Mayor's Report

Aug 02

Fire Department Awarded FEMA SAFER Grant

Posted on August 2, 2017 at 5:48 PM by Darren Musselwhite

Recently, our Southaven Fire Department received the outstanding news that our federal grant application for FEMA’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program was approved, which will net the City $1,564,323 to be used to hire 12 new firefighters.  This award was only granted to three Mississippi cities (Biloxi and Clinton) and is the largest of such granted in the state.  This is a highly-competitive grant process and speaks highly of Fire Chief Roger Thornton, Fire-Life Safety Educator Malena Alderman, and the rest of our department expressing the confidence that we will use the funding efficiently to improve public safety in our city.

The City must apply matching funds of 25% in years one and two and 65% in year three to complete our funding requirements for this program.  The timing of this grant coincides perfectly with the City’s need and plan to prepare and staff Fire Station #5 which is projected to be built within the next 4 years.  These additional personnel will allow us to operate a “double company” at Station #4 until the new station is constructed to improve our service immediately to the southernmost part of our city.

Jul 27

Carriage Hills Pedestrian Project

Posted on July 27, 2017 at 2:52 PM by Darren Musselwhite

Construction is nearing completion of this project to add sidewalks on streets throughout the Carriage Hills subdivision.  This project is funded 65% by MDOT as a LPA project (Local Public Agency).  The total cost of the project is $463,350 with Southaven’s 35% being about $162,000.  Specifically, the sidewalks are being built along Chesterfield, Farmington, and Canterbury Drives from Rasco and connecting via Boulder Drive.  The walks will make the area more pedestrian-friendly in general and will especially benefit our school children as they connect with Southaven High School and Southaven Elementary School.  This project is part of a larger plan to make our entire city more pedestrian-friendly and will be followed by several more similar projects.
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May 18

Serve Southaven

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 12:31 PM by Darren Musselwhite

May 18, 2017 Update

Since our Serve Southaven program was created in 2015, we have been searching for the right person to lead these efforts.  This program needed a leader willing to give their time as a volunteer to truly serve our city with the skill set to organize, market, communicate, and bring people together.  We are fortunate that Tracy Gallagher has volunteered to be our first  executive director.  Tracy is an incredibly-talented person with a special heart to serve.  Her bio is as follows:

Tracy Gallagher owns Gallagher Insurance Group in Southaven along with her husband, Joel.  Believing in the importance of giving back to the community, Tracy knows that to whom much is given, much is required.  Tracy serves as Vice Chairman for Apelah in Hernando.  Apelah provides foster care for special needs children in Desoto County.  She serves on the Corporate Volunteer Council with Volunteer North Mississippi.  She is also involved in several local networking organizations and volunteers at her children’s schools.  Tracy holds a marketing degree from the University of Memphis.  She is a lifelong resident of Desoto County and graduated from Southaven High School.  She and Joel have been married for 22 years and have 3 children who attend Desoto County Schools.  They are members of Cornerstone Church in Southaven.

Since Joel is the City’s current Alderman for Ward 4, the City did request an opinion from the State Attorney General confirming that there is no conflict with her serving in this capacity.  The fact that this position is purely voluntary makes this acceptable.

Please contact Tracy at serve@southaven.org or 662.280.2489 if you are interested in serving in any capacity.  Together, we can make an even better Southaven!

 January 4, 2017 Original Post

When I began my public service to the City in 2013, I realized quickly that we have so many citizens that reach out for help with diverse needs.  I also realized that we have many wonderful people that sincerely want to serve our city and those citizens that are in need.  These two realizations prompted me, with the help of my Board of Aldermen and some key volunteers, to create a network of churches, charitable organizations, and other individuals that want to serve our city and specifically minister to those that have special needs.

Serve Southaven was officially created in 2015 as an outreach program to function as a "hub" in connecting those in need with those that want to help.  The following functions were designated as specific goals for service: 

  • City Beautification
  • Emergency Aid
  • Food Distribution
  • Youth Interaction
  • Elderly and Special Needs

This program has been effective but has much more potential for our city.  We hope to better serve the current functions of this program and also expand our program to reach more needs within our city. 
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