As we finish 2020, it's good for us to look back and review some of this City Council's accomplishments in the past year. I'll separate them into four categories:
1. Quality of life:
*Completed sports complex and began hosting
*Hired an Athletic Director to coordinate youth and
adult sport programs.
*Lobbied CSX to change the midday railroad
interchange to nighttime.
*Received $300,000 in Tidelands grant money for Point Park improvements.
*Received $450,000 in Tidelands grant money for Lighthouse Park improvements.
*Established plans and funding for easier access to River Park from Highway 90.
*Weekly cleaning of Highway 90 bridge.
*Created maintenance map and focus areas for mowing and weed control.
*Police Department began allowing people with fines to work them off by cleaning up
*Signs with information on litter fines placed throughout the city.
*Worked with property owners to get permission for the cleanup of encampments in
*Worked with Pascagoula Pride and Main Street Pascagoula to recognize businesses
for beautification along Market Street.
*Created a new position for a Public Information Officer.
*Began a monthly newsletter sent via email.
*Ongoing work to make city website user-friendly and a good resource for information.
*Social media videos on development projects in Downtown Pascagoula.
*Bi-weekly message from the Mayor on Facebook.
*Made site visits to major industries with the Jackson County Economic Development
*Increased millage rate to Ingalls, which increases city revenue.
*Worked with the Jackson County Board of Supervisors on paving streets throughout
the city and worked with the county on a comprehensive repair assessment for the
Jackson-George Regional Library in Downtown Pascagoula.
*Worked with the Pascagoula Redevelopment Authority on several mixed-use projects
in Downtown Pascagoula.
*Adopted a budget that focused on recruitment and retention for the Police and Fire
*Ongoing work with Pascagoula Police, Open Doors Homeless Coalition, and property
owners to address and reduce homelessness and vagrancy in the community.
I'm proud of all we accomplished in 2020 and look forward to continuing to work to make our community a more attractive place to live and work. -- Mayor Demetropoulos