich history,” said Mayor Magee. “While it’s known as the town that timber built, I’d also like to recognize the partnerships that sustain this city. Thanks to this grant, 72 families will enjoy greater quality of life and for that we thank all parties involved, especially the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas and The First.”

Laurel Housing Authority Executive Director Ailrick D. Young said the AHP means a great deal to community-based organizations and communities. Without the grant, the repairs most likely would not be possible.

“I cannot emphasize enough how vitally important public-private partnerships and grants like this are,” said Mr. Young. “When organizations work together like this and take the lead in providing funding, it’s a huge asset to the communities.”

Mayor Magee said there is a tremendous need for the AHP in the Laurel community.

“We are always looking to partner with organizations and people to improve the lives of our citizens,” he said. “We are just so appreciative to be a part of this.”

Residents of the Laurel Housing Authority will be able to apply for grant money with a maximum amount of $6,777. The grants will go toward improvements including siding replacement, doors and windows, mold remediation, kitchen facilities. In addition, work to improve interior and exterior sealing, plumbing and electrical code compliance will be eligible under the grant. To be eligible for funds, the homeowner’s name must appear on the deed of trust, meet income criteria and the house must be located in the city limits of Laurel and occupied by the owner.

Holiday Office Closure on Monday, January 15

Posted on: January 13, 2018

City offices closed on Monday, January 15, 2018, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Holiday. The Monday garbage route will run on Tuesday and the Tuesday route will run on Wednesday. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 16 for normal business. Trash collection will resume a regular schedule on Monday, January 22, 2018

Season 2 of HGTV’s Home Town

Posted on: January 5, 2018

Season 2 of HGTV’s Home Town premieres Monday, January 8, 2018 at 9 | 8 ct. Check your local listings for times.

A special congratulations to Laurel residents Erin and Ben Napier on the addition of Helen Napier. For more information about the Home Town or to shop items shown on the show, please follow the link: HOME TOWN

Contact information:
Laurel Mercantile
414 Front St.
Laurel, MS 39440
601-651-0016