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Alan Hart

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FW: Ridgeland Information

FYI

Alan Hart, PlA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www. ridge Ia ndms.org

From: Jeff Kimbrell [mailto:Jeff.Kimbrell@tscg.com]


Sent: Friday, August 29, 2014 9:01AM
To: Alan Hart
Subject: RE: Ridgeland Information
Thanks Alan. Will keep you posted.

Jeff Kimbrell
The Shopping Center Group, LLC
10 Canebrake Blvd. Suite 140
Flowood, MS 39232
601-664-1166 office
601-664-1177 fax
601-812-7114 cell
PLEASE NOTE MY NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: jeff.kimbrell@tscg.com
From: Alan Hart [mailto:Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org]
Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2014 3:05 PM
To: Jeff Kimbrell
Subject: RE: Ridgeland Information

Jeff,
Matt and I worked up a couple layout ideas. We do not profess to be the Costco experts, but we searched Google Earth
and found numerous sites that resemble the layouts in the attached drawings. These drawings are obviously very
conceptual, but they should give you a general idea of how the store could easily fit and enjoy very wide open visibility
from the interstate. Both drawings keep the building and parking areas out of the Flood Way.
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Another likely important point is that you can apply for an additional curb-cut on Highland Colony Parkway that would
act as a right-in/right-out. This curb cut is not shown on either plan, but it is an option for both to improve
ingress/egress.
Let me know if there is anything else that we can do to help!

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highwdy 51 Ridgeldnd, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

1neclt~rzyt

RIDGELAND

From: Jeff Kimbrell [mailto:Jeff.Kimbrell@tscg.com]

Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 3:07PM


To: Alan Hart

Subject: RE: Ridgeland Information


Thanks Alan. I enjoyed meeting with you guys today. It was very informative. Should have asked earlier, do you which
banks own each of the old Evans parcels? If not it's no big deal. I can get online and get the info off of tax maps.
Thanks again,

Jeff Kimbrell
The Shopping Center Group, LLC
10 Canebrake Blvd. Suite 140
Flowood, MS 39232
601-664-1166 office
601-664-1177 fax
601-812-7114 cell
PLEASE NOTE MY NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: jeff.kimbrell@tscg.com
From: Alan Hart [mailto:Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org]
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:53 PM
To: Jeff Kimbrell
Subject: Ridgeland Information

Jeff,
Thanks again for your time today. As promised, I have attached a digital copy of the contents of the folder we provide
you today. Please let us know if you need any additional information about Ridgeland.
Thanks,
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Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 8.56-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

rnctwor RIDGElAND

Alan Hart
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Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Thursday, August 28, 2014 3:05 PM
RE: Ridgeland Information
option A.pdf; Option B.pdf

Jeff,
Matt and I worked up a couple layout ideas. We do not profess to be the Costco experts, but we searched Google Earth
and found numerous sites that resemble the layouts in the attached drawings. These drawings are obviously very
conceptual, but they should give you a general idea of how the store could easily fit and enjoy very wide open visibility
from the interstate. Both drawings keep the building and parking areas out of the Flood Way.
Another likely important point is that you can apply for an additional curb-cut on Highland Colony Parkway that would
act as a right-in/right-out. This curb cut is not shown on either plan, but it is an option for both to improve
ingress/egress.
Let me know ifthere is anything else that we can do to help!

Alan Hart, PlA, ASlA


Director

Community Development

P.O. Box 217, Ridgeland, MS 39158


304 Highway 51 , Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext 1.033, FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www .ridgelandms.org
ln.c~t.yQt

RIDGElAND

From: Jeff Kimbrell [mailto:Jeff.Kimbrell@tscg.com]

Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 3:07 PM


To: Alan Hart
Subject: RE: Ridgeland Information
Thanks Alan. 1 enjoyed meeting with you guys today. It was very informative. Should have asked earlier, do you which
banks own each of the old Evans parcels? If not it's no big deal. I can get online and get the info off of tax maps.
Thanks again,
Jeff Kimbrell
The Shopping Center Group, LLC
10 Canebrake Blvd. Suite 140
Flowood, MS 39232
60 1-664-1166 office
1

601-664-1177 fax
601-812-7114 cell
PLEASE NOTE MY NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: jeff.kimbrell@tscg.com
From: Alan Hart [mailto:Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org]
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:53 PM
To: Jeff Kimbrell
Subject: Ridgeland Information

Jeff,
Thanks again for your time today. As promised, I have attached a digital copy of the contents of the folder we provide
you today. Please let us know if you need any additional information about Ridgeland.
Thanks,

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217" Ridgeland, IVIS 39158
304 Highway 51 , f\idge!and, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856<3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601} 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

Alan Hart
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 4:30 PM
Ridgeland Questions
HCP Access Control Ord.pdf

Julie,
Following up from our meeting last week. Here are a few items we wanted to address:
1. Sale of Light Wine and Beer: Regulated by the City of Ridgeland. Distance is measured 400 feet front door to
front door. Your site plan adequately addresses this issue. The front door from the church is appx. 381 feet
from their property line. As long as the front door of Costco is appx. 19 feet from the property line, there will be
no issue with the sale of light wine or beer.
2. Sale of Wine and Liquor: Regulated by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division of the Mississippi Department of
Revenue. The agent that I spoke with at ABC, confirmed that they measure from the nearest point of building to
the nearest poi"nt of building. The buffer distance required is 400' by State Law (Title 27 Chapter 71 Regulation
No. 7). The church building is appx. 326 feet from the property line. Another 74 feet would be required to be
100% clear of any point of the Costco Building; however, the location of the separate attached alcohol sales
facility appears to well beyond the nearest point of the Building. It is advisable that you verify with ABC if they
will measure from the edge of the Costco Building or from the edge of the attached Alcohol Sales building
before completing the site plan. If this becomes an issue either way, the Church can waive any objections. One
of our Aldermen attends Church their and could likely help us.
3. Zoning: We believe that the sale of all goods except the fuel center complies with the current zoning
regulations. We also believe that we can appropriately amend the language of the zoning ordinance to
accommodate the accessory detached fuel facility. That process would take less than 60 days and could be done
in as few as 30 days.
4. Access to Highland Colony Parkway: I have ilttached the HCP Access Control Policy. It appears to me that the
minimum distance between crossovers is 600 feet. The distance between crossovers at the north side of the
property is 765 feet; therefore, I believe a request to move the northern crossover north for better efficiencies
could be accomplished. The right-in I right-out could be added between crossovers as long as they have a 300foot buffer from the crossover. When you develop the site plan further and can send it to me without any
reference to Costco, send it to me, and I can get preliminary reviews accomplished with the City Engineer and
Public Works Director.
Hope this information is helpful. Let me know if you need anything else.
Thanks,

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

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VI. ACCESS CONTROL POLICY


HIGHLAND COLONY PARKWAY

10

SECriON NINE
EXPIRATION OF EXTENSIQN
Any approval of a Development Review shall expire within six (6) months of such approval
except where construction or use of the property in reliance on such Development Review
approval has commenced prior to its expiration. If construction and use of the property in
reliance on a Development Review approval has not commenced within a six (6) month period,
said period may be extended by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen for a period not exceeding
six (6) months for each application up to a maximum of two (2) years from the date of original
approval.

SECTION TEN
ENALT1PS
Violation of this ordinance shall be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than
$1,000.00 and/or imprisonment for not more than ninety (90) days.

SECTION ELEVEN
EFFECTIVE DATE

This ordinance shall be effective thirty (30) days from and after passage.

Signed this the 15th day of May, 1991.

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CITY OF RIDGELAND
Policy and Procedure No.
Subject:
I.

4.10

Access Control Policy for the Highland Colony Parkway


Policy:
The Board of Aldermen of The City of Ridgeland, in order
to adhere to the general precepts established in the
development of Highland Colony Parkway and to further
provide a consistent policy for development and
associated access along the Parkway has adopted this
Access control Policy relating to the design and
construction of streets, roads, and driveways entering
andjor exiting the Parkway.
The purpose of this policy is to maximize controlled
development along the Parkway with minimum impact to the
motoring public.

II.

General:
This policy and procedure is authorized pursuant to an
order adopted on
APRIL 16, 1996
, at a regular
meeting of the Mayor and Board of Alderman.

III. Procedures:
A.

Safety Criteria
The Highland Colony Parkway was designed
utilizing a Design Speed of 40 MPH.
Median
Opening (Crossover) Spacing is 600 feet minimum
with some spacing being in excess of 900 feet.
Any proposed access points to the Parkway shall
be so located to provide safe stopping sight
distance for vehicular traffic on the Parkway
based on the design speed of the Parkway and to
provide adequate intersection sight distance
for vehicular traffic entering the Parkway.
Location of signs, landscaping, retaining walls
and other related items shall also be
considered for compliance with the intent of
this Policy.
Proposed Access Points shall also be located so
as not to interfere with existing accesses to
the Parkway.

Date
Revision
Revision
Ap~r::ve~~
Issued: ___4~/'~~~/q~wL-_Date: ____________ Number ____________ By. ~~ LlJr
Page 1 of 8
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B.

Types of Access
Three (3) types of controlled accesses shall be
utilized on the Parkway as follows:
1.
2.
3.

standard
Commercial
Driveway
(Single
Business)
Intermediate
Access
Street between crossovers
(Shared)
Channelized Intersection

In addition, some developments may require the


construction
of
additional
geometric
improvements
that
will
facilitate
the
ingressjegress of vehicular traffic to the
Parkway. Two (2) such examples include:
1.
2.
C.

Deceleration/Acceleration
Lanes
Rear Access Roads

Schematic Layout
The design criteria and schematic layout of the
types of access and additional geometric
improvements are attached and shall become a
part of this Access Control Policy.

D.

Approvals and Reviews


Any person, corporation, developer, or business
desiring access to the parkway shall submit two
( 2)
copies
of
their
preliminary plans,
drawings,
specifications,
traffic
volume
projections and related information to the
Public Works Director. The proposed access will be
reviewed by the Public Works pirector, for
conformity to the Access Control Policy. One copy
of the preliminary submittal shall be returned
marked
"approved"
or
"disapproved"
with the
appropriate comments.

E.

Special Circumstances
It is the intent of this Access Control Policy
to address normal vehicular access.
Certain
situations may require specialized design
elements and these shall be considered on a
case-by-case basis. The owner and/or developer
and their engineer should meet with the Cities
designated representative prior to submission
of preliminary plans to discuss such special
circumstances.
Page 2 of 8
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F.

Amendments to the Policy


Changes, revisions, andjor modifications to the
adopted Access Policy shall only be authorized
by the Board of Aldermen.

Page 3 of 8
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STANDARD COMMERCIAL DRIVEWAY (For Single Business)


1.
2.
3.

4.
5.

6.
7.

Maximum of one (1) between each crossover opening.


Minimum of 300' from centerline of nearest crossover.
Minimum driveway width 30' -Maximum width 50'.
30' Radii for all driveways.
No driveways will be permitted where the minimum stopping
sight distance on the Parkway is less than 300 feet from
the center of the driveway opening.
Cost of construction and maintenance will be borne by the
developer and/or landowner; at no cost to the City.
Parking lot setback shall be 20' from back of curb of
Parkway or 10' from right-of-way line, whichever is
greater.
The geometric layout of standard driveways is as shown
below.

. MEDIAN
-~-------HIGHLAND COLONY PARKWAY

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12'

REMOVE EXISTING
BACK OF CVRB

12'

10'

6 CONCRETE
DRIVEWAY

:JO' MIN.
50' MAX.

ACCESS CONTROL POLICY


HIGHLAND COLONY PARKWAY

ATTACHMENT A

15

INTERMEDIATE ACCESS STREET BETWEEN CROSSOVERS (Shared)

l.
2.
3.
4.
5.

6.
7.

Maximum of one (1) becween each crossover.


Minimum of .300' from nearest crossover.
Minimum roadway width 30' plus curb and gutter.
30' Radii.

For driveways off intermediate street it shall be located a minimum


of 75' from back of curb of Highland Colony Parkway. Such driveways
shall be a minimum of 30' in width with 15' radii.
No intermediate access streets will be permitted where the minimum
stopping sight distance on the Parkway is less than 300'.
Cost of construction and maintenance will be borne by the developer
and/or landowner.
The geometric layout of intermediate access streets is as shown
below.

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HIGIH.AHO COI.OIC'I' PARKWAT

12'

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ACCESS CONTROL POLICY


HIGHLAND COLONY PARKWAY

ATTACHMENT B

16

DECELERATION/ACCELERATION LANES
l.

2.
3.
4.
5.

Right turn deceleration lanes and acceleration lanes on the Parkway


shall be considered on a case by case basis.
Where right turn
movements are expected to be high into or out of an intermediate
access street or channelized intersection then a deceleration and/or
acceleration lane of _approximately 300' (including taper) may be
required. Lane width shall be 12' plus curb and gutter similar to
that utilized on the Parkway.
Where right turn tanes are constructed an additional 10' of right-ofway shall be donated to the County.
Cost of construction of right turn lanes shall be borne by the
developer at~/or landowner.
Maintenance of right turn lanes shall be by County forces.
A typical deceleration lane is as shown below.

MEDIAN

ACCESS CONTROL POLICY


HIGHLAND COLONY PARKWAY

ATTACHMENT D

17

CHANNELIZED IN'I'ERSEGTIONS

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

6.

7.

Channelized intersections shall be required at all crossovers. They


shall not be utilized at intermediate access drives or streets.
As part of the channelized intersection the 'intersecting roadways
shall be provided with left turn lanes.
Driveways off intersecting streets shall be a minimum of 125' fro~
the edge of Highland Colony Parkway.
Such driveways shall be a
minimum of 30' in width with 15' radii.
Additional rightwofway required shall be donated by the landowners
t:o the County.
Cost of construction of channelized intersections shall be borne by
the develor.rs andjor landowners.
Maintenance of channelized intersections to a point approxilllately
100' from the edge of pavement of the Parkway shall be by County

forces.
The geometric layout of channelized intersections is as shown below.

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12'

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ACCESS CONTROL POLICY


HIGHLAND COLONY PAR.KWAY

ATTACHMENT C

18

REAR ACCESS ROADS


l.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

F~ontage Roads shall not be allowed adjacent to Parkway.


Rear access roadways are allowed. They shall run parallel to the
Parkway between crossovers or between crossover and intermediate
accesses.
Rear access roadways shall be a minimum of lSO' from the ~ck of curb
of Highland Colony Parkway.
Rear access roadways shall be a minimum of 24' in width. .
Cost of construction and maintenance of rear 'access roadways shall be
borne by the developer and/or property owner.
The geometric layout of rear access roads is as shown below.

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24' MIN.

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RAR ACCSS ROADWAY

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HIGHLAND COLONY PARKWAY

ATTACHMENT E

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AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING A
DEVEWPMENT REVIEW l'ROCEDURE

8E IT ORDAINED DY 111E MAYOR AND DOARD OF ALDERMEN AS FOLWWS:

SECTION ONE
w.BeQSE AND E!NRINQS..Qf FACT
The Mayor and Board of Aldermen find that a development review process supports the
implementation of the Building Codes, Zoning Ordinance, Sign Ordinance, Subdivision
Ordinance and Development Ordinance of The City of Ridgeland. The Mayor and Board further
find that the quality of residential, commercial, industrial and public/quasi uses has a substantial
impact or visual appeal, environmental soundness, ~nomic stability, and property values of
the City. This ordinance is not intended to restrict imagination, innovation or variety, but rather
to focus on design principals which can result in creative imaginative solutions for the project
and quality design for the City. It is, therefore, the purpose of this ordinance to:

A.

Recognize the interdependence of land values and aesthetics and provide a method
by which the City may implement this interdependence to its benefits.

B.

Encourage the orderly and harmonious appearance of structures and property


within the City along with associated facilities such as, but not limited to signs,
landscaping, parking areas, and streets.

c.

Maintain the public health, safety and general welfare, and property throughout
the City.

D.

Assist private and public developments to be more cogni1..ant of public concerns


for the aesthetics of developments.

E.

Reasonably ensure that new developments, including residential, commercial,


industrial, and public/quasi public developments, do not have and adverse
aesthetic health, safety or architecturally related impact upon, existing adjoining
properties, or the City in general.

F.

Ensure that the proposed development complies with all other provisions or the
Zoning Ordinance and the comprehensive land use plan.

SECTION TWO
~.!CA.lllL.ID.

In order to safeguard and enhance the appearance and quality of development of the City of
Ridgeland, Development Review approval shall be required prior to the issuance of any builqing
permit for single-family subdivision developments; multi-family developments; mobile-home
parks; commercial or industrial establishments, and public/quasi-public uses, including exterior
additions, alterations and redevelopment thereof.

