Bay moving ahead on harbor/marina commission
By Jennifer Lenain
Feb 22, 2013, 21:24
Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame on Tuesday presented to the city council a resolution creating the Bay St. Louis Harbor and Waterfront Development Advisory Committee.
According to the resolution, the committee will include seven members, who are residents of Bay St. Louis who have "significant experience" in harbor activities or business development.
The resolution draft states that other qualified, prospective members may be appointed at the direction of the mayor, and confirmed by the city council.
The term of office of each member will be three years and the members will not be compensated, according to the draft.
The council will discuss the draft at the next meeting and possible changes may be made.
Fillingame said he has 20 interested applicants who appear to be qualified.
He said he is waiting to receive resumes.
"There is no real urgency on the matter, but we hope to have the committee established and seated by the second meeting in March," Fillingame said.
In other action:
• Phillip Williams, owner of Williams Pit BBQ, appeared before the council to update the city on the status of his restaurant.
Williams has been operating a "take-out only" food service and would like to allow customers the opportunity to sit and enjoy a meal, he said.
He no longer wants to function out of his old restaurant, but hopes to open a new, smaller cafe.
No definite plans have been made, he said, "I just want to inform everyone that I may be going in a new direction."
• The council approved a motion to accept a new policy for electrical power meters - made by Councilwoman Wendy McDonald, seconded by Councilman Bill Taylor by a vote of 5 to 1, McDonald voting no.
A separate electrical power meter can be authorized for permitted use of piers, dock lighting, structures built over water to shelter a boat, and winches installed over water to lift boats for properties abutting waterways.
Electrical power service under the policy cannot be used to power any vessel used for living, but only as a means to keep a vessel seaworthy.
• Councilman Bobby Compretta made a motion to approve the bid for the city to host the Dixie World Series in August 2014.
The measure passed 6-1.
Dixie Softball has registered 109 girls to play in the league, Dixie board representative Lonnie Falgout said Friday.
"We have secured the World Series for the seven and eight-year-olds and have submitted a resolution to the Dixie Softball Board of Directors to host two other age groups," Falgout said.
Falgout said he will have an answer in the coming weeks.
The city will only be responsible for providing security during the event and preparing the fields.