D'IBERVILLE -- Agreements between the city and casino developers were modified Tuesday in preparation for construction of Scarlet Pearl Casino.
The development agreements with Land Holdings I were terminated and now are with Scarlet Pearl, the company that in December received the Mississippi Gaming Commission's permission to proceed with construction.
City Attorney W. Fred Hornsby III said typically at this point in development, a company needs to make sure all approvals are up to date and transferred from the original company to the operating company.
He said Scarlet Pearl is "very close to wrapping their financing completely and breaking ground."
The differences in the agreements approved Tuesday are the project is now more defined, he said.
The city dissolved the original agreement, which would have included the former school property north of the development as part of the project. Hornsby said that is no longer being considered.
The council also learned work is beginning to move the north end of Popp's Ferry Road to align with Big Ridge Road. Craig High with Neel Schaffer Engineering said surveying has begun and he expects by April the city can start talking to property owners about purchasing their properties. If the land is vacant or only a portion is needed for the road, he said it will be purchased. When there is a home on the property, he said relocation benefits will help the property owner find comparable housing.
The first phase will be concentrated on D'Iberville Boulevard and Big Ridge Road, he said.
in other action:
n The council moved the next meeting to March 5 because of Mardi Gras
n A moment of silence was observed for former Councilmen Bob Bellman and Tom Moore, who died this month.
n City Manager Bobby Eleuterius reported December's sales-tax collection of $645,000 was the highest ever in the city.
n Police Chief Wayne Payne presented plaques to local news media for assistance in the recovery of guns stolen from a store in D'Iberville in January
n Building official Hank Rogers welcomed new businesses Bed Bath and Beyond, Kay Jewelers, Starbucks, Smoothie King and Schooner North
n The council approved the contract with Saunders Construction to begin site work at the D'Iberville Sportsplex.