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PI.ANS AND

SECTION 11-IREE
TQ BE SUHMI.t.t.Jill

DBAWI~GS

In addition to meeting all of the other requirements of the Zoning Ordinance, any applicant
for a building permit for the establishment of single-family subdivision developments; multi
family developments; the establishment of commercial; industrial; public/quasi public uses;
including additions, alterations exterior and development thereof shall submit the following
plans and drawings to the building official for review:
A.

A site plan, drawn to scale, showing the proposed location of structures and
other improvements including, where appropriate, driveways, pedestrian walks,
off street parking areas, landscaped areas, fences, and walls. 1l1e site plan
shall indicate the locations of offstreets parking areas Including entrances ami
exits and the direction of traffic flow into and out of off-street parking areas.

D.

A conceptual landscape plan, drawn to scale, showing the locations of existing


trees proposed to be removed or retained on the site, the location and design
of landscape areas and the varieties and sizes of plant materials to be planted
therein, band other landscape features !J.S may be necessary to lllustrate the
landscape concept.

C.

Architectural drawings shall conform to the building codes of the, City of


Ridgeland and other pertinent ordinances of the City of Ridgeland.

D.

Signs shall conform to the City of Ridgeland sign Ordinance.

E.

Conceptual grading and drainage plans shall conform to the subdivision


ordinance of the City of Ridgeland.
"

F.

Such other data as may be required by the building official or City Engineer
to eusurc that the purposes of this Section are satisfied.

SECTION FOUR
AND EYALUAJJQtf

1~6YIEW

The building official and City Engineer shall review and evaluate development' plans
submitted to them in accordance with the following guidelines:
A.

B.

M9..~i~d

111e building official and City Engineer shall review standards and
criteria set forth in all pertinent Ordinances.

fur Approval of the DevelopJ.lli!ll.tJ'.lau. Tile building


official and City Engineer may specify modifications, changes, and additions
to the development plan in their recommendations or requirements for its
approval. Such recommendations may be suggested by the building official
and City Engineer to eliminate or mitigate significant adverse environmental
effects disclosed by any environmental impact report or modifications, changes
and additions that are necessary to meet the purpose of this Chapter.

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C.

lmp~Qr

Appmyal of th~ Dcv!:l.ru>.lllillil.l1a!1. The building


official and City Engineer shall insure that all development plans provide for on
and off site improvements which may be required to implement the purpose of the
Zoning Ordinance, the Land Use Thoroughfares Plan and other pertinent
ordinances of the City of Ridgeland.

SECflON FIVE

ACT!ON BY THE MAYOR AND n<M.RO OF ALDEB..Mlili:


At the first board meeting after the date that the application is deemed complete by the building
official and City Engineer, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen shall approve, conditionally
approve, or disapprove the application, or shall request the applicant to revise said applications.
Failure of the Mayor and Board to act within 30 days shall be deemed approval of the
application unless the applicant shall consent to an e~tension of time.

SECTION SIX
CQN.D.ITIQNS
Development Reviews may be approved or modified subject to the performance of such
conditions, including the provision of required improvements as the Mayor and Board shall deem
to be reasonable and necessary, or advisable under the circumstances, so that the objectives of
the Zoning Ordinance, Land Use Thoroughfares Plan and subdivision regulations shall be
achieved. Such conditions shall be imposed and enforced as follows:
A.

.Sccuritx Max Be Rcq_~o En~ure P~~. Iri' order to ensure the


performance of conditions imposed concurrent with the granting or modification
of a development plan, the applicant may be required to furnish security in the
form of money or surety bond in the amount fixed by the authority granting or
modifying the development plan. Such security shall be furnished as required by
local ordinance.

B.

ProvisiQn of Re<UJ.lrfU.!lll2.19.Y!<WCOts. Whenever a Development Review approval


is granted or modified subject to the condition that specified improvements be
provided by the applicant, such improvements shall be installed by the applicant
and approved and accepted by the appropriate City authority, the applicant shall
execute an agreement with the appropriate City authority pursuant to local
ordinances to make such improvements prior to the time or events specified in the
Development Review approval.

C.

Condition Declared Y2i!l.. Whenever there becomes final any judgement of a


court of competent jurisdiction declaring one or more of the conditions of a
Development Review approval to be void or ineffective, or enjoining or otherwis~
prohibiting the enforcement or operation of one or more of such conditions, said
Development Review approval shall cease to be valid and all rights or privileges
granted thereby shall lapse.

D.

Violation of ConditiQp, Whenever a Development Review is approved or


modified by the approving authority subject to a condition or conditions, use or
enjoyment of the Development Review approval in violation of or without
violation of the Zoning Ordinance and said Development Review approval may
be revoked or modified.

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SECfiON SEVEN
REVOCATION OR MODIPlCATIQ!:i...QE..llliVELOPMEHr
REYHN APPBQYAL FQR CAUSE

A Development Review approval may be revoked or modified by the approving authority for
cause as provided by the provisions of this section. For purposes of this section, the
modification of a Development Review approval may include the modification of the terms of
the Development Review approval itself or the waiver, alteration, or imposition of new
conditions.
A.

D.

C.

Q.IQ.\!nds fQr R!<VQatioo or M.Qd.ifud\ti_QU.. A Development Review approval


may be revoked or modified by the approving authority pursuant to the provisions
of this section upon a finding of any one or more of the following grounds:
1.

That such Development Review approval was obtained or extended by


fraud.

2.

That one or more of the conditions upon which such Development Review
approval was granted have been violated.

3.

11tat the use for which the Development Review approval was granted is
so conducted as to be detrimental to the public health or safety, or as to
be nuisance.

4.

111at construction on the subject property is not in conformance with the


Development Review approval or other applicable requirements.

~limL. The building official shall notify the owner of the property of his
'action in the same manner as specified in the Building Code for revocation of a
building permit, or by written notice to the owner of the subject property as
shown on the latest assessment roll or as indicated by later information available
to the building official.
~

Revocation or modification of a Development Review approval may


be appealed.

SECTION EIGHT
AUTQMAJ'IC REVOCAIIQN QF DEVELQPMENT B6YIEW APPROVAL

If a Development Review is approved or modified subject to one or more conditions, such


Development Review approval shall cease to be valid, and all rights or privileges grantell.
thereby shall lapse, notwithstanding any other provisions of the Zoning Ordinance to the
contrary. Whenever there becomes final any judgements of a court of competent jurisdiction
declaring one or more of such conditions said Development Review approval shall also cease
to be valid.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015 3:38 PM
RE: Ridgeland, MS
EXHIBIT B.pdf; 06-02-2015 MIN.pdf; EXHIBIT A.pdf

Don't take your foot off the gas pedal! This car has special tires that are matched to the pavement surface. Go fast!!!
See the attachments representing the official Ordinance Amendment:
1. June 2, 2015 Meeting Minutes
2. Exhibit A- Notice of Public Hearing
3. Exhibit B- Official Signed Copy of the Zoning Ordinance Amendment

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856 3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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RIDGELAND

From: Andrew Mattiace [mailto:andrew@mattiace.com]

Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2015 3:05 PM


To: Chuck Lott (chuck.lott@neel-schaffer.com); Danny Ryals; Bill Colson (bill@aguaeng.us); Walt Dinkelacker
Cc: Mark T. Davis (markdavis@joneswalker.com); Alan Hart

Subject: FW: Ridgeland, MS


Gentlemen,
Thanks very much for your recent efforts towards completion of our civil engineering, Section 404 Wetlands Permit and
FEMA Permit.
As outlined below from Marianne Bundren, counsel for Costco, I wanted to share the concern of the risk that we are
currently facing regarding the schedule of our project.
We need more frequent work sessions in order to avoid jeopardizing this project.
Mark Davis and I will send out an email to check your availability for a call on Monday.
Thanks,
Andrew ::'v[attiace

President
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MATTIACE
Real E'stflte Dcvelopmeiit, 1lmugemcnt and Broker;lge
125 South Congress Street
Suite 1800
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: 601.352.1818

Fax: 601.352.1820
andrew(tll.mattiace.com
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From: Marianne Bundren [mailto:mbundren@costco.com]


Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2015 12:36 PM
To: Davis, Mark
Cc: Venable, Daniel; Jeffrey Rutter
Subject: Re: Ridgeland, MS

Mark -- I just finished meeting with Dan and Jeff and there are some items we need from the Seller. I gather
that they've discussed all of these with Andrew before but to date the information has not been provided. We
need this information to complete our analysis and to proceed with the estimating exercise to prepare the
required budgets. Dan and Jeff shared with me that the delay in receiving these materials has likely made it
impossible for us to obtain internal approvals in July and there are no meetings set for August.
Materials Needed (in order of priority):
1. All materials prepared for filing with FEMA and/or the Army Corps to address new floodplain/floodway and
wetlands matters. [NOTE: WE NEED THIS BEFORE WE CAN EFFECTIVELY RESPOND TO THE
REVISED LOI AS WELL.]
2. Boundary survey with topo.
3. Agreed upon site plan for the Costco Property, including a resolution of the "southern" access point and how
the church access and the Costco access will interface/co-exist.
4. Copy of approved ZTA modifying the C-2 zone, which, among other things, permits fueling station "by
right". We have the draft version but not the final.
Any help you can provide in getting these materials to us would be appreciated.
Marianne

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MEETING OF THE
MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMAN OF THE
CITY OF RIDGELAND, MISSISSIPPI
June 2, 2015
6:00PM

The Mayor opened the first regular June 2015 meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen to order.
Present were Mayor Gene F. McGee, Alderman D. 1. Smith, Alderman Brian Ramsey, Alderman Ken
Heard, Alderman Kevin Holder, Alderman Scott Jones, Aldennan Chuck Gautier, Alderman Wes
Hamlin, City Attorney Jerry Mills, City Attorney James Gabriel, and City Clerk Paula Tierce. The
meeting wa< opened with an invocation by Mayor Gene McGee followed by the Pledge of Allegiance .

..... ........ * *** ** ... ..


The Mayor and Board of Aldermen were provided the City Attorney statement for services rendered
through May 22, 2015.

** **************"' ** ***** *********


Next came the recognition ofOilicer Gerald West being selected ''Officer of the Month" fhr April 2015.
Mayor McGee informed the Board of Aldermen thai on April 21, 2015 Ofticer Ja<on Haven and Officer
Gerald West were dispatched to a suspiciou. person walking around the parking lot ofSunchuse
Apartments and looking in cars. There had been several reported auto burglaries in the area the day
before. Upon arrival to Sunchuse Apartments, 011icer Jason Haven and Otlicer Gerald West parked their
patrol cards west or the apartment complex and approached the area on foot. Ofticcr West and Officer
Haven located a subject walking around ncar ditlerent vehicles and recognized the subject, who was a
suspect in numerous auto burglaries in the area. Otlicer Haven and Ollicer West stayed hidden and
watched the suspectl(>r a short rime. As the suspect got closer to the Officers' location, they approached
him and arrested him without incident tor two auto burglary warrants that the Ridgeland Police
Department had H>r him. Further investigation toter that date revealed that the suspect had committed yet
another auto burglary at Pear Orchard Apartments prior to his arrest. Upon the complainant reporting the
burglary later that date, o!liccrs were able to immediately locate the complainant's belongings in the
suspect's vehicle, which was still parked at his residence at Sunchase Apartments al\er he was arrested.
Due to Otlicer 1-lavcn's and Ol'ticcr West's attention to detail, and their tactical and care lui approach or
Sunchase Apartments, they were able to apprehend a known auto burglar without incident a.' the burglar
was looking tor additional cars to break nno. Due to O!licer I Iaven's and Otlicer West's actions
additional auto burglaries weco prevented. Additionally, ofticers were able to immediately return stolen
property to a ditl'erent complainant whose car was discovered to have been broken into later that date.
Mayor McUee commended Officer Gerald West for being selected 'otlicer of the Month" for April 2015
and thanked him for his hard work and dedication to tlte residents of Ridgelar1d .
.. "' ..... "' +. **"' ...................... .

Next came the recognition of Colonel John M. McCollum for receiving the Legion of Merit medallrom
the United Stutes of America. Paula Tierce, City Clerk, called the Orders to attention and read the
following from the ccnilicate awarded, ''For exceptionally meritorious service in positions of increasing
responsibility, culminating a 31-ycar career as the Executive Officer ofthe 4010 United States Army
Hospital. Colonel McCollum served with distinction in positions at various locations throughout the
world. His noteworthy services have been at all levels or command and in a myriad of positions. His
outstanding leadership, technical competence and distinctive accomplishments contributed immeasurably
to the Army. Upun rotirornent, Colonel McCollum is recognized tor distinguished performance of duty
that represents exemplary service in tinest tradition of the United States Army." Mayor McGee then
presented the Legion of Merit medal to Colonel McCollum and thanked him for his service and sacri flee
10 the United States or America and to the City of Ridgeland. Colonel McColluntthen thanked the Mayor
and Board of Aldermen for their strong support to the Mississippi National Guard and also thanked his
wife, Cathy McCollum, for her sacrifice and support of his service to the United States or America.
Colonel McCollum then introduced his family present in the audience and thanked all who attended the
presentation.

..................................

Next came the matter of accepting the Minutes or the May 19, 2015 Board of Aldermen meeting and the
May 18,2015 Work Session Minutes. The Minutes were accepted and approved with no corrections
noted.

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** ****** ****"' +** *** **. ***
P1JilLIC HEARIN(;
OR[)(NANCE A:VmNDING SECTION 21 AND 410 OF THE
OFFICIAL ZONING ORDINANCE OF TilE
CITY OF RIDGELAND, MISSISSIPPI

Next came the public hearing for the proposed amended Section 21 and 410 of the Official Zoning
Ordinance of the City of Ridgeland, Mississippi. Mayor McGee opened the public hearing and the City
Clerk adjudicated that proper and timely notice was advertised as required by state law. A copy of the
notice is attached hereto as Exhibit "A"
Alan Hart, Director of Community Development, advised the Mayor and Board of Aldermen that the
following changes were being proposed:

Replace the Section 21 "Servi" Station definition with the jiJ/Iowing language: Service Stqtion: Any
area of land, including the structure thereon, which is used primarily for the retail sale qf gasoline, diesel
fuel, ethanol, oil, propane. other ji~els, andlor the sale or installation ofautomobile accessories and may
also include incidental services such asfaci/itiesfor lubritating, washing (either automatic or by hand),
and cleaning, or otherwise servicing automobiles and light trucks. This term does not include the
painting or major repair of vehicles.
Add to Section 2I definitiom thefi>llowing definition: Large Master Plqnned Commercial Deve/opme/11:
Any large commercial development consisting ofa group of one(!) or more contiguous separately owned
or ground leased tracts or parcels that contain. among the group of tracts or parcels, at least one
building for occupancy for retai/iwho/esale purpaves exceeding I00, 000 square feet qj'heated and cooled
space for the indoor display and sale ofgoods. a site with a minimum of I 5 contiguous acres, acce,,s to
an Arterial Street, and approved by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen which may or may not include
conditions. Large Master Planned Commercial Developments may include any of the uses permilled in
the underlying Zoning /)istrtct as well as Service Stations; Banks, branch banks, drive-thru ATM's, and
other bankingfacililies; f<iJOd product and cony-out and delivery stores, laundry and dry cleaning pickup
stations; f"astf'{Jod Restaumnt with drive-thru; Fast Casual Restaurant with drive-thru; Pharmacy with a
drive-thru; and outdoor display ofgoods in designated areas approved by the Mayor and Board of
Aldermen in one (I) or more locations not exceeding an aggregate of I 5,0011 square feet.
Section 2: Add Section 4 HW2.M. l.arge Master P/cmned Commercial Development
Section 3: The City <!l Ridgeland, Mississippi /.oning Ordinance is hereby amended to reflect the
foregoing changes from and ajier thirty (30) days from the date ofthe adoption by the Board.
Mayor McGee then asked if there was anyone present who wanted to speak to the Board of Aldermen
regarding the Ordinance Amending Section 21 and 4t 0 of the Ollicial Zoning Ordinance of the City of
Ridgeland, Mississippi and there was no response.
Mayor McGee tlten closed the public hearing .

~ "'"' * ,. ***** .. "'*. *...... . .


