Mayor's Report

Nov 02

Bike/Pedestrian Plan...Southaven "Shares the Road"

Posted on November 2, 2016 at 4:34 PM by Darren Musselwhite

One of Southaven's largest deficiencies is the lack of pedestrian-friendly transportation routes.  We forget sometimes that our city is still a very young city in comparison with most Mississippi cities, having first developed in the early '60s and not incorporated until 1980.  We are considered an "auto-era" city since we formed after automobiles became the primary form of transportation, unlike older cities that were created with town squares where all commerce needed to be located within walking distance of a rail system.  This fact created the intitial challenge for our city to become more walkable and pedestrian-friendly.

Creating more alternative transportation routes, green space planning, neighborhood engagement, and community health and wellness have become a goal for many cities.  Again, this improves the quality of life for citizens and makes cities more attractive places to live, work, and play.  

We have been planning for the last three years and joined the Memphis-Metro plan "Greenprint 2015/2040" to cooperate with a larger-scale plan to improve the entire metropolitan area.

I'm excited to announce the beginning of our city's first formal plan to add bike lanes and pedestrian paths and start our connectivity to "Greenprint 2015/2040".  This new plan will begin within weeks to add bike lanes on Greenbrook Pkwy and Clarington Drive that will connect with a short multi-use trail that further connects with Central Park.  This project will eventually connect with another leg of our plan which is the MDOT-funded multi-use trail that will connect Central and Snowden Grove Parks and is planned to be under construction in 2017.  We also have two other pending projects that are pending MDOT funding that should begin in 2017 as well.  The "Carriage Hills Pedestrian Project" will add sidewalks throughout the Carriage Hills subdivision which will help walkability for all of the school traffic in that area.  The "Main Street Pedestrian Project" will add sidewalks along Main Street from Highway 51 to City Hall on Northwest Drive.  This project will also include new mast arm traffic signals with pedestrian functions at Main/51 and Main/Whitworth.

The bike/pedestrian lane markings of this first phase of our plan are estimated to cost about $75,000 and will be funded entirely by the City from our general fund "Street Improvement" budget line item.
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Oct 20

Tennis Pro John Isner to Appear at Tennis Expansion Groundbreaking Ceremony

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 12:22 PM by Darren Musselwhite


SOUTHAVEN, MS, October 19, 2016 – Tennis Complex Expansion at Snowden Grove Groundbreaking

Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite announced today that top American professional tennis player, John Isner, will be attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the tennis court expansion project at Southaven’s Snowden Grove Park set for Wednesday, November 16th at 4 PM.  “I am very excited that tennis pro, John Isner, will join us for our groundbreaking,” stated Mayor Musselwhite.  “His presence highlights the impact the facility will have, not only on our community, but for the tennis community at large.  Our tennis expansion is the next major step in our park and recreational expansion and enhancement program, and we are all very excited about the potential of this facility.”  We believe this facility will enhance the quality of life of our citizens, as well as improve tourism revenues for our city with Southaven becoming a destination for tennis tournaments attracting players from throughout the Southeast.

John Isner is currently ranked 27th in the world according to the ATP and holds the record for most aces in a Grand Slam event with 113 during the 2010 Wimbledon Tournament.  Isner, originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, played collegiately at the University of Georgia and recently partnered with Jack Sock to win the doubles title at the Shanghai Rolex Masters Tournament.  

In addition to Isner, representatives from USTA-Mississippi and DeSoto County Tennis Association will be in attendance.  The tennis court expansion project is being funded in its entirety by the restaurant tourism tax, “A Penny for Your Parks”. 

Oct 19

Rasco Rd Extension

Posted on October 19, 2016 at 4:15 PM by Darren Musselwhite

The Board of Aldermen recently accepted the lowest and best bid of $745,631.87 from Enscor, LLC for this long-awaited transportation improvement project.  This project is part of the City's comprehensive transportation improvement program and will be funded completely by the City.

The extension will connect the current break in Rasco at Swinnea to the break just west of Tchulahoma, which will make Rasco a continuous east/west arterial road from Getwell Rd to Highway 51.  This connection will improve public safety, allowing much quicker access for our Fire and EMS responders in nearby residential areas, in addition to reducing traffic in Central Park and mitigating traffic congestion, in general.

Construction will begin in December, 2016 with completion projected in June, 2017.