This rendering shows what a new Dollar General on U.S. 51 in?Ridgeland will look like.
This rendering shows what a new Dollar General on U.S. 51 in?Ridgeland will look like.
RIDGELAND — Representative from a proposed Dollar General store on Highway 51 returned to City Hall last Tuesday night to present revisions to their design requested by city officials.

City officials voted unanimously on a motion to approve the revised site plan as well as future approval for certain building materials and some small changes.

A representative for Dollar General said that the design they submitted was an “upscaled version” of their normal stores and that they were more than happy to accommodate further requests from the city.

Ward 4 Alderman Brian Ramsey said that he would like to see a “copper” option for the awnings on the building.

The approved changes included a right-in, right-out entrance discussed during the last meeting in June and another entrance a few yards south that would curve into the side of the parking lot. Officials also said that this additional entrance could make building in adjacent lots more attractive for the future and granted Dollar General some say in allowing access to the drive if any competition were looking at the property for development.

Alderman and Public Works Director Mike McCollum expressed concerns that the in-and-out nature of transactions at the business could cause traffic congestion in the parking lot that could lead to rash decisions being made while leaving and turning onto the busy Highway 51.

“This looks good and I hope we can move forward. They have addressed pretty much everything we have asked them to,” Mayor Gene McGee said.

Another request involved the signage on the building requiring them to use white block lettering. their standard logo will be allowed on the ground sign.

In other board action:

•  A building code variance was unanimously granted for Gavilan, LLC at 2000 County Line Road subject to an indmenity agreement. The owners were requesting to switch the 62,139 square foot building’s use from “mercantile” to “assembly.”

• Approved a sprinkler variance request for the Crow-Burlingame Company’s Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts at 830 Wilson Drive.

•  Approved an architectural review for Fleetway to remodel.

•  Approved a site plan and architectural review for Shelter Insurance on Steed Road.

•  Approved a site plan and architectural review for a proposed Hardee’s fast food restaurant on County Line Road contingent on the parapet height being designed to screen the mechanical equipment on the roof. It will be housed in the old Ralph and Kacoos building.

• Affirmed a memorandum of understanding with C-Spire.

• Approved a special event permit for the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Labor of Love 10k and 5k.

• Approved a special event permit for Jackson metro cyclist’s Trekkin the Trace event.

• Approved a special event permit for the Ridgeland Fire Department’s 911 Heroes run.

• Approved a special event permit for Marsh marketing Inc.’s Renaissance Euro Fest.

• Approved a special event permit for the Pediatrict Brian Tumor Foundation’s Ride for Kids event.

• Approved a special event permit for the Ridgeland High School homecoming parade.

• Approved a special event permit for Broadmoor Baptist Church’s The Bridge 10k and 5k.

•  Approved an agreement with Carfax and the Police Department for their Carfax for Police Program.

• Accepted donation checks to the Police Department’s Clothes Closet Program in a total of $75.

•  Accepted a $40,321.40 DUI Grant for RPD from the Department of Public Safety.

• Received a $14,127 insurance check from Travelers Insurance to the Police Department for Unit 317, a 2014 Dodge Charger, that was involved in a wreck on June 4. They also claimed an $11,376.33 check for some equipment damaged by lightning.

•  Approved an agreement with the Department of Environmental Quality and the Public Works Department for the purpose of funding interactive recycling and eight gallon containers and to enhance the Recycle Bowl event at RHS. DEQ will reimburse up to $8,000 in related expenditures.

•    Authorized to bid Lake Harbour Drive rehabilitation and a box culvert projects, pending MDOT approval.

•   Approved lake Harbour Drive Extension Preliminary Engineering estimate number 50.

• Approved an amendment form AT&T to site license agreement with the city for the Town Center tower.

• Authorized to reject received bids and readvertise for the Highland Colony Parkway rehabilitation project. The two bids received form APAC-Mississippi, Inc. and Dickerson and Bowen, Inc., were deemed too high. The lowest bid from APAC was 49 percent higher than the engineer’s estimate of $543,445.

•  Approved an agreement with Verizon for service on three automated license plate readers obtained by the city through a Homeland Security grant.

• Agreed to dispose of broken paper shredder. the device was deemed to be of “no value.”

•  Approved a “complete street” program. The resolution states that the city wants to “establish a densely connected network of streets and roads to guide future growth that equally serves automobiles, pedestrians and bicycles.”

• Moved 441,958.20 to the general fund.

• Approved the claims docket.