Next came the consideration of the Ordinance Amending Section 21 and 410 of the Official Zoning
Ordinance ofthe City of Ridgeland, Mississippi. Atdemtan Chuck Gautier moved to adopt the Ordinance
Amending Section 21 und 410 of the Official Zoning Ordinance of the City of Ridgeland, Mississippi.
TIN Motion was seconded by Alderman Brian Ramsey and a vote was taken thereon as follows:

Alderman D. L Smith
Alderman Ken Heard
Alderman Chuck Gautier
Alderman Kevin Holder
Alderman Brian Ramsey
Aldennan Scott Jones
Alderman Wcs Hamlin

Aye
Aye
Aye
Aye
Aye
Aye
Aye

The Mayor then declared the Motion carried. A copy of the Ordinance is attached hereto as Exhibit "B".

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Next came tlte mallcr oflhc items set out on the Consent Agenda. Alderman Wes Hamlin moved to
approve the Consent Agenda:
a)

b)
c)

d)

e)
I)

g)

h)

Budget Amendment Decreasing General Fund Balance (00 1000-192) $52,0 18.00, Increase
Sales Tax to County Line Road TIF (001-000-268) $52,018.00, Increase Cowtty Line Road
TIF Bond Fund Sales Tax Collections (217-000-202) $52,018.00, and Increase County Line
Road TIF Bond Fund Balance (217-000-192) $52,018.00- Resolution A/lached Hereto As
Exhibit "C"
rire Department Budget Amendment- Re.wlutton Auachcd Hereto As Exhibit "[)"
Acceptance ofllomeland Security Grant- Order Auached Hereto As Exhibtt "E"
Accept $2,000.00 Donation !rom US Lawns and Approve Budget Amendment Increasing
Accounls 001-000-348 (Restricted Donations) and 00 1100-730 (Police Capital PurchasesResolution Allached Hereto As l!"xhihil "F"
Surplus Property- Order Auached Hereto As Exhibit "(]"
Approve Wastewater Metering Station Project Change Order #I and Budget Transfer of
$79,629.00 !rom 404-650-603 (EMCRS Systems Maintenance) to 404-650-760 (EMCRS
Capital Utility Systems)- Resullllwn Allached Hereto As Exhibit "II"
Appoint Brenda Pree Municipal Court Clerk at Pay Grade M6-25 -Order Allached Hereto
As E.thibil "I"
!!arbor Freights Special Event Permit- Order Atw,hed Hereto As Ethibil ''J"

The Motion was seconded by Alderman Chuck Gautier and a vole was taken thereon as follows:
Alderman D. r. Smith
Alderman Ken Heard
Alderman Chuck Gautier
Alderman Kevin Holder
Alderman Brian Ramsey
Alderman Seoll Jones
Alderman Wesley Hamlin

Aye
Aye
Aye
Aye
Aye
Aye
Aye

........................ .....

The Mayor then declared the Motion carried .

"'"'"'"'"'

"'

PAYMENT OF CLAIMS
Next came tor consideration the payment of claims. Alderman Scott Jones moved that claim numbers
123282 through 123498 and May 29, 20 15 Payroll be approved and paid. The Motion was seconded by
Alderman D. r. Smith and a vote was taken thereon as follows:
Alderman D. L Smith
Alderman Ken Heard
Alderman Chuck Gautier
Aldermun Kevin Holder
Alderman Brian Rumsey
Alderman Scott Jones
Alderman Wesley llamlin

Aye
Aye
Aye
Aye
Aye
Aye
Aye

The Mayor then declared the Motion carried.

********** * ******* ****. ***.


Mayor McGee informed the Board of Aldermen that a Budget Committee was being lonned, which
would consist of Alderman D. I. Smith, Alderman Sco!l Jones, and Alderman Wes Hamlin, to review and
make recommendations to the fi11! Board of Aldermen regarding the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget.

Mayor McGee then intbrmcd the Board of Aldermen thut there were two additional items !hal needed to
be addressed that were not listed on the prepared agenda, which were propeny acquisition tor the Lake
Harbour Drive Extension Project.

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Alderman Ken Heard moved to authorize the payment of$54,040.00 for parcel number 0 15-0-00-W&X
and the payment of$225.00 for parcel number 017-0-00-W for the Lake Harbour Drive Extension
Pr0 iect. The Motion was seconded by Alderman Wes Hamlin and a vote wa< taken thereon as follows:
Alderman D. I. Smith
Aldennan Ken Heard
Aldennan Chuck Gautier
Aldemtan Kevin llolder
Aldcnmm Brian Ramsey
Aldennan Scott Jones
Alderman Wes Hamlin

Aye
Aye
Aye
Aye
Aye
Aye
Aye

The Mayor then declared the Motion carried.


(Aidennan Wes Hamlin departed the meeting at 6:16pm)
Alderman Scott Jones moved to authorize the Acquisition Agent, Danny Willowby, to exceed the set Just
Compensation amount up to 10% lor parcels 020BB-O-OO-W, 020C-O-OO-W, 020A-O-OO-W, and 020A-000-X fi>r tl1c Lake Harbour Drive Extension Project. The Motion was seconded by Aldennan Kevin
Holder and a vote was taken thereon as follows:
Aldennan D. I. Smith
Alderman Ken Heard
Aldennan Chuck Gautier
Alderman Kevin flolder
Aldennan Brian Ramsey
Alderman Scott Jones
Aldennan Wes Hamlin

Aye
Aye
Aye
Aye
Aye
Aye
Absent

The Mayor then declared the Motion carried.


'~~**"'***"'*"'U*"'*****"'****"'**"'*"'**u

There being no funher business he fore the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, the Mayor declared the first
regular June 2015 meeting adjourned at 6:20 p.rr::Jfj'
WINn:ss MY SIGNATURE, this the

._2__!_day of June, 2015.

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GENE F. MCGEE, MAYOR

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PROOF OF PUBLICATION
THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
MADISON COUNTY
PERSONALLY appeared before me, the undersigned notary public in and for Madison County,
Mississippi, Michael Simmons, Associate Editor and Publisher of THE MADISON COUNTY
JOURNAL, a weekly newspaper of general circulation in Madison County, Mississippi as
defmed and prescribed in Section 13-3-31, of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, who,
being duly sworn, states that the notice, a true copy of which is attached hereto was published in
the issues of said newspaper as follows:

oate
Vol.

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2o1s

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Date _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _:, 2015


V o L - - - - - - - - - - - ' No._
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D a t e - - - - - - - - - - - ' 2015
Vol. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _:, No.

Associate Editor and Publisher


THE MADISON COUNTY JOURNAL

SWORN TO AND SUBSCRIBED before me the

li

day of

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2015.

EXHIBIT "A"
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000593
ORDINANCE AMENDING THE SECTIONS 21 AND 410
OF THE OFFICIAL ZONING ORDINANCE
OF THE CITY OF RIDGELAND, MISSISSIPPI

WHEREAS, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Ridgeland, Mississippi
did lawfully adopt a Zoning Ordinance on February 4, 2014 after proper notice and a public
hearing; and
WHEREAS, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Ridgeland, Mississippi
did lawfully adopt a Zoning Ordinance Amendment on February 3, 2015 after proper notice and
a public hearing; and
WHEREAS, additional development trends of a certain commercial use has resulted in
the need to consider appropriate regulations and restrictions; and
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen adopt the
following sections as amendments to the Official Zoning Ordinance of the City of Ridgeland,
Mississippi by amending the following sections:
Section 1

Replace the Section 21 "Service Station" Definition with the following language: Service
Station: Any area of land, including the structure thereon, which is used primarily for the retail
sale of gasoline, diesel fuel, ethanol, oil, propane, other fuels, and/or the sale or installation of
automobile accessories and may also include incidental services such as facilities for lubricating,
washing (either automatic or by hand), and cleaning, or otherwise servicing automobiles and
light trucks. This term does not include the painting or major repair of vehicles.
Add to Section 21 Definitions the following definition: Large Master Planned Commercial
Development: Any large commercial development consisting of a group of one (1) or more
contiguous separately owned or ground leased tracts or parcels that contain, among the group of
tracts or parcels, at least one building for occupancy for retail/wholesale purposes exceeding
I 00,000 square feet of heated and cooled space for the indoor display and sale of goods, a site
with a minimum of 15 contiguous acres, access to an Arterial Street, and approved by the Mayor
and Board of Aldermen which may or may not include conditions. Large Master Planned
Commercial Developments may include any of the uses permitted in the underlying Zoning
District as well as Service Stations; Banks, branch banks, drive-thru ATM's, and other banking
facilities; Food product and carry-out and delivery stores, laundry and dry cleaning pickup
stations; Fast Food Restaurant with drive-thru; Fast Casual Restaurant with drive-thru; Pharmacy
with a drive-thru; and outdoor display of goods in designated areas approved by the Mayor and
Board of Aldermen in one (1) or more locations not exceeding an aggregate of 15,000 square
feet.

EXHIBIT "B"
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Section 2

Add Section 41 0.02.M. Large Master Planned Commercial Development


Section 3

The City of Ridgeland, Mississippi, Zoning Ordinance is hereby amended to reflect the
foregoing changes from and after thirty (30) days from the date of the adoption by the Board.

SO ORDAINED by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen ofthe City of Ridgeland, Mississippi at
a meeting thereof held on the 2"d day of June, 2015.
The ordinance, having been first reduced to writing, was offered for adoption by Alderman
CHUCK GAUTIER
and seconded by Alderman BRIAN RAMSEY
and
submitted to the Board of Aldermen for passing or rejection on roll call vote with the following
results:
Alderman Ken Heard (Ward 1) voted:

AYE

Alderman Chuck Gautier (Ward 2) voted:

AYE

Alderman Kevin Holder (Ward 3) voted:

AYE

Alderman Brian Ramsey (Ward 4) voted:

AYE

Alderman Scott Jones (Ward 5) voted:

AYE

Alderman Wesley Hamlin (Ward 6) voted:

AYE

Ald~rman

AYE

D. I. Smith (At~large) voted:

WHEREUPON, the Mayor declared the Motion had carrie and the Ordinance adopted this the

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2nd day of June, 2015.

0/J

Gene F. McGee, Mayor


City of Ridgeland, Mississippi

EXHIBIT "B"
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Alan Hart
Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>
Sunday, July 12, 2015 11:58 AM
Fwd: Project Santa Claus

From:
Sent:
Subject:

Fyi.
Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Date: July 12, 2015 at 11:50:43 AM CDT
To: "Venable, Daniel" <dan@northwestatlantic.com>
Subject: RE: Project Santa Claus

Daniell am going to be out of the office Monday and Tuesday having a medical procedure and will be in
deposition preparing on Wednesday, so I wanted to go ahead and send you information today and get
you more information at the end of the week. First of all right of way acquisition is going very well and in
fact should be completed in 30 to 60 days. Plans are complete for the most part except for a few
changes at the railroad which should be done within a week or two. Financing is complete so that is not
a problem. Some utilities have to be relocated and will be completed as soon as the ROW is finished. I
expect to have the project ready to bid by the end of 2015 or early 2016. As you know the total
construction to completion is 18 months, I expect to cut a ribbon on the road by mid-2017.
As you know the city of Ridgeland is committed to getting this project done and is investing a large
amount of capital to do so. We have a reputation for getting the job done and this case is no different.
Thanks for working with us. We look forward to the completion of our project as well as yours.
Gene F. McGee, CMO
iVlayor
City of Ridgeland

P.O. Sox 2.17, Ridgeland, MS 39158


304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 3915 7
601.856.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819
mavot.:.:_1}1cgee@ridgelandms.or_g
www.ridgelandms.org
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From: Venable, Daniel [mailto:dan@northwestatlantic.com]


Sent: Friday, July 10, 2015 10:47 AM
To: Gene McGee

Cc: Alan Hart; Jeff Kimbrell; Justin Davis


Subject: Project Santa Claus
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Mayor McGee,
I hope you are doing well and having a good summer. We continue making progress on project Santa
Claus, and I will be at our corporate offices in a 10 days to provide an update to our senior
management. Can you provide me with an update on the status of the Lake Harbour Drive extension
over to Highland Colony Road?
Clearly, the completion of this road project is important in our decision making to move forward on this
transaction. Specifically, I am looking for something that resembles a project schedule that lists all of
the major milestones including: financing, completion of engineering plans, acquisition of all rights-ofway, ground-break, various construction milestones and completion date.
Thank you for your help with this, and we look forward to continuing to work with you.
Dan Venable

From: Gene McGee [mailto:Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org]


Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2014 5:24PM
To: Venable, Daniel
Subject: Visit
Dan
It was a pleasure to meet with you all today. Please know that we stand ready to work with you to
successfully locate Costco to The City of Ridgeland. Our staff will bend over backwards to assist you with
all your needs. I look forward to meeting with you all again soon, in the meantime if we can provide you
with any information that will help in making your decision, please let us know.
Again thank you for granting us time out of your busy schedule.

Gene F. McGee, CMO


Mayor

City of Ridgeland
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, 1\JlS 39153
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, 1\!15 39157

601.856.7113 ext. lOB Fax 601.856.7819


mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:
Attachments:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Friday, June 19, 2015 2:00 PM
RE: Driveway
Santa Claus Access.jpg; Santa Claus Access2.jpg

Andrew,
2 conceptual options attached. These ideas would have to be engineered by a PE.
We prefer that Santa Claus get a primary-looking full access arrangement to Highland Colony Parkway. We prefer that
the Church access appear secondary so that shoppers don't confuse the entrances and burden the church property with
U-turns in their parking lot. Option #2 would be available after all other options fail to pass the reasonable test. Option
2 is not preferred, but we think it can be Engineered to work.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (60:1.) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 8532030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

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From: Andrew Mattiace [mailto:andrew@mattiace.com]

Sent: Friday, June 19, 2015 11:09 AM


To: Alan Hart
Subject: Driveway
Alan,
Thanks for the call this morning.
The first attachment came from Costco and represents their proposed shared driveway layout dated 3-20-15.
The second attachment is Neei-Schaffer's proposed layout of a shared driveway dated 5-7-15.
Please feel free to use either of these plans to re-design and recommend a solution that will work for the church.
Thanks,
,-\.ndrew i\:lattiacc
President
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125 South Congress Street


Suite 1800
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: 601.352.1818
Fax: 601.352.182(1
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 4:33 PM
Additional Answers

Angelo,
Here are the answers to the other two questions:

1. As long as there is a public restroom facility within 500' from the location of the Fuel Center, no restroom is

2.

required. Our Building Official informed me that he would measure that line in a straight line of sight from the
door of the Control Enclosure Building of the Fuel Center to the front door of the Costco Store. By my
estimation, you should be well within the 500' distance.
The City of Ridgeland does not require Fire Suppression Systems for the Fuel Center Canopy. Type 28 noncombustible construction of the Fuel Center is required.

If you have any additional questions, please let me know.


Thanks,

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856 3877 ext 1033 FAX: (601) 853 2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

From: Angelo Bologna [mailto:abologna@barghausen.com]

Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 2:06 PM


To: Alan Hart
Subject: RE: Zoning Amendment
Thank you,
ANGELO A. BOLOGNA,
PROJECT PLANNER
BARGHAUSEN CONSULTING ENGINEERS, INC.
DIRECT I 425.656.7447- OFFICE I 425.251.6222- CELL I 909.762.8102
http :1/www. barghausen .com

From: Alan Hart [mailto:Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org]

Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 2:04 PM


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To: Angelo Bologna


Subject: Zoning Amendment
Angelo,
See attached Zoning Amendment.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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Alan Hart
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Attachments:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Monday, March 03, 2014 2:49 PM
FW: CC Tuscany Plan
TuscanyCCFiyer.jpg

See attached concept plan that we prepared for Dick to discuss with Costco Rep on Wednesday. If he gets some
traction, he said he will include us in the next meeting. He promised that he will not put them in Madison.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS .39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS .39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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RIDGE.LAND

From: Matt Dodd

Sent: Monday, March 03, 2014 11:45 AM


To: Bryan Johnson; Alan Hart

Subject: CC Tuscany Plan

Matthew Dodd, PLA, ASLA


City Planner

Community Development
P.O. Box 217 !\idgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeiclnd, !VIS 39157
601.856.3877 e)<L 1058 "'''"''''"""'~'"'"''"--""

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TUSCANY PLACE
RIDGELAND, MISS.
150,000 SF COSTCO
150,000 SF RETAIL
1,500 PARKING SPACES
INTERSTATE 55 FRONTAGE
HIGHLAND COLONY PARKWAY FRONTAGE
38 ACRES

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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Wednesday, August 06, 2014 4:43 PM
RE: Costco

I saw it. They are not helping themselves by running their mouths in the newspaper. We are still trying to break that
barrier, which we have done with two separate developers. The key hurdle is that the site selection guy reportedly has
ties to Rankin County somehow. I'm trying to get Mark Bounds involved as a third guy. Costco is not yet involved in the
decision .... it's a developer trying to put sites in front of Costco. We are still trying.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, !VIS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

From: Gene McGee


Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2014 4:39PM
To: Bryan Johnson; Alan Hart
Subject: Costco
http://www.clarionledger.com/story/business/2014/08/06/costco-jackson-flowood-tony-yarber/13680689/

Gene F. McGee, CMO


mayor
the city of RIDGELAND
mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org

p.o. box 217


ridgeland, ms 391.58
304 highway 51
ridgeland, 1\11S 39157

601.856./113 exL 1013 Fax 601.856.7819


www.ridgelandms.org

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RIDGE1.AND

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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:22 PM
Jeff Kimbrell

Sent:
Subject:

Mayor,
I spoke with Jeff Kimbrell who is the guy making all the noise about the Costco. Jeffs comments of value are "don't
believe the media" and "the Jackson Metro is a 1-store market". Jeff agreed to meet with us next week. I have Bryan
pulling together drawings and demographics. Jeff and I agreed on the phone that I would follow up with him on Monday
to arrange a meeting for next week. I definitely want to schedule the meeting on a day and time that you will be able to
participate. I will get with Deidre Monday morning to get a snap shot of your calendar.

