Desoto County News

Olive Branch city notes

Olive Branch officials were informed this week the city received a 100 percent match of the Local Fiscal Recovery Funds through the Mississippi Municipality and County Water Infrastructure (MCWI) grant program.  It means Olive Branch can go forward in connecting water and sewer to unserved areas of the city. 

“Initially we received $9,569,227.48 and the matching $9,569,227.48 will result in a total of $19,138,554.96,” said Mayor Ken Adams about the funding.  

New signage was added with the new LED marquee sign, located at the Goodman Road entrance to the Olive Branch City Park. The messaging will be the same as another sign installed at State Highway 305 in Old Towne. Residents can expect to see another similar sign be installed on Goodman Road east of Malone Road at the west entrance to the city from Southaven. 

“These message boards are intended to keep our residents updated on key items in Olive Branch as well as public safety messages,” Adams said.  

The mayor also proclaimed the recent Independence Day celebration at City Park a success, with several thousand people inside the park and hundreds more watching the fireworks outside the park. Adams added inclement weather and crowd safety concerns with the approach of lightning were behind moving the fireworks show up 25 minutes early.  

Bob Bakken

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