CITY OF HATTIESBURG NEWS

Council Votes to Name Dewitt Sullivan Park Pavilion After Local Citizen

Council Votes to Name Dewitt Sullivan Park Pavilion After Local Citizen

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Tuesday, June 30 at a special-called council meeting to receive the 2019 audit, the Hattiesburg City Council also voted unanimously adopted a resolution to name the pavilion at Dewitt Sullivan Park in Palmers Crossing after Mr. Frankie L Benton, Sr. in honor of his commitment to the City of Hattiesburg and the progress of the Palmer’s...

Hattiesburg City Council Receives 2019 Fiscal Year Audit

At a special-called City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 30, the City of Hattiesburg received its 2019 Fiscal Year Audit, completed by Topp, McWhorter, Harvey, PLLC. The Council voted unanimously to receive the audit as-is. Links to the findings letter and the audit report can be accessed below: City of Hattiesburg – FY 2019 Audit Report FY 2019 Audit Communication...

Hattiesburg Announces $1.2M Project for 38th Avenue

Hattiesburg Announces $1.2M Project for 38th Avenue

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Thursday, Mayor Toby Barker was joined by Ward 1 Councilman Jeffrey George, District 5 Forrest County Board of Supervisor Chris Bowen and Dr. Dee Dee Anderson, VP for Student Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi to announce a $1.2 million project that will rebuild 38th Avenue. The project will create a new western edge to...

Hattiesburg Breaks Ground on Ninth Fire Station

Hattiesburg Breaks Ground on Ninth Fire Station

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Wednesday morning, the City of Hattiesburg broke ground on its ninth fire station – which will provide the residents and business owners of north Hattiesburg with better response times and better insurance rates.  “Today, we officially break ground on this facility – keeping our commitment to do it and to help the existing residents and businesses...

Hattiesburg Announces Free Community Testing Center for COVID-19

Hattiesburg Announces Free Community Testing Center for COVID-19

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – To accelerate testing capacity and access for residents in Hattiesburg, the City of Hattiesburg is partnering with the Forrest County Emergency Management District, the Forrest County Board of Supervisors, Hattiesburg Clinic, Forrest General and the Mississippi Department of Health to provide a free COVID-19 community testing center at C.E. Roy Community Center (500 E Fifth Street).  The...

Barbershops, Salons & Gyms to Open on May 11 in Hattiesburg with More Stringent Guidelines

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker announced Saturday that barbershops, salons and gym facilities in the city limits will open following Governor Reeves Executive Order 1480, but with more stringent guidelines. “Two weeks ago, we announced that reopening the city would include a measured approach – one built on local data and one built with the input of business...

City Administration Shares Financial Impact of Hattiesburg’s Reduction in Force

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Monday, April 27, the City of Hattiesburg announced plans to move forward with a reduction in force process in response to projected shortfalls in sales tax revenues from COVID-19’s effect on the Hattiesburg economy. As of Friday, May 1, the city’s administration moved forward with a reduction in force that included 27 vacant positions and 39...

Hattiesburg’s Cost of Curbside Recycling Program to Increase

Hattiesburg’s Cost of Curbside Recycling Program to Increase

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Due to commodity market changes affecting the current recycling contractor, the City of Hattiesburg will present a new contract with a new company – Republic Recycling in Baton Rouge – on Tuesday for review by City Council. Since 2014, the city has offered its recycling services to residents through a voluntary-pay program at a cost of $3/month...

Hattiesburg Mayor Issues Guidance for Retail with new Executive Order

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Thursday, April 30, Mayor Toby Barker issued Executive Order 2020-5 to provide guidance to retail businesses regarding in-house capacity and masks. “As we begin taking steps to reopen parts of Hattiesburg’s economy, we do so with a dual focus of prioritizing public health while giving the private sector space to operate creatively,” said Barker. “We have...

Hattiesburg Begins Reduction in Force in Response to COVID-19

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Due to projected shortfalls in sales tax revenues from COVID-19’s effect on the Hattiesburg economy, the City of Hattiesburg will experience a reduction in force beginning this week. The city’s general fund is heavily dependent on the tax dollars generated from retail sales, and March numbers indicate a downturn (approximately 15%) for when the parts of the...

Hattiesburg Relies on More Stringent Restrictions for Non-Essential Retail to Help Slow the Spread

Hattiesburg Relies on More Stringent Restrictions for Non-Essential Retail to Help Slow the Spread

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – To further slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Hattiesburg metro-area and with provisions from Governor Tate Reeves latest safer-at-home order, Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker is leaning on more stringent regulations for non-essential retail beginning Monday, April 27. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, they can operate by drive-thru, pickup sales, curbside delivery or by appointment only –...

Mayor Barker Announces Working Group in COVID-19 Response

Mayor Barker Announces Working Group in COVID-19 Response

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Wednesday night, Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker addressed citizens via Facebook Live to announce a community working group as the next step in the city’s response to COVID-19. This working group will be tasked with identifying both the challenges and creative solutions in re-opening all facets of Hattiesburg after the shelter-in-place ends. “As we have done with...