Alan Hart, PlA, ASLA


Director Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, !VIS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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RIDGElAND

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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Wednesday, November 19, 2014 9:17AM
RE: Costco

Sent:
Subject:

Not sure. We keep trying to talk to them. No luck.

Alan Hart, PlA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Hidgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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RIDGElAND

From: David Williams [mailto:David.Williams@waggonereng.com]

Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 9:16AM


To: Alan Hart

Subject: Costco
Alan
Is there a place in Ridgeland for Costco?
Seems the deal wont work in Jackson.
Dave

David Williams, P.E.

Project Manager

Waggoner Engineering, Inc. 1 143A LeFieurs Square 1 Jackson, MS 39211


office: 601-355-9526

1 fax:

601-352-3945

1 David.Williams@waqqonerenq.com

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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Tuesday, January 06, 2015 9:27 AM
Ridgeland

Hey Jeff,
Just checking in with you. Hope you and your family enjoyed Christmas and had a Happy New Year despite our favorite
football team's dismal performance. Ughh!
Is there anything we can be doing to help you along with the Costco Deal?

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, IVIS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Wednesday, July 15, 2015 10:16 AM
FW: Costco Location

Sent:
Subject:

FYI. Please advise if you can help.

Alan Hart, PlA, ASLA


Dkector of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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RiDGElAND

From: Gene McGee

Sent: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 8:21 AM


To: Alan Hart

Subject: Fwd: Costco Location

We need to cut this off at the pass. Maybe Buster, Andrew, Walter Denny or Jim Barksdale can work on this.
Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: "KaGoBu@aol.com" <KaGoBu@aol.com>
Date: July 15, 2015 at 8:08:18 AM CDT
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Costco Location
Dear Mayor McGee,
As a resident of Greenwood Plantation, I am VERY concerned about the possible location of a Costco on
the property south of the Natchez Trace between 1-55 and Highland Colony Parkway.
The amount and kind of traffic that will be generated by the addition of a big box store like Costco is NOT
what is needed to enhance our area. In addition, it has the potential of encouraging other commercial
operations nearby that are NOT the quality that we have come to expect in our area.
Please let me know what needs to be done to prevent a Costco from locating in this part of Ridgeland.
Sincerely,
Karen Bush
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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Wednesday, July 15, 2015 1:31 PM
Re: Costco Location

Sent:
Subject:

Karen is the wife of Dr. Charles C. Bush 454 Greenwood Ln. He is an OBGYN.
Sent from my iPhone
On Jul15, 2015, at 8:21AM, Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org> wrote:
We need to cut this off at the pass. Maybe Buster, Andrew, Walter Denny or Jim Barksdale can
work on this.
Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: "KaGoBu@aol.com" <KaGoBu@aol.com>
Date: July 15, 2015 at 8:08:18 AM CDT
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Costco Location
Dear Mayor McGee,
As a resident of Greenwood Plantation, I am VERY concerned about the possible
location of a Costco on the property south of the Natchez Trace between 1-55 and
Highland Colony Parkway.
The amount and kind of traffic that will be generated by the addition of a big box store like
Costco is NOT what is needed to enhance our area. In addition, it has the potential of
encouraging other commercial operations nearby that are NOT the quality that we have
come to expect in our area.
Please let me know what needs to be done to prevent a Costco from locating in this part
of Ridgeland.
Sincerely,
Karen Bush

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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Thursday, July 16, 2015 7:42 AM
Fwd: The Greenwood Gazette--July 12, 2015

Sent:
Subject:

Sent from my iPhone


Begin forwarded message:
From: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Date: July 16,2015 at 7:21:55 AM CDT
To: Alan Hart <Alan.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Fwd: The Greenwood Gazette--July 12, 2015

Sent from my iPhone


Begin forwarded message:
From: Stephen King <stephen.king@bellsouth.net>
Date: July 15,2015 at 10:33:35 PM CDT
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Fwd: The Greenwood Gazette--July 12, 2015

Begin forwarded message:


From: Williams Julia <juliawilliams50@gmail.com>
Date: July 15,2015 at 9:45:00 PM CDT
To: <kagobu@aol.com>
Cc: <CBushMD@aol.com>, <jpaynejr@comcast.net>,
<linda@cavaliergrp.com>, <tarawcannada@gmail.com>,
<gerryannhouston@oncdoctor.com>,
<hayleylundy@comcast.net>, <way3@cavaliergrp.com>,
<janiemaloney@gmail.com>, <thomas@tcsums.com>,
<ctcannada@gmail.com>, <Froggyrawls@aol.com>,
<mlgebhart@aol.com>, <mac0127@gmail.com>,
<audrabowman@att.net>, <suspayne@comcast.net>,
<jmrjudy@aol.com>, <btemi@comcast.net>,
<martymay7 6@gmail.com>, <zparker@lifesharefoundation.org>,
<sking@wgyates.com>, <j lundy@capitolresourcesllc.com>,
<jtaden@gmail.com>, <jrls2000@aol.com>, <hank@holman.ms>,
<jkoestler@me.com>, <Coppersack@comcast.net>,
<jennyholman@ymail.com>, <tellwill2@bellsouth.net>,
<abemalouf@gmail.com>, <mpsaik@bellsouth.net>,
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<A williammay7 6@gmail.com>, <dbruce@bkd.com>,


<ritaskelly@yahoo.com>, <gerryamlhouston@yahoo.com>,
<arogers5 54@aol.com>, <bfair 1217 @netscape.net>,
<cdbwells@gmail.com>, <guynesa@gmail.com>,
<brucekelly39120@yahoo.com>,
<meaganfahrenkopf@gmail.com>,
<collinfahrenkopf@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: The Greenwood Gazette--July 12, 2015
Dear Karen,
Thank you for all your effort, research and work in communicating
with these Supervisor's, Mayor and others. I for one, would sign a
petition to oppose these plans and after realizing that we are not
only talking about Costco but 10-12 other stores of the same type,
that is deeply concerning. Please share with us who to contact and
if there is a petition to sign. Do they have a time frame that we
need to work to beat?
I have seen the kind of traffic in New Orleans that Costco
generates. They have a huge area for gas as well as tremendous
parking. We are talking about hundreds of cars all the time and
since it is quite different and better in some ways than Sam's it will
draw people from all over. Sam's has two locations!
Getting onto Highland Colony as well as traveling up and down
Highland Colony may become a real trial. I urge you all to act as
Karen has suggested, right away and to make others in these
neighborhoods aware of this.
It will be like living off of Ridgewood Rd. near County Line Road
in Jackson. A very commercial retail feel, not a sophisticated
selective "One of a Kind" shopping experience we now have at the
Renaissance or further up the Highland Colony.

Julia Williams

OnJul15, 2015, at 11:45 AM, kagobu@aol.com wrote:

Dear All,
I have e-mailed and/or texted my opposition to Mayor Gene
McGee and Dinsmor residents Supervisor Gerald Steen and
Alderman Ken Heard. I have had replies from both of the latter.
From my conversations with elected officials as well as others, this
is what I have found:

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"Formally," Costco is not being mentioned as the retail


operation to be located on the aforementioned
property. But it is Costco.

The developers of Renaissance applied for and received a


Tourism Grant from the state of Mississippi to add on to
Renaissance. The Grant application/agreement stated that
Renaissance would have to add 50 stores and 50,000 sq. ft.
(the 50,000 number, I am not certain of) to receive the
Grant. Unable to reach that goal, the developers were
allowed to amend the Grant (after the date for application
for the grant had expired) to include the property being
looked at by Costco.

Costco alone will not add enough stores to reach the


additional 50 required by the Grant, and Renaissance is
unable to attract the other 49, so, on the site around Costco,
there are plans for an additionall0-12 out parcels. They
will probably be the type of stores that you would normally
see locate around a "big box" store.

The proposed Lake Harbour I-55 flyover has no planned


exit onto the Interstate, only to Highland Colony South, so
the transport trucks, etc. headed to Costco et al will be
traveling through what is now the roundabout. Because the
roundabout cannot handle the kind of traffic that will result
in the Costco plans, a traffic light would be needed with a
right angle tum at the intersection of Old Agency and
Highland Colony.

Before these plans can proceed, there must be a


commitment/votes in the affirmative by the Ridgeland
Alderman and Mayor.

Alderman D. I. Smith who lives in the Dinsmor


neighborhood may (or may not) be opposed to the Costco
plans.

Alderman Ken Heard, who also lives in the Dinsmor


neighborhood is opposed to the Costco plans.

There are 7 Ridgeland Alderman and the other 5 (other than


Smith and Heard) live on the east side ofl-55. They feel
that "money is green" regardless of the concern over our
area and will more than likely vote as Mayor Gene McGee
directs them.

Mayor Gene McGee is highly in favor of this project right


now. It is felt that he plans to run for another term, and if
enough pressure is brought to bear, he might change his
mind as well as those of some of the other 5 Alderman.

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The time to act is NOW for the project is moving swiftly.


It has been in the works at the city level, but until recently,
the public was unaware. Now that the word is getting out,
opposition is building.

A petition with a large number of signatures (which


translate into votes for public officials) would be an
effective means of voicing our opposition.

The neighborhoods and residents of Greenwood Plantation,


Dinsmor, Windrush, Carlton Park, Canterbury, Hillview,
Bridgewater, the back of Bridgewater, those on Old
Agency Parkway, etc. should all be opposed to this
proposed development.

Greenwood Plantation is a small neighborhood, and alone, we


would be unable to fight this proposed development. However,
with the help of Dinsmor and the numerous other neighborhoods in
our area, I am hopeful that we can defeat it.
Karen
In a message dated 7/14/2015 8:54:37 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
KaGoBu@aol.com writes:
I received the following text as a reply from my text (below) to
Gerald Steen, District 3 Supervisor:
Karen
I have some of the same concerns that u stated in your text if it
is planned to go between the Natchez trace and the church
south of the round a about. The leaders that will be making a
decision like this will be the Mayor and board of alderman. I
would call alderman Heard which is our alderman. He has
expressed some concerns to me as well.
Hope I answered your questions.
Gerald Steen
Supervisor Dist 3
Dear Supervisor Steen,
As a resident of Greenwood Plantation, I am VERY concerned
about the possible location of a Costco on the property south of
the Natchez Trace between 1-55 and Highland Colony Parkway.
The amount and kind of traffic that will be generated by the
addition of a big box store like Costco is NOT what is needed to
enhance our area. In addition, it has the potential of
encouraging other commercial operations nearby that are NOT
the quality that we have come to expect in our area.
Please let me know what needs to be done to prevent a Costco
from locating in this part of Ridgeland.
Sincerely,
Karen Bush

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In a message dated 7/12/2015 6:04:03 P.M. Central Daylight


Time, KaGoBu@aol.com writes:
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July 12, 2015

The
Greenwood
Gazette
(News from your Greenwood Plantation
Neighborhood)
Note: The Greenwood Gazette was created to keep
us informed of what's happening in and
around Greenwood Plantation. You will be receiving it
from time to time--perhaps monthly, perhaps more
often, depending on how much news we have to
share! Please feel free to send in news that you feel
would be welcomed by the neighborhood to be
included in the Gazette.

Please do not forward this newsletter


to those who are not residents of Greenwood
Plantation.

As our mission states, in order to keep our


residents informed of what is happening in
and around Greenwood Plantation, some of
our residents have asked that we share the
following:
Some of you have heard that Costco is
looking at the property immediately south of
the Natchez Trace property, between I-55
and Highland Colony Parkway. One of our
residents has received a call from a Dinsmor
resident who is concerned about those
plans. According to the Dinsmor resident,
things are moving quickly for Costco to
build not far from our neighborhood.
Although unaware of any organized effort
by Dinsmor already underway, the
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Dinsmor Homeowner's Association is


against the building of a Costco at the site
adjacent to Christ Life of the Highlands
Church, and is encouraging our
neighborhood to weigh in on the issue and
attempt to stop its construction. The one
hold-up, according to a Dinsmor resident, is
the reluctance by Christ Life Church of the
Highlands to sell their property.
Although the property between Highland
Colony and 1-55 is zoned for
commercial use, there are now mostly office
buildings, churches, nursing homes, etc. on
the stretch of Highland Colony South from
the roundabout almost to 1-220. A store the
size of Costco would increase traffic, bring
in large transport trucks, and encourage
other retailers (seeking a piece of the retail
action that Costco will bring in) to locate on
property between Highland Colony and
Brame Road. Coupled with the planned 1-55
fly over of Lake Harbour Road, which has
some positives for a for our neighborhood,
the location of Costco nearby has
the potential to negatively change the
atmosphere of our neighborhood.

Karen Bush, Editor


Janie Maloney, Contributing Editor
The Greenwood Gazette

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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Friday, July 17, 2015 7:17AM
Re: The Greenwood Gazette--July 16, 2015

Sent:
Subject:

Wonder why they think they need to appear at the meeting next week?
Sent from my iPhone
On Jul17, 2015, at 6:46AM, Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org> wrote:

Sent from my iPhone


Begin forwarded message:
From: Stephen King <stephen.king@bellsouth.net>
Date: July 16,2015 at 10:45:02 PM CDT
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Fwd: The Greenwood Gazette--July 16, 2015

Begin forwarded message:


From: <KaGoBu@aol.com>
Date: July 16, 2015 at 10:42:59 PM CDT
To: <CBushMD@aol.com>, <jpaynejr@comcast.net>,
<linda@cavaliergrp.com>, <tarawcannada@gmail.com>,
<gerryannhouston@oncdoctor.com>,
<hayleylundy@comcast.net>, <way3@cavaliergrp.com>,
<j aniemaloney@gmail.com>, <thomas@tcsums.com>,
<ctcannada@gmail.com>, <Froggyrawls@aol.com>,
<juliawilliams50@gmail.com>, <mlgebhart@aol.com>,
<macO 127@gmail.com>, <audrabowman@att.net>,
<suspayne@comcast.net>, <jmrjudy@aol.com>,
<btemi@comcast.net>, <martymay7 6@gmail.com>,
<zparker@lifesharefoundation.org>, <sking@wgyates.com>,
<jlundy@capitolresourcesllc.com>, <jtaden@gmail.com>,
<jrls2000@aol.com>, <hank@holman.ms>, <jkoestler@me.com>,
<Coppersack@comcast.net>, <jennyholman@ymail.com>,
<tellwill2@bellsouth.net>, <abemalouf@gmail.com>,
<mpsaik@bellsouth.net>, <Awilliammay76@gmail.com>,
<dbmce@bkd.com>, <ritaskelly@yahoo.com>,
<gerryannhouston@yahoo.com>, <arogers5 54@aol.com>,
<bfair 1217 @netscape.net>, <cbushmd@aol.com>,
<cdbwells@gmail.com>, <froggyrawls@aol.com>,
<guynesa@gmail.com>, <brucekelly3 9120@yahoo.com>,
1

56

<meaganfahrenkopf@gmail.com>,
<collinfahrenkopf@gmail.com>
Subject: The Greenwood Gazette--July 16, 2015
<Untitled .jpg>
July 16, 2015

The Greenwood
Gazette
(News from your Greenwood Plantation Neighborhood)
Note: The Greenwood Gazette was created to keep us informed
of what's happening in and around Greenwood Plantation. You will be
receiving it from time to time--perhaps monthly, perhaps more often,
depending on how much news we have to share! Please feel free to
send in news that you feel would be welcomed by the neighborhood to
be included in the Gazette.

