RIDGELAND — City officials approved a site plan for access to a proposed Dollar General on U.S. 51 that has been the topic of discussion for some months.

A site plan featuring a right-in/right-out style exit was recently rejected by the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

The change was originally made under the advice of Public Works Director Mike McCollum who said that all research he was familiar with found right-in/right-outs to be the safest solution for exiting properties on busy main thoroughfares like Highway 51.

Emails with Andy McNair of MDOT state that they do not see the right-in/right-out entrance being effective “without the presence of a restrictive raised curb or median.” It goes on to state “the proposed right-in/right-out driveway will likely be treated by motorists as a full access driveway.”

The new exit will feature a stop sign.

No other previously approved design elements for the store were changed.

The site is just north from where Ridgewood Road meets Highway 51.

In other board action, aldermen:

•  Approved site plan and architectural review for renovations to the Fill-N-Chill located at 308 U.S. 51 that includes a rebuilding of the canopy using the same materials and colors previously approved by the City.

At the Architectural review, Randy Knouse stressed that the air conditioning units proposed in the renovations be properly screened and that new landscaping be put in if any existing landscaping is removed.

The request included a variance form the landscape ordinance for a parking island at the end of a parking row.

• Accepted the withdrawal of an appeal to a zoning board recommendation set for a hearing on Nov. 7 for a proposed Storage Park Max west of I-55 at the south end of Newpointe Drive.

• Approved a special event permit for First Ridgeland Baptist Church’s LifeFit 5k on November 18 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the church’s Jackson Street location.

The church is expecting 150 participants. The event will feature 11 posts, seven of which will be manned by off-duty Ridgeland Police officers and will generate $756 in overtime at a rate of $27 per hour.

• Approved a special event permit for Southern AgCredit’s Jingle Bell Jog, a half marathon, 10k, 5k and Fun Run scheduled for December 2 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Madison Central High School and will go south down Highland Colony into Ridgeland.

They expect 800 to 1000 participants. Ridgeland Police will man 15 posts at a rate of $27 an hour for about $1,620 for the event.

• Approved petit cash for the police department in the amount of $200.

• Approved Unit T1, a 2017 Harley Davidson FLH Street Glide, as surplus property for the Police department. In a memo from Chief John Neal, the vehicle was involved in an accident on Sept. 8 and has been declared a total loss. The insurance company has paid for the loss of the vehicle and will take possession of it after it is declared surplus.

• Approved a memorandum of understanding between the MS Department of Mental Health Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services and the Ridgeland Police Department to specify the obligations of both entities with respect to the collection, packaging, destruction, recording and reporting of a medication dropbox currently in the lobby of the RPD.

• Designated TCS Ware as a sole source authorized distributor of all L3 Communications Mobile-Version, Inc. products approved in the FY18 budget.

• Approved an interlocal agreement with the county for certain street improvements to the tune of up to $89,000 from the county and an agreement to reimburse up to $234,000 for improvements made on identified streets.

• Approved a bid award for the Lake Harbour East Rehabilitation project from Northpark Drive to Breakers Lane contingent on MDOT concurrence to Dickerson and Bowen in the amount of $1,564,492.68. Another bid from APAC was rejected.

• Approved a request from Sustainable Construction, Inc. to use Old Agency Road as a truck route that includes the round-a-bout on Old Agency Road. The destination will be Lot 5 at Backwater Farms. The permit includes 200 loads of dirt.

• Approved a maintenance agreement with Precision Tech LLC to repair time clocks for the Public Works Department in the amount of $1,300.

• Approved Mississippi 811 agreement and membership. The fee for the fiscal year 2017 was $7,482 and has been included the new budget.

• Declared surplus property for the Public Works Department that included a scan tool that cannot be upgraded, an air compressor from a truck, an F-350 truck, a Wizard Auto Level, a lost 1996 Toshiba computer, a lost boring machine, a portable radio lost by a former employee, a 1998 air condenser unit and an optic traffic controller.

• Approved a Lake Harbour Drive Extension right-of-way acquisition and relocation invoice from Reservoir Consultants in the amount of $2,850.

• Approved a truck route permit for Centrell Trucking for five large trucks carrying an estimated 250 loads taking a route form Livingston Road to Old Agency Road and then north on Patterson Crossing and an eastern turn on Nancy Lane to Bridgewater Crossing.

• Approved a resolution supporting the Local Debt Collection Act.

• Approved city claims document unanimously (excluding Costco-related claims.)

• Approved Costco related claims 4-2 in the amount of $2,565.