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- Mayor of Ridgeland since 1989
- Past President Mississippi Municipal League
- President Madison County Waste Water Authority
- Past President Mississippi Urban Forest Council
- Former Member Board of Directors Pearl River Water Supply District
- Member Mississippi Baptist Symphony Orchestra
- Member United Republican Fund
- Member Colonial Heights Baptist Church
- Member Board of Directors Mississippi Municipal Service Company
- Member Board of Directors of Mississippi Municipal Liabilty Company
THE STATE OF THE CITY OF RIDGELAND.
The City of Ridgeland is fiscally strong and is serving its citizens well. The City of Ridgeland’s Moody’s AA bond rating, the first one awarded to a municipality in Mississippi, our strong tax base, no tax increase in the last 20 years, and The Healthy Reserve Fund assure that the City can adequately respond to emergencies that may arise.
Mayor Gene McGee provides strong, responsible, responsive, business-like leadership to the City of Ridgeland, and the results are a strong, thriving economy in which businesses want to locate and a community that provides an excellent quality of life in which families want to establish their roots.
Since 1992, City of Ridgeland has maintained long-term, comprehensive plans for transportation, storm water management, and recreation and parks. City of Ridgeland has recently completed a comprehensive and detailed Master Plan that delineates specific steps that will move the City decisively into the future. It is this proactive planning—that is evaluated and reprioritized every six months—that allows the City to anticipate, budget and address needs before they become critical. These plans are available for view by citizens at City Hall during regular business hours, and on the city’s website at www.ridgelandms.org.
Ridgeland’s continued success depends on the progressive, cooperative, business-like leadership provided by Mayor Gene McGee that has created a City in which responsive, effective and efficient services are the norm, not the exception.
AGGRESSIVE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM
The City of Ridgeland has aggressively addressed transportation needs through a comprehensive Overlay Plan that is currently ahead of schedule.
NEIGHBORHOOD OVERLAY PROJECTS COMPLETED 2005-2008
|Towne Center Boulevard
(Pear Orchard to Wheatley)
|Christine Drive||Friday Harbor|
(Highland Colony Parkway to Richardson)
|School Street||Bob White Lane|
(Lake Harbour to Nolan Circle)
|Cole Road||Ridgeland Avenue|
|Sawbridge of Dinsmor||Shadowood Drive||Richardson Road|
|Arbor Ridge of Dinsmor||Arbor Drive||Windrush|
|Savannah Square of Dinsmor||Camden Park||Lakeshore Drive|
|Copper Ridge||Bryceland||Wendover Way|
|Beau Chene Access Road||Bridgeford||Ripon Court|
|Highland ColonyParkway (segment)||Yellowly Lane||W. Hamilton Street|
|Pear Orchard Apartments Road||Hawthorne Vale||Cottonwood|
|Sunnybrook Road||Fox Hollow||Evergreen Street|
|Van Mark Road||Dinsmor Crossing||Ridgewood Road|
|Towne Center Boulevard||Old Agency Road||Windrush|
|Westfield of Dinsmor|
TOTAL EXPENDITURE 2005-2008 $2,500,000.00
MAJOR STREET CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS COMPLETED
County Line Road Widening
Old Canton Road Widening
County Line Road Rehabilitation
Harbor Drive Road Relocation and Widening
Town Center and Pear Orchard Road Traffic Signal
Jackson Street Parking
Harbour Pointe Crossing / Lake Harbour
Old Canton and Harbour Pointe Crossing
Highland Colony and West Parkway Place
Sunnybrook Road and Steed Road Traffic Signal
Ridgeland Avenue Traffic Signal
Old Canton Road Rehabilitation (Lake Harbour to County Line Road)
Bike Path Phase I
Bike Path Phase II
Rice Road and Harbour Drive Traffic Signal
Old Agency and North Frontage Traffic Signal
Highland Colony and St. Andrews Traffic Signal
TOTAL EXPENDITURE 2005-2008 $23,607,938.00
NEIGHBORHOOD TRAFFIC CALMING
East Jackson Street}
Eastwood / Southridge
Trace Ridge Subdivision
Old Agency Subdivision
Pear Orchard Circle
N. Allerton Boulevard
Wendover / Shadowood
TOTAL EXPENDITURE 2005-2008 $274,000.00
Natchez Trace Water Line
City Sewer Rehab Program (camera and rehab)
East Madison County Regional Sewer (camera and cleaning)
Ford Street Sewer
Old Canton Road Tank Rehabilitation
West Water Lines at Hickory Road and Arron Lane
Sewer Line Jackson Street to Century Drive
Sunnybrook Sewer from North Wheatley to Sunnybrook Road
TOTAL EXPENDITURE 2005-2008 $1,947,636.00
NEIGHBORHOOD DRAINAGE PROJECTS
Carlton Park Storm Sewer
Pine Knoll Ditch
Blackthorn Retention Pond Repair
Highland Presbyterian Storm Drain
Old Agency Road Culvert and Ditch Repair
TOTAL EXPENDITURE 2005-2008 $2,341,661.00
The City of Ridgeland bears little resemblance to the City in 1989, the year I was elected Mayor. At that time, I had an idea—a feeling—that there was the opportunity to create a vibrant, progressive City by developing a business-friendly environment while assuring managed and controlled growth. This ensured that neighborhoods were developed under guidelines that guaranteed protection of property values, while providing an excellent quality of life.
Growth brings change and challenges; we’ve faced the challenges and have worked diligently to balance development with the best interests of Ridgeland and its citizens. While there have been different opinions and strong feelings expressed on all sides, I’ve never feared healthy, open, honest debate. I welcome it because engaged and vocal citizens ensure that decisions are carefully made and all opinions are heard.
The City of Ridgeland has been uniquely positioned through long-term strategic planning that maximizes the City’s potential while capturing federal grants and funding that allow development while minimizing the impact of taxes on homes and businesses. Conservative fiscal management, that maintains an excellent bond rating and a substantial reserve, ensures that the City receives the most favorable rates when issuing bonds or borrowing money. I promised in 1988 to bring a business approach to government; citizens are reaping the many benefits.
We are in the midst of an exciting and amazing time in the history of the City of Ridgeland. Exceptional developments along Highland Colony Parkway have created opportunities for local businesses, as well as corporate offices. New urbanism developments combine commerce and homes into neighborhoods that encourage walking and shopping in a community setting. You’ll find the best of the new balanced by the best of the old. We are upgrading and enhancing our County Line business and residential district. By creating beautifully planted medians that complement the adjoining new commercial development, the area is aesthetically pleasing, and traffic is better controlled, resulting in fewer accidents.
As I approach the end of my 5th term as mayor, I ask for your continued support as I seek re-election. I am still excited about the potential that is yet to be realized as we continue to build a City that provides unequaled opportunities to its residents and businesses. My pledge to you remains the same: I will serve with honesty, integrity and will make decisions that best serve the interests of our citizens. As always, my door remains open, and I welcome the opportunity to hear your views and concerns.
I ask you to join me in continuing to build a city that is a wonderful place to grow a family or a business. During the 24 years that I’ve served as Alderman and Mayor, I’ve seen many who moved here with a dream of what they could build in Ridgeland. Today, I see the fulfillment of those dreams up and down every street in the city. The good news is that the City of Ridgeland still offers those opportunities, and they still come.
I hope you join me in being proud of our City. Together, we can continue to create an environment that nurtures families, supports businesses and provides an excellent quality of life. Let’s not stop now. We still have much to do.
Gene F. McGee, C.M.O.
City of Ridgeland
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