Please do not forward this newsletter


to those who are not residents of Greenwood Plantation.

Just a reminder to put on your calendar the Ridgeland City


Meeting, Tuesday, July 21, 6:00p.m. at the Ridgeland
City Hall Board Room. City Hall is located at 304 Highway
51 (the corner of Hwy. 51 and Lake Harbour. Residents
from other neighborhoods will be there and we need a
showing from Greenwood Plantation. Don't leave it to
someone else to represent you. The more representation
we have with a show of opposition to the Costco
development, the better!
I am happy to attempt to inform our neighborhood about
potential concerns and/or celebrations and activities that
affect/involve our neighborhood. I would ask, though, that
you NOT forward my e-mails or any issues of The
Greenwood Gazette. Please feel free to share information
that you receive in the Gazette as long as it would not
negatively affect our neighborhood or one of its residents,
but please eliminate my name and e-mail address from the
distribution of anything you feel would be okay to share.
There is growing concern about Costco and the
development planned on Highland Colony near us. Traffic
issues with transport trucks leaving the Interstate at Old
Agency; transport trucks tearing up Highland Colony; day
and night deliveries from those transport trucks; additional
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retail operations of the kind that surround a big box store,


lighting that will give a daytime appearance 24 hours a day
to the buildings and parking lots--all of these are valid
concerns and, quite frankly, don't belong near
a neighborhood like ours.
I encourage you to continue to spread the word about this
potential development, but I also ask that you maintain my
confidence and not just forward what I am sending
you. Put your concerns in your OWN words or even copy
and paste portions of my e-mails, but don't forward them,
please. Opposition will be more effective if it does not
appear to be coming from one or a few people, anyway.
Thank you to those who are working on behalf of the
neighborhood and our area to defeat this. Keep up the good
work!
Karen

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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Friday, July 17, 2015 8:13AM
RE: The Greenwood Gazette--July 16, 2015

Sent:
Subject:

Would like to discuss further with you this morning.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www. ridgelandms.org
1nec1ty ot

Rl DGElAN D

From: Gene McGee

Sent: Friday, July 17, 2015 7:59AM


To: Alan Hart

Subject: Re: The Greenwood Gazette--July 16, 2015

Very good question


Sent from my iPhone
On Jul17, 2015, at 7:16AM, Alan Hart <Alan.Hart@Ridgelandms.org> wrote:
Wonder why they think they need to appear at the meeting next week?
Sent from my iPhone
On Jul17, 2015, at 6:46AM, Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org> wrote:

Sent from my iPhone


Begin forwarded message:
From: Stephen King <stephen.king@bellsouth.net>
Date: July 16,2015 at 10:45:02 PM CDT
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Fwd: The Greenwood Gazette--July 16, 2015
1

59

Begin forwarded message:


From: <KaGoBu@aol.com>
Date: July 16,2015 at 10:42:59 PM CDT
To: <CBushMD@aol.com>,
<jpaynejr@comcast.net>,
<linda@cavaliergrp. com>,
<tarawcannada@gmail.com>,
<gerryannhouston@oncdoctor.com>,
<hayleylundy@comcast.net>,
<way3@cavaliergrp.com>,
<j aniemaloney@gmail.com>,
<thomas@tcsums.com>, <ctcannada@gmail.com>,
<Froggyrawls@aol.com>,
<juliawilliams50@gmail.com>,
<mlgebhart@aol.com>, <macO 127 @gmail.com>,
<audrabowman@att.net>,
<suspayne@comcast.net>, <jmrjudy@aol.com>,
<btemi@comcast.net>,
<martymay7 6@gmail.com>,
<zparker@lifesharefoundation.org>,
<sking@wgyates.com>,
<j lundy@capito lresourcesllc.com>,
<jtaden@gmail.com>, <jrls2000@aol.com>,
<hank@holman.ms>, <jkoestler@me.com>,
<Coppersack@comcast.net>,
<jennyholman@ymail.com>,
<tellwill2@bellsouth.net>,
<abemalouf@gmail.com>,
<mpsaik@bellsouth.net>,
<Awilliammay76@gmail.com>,
<dbmce@bkd.com>, <ritaskelly@yahoo.com>,
<gerryannhouston@yahoo.com>,
<arogers554@aol.com>,
<bfairl217@netscape.net>, <cbushmd@aol.com>,
<cdbwells@gmail.com>, <froggyrawls@aol.com>,
<guynesa@gmail.com>,
<bmcekelly39120@yahoo.com>,
<meaganfahrenkopf@gmail.com>,
<collinfahrenkopf@gmail.com>
Subject: The Greenwood Gazette--July 16, 2015

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July 16, 2015

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The
Greenwood
Gazette
(News from your Greenwood Plantation
Neighborhood)
Note: The Greenwood Gazette was created to keep us
informed of what's happening in and around Greenwood
Plantation. You will be receiving it from time to time-perhaps monthly, perhaps more often, depending on
how much news we have to share! Please feel free to
send in news that you feel would be welcomed by the
neighborhood to be included in the Gazette.

Please do not forward this newsletter


to those who are not residents of Greenwood
Plantation.

Just a reminder to put on your calendar the


Ridgeland City Meeting, Tuesday, July 21,
6:00 p.m. at the Ridgeland City Hall Board
Room. City Hall is located at 304 Highway 51
(the corner of Hwy. 51 and Lake
Harbour. Residents from other neighborhoods
will be there and we need a showing from
Greenwood Plantation. Don't leave it to
someone else to represent you. The more
representation we have with a show of
opposition to the Costco development, the
better!
I am happy to attempt to inform our
neighborhood about potential concerns and/or
celebrations and activities that affect/involve
our neighborhood. I would ask, though, that
you NOT forward my e-mails or any issues of
The Greenwood Gazette. Please feel free to
share information that you receive in the
Gazette as long as it would not negatively
affect our neighborhood or one of its residents,
but please eliminate my name and e-mail
address from the distribution of anything you
feel would be okay to share.
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There is growing concern about Costco and


the development planned on Highland Colony
near us. Traffic issues with transport trucks
leaving the Interstate at Old Agency; transport
trucks tearing up Highland Colony; day and
night deliveries from those transport trucks;
additional retail operations of the kind that
surround a big box store, lighting that will give
a daytime appearance 24 hours a day to the
buildings and parking lots--all of these are valid
concerns and, quite frankly, don't belong near
a neighborhood like ours.
I encourage you to continue to spread the word
about this potential development, but I also ask
that you maintain my confidence and not just
forward what I am sending you. Put your
concerns in your OWN words or even copy and
paste portions of my e-mails, but don't forward
them, please. Opposition will be more effective
if it does not appear to be coming from one or
a few people, anyway.
Thank you to those who are working on behalf
of the neighborhood and our area to defeat
this. Keep up the good work!
Karen

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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Tuesday, July 21, 2015 9:01 PM
Re: costco project

Sent:
Subject:

Seems like a different tone. I took it head on for about 20 minutes. They realize someone is spreading a bunch
of lies and stirring with fear.
Sent from my iPhone
On Jul21, 2015, at 8:35PM, Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org> wrote:

Sent from my iPhone


Begin forwarded message:
From: Stephen King <stephen.king@bellsouth.net>
Date: July 21, 2015 at 8:33:43 PM CDT
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Fwd: costco project

Begin forwarded message:


From: <jmrjudy@aol.com>
Date: July 21, 2015 at 7:34:42 PM CDT
To: <terrel williams@terrelwilliamsmd.com>
Cc: <jlundy@capitolresourcesllc.com>,
<way3@cavaliergrp.com>, <audrabowman@att.net>,
<brucekelly39120@yahoo.com>, <KaGoBu@aol.com>,
<CBushMD@aol.com>, <jpaynejr@comcast.net>,
<linda@cavaliergrp.com>, <tarawcannada@gmail.com>,
<gerryannhouston@oncdoctor.com>,
<hayleylundy@comcast.net>, <janiemaloney@gmail.com>,
<thomas@tcsums.com>, <ctcannada@gmail.com>,
<Froggyrawls@aol.com>, <juliawilliams50@gmail.com>,
<mlgebhart@aol.com>, <macO 127 @gmail.com>,
<suspayne@comcast.net>, <btemi@comcast.net>,
<martymay7 6@gmail.com>, <zparker@lifesharefoundation.org>,
<sking@wgyates.com>, <jtaden@gmail.com>,
<jrls2000@aol.com>, <hank@holman.ms>, <jkoestler@me.corn>,
<Coppersack@comcast.net>, <jennyholman@ymail.com>,
<tellwill2@bellsouth.net>, <abemalouf@gmail.com>,
<mpsaik@bellsouth.net>, <Awilliammay7 6@gmail.com>,
<dbruce@bkd.com>, <ritaskelly@yahoo.com>,
<gerryannhouston@yahoo.com>, <arogers554@aol.com>,
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<bfair1217 @netscape.net>, <cdbwells@gmail.com>,


<guynesa@gmail.com>, <meaganfahrenkopf@gmail.com>,
<collinfahrenkopf@gmail.com>, <trice21 @yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: costco project
For those of you who were not able to go to the meeting tonight, here's a
very brief report. The subject of a development on Highland Colony was
not on the agenda, therefore it was not discussed. However, a reporter
from the Madison County Journal was there as well as a camera man
from WLBT. We were well represented in numbers ........... folks from
other neighborhoods were there as well. ........... and WLBT interviewed
Julia Williams. It will be aired on WLBT at 10:00 and on Fox at
9:00. Thanks to Julia for speaking for us. After the meeting was
adjourned, we had an opportunity to introduce ourselves to the aldermen
and chat informally.
Everyone who can, please attend the meeting with the mayor next
Wednesday, July 29 at Ridgeland City Hall. We will have an opportunity
to hear what he has to say, ask questions, and voice our concerns at that
time.
Judy

-----Original Message----From: Terrel Williams, MD <terrelwilliams@terrelwilliamsmd.com>


To: Judy Rice <jmrjudy@aol.com>
Cc: John Lundy <jlundy@capitolresourcesllc.com>; Wirt Yerger
<way3@cavaliergrp.com>; Audra Bowman <audrabowman@att.net>;
brucekelly39120 <brucekelly39120@yahoo.com>; KaGoBu
<KaGoBu@aol.com>; CBushMD <CBushMD@aol.com>; jpaynejr
<jpa'ynejr@comcast.net>; Linda Yerger <linda@cavaliergrp.com>;
tarawcannada <tarawcannada@gmail.com>; gerryannhouston
<gerryannhouston@oncdoctor.com>; hayleylundy
<hayleylundy@comcast. net>; janiemaloney
<janiemaloney@gmail.com>; thomas <thomas@tcsums.com>;
ctcannada <ctcannada@gmail.com>; Froggyrawls
<Froggyrawls@aol.com>; juliawilliams50 <juliawilliams50@gmail.com>;
mlgebhart <mlgebhart@aol.com>; mac0127 <mac0127@gmail.com>;
suspayne <suspayne@comcast.net>; btemi <btemi@comcast.net>;
martymay76 <martymay76@gmail.com>; zparker
<zparker@lifesharefoundation.org>; sking <sking@wgyates.com>;
jtaden <jtaden@gmail.com>; jrls2000 <jrls2000@aol.com>; hank
<hank@holman.ms>; jkoestler <jkoestler@me.com>; Coppersack
<Coppersack@comcast. net>; jennyholman <jennyholman@ymail.com>;
tellwill2 <tellwill2@bellsouth.net>; abemalouf <abemalouf@gmail.com>;
mpsaik <mpsaik@bellsouth.net>; Awilliammay76
<Awilliammay76@gmail.com>; dbruce <dbruce@bkd.com>; ritaskelly
<ritaskelly@yahoo.com>; gerryannhouston
<gerryann houston@yahoo. com>; arogers554 <arogers554@aol. com>;
bfair1217 <bfair1217@netscape.net>; cdbwells <cdbwells@gmail.com>;
guynesa <guynesa@gmail.com>; meaganfahrenkopf
<meaganfahrenkopf@gmail.com>; collinfahrenkopf
<collinfahrenkopf@gmail.com>
Sent: Tue, Jul21, 2015 2:50pm
Subject: Re: costco project
That's really interesting since I had someone from Matisse's office in last
week and if I understood correctly they certainly knew about it !
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Sent from my iPhone


On Jul 21, 2015, at 2:10 PM, "Judy Rice" < jmrjudy@aol.com> wrote:
Here is the link to an article coming out in the Madison
County Journal ...... Interesting .......

http://onlinemadison.com/main.asp?SectioniD=1 &SubSe
ctioniD=1 &ArticleiD=30462
Sent from my iPhone
On Jul21, 2015, at 10:21 AM, John Lundy<
jlundy@capitolresou rcesllc. com> wrote:
Sorry for the confusion. If you had
plans to attend the meeting tonight,
please do so. My email regarding the
Mayor's invitation to meet with us was
not intended to prevent anyone from
attending the meeting tonight.
John

From: John Lundy


Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 8:41 AM
To: 'Judy Rice'; Wirt Yerger
Cc: Audra Bowman;
brucekelly39120@yahoo.com;
KaGoBu@aol.com; CBushMD@aol.com;
jpaynejr@comcast.net; Linda Yerger;
tarawcannada@gmail.com;
gerryannhouston@oncdoctor.com;
hayleylundy@comcast.net;
janiemaloney@gmail.com;
thomas@tcsums.com;
ctcannada@gmail.com;
Froggyrawls@aol.com;
juliawilliams50@gmail.com;
mlgebhart@aol.com;
mac0127@gmail.com;
suspayne@comcast. net;
btemi@comcast.net;
martymay76@gmail.com;
zparker@lifesharefoundation.org;
sking@wgyates.com;
jtaden@gmail.com; jrls2000@aol.com;
hank@holman.ms; jkoestler@me.com;
Coppersack@comcast. net;
jennyholman@ymail.com;
tellwi112@bellsouth.net;
abemalouf@gmail.com;
mpsaik@bellsouth.net;
Awilliammay76@gmail.com;
dbruce@bkd.com;
ritaskelly@yahoo.com;
gerryannhouston@yahoo.com;
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arogers554@aol.com;
bfair1217@netscape.net;
cdbwells@gmail.com;
guynesa@gmail.com;
meaganfahrenkopf@gmail.com;
collinfahrenkopf@gmail.com
Subject: RE: costco project
I just spoke with Mayor Gene McGee
and he would like to meet with as many
of us as possible next Wednesday
afternoon at 2:00 at City Hall. He said
that he wants to get with us to discuss
and address our concerns and feels that
a face to face meeting will be best. I
know it will not be possible for
everyone to attend, but I have it on my
calendar and hope others will be able to
attend.
Thanks again to Karen for all her work
on this.
John

From: Judy Rice


[mailto:jmdudy@aol.com]
Sent: Monday, July 20, 2015 6:59 PM
To: Wirt Yerger
Cc: Audra Bowman;
brucekelly39120@yahoo.com;
KaGoBu@aol.corn; CBushMD@aol.com;
jpaynejr@comcast.net; Linda Yerger;
tarawcannada@gmail.com;
gerryannhouston@oncdoctor.com;
hayleylundy@comcast. net;
janiemaloney@gmail.com;
thomas@tcsums.com;
ctcannada@gmail.com;
Froggyrawls@aol.com;
juliawilliams50@gmail.com;
mlgebhart@aol.com;
mac0127@gmail.com;
suspayne@comcast. net;
btemi@comcast. net;
martymay76@gmail.com;
zparker@lifesharefoundation.org;
sking@wgyates.com; John Lundy;
jtaden@gmail.com; jrls2000@aol.com;
hank@holman.ms; jkoestler@me.com;
Coppersack@comcast. net;
jennyholman@ymail.com;
tellwill2@bellsouth.net;
abemalouf@gmail.com;
mpsaik@bellsouth.net;
Awilliammay76@gmail.com;
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dbruce@bkd.com;
ritaskelly@yahoo.com;
gerryannhouston@yahoo.com;
arogers554@aol.com;
bfair1217@netscape.net;
cdbwells@gmail.com;
guynesa@gmail.com;
meaganfahren kopf@gmail.com;
collinfahrenkopf@gmail.com
Subject: Re: costco project
Tomorrow night is the regular meeting of
the Mayor and Board of Aldermen at
6:00 pm at the Ridgeland City Hall. This
is not a hearing on the subject of Costco
but the subject may well be addressed.
Sent from my iPhone
On Jul20, 2015, at 6:51 PM, Wirt
Yerger <way3@cavaliergrp.com> wrote:
Just called WLBT. They
would like to know when
and where meeting is
tonight.
Sent from my iPad
On Jul 20, 2015, at 3:52
PM, Audra Bowman
<audrabowman@att. net
>wrote:
I spoke
to a
good
friend
who
used to
anchor
the
WLBT
morn in
g news.
She
strongly
encour
aged all
of us to
flood
their
newsro
om with
emails
&

phone
calls &
faxes.
(She
said a
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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Monday, August 03, 2015 12:38 PM
Re: Costco

Sent:
Subject:

Thanks Steve. Will do.


