Jackson County

5 things you need to know about Jackson County (that don't involve SRHS)

PASCAGOULA -- Melton Harris told the Sun Herald he was giving the State of the County address to Pascagoula Rotary today, not the State of Singing River Health System.

He said there's more to what the county is doing than the $13.6 million it decided to give the county hospital system over the next eight years to help its failing finances.

Harris called that issue a blip, 30 seconds of his overall presentation. Harris is the new county president of the Board of Supervisors, which oversees $84 million in income to the county and an operating budget of $133 million.

Here are some of the ways they're spending your money:

-- The county will have a new mobile-friendly GIS, the county's web mapping service, so you can check it out from the streets or at property.

-- Innovative Ocean Springs and areas north and east are racking up with projects like the Yellow Jacket Road intersection to the St. Martin High School at $2.2 million, an Old Spanish Trail sidewalk project hear OSHS at $950,000 and the study of a multi-use pathway to Gautier at $85,000.

-- 12 bridges, nine roads, three parks and two ballfields will get some love.

-- Nine bayous have been dredged, and there are seven to go.

-- $170,000 for a new animal shelter design and renovation, and a new look -- inside and out -- for the Jackson County Civic Center at the fairgrounds.