Sent from my iPhone
On Aug 3, 2015, at 11:52 AM, Kennedy & Company <smkjek@bellsouth.net> wrote:
Just~eeping

myfriend informed. Keep me out to this. Thx!

From: James Lowe [mailto:jlowehome@comcast.net]

Sent: Sunday, August 02, 2015 9:14PM


To: Amanda Puckett; Steve Kennedy; Phillip Coburn; Michael Haltom; John Stratton; David Hancock;
Sherry Rula; Wilma Vanlandingham

Subject: Fwd: Costco

FYI from Bess Corbett who lives in the new Bridgewater. Bennett Chotard gave Bess my name.
After talking with her it now appears that, contrary to what has appeared in the paper, the Costco
development is almost a done deal. Bess' telephone number is on the following email if you are
interested in assisting in her efforts.
James A. Lowe, III
Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: Bess Corbitt <bess.r.corbitt@gmail.com>
Date: August 2, 2015 at 8:57:48 PM CDT
To: "jlowehome@comcast.net" <jlowehome@comcast.net>
Subject: Fwd: Costco

Bess Corbitt
601-668-4148

NOTE: The Mayor has somehow been


receiving the opposition e-mails. If you are
opposed to this project, be very careful
about who you are forwarding this to!!!!!!!
DO share thiS information with those that
you know will ACT NOW and OPPOSE this
project!
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THIS IS NOT A RUMOR!


THE COMING OF COSTCO TO THE
PROPERTY
SOUTH OF THE NATCHEZ TRACE
BETWEEN HIGHLAND COLONY PARKWAY
AND 1-55

IS NOT A RUMOR!
IT IS A REAL POSSIBILITY!
TAKE ACTION AND GET INVOLVED NOW!
We had a great attendance at the meeting
Tuesday, and I think that the Mayor heard loud
and clear that WE DO NOT WANT A
COSTCO on the Property in question.
It was mentioned that Costco does not want to
come where it is unwanted. We need to make
sure that they feel very UNWANTED on the
property in question (south of the Natchez
Trace Parkway, between 1-55 and Highland
Colony).
If you care about your property value, the
tremendous amount of traffic that will be
generated by a wharehouse/big box store, the
fact that Highland Colony was not built to
handle transport trucks, etc.(despite what the
Mayor said, those trucks ARE going to use
Highland Colony; the Lake Harbour Overpass
will more than likely not happen BEFORE
Costco is built and truckers are going to look at
their GPS and get to a site the quickest way
that they can), you need to (and encourage
ALL of your neighbors to) WRITE COSTCO
and encourage them to find another location in
the Jackson Metro area. DO NOT CALL
COSTCO, DO NOT e-MAIL COSTCO, WRITE
COSTCO A LETTER and mail it!
An e-mail will follow with an attempted
summary of the meeting, but FOR NOW, take
the following action:
1) If you have not written or e-m ailed Mayor
Gene McGee (or even if you have, write him
again, reaffirming your stance) , do so
immediately and express your OPPOSITION to
Costco coming to the property in question! I
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am guessing that he has been flooded with emails, and I would encourage you to write him
a letter too. BE SPECIFIC in your opposition!
Mayor Gene McGee
304 Highway 51
Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157
mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org
2) Write COSTCO. The address is:
Mr. Dan Venable
45940 Horseshoe Drive, Suite 120
Sterling, VA 20166
dan@northwestatlantic.com

Let COSTCO know that they are welcome to


come to Central Mississippi, but that the
property that they are looking at in Ridgeland
IS NOT where they need to locate!
We don't have time to waste, so don't
say ............ Oh, I'll write next week, or I'H think
about it. If you're unwilling to take action, don't
complain about the consequences of your
INACTION!
To those who say, "It's a done deal. Nothing
we do will help stop this project.":
IF YOU DON'T TRY TO STOP IT, YOU ARE
GUARANTEEING THAT IT IS A DONE DEAL!
IT IS GOING TO TAKE A HUGE NUMBER OF
PEOPLE (VOTERS) TO GET THIS PROJECT
STOPPED!

Lf

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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Monday, August 03, 2015 1:40 PM
FW: Costco

Sent:
Subject:

FYI - Please don't forward out of respect for Steve's request.

Alan Hart, PlA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
lt~ecltyot

RiDGElAND

From: Kennedy & Company [mailto:smkjek@bellsouth.net]

Sent: Monday, August 03, 2015 11:53 AM


To: Alan Hart
Subject: FW: Costco
Just keeping my f~iend informe~: Keep me,out to this". Thx!

From: James Lowe [mailto:jlowehome@comcast.net]

Sent: Sunday, August 02, 2015 9:14PM


To: Amanda Puckett; Steve Kennedy; Phillip Coburn; Michael Haltom; John Stratton; David Hancock; Sherry Rula; Wilma
Vanlandingham
Subject: Fwd: Costco

FYI from Bess Corbett who lives in the new Bridgewater. Bennett Chotard gave Bess my name. After talking
with her it now appears that, contrary to what has appeared in the paper, the Costco development is almost a
done deal. Bess' telephone number is on the following email if you are interested in assisting in her efforts.
James A. Lowe, III
Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: Bess Corbitt <bess.r.corbitt@gmail.com>
Date: August 2, 2015 at 8:57:48 PM CDT
To: "jlowehome@comcast.net" <jlowehome@comcast.net>
Subject: Fwd: Costco

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Bess Corbitt
601-668-4148

NOTE: The Mayor has somehow been receiving the


opposition e-mails. If you are opposed to this project,
be very careful about who you are forwarding this
to!!!!!!!
DO share thiS information with those that you know will
ACT NOW and OPPOSE this project!
THIS IS NOT A RUMOR!
THE COMING OF COSTCO TO THE PROPERTY
SOUTH OF THE NATCHEZ TRACE BETWEEN
HIGHLAND COLONY PARKWAY AND 1-55

IS NOT A RUMOR!
IT IS A REAL POSSIBILITY!
TAKE ACTION AND GET INVOLVED NOW!
We had a great attendance at the meeting Tuesday, and I
think that the Mayor heard loud and clear that WE DO NOT
WANT A COSTCO on the Property in question.
It was mentioned that Costco does not want to come where
it is unwanted. We need to make sure that they feel
very UNWANTED on the property in question (south of the
Natchez Trace Parkway, between 1-55 and Highland
Colony).
If you care about your property value, the tremendous
amount of traffic that will be generated by a wharehouse/big
box store, the fact that Highland Colony was not built to
handle transport trucks, etc.(despite what the Mayor said,
those trucks ARE going to use Highland Colony; the Lake
Harbour Overpass will more than likely not happen BEFORE
Costco is built and truckers are going to look at their GPS
and get to a site the quickest way that they can), you need to
(and encourage ALL of your neighbors to) WRITE COSTCO
and encourage them to find another location in the Jackson
Metro area. DO NOT CALL COSTCO, DO NOT e-MAIL
COSTCO, WRITE COSTCO A LETTER and mail it!
An e-mail will follow with an attempted summary of the
meeting, but FOR NOW, take the following action:
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1) If you have not written or e-mailed Mayor Gene McGee


(or even if you have, write him again, reaffirming your
stance) , do so immediately and express your OPPOSITION
to Costco coming to the property in question! I am guessing
that he has been flooded withe-mails, and I would
encourage you to write him a letter too. BE SPECIFIC in
your opposition!
Mayor Gene McGee
304 Highway 51
Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157
mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org
2) Write COSTCO. The address is:
Mr. Dan Venable
45940 Horseshoe Drive, Suite 120
Sterling, VA 20166
dan@northwestatlantic.com

Let COSTCO know that they are welcome to come to


Central Mississippi, but that the property that they are
looking at in Ridgeland IS NOT where they need to locate!
We don't have time to waste, so don't say ............ Oh, I'll write
next week, or I'll think about it. If you're unwilling to take
action, don't complain about the consequences of your
INACTION!
To those who say, "It's a done deal. Nothing we do will help
stop this project.":
IF YOU DON'T TRY TO STOP IT, YOU ARE
GUARANTEEING THAT IT IS A DONE DEAL!
IT IS GOING TO TAKE A HUGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE
(VOTERS) TO GET THIS PROJECT STOPPED!

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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Monday, August 03, 2015 1:43 PM
RE: Costco

Sent:
Subject:

Ridgeland High School Cafetorium?

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
lnecttr~>!

RIDGElAND

From: Gene McGee

Sent: Monday, August 03, 2015 12:51 PM


To: Alan Hart
Subject: Fwd: Costco

Any suggestions on location ?


Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:

From: Phillip Ley <phillipley@gmail.com>


Date: August 3, 2015 at 12:23:52 PM CDT
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: RE: Costco
I think I can, sir. Where?
On Aug 3, 2015 8:58AM, "Gene McGee" <Mayor.McGee@ridgelandms.org> wrote:
Would you be able to set something up next Wednesday evening the

12th

at about 6:00 PM?

Gene F. McGee, CMO


Mayor

74

City of Ridgeland

P.O. Box 21.7 Ridgeland, MS 39158


304 Highway .51 Ridgeland, MS 39157

601.856.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819


mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

From: Phillip Ley [mailto:phillipley@gmail.com]


Sent: Friday, July 31, 2015 2:20 PM
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: RE: Costco

That would be 1ne


On Jul31, 2015 1:12PM, "Gene McGee" <Mayor.McGee@ridgelandrns.org> wrote:
I agree. Next week is not good for me because of board of Aldermen meetings and other meetings
already on the calendar, however the week of August 10th would work well. I am going to be out of
town the rest of the week end, so if possible let's touch base on Monday and try to pin down a evening,
place and time.

Thank you.

Gene F. McGee, CMO

Mayor
City of Ridgeland

75

P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158


304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157

601.856.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819


mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

From: Phillip Ley [mailto:phillipley@gmail.com]


Sent: Friday, July 31, 2015 12:32 PM
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: RE: Costco

I think our concerns would be better addressed by meeting with concerned area residents as a
group
On Jul31, 2015 8:06AM, "Gene McGee" <Mayor.McGee@ridgelandms.org> wrote:
Thank you for your e-mail and your interest in what is best for Ridgeland. I know you are a very busy
person but, I would be happy to meet with you to address your concerns. Please call my office at 601856-7113 if you would like to make an appointment.

Again Thanks

Gene F. McGee, CMO


Mayor

City of' Ridgeland

P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158


304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
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601.856.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819


mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

111e cltv ot

RI DOE tAN D

From: Phillip Ley [mailto:phillipley@gmail.com]


Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2015 8:14PM
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>

Subject: Costco

' Mayor McGee


We don't want Costco. Ifyou work to get it, you will see the biggest groundswell of antipathy
toward your administration and we will actively field and support a viable candidate against
you in the next election. We will not trade there, and we are the consumers they want. We do
not want the traffic congestion or the human traffic that a Costco will bring.
Think again, sir. The tax revenues are not worth it.
Phillip Ley MD FACS
106 Bridgewater Crossing

77

Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Monday, August 03, 2015 3:11 PM
FW: COSTCO

Sent:
Subject:

FYI ... Please don't forward.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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RIDGElAND

From: Thomas Bobbitt [mailto:love-to-fly@msn.com]

Sent: Monday, August 03, 2015 3:04 PM


To: Alan Hart
Subject: Fwd: COSTCO

FYI ... T

Begin forwarded message:

From: Liz Zimmerman <rlalizlovell@gmail.com>


Reply- To: <lzimmerman@ridgwaylane.com>
To: "Liz Zimmerman" <lzimmerman@ridgwaylane.com>
Subject: COSTCO
Date: August 3, 2015 at 10:00:04 AM CDT
Hello Neighbors,
Lots of folks have been working really, really hard in hopes of stopping the Costco Fiasco!!! Now we are looking for
volunteers to help with a very, very important project that we believe will help accomplish that. We need as many
volunteers as possible; many hands make light work!! (My kids hated it when I said that!! Loll!!)
We are starting a petition. It will be done by neighborhood and we can organize it any way we prefer. If memory serves,
there are approximately 100 homes in our neighborhood. If just 10 people volunteer to help then we each will only
have to contact 10 homes!! Please, please, please step up and help with this. I truly believe that the west side of
Ridgeland finally has a large enough voting pool that we can actually influence our mayor and aldermen.
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We simply cannot let this happen without a fight! If you haven't written the mayor or Costco, please take a minute to
do that now!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!


Bess Corbitt
Bess.r.corbitt@gmail.com

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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Monday, August 03, 2015 1:43 PM
RE: Costco

Sent:
Subject:

Ridgeland High School Cafetorium?

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39:157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
ltllt<::ltyor

RIDGElAND

From: Gene McGee

Sent: Monday, August 03, 2015 12:51 PM


To: Alan Hart

Subject: Fwd: Costco

Any suggestions on location ?


Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: Phillip Ley <phillipley@gmail.com>
Date: August 3, 2015 at 12:23:52 PM CDT
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: RE: Costco
I think I can, sir. Where?
On Aug 3, 2015 8:58AM, "Gene McGee" <Mayor.McGee@ridgelandms.org> wrote:
Would you be able to set something up next Wednesday evening the lih at about 6:00PM?

Gene F. McGee, CMO


fVlayor
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City of Ridgeland

P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158


304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 391S7

601.856.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819


mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

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RIDGELAND

From: Phillip Ley [mailto:phillipley@gmail.com]


Sent: Friday, July 31, 2015 2:20PM
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: RE: Costco

That would be fine


On Jul31, 2015 1:12PM, "Gene McGee" <Mayor.McGee@ridgelandrns.org> wrote:
I agree. Next week is not good for me because of board of Aldermen meetings and other meetings
already on the calendar, however the week of August 10th would work well. I am going to be out of
town the rest ofthe week end, so if possible let's touch base on Monday and try to pin down a evening,
place and time.

Thank you.

Gene F. McGee, CMO


Mayor
City of Ridgeland

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P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158


304 Highway .51 Ridgeland, MS 39157

601.856.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819


mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

From: Phillip Ley [mailto:phillipley@gmail.com]


Sent: Friday, July 31, 2015 12:32 PM
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: RE: Costco

I think our concerns would be better addressed by meeting with concerned area residents as a
group
On Jul31, 2015 8:06AM, "Gene McGee" <Mayor.McGee@ridgelandms.org> wrote:
Thank you for your e-mail and your interest in what is best for Ridgeland. I know you are a very busy
person but, I would be happy to meet with you to address your concerns. Please call my office at 601856-7113 if you would like to make an appointment.

Again Thanks

Gene F. McGee, CMO

Mayor

City of Ridge/a(ld

P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158


304 Highway .51 Ridgeland, MS 39157

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601.856.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819


mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

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RIDGELAND

From: Phillip Ley [mailto:phillipley@gmail.com]

Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2015 8:14 PM


To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Costco

Mayor McGee
We don't want Costco. If you work to get it, you will see the biggest groundswell of antipathy
toward your administration and we will actively field and support a viable candidate against
you in the next election. We will not trade there, and we are the consumers they want. We do
not want the traffic congestion or the human traffic that a Costco will bring.
Think again, sir. The tax revenues are not worth it.
Phillip Ley MD FACS
106 Bridgewater Crossing

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Alan Hart
From:
Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Monday, August 03, 2015 3:12 PM

RE: COSTCO UPDATE

Thanks Tom.

Alan Hart, PlA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
lhec;ttyl.>t

RIDGElAND

From: Thomas Bobbitt [mailto:love-to-fly@msn.com]


Sent: Monday, August 03, 2015 3:05 PM

To: Alan Hart


Subject: Fwd: COSTCO UPDATE

1st e-mail ...

Begin forwarded message:


From: Liz Zimmerman <rlalizlovell@gmail.com>
Reply- To: <lzimmerman@ridgwaylane.com>
To: "Liz Zimmerman" <lzimmerman@ridgwaylane.com>
Subject: COSTCO UPDATE
Date: July 30, 2015 at 4:34:33 PM CDT
UPDATE ON THE POTENTIAL COSTCO DEVELOPMENT:
Residents from Bridgewater II and surrounding neighborhoods were in attendance at the meeting at
City Hall yesterday, and it was made clear that the residents of this part of Ridgeland do NOT want a
Costco on the property south of the Natchez Trace Parkway, between 1-55 and Highland Colony
Parkway.
It was mentioned that Costco does not want to come where it is unwanted, so a campaign has been
started to make sure they feel very UNWANTED on the property in question (south of the Natchez
Trace Parkway, between 1-55 and Highland Colony).
Some of the specific issues and concerns raised at the meeting were the tremendous amount of traffic
that will be generated by a warehouse/big box store, the fact that Highland Colony was not built to
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handle transport trucks, increased crime that typically follows discount warehouse stores and gas
stations, around-the-clock truck servicing causing noise, and the effects on property values. If you are
concerned about this, please see the recommended action steps below:
1) E-MAIL and WRITE A LETTER to Mayor Gene McGee immediately and express your OPPOSITION to
Costco coming to the property in question. BE SPECIFIC in your opposition -list the reasons you
think the development will be a detriment to his city and remind him of the number of voters who live
in this area.
Mayor Gene McGee
304 Highway 51
Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157
mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org

2) Write COSTCO. The address is:


Mr. Dan Venable
45940 Horseshoe Drive, Suite 120
Sterling, VA 20166
Let COSTCO know that they are welcome to come to Central Mississippi, but that the property that
they are looking at in Ridgeland IS NOT where they need to locate!
This project seems to be on the fast track, so it is important that you act quickly. If these individuals
receive mailed letters, they will know the residents care enough to take action. IT IS GOING TO TAKE
A HUGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE (VOTERS) TO GET THIS PROJECT STOPPED!

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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Tuesday, August 04, 2015 1:06 PM
RE: Costco

Sent:
Subject:

yes

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext 1033 FAX: (601) 8532030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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RIDGELAND

From: Michael Simmons [mailto:msimmons@onlinemadison.com]

Sent: Tuesday, August 04, 2015 12:47 PM


To: Alan Hart
Subject: Costco

If I send you a story will you take a look at it and make sure my into is accurate, with regards to master
planning, etc.
I don't normally do that but with all the inaccuracies floating around I want a definitive story out there. If
there's information you think is pertinent that I left out please let me know, too.
Michael Simmons
Associate Editor & Publisher
Madison County Journal
(601) 853-4222

MADISO:\ C'OUNIY

JbuRNAL
Newspaper Advertising Works 1 More than 1.5 million Mississippians read their local
newspaper weekly.

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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:
Attachments:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Tuesday, August 04, 2015 1:32 PM
RE: Costco
Costco Thursday.rtf

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 f\idgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 f\idge!and, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
lhedtrot

RIDGElAND

From: Michael Simmons [mailto:msimmons@onlinemadison.com]

Sent: Tuesday, August 04, 2015 1:07PM


To: Alan Hart
Subject: Re: Costco

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RIDGELAND- City officials have for the third week in a row reiterated that they are
aware of no plans at the moment for a Costco to be built off Highland Colony Parkway,
although a site for Renaissance Phase Ill will bring about some type of large
commercial development.
Residents of nearby neighborhoods such as Dinsmor and Greenwood Plantation
continue to raise concerns over a Costco being built near their homes.
The site for Renaissance Phase Ill is located south of the Natchez Trace Parkway
between Highland Colony Parkway and 1-55. There is other property ripe for commercial
development along Highland Colony, as well as property on the east side of 1-55.
Mayor Gene McGee said the city has been working to ensure that the illegally
subdivided land where Renaissance Phase Ill sits, which was originally part of an $80
million mortgage fraud case involving Chris and Charles Evans, is developed in-line with
the city master plan.
"We're cleaning up a mess, particularly the mess to do with what the Evans brothers did
with all the different properties they had," McGee said.
The brothers were sentenced to 14 and 20 years in prison in 2011 for defrauding over
50 banks on mortgage loans on land where deeds were not even being recorded.
"It put us in a situation where we had a bunch of subdivided properties," McGee said.
McGee said banks wanted to sell the property off to anybody who would take it and
fought against call centers and an apartment complex apartments from locating there
based on the subdivision violations.
"We had a realtor threaten to sue us for putting our foot down," he said. "They got
serious with us."
He said that's why the property in question fits with the Large Master Planned
Commercial Development definition.
"That was done to try to master plan that," McGee explained. "To have a quality
development instead of piece-milling a development. We're always trying to think ahead
as to what would be the best for the City of Ridgeland."
He added, "We strongly believe in master planning that area on both sides of Highland
Colony Parkway. We have worked hard to protect that area."
McGee pointed to the piece-milling developments along County Line Road and the
troubles that arose, including traffic and parking.
Highland Colony Parkway was byilt'~~lithorized by special state legislation in 1989 that

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allowed the county and cities to build the $10 million public/private joint venture
roadway. That opened the Parkway up to commercial development.
Prior to 2014, some of the property along the parkway was zoned C-4, which would
have allowed for anything from bail bond companies to tattoo parlors and gold buying
shops.
Planning by the city changed that land to C-2, allowing for only a certain kind of
development, including office, retail, hotels, and restaurants.
Between the residential areas and the C-2 property are parcels zoned C-1 that would
allow for commercial office space.
Alan Hart, director of community development, said the city has been diligent in
ensuring that proper development occurs in that area.
"Half of it was zoned C-2, the other half zoned C-4," he said at a meeting in city hall last
week. "Between those two districts, what used to be allowed were automobile
dealerships, apartments, convenience stores ... "
Hart said they cannot legally tell property owners what they can do with property if
zoning allows for it, but they are able to control the development with different
ordinances.
He said there is architectural review, a landscape ordinance, and even a tree ordinance
to shape developments.
"When you demand the best quality, you're gonna have a lot better chance of cutting
out the lower quality businesses," he said. "The city doesn't pick the tenants, the city
doesn't pick the sites. We regulate through zoning and other land-use controls."
Both McGee and Hart say whatever businesses come to Renaissance Phase Ill will fit
right in line with what the developers did with the first phase of Renaissance in terms of
quality. While Costco has not given any indication whether or not they plan to put a
store in Mississippi, Hart verified that such a store meets the land use requirements of
the Zoning Ordinance.
The timing of such development, however, is yet to be known.
McGee said the third phase could be constructed to coincide with two major road
projects in 2016 or could come later.
"We haven't had anything brought to us yet," he said, saying they haven't seen a master
plan.
The city has almost acquired all the right of way needed to construct the $22 million

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Lake Harbour extension, which will connect with Highland Colony Parkway. Subject to
Mississippi Department of Transportation approval, McGee hopes to bid the project in

2016.
One piece of property is left to be obtained before the city can begin on the Colony Park
Boulevard tie-in.
McGee said the city will have to use eminent domain and a hearing is set for
September. Once all the right of way is obtained MOOT can finish that project.

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Alan Hart
Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>
Tuesday, August 04, 2015 1:34 PM
RE: Possible meeting Thursday, August 6th

From:
Sent:
Subject:

I will keep that spot open.


Next week should be fine to discuss the master plan. Monday is a good day. Just buzz me at some point.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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RIDGElAND

From: Carla Moor


Sent: Tuesday, August 04, 2015 12:53 PM
To: Alan Hart
Subject: Possible meeting Thursday, August 6th
Alan,
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The Mayor is canceling the Department Head meeting for this Thursday, August 6 h at 9am. He has asked me to
schedule a meeting with a gentleman named Mike Green at that time, if Mr. Green is available. Mr. Green called this
morning with a complaint about Costco. If Mr. Green is available Thursday at 9am the Mayor would like you to be in the
meeting. I am waiting to hear back from Mr. Green.
Also, would you have some time this week or next to sit down with me and review the Ridgeland master plan? Let me
know when you are available. Thank you.
Carla

Carla Moor
Executive Assistant to Mayor McGee
carla.moor@ridgelandms.org
p.o. box 217

ridgeland, ms 39158
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304 highway 51
ridgeland/ rns 39157

601.856.7113
www .ridgelandms.org
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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Wednesday, August 05, 2015 8:52 AM
RE: NO to Costco

You left off a critical "NO"

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

-----Original Message----From: Gene McGee


Sent: Wednesday, August 05,2015 8:40AM
To: 'Angela Boles'
Subject: RE: NO to Costco
My position is to continue to work to make all of Ridgeland the best that it can be. I have seen any plans for Costco.
Gene F. McGee, CMO
Mayor
City ofRidgeland
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
601.856.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819 mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org www.ridgelandms.org

-----Original Message----From: Angela Boles [mailto:angelaboles01@yahoo.com]


Sent: Tuesday, August 04,2015 6:29PM
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: NO to Costco
Mayor McGee,
I am a hard working, tax paying resident in Dinsmor. I am bitterly opposed to Costco locating on Highland Colony Parkway. What is
your position on this?

Thank you,
Angela Boles
Sent from my iPhone

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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Wednesday, August 05, 2015 3:24 PM
FW: concerned citizen

Sent:
Subject:

Andrew,
The Mayor and I have the ultimate respect for the Stradinger family. They like so many of our residents have concerns
that need to be addressed. We feel that so many of these type emails can be handled with proper communication. If
there is anything that you can do to help with the communication about Renaissance Phase Ill, we would appreciate
it. Please see below.
Thanks,

Alan Hart, PlA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, IV1S 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, IV1S 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www. ridge Ia ndms.org

From: Gene McGee

Sent: Tuesday, August 04, 2015 8:32AM


To: 'Catherine Stradinger'
Subject: RE: concerned citizen
I will be happy to meet with you in person and address your concerns.
Gene F. McGee, CMO
Mayor
City of Ridgeland
P.O. Box 21/ Ridgeland, IVlS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 391.57

601.856.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819


mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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From: Catherine Stradinger [mailto:catherine@stradinger.com]


Sent: Tuesday, August 04, 2015 8:18AM
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: concerned citizen

Dear Mayor,

I am a resident of Ridgeland, and I join my neighbors in being unalterably opposed to the


COSTCO locating in Ridgeland.

Locating this Big Box store where it is being proposed would greatly affect our quality of life in
Ridgeland. Please, Mayor, do not let this happen!

I do NOT want Costco to locate in the proposed location, south of the Natchez Trace Parkway,
between 1-55 and Highland Colony. The tremendous amount of traffic that will be generated by this
big box store is completely UNWANTED. Additionally, Highland Colony CANNOT handle all of the
traffic that will result.

Costco needs to know that if it does locate in this location, the neighborhoods affected will NOT
become patrons of Costco. We have no desire to support this store in the proposed location.

Costco should be encouraged to find an alternate location in the Jackson Metro area or Flowood. We
would welcome this company in Central Mississippi, just not in the location they are proposing.

Again, please, Mayor McGee, do NOT let this happen!!! A Costco DOES NOT belong in my
neighborhood.

Sincerely,
Catherine Stradinger

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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Thursday, August 06, 2015 9:48 AM
RE: Opinion

Interestingly enough, I recall you taking heat for his Hampton as recent as Tuesday night.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856~3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www. ridge Ia ndms.org

From: Gene McGee


Sent: Wednesday, August 05, 2015 6:23 PM
To: Alan Hart; Scott Jones; Wesley Hamlin
Subject: Fwd: Opinion

Sent from my iPhone


Begin forwarded message:
From: Sunny Desai <sdesai@desaihotelgroup.com>
Date: August 5, 2015 at 5:51:41 PM CDT
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Opinion
Mayor McGee,
We have not officially met, but I am building the Hampton Inn &Suites in the township. I also
live in the township. I normally do not get involved in these public objections, but I wanted to
reach out to you for two reasons:
1. I think you have done an outstanding job with the development and growth of the City of

Ridgeland. Being a big advocate of healthy living, I love how pro health the entire city is. Being
in real estate development business, I can really appreciate the quality of the developments on
Highland Colony. Unfortunately, Highland Colony is mistakenlysometimes called "Madison",
but I think Ridgeland is doing everything right that Madison got wrong. Highland colony has all
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of the high end shopping and dining. Madison is where people go to shop and eat on a budget.
Which bring me to the next point.
2. I would like to voice my opinion against letting Costco come to the proposed location. I would
hate to see Highland colony become the destination for budget shoppers like the direction
Madison is headed.
Thank you in advance for allowing me to share my opinion.

Sincerely,

Sunny Desai
President & CEO
Desai Hotel Group
PO Box 22628
Jackson, MS 39225
sdesai@desaihotelgroup.com
M# (601) 927- 4555
F#: (662) 796-3132
DesaiHotelGroup.com

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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Thursday, August 06, 2015 10:44 AM
FW: Update for neighbors

FYI

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: {601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www .ridgelandms.org

From: Kennedy & Company [mailto:smkjek@bellsouth.net]

Sent: Thursday, August 06, 2015 10:19 AM


To: Alan Hart
Subject: FW: Update for neighbors

FYI ...
From: Amy Amundson [mailto:aekunkel78@yahoo.com]

Sent: Thursday, August 06, 2015 9:54AM


To: Kennedy & Company
Subject: Fwd: Update for neighbors

Steve,
Please see messages below.
Thank you,
Amy Amundson
Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: Amy Amundson <aekunkel78@yahoo.com>
Date: August 6, 2015 at 9:53:01 AM CDT
To: amanda.puckett@puckettmachinery.com, "<dpenick@ridgwaylane.com>"
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<dpenick@ridgwaylane.com>
Subject: Update for neighbors
Amanda and Donna,
Please see below. This is an email we received from Windrush, the neighborhood where we
used to live.
I wondered if you could email all the neighbors and spread the word about the meeting next
Wednesday to discuss opening the Costco. If a lot of neighbors from Bridgewater attended, it
would show our opposition to the development. Opening Costco would really increase traffic at
the roundabout.

Thanks,
Amy Amundson
Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: "William Wright" <windrushpoa@yourcommunitybulletins.com>
Date: August 5, 2015 at 10:59:43 AM CDT
To: "Eric Amundson" <aekunkel78@yahoo.com>
Subject: Windrush Property Owners Association eMail Bulletin
Reply-To: "William Wright" <Amelia@TedOrkin.com>
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As you all know by now, Costco, the Renaissance developers and the city of Ridgeland are working together to ensu
Costco's presence on the Parkway. More specifically, our mayor and Costco folks are supporting the site that is sou
of the Trace and north of the Highlands Church on the Parkway. Without getting into detail, the Renaissance
developers need to expand in order to take advantage of certain tax incentives promised them when the shopping
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center was developed. Expansion has now moved to the area referenced instead of the Renaissance proper.
Unfortunately, the tracts of land targeted are zoned to accommodate a "big box" store. With every big box store
built, there are additional businesses-not comparable to Renaissance quality-that sprout up in the vicinity of the
big box store. A discount gas station will also be part of the development. More importantly, there will be several
hundred more folks in our neighborhood every day that we ever anticipated when we moved here ..
We need to fight this project with all the might we may have. Neighborhoods surrounding us, including Bridgewate
Greenwood Plantation, Dinsmoor, Canterbury and others have joined the opposition to the project.
There will be a city hall type meeting next Wednesday night at Ridgeland High School 6 pm that we all need to
attend because this project will be on the agenda. The more the merrier.

Please see the attached "Say No to Costco" flyer.

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This is a Publication of Windrush POA

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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Thursday, August 06, 2015 11:05 AM
RE: Old Agency Exit/Costco/MDOT Exit Rating

Mayor,
The truthful statement is that we do not know at this point. These are all great questions that we will ask of any applicant when a site
plan is submitted. The developer has not made a site plan submittal. We will have to consult with MDOT regarding the performance
capacity of the roundabout. It is clear to me that a traffic is of great concern and a traffic impact analysis may need to be considered
before making a decision about what should be allowed to locate within this area and surrounding areas, but we cannot make any
decisions about traffic in the absence of useful information from a developer and specific tenants. Right now, all we have to go on are
assumptions and the ITE Traffic Generation Manual that MDOT uses. We will continue to work towards answers.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

-----Original Message----From: Gene McGee


Sent: Thursday, August 06,2015 10:26 AM
To: Alan Hart; Chris Bryson; Mike McCollum
Subject: FW: Old Agency Exit/Costco/MDOT Exit Rating
These questions are above my head. Please get together and come up with the answers.
Gene F. McGee, CMO
Mayor
City of Ridgeland
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
601.856.71 I3 ext. IOI3 Fax 601.856.78I9 mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org www.ridgelandms.org

-----Original Message----From: The Shepard Family [mailto:thatchjennie@comcast.net]


Sent: Thursday, August 06, 20 I 5 10:2 I AM
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Old Agency Exit/Costco/MDOT Exit Rating
Mayor,
I am a concerned about the current initiative to locate a Big Box development vicinity Natchez Trace and Highland Colony
Parkway.
My specific question is regarding the current MDOT official rating of an "F" for the Old Agency Exit/Roundabout/Renaissance
Entrance area. I understand this is based on weave space, vehicle count, and other safety factors.
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What is the projected vehicle count (not just delivery trucks) with the projected development and how does it affect the MDOT
safety/"funtionalbility" rating for that already "F" rated exit area? I clearly understand the capacity of the Highland Colony Parkway,
however it is the exits and interchanges that I am requesting dissemination of your staffs and the developers' feasibility analysis with
respect to MDOT Design Guide Criteria and ratings.

Additionally, has there been a Federal, US Army Corps of Engineers,


404 B. 1. Clean Water Act evaluation of said property along with the Department of the Interior/FWS review of endangered species
lAW the ESA. I am curious what the State Historic Preservation Officer has mentioned to you all advance the development?
As a professional engineer, former Director of Public Works, and career military officer I am very concerned at the dissemination
of information from your headquarters and staff and losing confidence that you are not moving out in the best interest of your
Ridgeland citizens and not keeping us properly informed on this initiative.
V/R
George T. "Thatch" Shepard, Jr., P.E.
(Colonel, US Army, Ret.)
128 Canterbury Place
Ridgeland, MS
601-278-2615

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Alan Hart
Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>
Thursday, August 06, 2015 1:44 PM
RE: Costco

From:

Sent:
Subject:

I think he works for Yates.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: {601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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RIDGElAND

From: Gene McGee

Sent: Thursday, August 06, 2015 12:57 PM


To: 'Matthew Summers'
Subject: RE: Costco
Thank You
Gene F. McGee, CMO

Mayor
City of Ridqeland
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, IVlS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, IVlS 39157

601.856.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819


mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

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RIDGElAND

From: Matthew Summers [mailto:masumme6@gmail.com]

Sent: Thursday, August 06, 2015 12:16 PM


To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Costco

Mayor,
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I hope you are well. This is just a note to let you know my family and I are not supportive of the efforts to locate
a Costco at the current proposed location. I live on Whippoorwill Ln and believe the construction of a big
box/gas station is a material divergence from the intended character of our area. I feel that a location further
south on Highland Colony Pkwy is more appropriate. I understand the complications this may cause with
interested parties, but as far as the existing neighborhoods are concerned, a move further south would allow us
to maintain the quality of life that drew us to Ridgeland in the first place.
We wish you and your administration the best of luck. These are big decisions and not easy. Thanks for your
leadership and thoughtfulness.

Be well,
Matt Summers
375 Whippoorwill Ln
Ridgeland, MS

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Alan Hart
From:
Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Friday, August 07, 2015 9:23 AM
RE: Hello

I'm available now.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

From: Sandra Monahan

Sent: Friday, August 07, 2015 9:22 AM


To: Gene McGee
Cc: Alan Hart

Subject: Re: Hello

Yes I will get with Alan about this


Sandra Rives Monohan
601-856-7113 ext.2052

On Aug 6, 2015, at 8:10PM, Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org> wrote:


This one I need to respond to with a quality answer
Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: Mary Margaret Hickman <hickmanmm@gmail.com>
Date: August 6, 2015 at 6:55:02 PM CDT
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Hello

Mayor McGee,
I must say I am so surprised and disappointed in this mess about Costco.
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Yes, it would be lovely to have a Costco but NOT in the proposed location.
There is a meeting coming up. I demand, as a resident of the area in question, that
the owners of the property be at that meeting. I understand it is Buster Bailey and
Jim Barksdale. I would love to see if they will show up and look in the face of
many of their friends.
Please consider the end of the Parkway by 220. Perfect location ... easy access to
interstate. Serves so many more people. Relieves our exit 105C ... Old Agency
Exit...plus the roundabout!!!
Plus helps not become a County Line ....
I wrote you that your legacy would be making HCParkway a County Line. Will
be sad when folks go from Ridgeland to Madison ... County Line to first class.
Think about it.
I definitely WANT THE OWNERS AT THE MEETING!!! Please do not fall
into their grip or whatever.
Thank you,
Mary Margaret
Sent from my iPad

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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Friday, August 07, 2015 1:00 PM
RE: Bridgewater - meeting with Mayor and Aldermen

Sent:
Subject:

thanks

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development

P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158


304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www .ridgelandms.org
11\Hit'(O!

RIDGElAND

From: Kennedy & Company [mailto:smkjek@bellsouth.net]


Sent: Friday, August 07, 2015 12:19 PM
To: Alan Hart
Subject: FW: Bridgewater- meeting with Mayor and Aldermen
Just FYI ...

From: Robin Mayfield [mailto:rmayfield39157@gmail.com]


Sent: Friday, August 07, 2015 11:15 AM
To: smkjek@bellsouth.net
Subject: Fwd: Bridgewater- meeting with Mayor and Aldermen

Robin Mayfield
601-212-1049
Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: board@bridgewaterms.org
Date: August 7, 2015 at 8:25:31 AM CDT
To: rmayfield39157@gmail.com
Subject: Bridgewater - meeting with Mayor and Aldermen

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Dear MarkS. & Robin R. Mayfield,

To all Bridgewater residents:


Meeting with Mayor McGee & City Aldermen
Date/ Time: Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 6 p.m.
Location: Ridgeland High School Cafeteria
SUBJECT: COSTCO LOCATING IMMEDIATELY SOUTH OF THE NATCHEZ TRACE
BETWEEN I-55 & HIGHLAND COLONY PARKWAY

CONCERNS: COSTCO could bring crime & congestion (e.g. traffic, crowds, transport trucks on
Highland Colony); the ROUNDABOUT REMOVED & changed to a stop light when it can no Ionge
handle the increased, heavy traffic; gas lines at COSTCO gas pumps; the Old Agency/ Jackson St. EJ
could could look similar to the
NEW County Line Road Exit &HIGHLAND COLONY PARKWAY (could begin to look like COUN'
LINE ROAD)
CITY & STATE TAX DOLLARS ARE ALLEGEDLY BEING USED TO BUILD IT

Encourage you, your neighbors and friends to attend and let your voices be heard AND OR
- Write Mayor Gene McGee (Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org) and or Mr. Dan Venable who proem
sites for COSTCO (dan@northwestatlantic.com) to let them know your thoughts/ concerns/ questior
re: a COSTCO at this location
-Sign a petition to the Mayor & City Aldermen (e-mail roundabout39157@aol.com)

..=-=-=-===-=-==--=;---------------------------------------------------------------

This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.
www.avast.com

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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Friday, August 07, 2015 7:16 PM
Re: Thank you

Thanks Graham
Sent from my iPhone
>On Aug 7, 2015, at 6:10PM, "grahamcalvert@gmail.com" <grahamcalvert@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Gentlemen,
>
> I want to thank you for meeting with me regarding the Renaissance 3 development. It was very informative and I appreciate your
open dialogue. I look forward to seeing it go forward with more upscale shopping options in our region. My only request is that we
keep big box stores out of there and do everything possible to prevent them from coming in. Costco is a nice big box store but still a
big box store and we are going to have to deal with the repercussions of that daily. You can landscape it nice. You can make the
building aesthetically appealing but at the end of the day you are essentially putting lipstick on a pig. If they end up going in there it
will undoubtedly result in a huge backlash from myself and fellow neighbors on this side of the interstate. Please continue to do
everything in your power to prevent this from occurring. I thank you again for the informative meeting and your open and fair
mindedness.
>
>Graham Calvert

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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Monday, August 10, 2015 8:27 AM
RE: [Dinsmor] Ridgeland Meeting re: Costco development

Sent:
Subject:

thanks

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 2.17 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 , Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www. ridge Ia ndms.org

From: David Williams [mailto:David.Williams@waggonereng.com]


Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 8:26 AM
To: Alan Hart
Subject: FW: [Dinsmor] Ridgeland Meeting re: Costco development

FYI

I Project Manager

David Williams, P.E.

Waggoner Engineering, Inc.


office: 601-355-9526

143A LeFieurs Square

fax: 601-352-3945

Jackson, MS 39211

David.Williams@waggonereng.com

From: Michelle Williams [mailto:mwilliams_spmr@hotmail.com]


Sent: Sunday, August 09, 2015 1:04PM
To: David Williams; Gene McGee
Subject: FW: [Dinsmor] Ridgeland Meeting re: Costco development

FYI - Mayor, I am assuming you are being copied on all of these letters, but just in case you have not here is one from
Mark Adams.

From: Dinsmor-noreply@yahoogroups.com
To: Dinsmor@yahoogroups.com
Date: Fri, 7 Aug 2015 06:19:41 -0500
Subject: [Dinsmor] Ridgeland Meeting re: Costco development
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Dear Dinsmor Neighbors,


By now you may have heard about preliminary plans for a large strip center on Highland Colony
that will include a Costco warehouse store. This is not a rumor as the Mayor was quoted as
saying in a recent newspaper article. He may be prohibited from discussing it at this stage of
the proposal, but plans for a Costco and large big box retail strip center are underway and
moving quickly. Estimates are that a plan will be submitted to the City in 2 months.
The Mayor has agreed to a 2nd town hall meeting regarding this matter. This notice from the
City indicates the meeting is about 'Renaissance- Phase 3'. The meeting will be held next
Wednesday, August 12th, at 6pm, in the Ridgeland High School Auditorium. The auditorium is
needed to handle the size of the expected turnout.
The planned location for the Costco anchored strip center will be on Highland Colony
immediately south of the Natchez Trace to Christ Life church. Other stores that often locate in
the same strip center as Costco are Academy Sports, Books-a-Million, Toys R Us, and other big
box retail giants. Think of Highland Colony as becoming County Line Road.
Those opposed to the development with big box stores have concerns like:
1. Traffic- Costco is a regional destination warehouse store. Information provided by Costco
reports 16 to 20 large 18-wheel trucks that deliver goods from midnight until 6am 7 days per
week. Dick Hall, transportation commissioner, estimated traffic at 60,000 per day for a similarly
proposed Costco on Lakeland Drive at Smith Wills Stadium.
2. Elimination of the roundabout to handle large 18-wheel vehicles.
3. Crime increase- some opposing the project have cited studies of increased crime associated
with large big box retail strip center developments.
4. No additional sales tax revenue- to finance this project, the City will pledge the sales taxes
from the development to pay for it. Sometimes the sales tax revenues don't even cover the
City's debt for the project- Lowe's, Ridgeland, is an example. Ridgeland taxpayers are stuck
with the shortfall for many years to come.
5. A Costco strip center development is not suitable for our area. Many opposed to the Costco
development personally like Costco. It does not fit with the planned development Ridgeland
promised.
6. Large retail strip centers don't last. Think about how many times you've already heard about
Sam's Warehouse Club moving just in the Jackson metro area. When the store is vacated, it's
not good for much else.
Whether you are opposed to a Costco strip center, support it, or have no opinion yet, this
issue will impact all of us as homeowners and neighbors.
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Finally, if you are opposed to the proposed development, you may want to sign a petition
stating opposition to the project. So far, there are over 600 names on the petition and it is
expected to have well over a 1,000 by next Wednesday's meeting. The petition will be
presented to the Mayor and the City Alderman. Please reply if you want to sign it and have not
already done so.
Best regards,
Mark Adams
President, Dinsmor Property Owners Association

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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Monday, August 10, 2015 12:49 PM
RE: Costco

Sent:
Subject:

This individual appears to work for Mr. MacNeill. I cannot find any record of residency in Ridgeland through water
billing. Patrick Roberts also does not have any filed documents at the Chancery Clerks office in Madison.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www. ridgelandms.org
lh~~t(;lwf>l

RIDGELAND

From: Gene McGee

Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 12:43 PM


To: 'Patrick Roberts'
Subject: RE: Costco
Thank you
Gene F. McGee, CMO
Mayor
City of Ridgeland
P.O. Box :?.17 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157

601.856.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819


mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

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Rl DGELAN D

From: Patrick Roberts [mailto:proberts@mmgms.com]

Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 11:43 AM


To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Costco
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Dear Mayor McGee,


Part of making Ridgeland a better community is planned growth. As a Ridgeland resident, I want the community to grow
and thrive, but I want it to be done in such a way that protects our community and our quality of life. As such, I am
concerned about a possible Costco being built in Ridgeland, on or near Highland Colony Parkway. The infrastructure in
the area where Costco wants to build does not have the capacity to handle a significant increase in traffic. I am also
concerned with the value of the residential property surrounding the development dropping dramatically because of
crime and added traffic.
Simply put, allowing a Costco to be built on the Parkway is not a good idea.
Sincerely,
Patrick Roberts

C. Patrick Roberts
MacNeill, McKay & Gay, PLLC
582 Lakeland East Dr, Suite B
Jackson, Mississippi 39232-9025
Telephone: (601) 936-2800
Facsimile: (601) 936-2801
E-mail: proberts@mmgms.com
Web I Bio

MACNEILL, MCKAY & GAY, PLLC


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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Monday, August 10, 2015 12:50 PM
RE: Costco

Sent:
Subject:

3 for 1.. ..

Alan Hart1 PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, !VlS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, !VlS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

RIDGElAND

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From: Gene McGee

Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 12:49 PM


To: 'Amy MacNeill'
Subject: RE: Costco
Thank you
Gene F. McGee, CMO
Mayor
City of Ridgeland
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158

304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, IV!S 39157


601.8.56.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819
mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

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From: Amy MacNeill [mailto:amacneill@mmgms.com]

Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 11:24 AM


To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Costco
Mayor McGee,
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As you know, I have been a hugely supportive and long-time resident of the City of Ridgeland and everything associated
with it. As I understand, a location on Highland Colony is being considered for Costco. We take so much pride in the
beauty and function of this area near our home of 23 years. The businesses presently located on the Parkway enhance
the area, while adding a Costco would certainly decrease the value of our wonderful neighborhoods. It seems that there
would be other places in Ridgeland that would be much better suited for Costco.
With kindest regards. Thank you for your consideration.
Amy

Amy R. MacNeill, Office Manager


MacNeill, McKay & Gay, PLLC
582 Lakeland East Dr, Suite B
Flowood, Mississippi 39232-9025
Telephone: (601) 936-28oo
Facsimile: (601) 936-2801
E-mail: amacneill@mmgms.com
Web

MACNEILL, MCKAY & GAY, PLLC

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Alan Hart
Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>
Monday, August 10, 2015 12:54 PM
RE: Ridgeland II Twitter campaign (vs Costco)

From:

Sent:
Subject:

My wife begged me at lunch today to start a facebook page (or thread) that spreads the truth. However, Costco is the
entity that really needs to push the facts about the issues that seem most important to the west-side residents. Their
questions directly attack Costco, not necessarily Renaissance Phase 3.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www. ridgela ndms.org
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Rl DGElAN D

From: Gene McGee


Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 12:48 PM
To: Sandra Monahan; Alan Hart
Subject: RE: Ridgeland II Twitter campaign (vs Costco)
So what do you suggest Sandra?
Gene F. McGee, CMO
Mayor
City of Ridgeland
P.O. Sox 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 391.57

601.856.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7319


mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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RIDGELAND

From: Sandra Monahan

Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 11:34 AM


To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>; Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: FW: Ridgeland II Twitter campaign (vs Costco)
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I know you are aware of this but thought I'd share .... Go to link below.
Sandra Rives Monohan
community affairs coordinator
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p.o. box 217 ridgeland, rns 39158


304 highway 51 ridgeland, rns 39157

601.856.7113, ext. 2052


www.ridgelandms.org

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From: Matthew Jackson [mailto:mjackson@thinkwebstore.com]


Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 11:30 AM
To: Sandra Monahan; Projects; Matthew Jackson
Subject: Ridgeland II Twitter campaign (vs Costco)

Just so you know ... there's quite a little Twitter campaign going on right now. I'll send you the link- if you want
to post a response, send it over!

https://twitter.com/NoRdAbtCostco

Matthew E. Jackson
Vice President of Client Services
think WEBS'l'ORE.com
655 Lake Harbour Drive, Ste 100
Ridgeland, MS 39157
{0} 601.856.2000
{c} 601.341.8018
{fax} 601.856.2033

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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Monday, August 10, 2015 1:18 PM
RE: Ridgeland II Twitter campaign (vs Costco)

Sent:
Subject:

We should be able to get Costco information on Thursday of next week.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856~3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

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From: Sandra Monahan

Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 1:11PM


To: Alan Hart
Cc: Gene McGee

Subject: Re: Ridgeland II Twitter campaign (vs Costco)

Can we get those facts readily from Costco?


We need to be armed with the information.
We could provide planning and zoning information but that's not enough for these folks.
Sandra Rives Monohan
601-856-7113 ext.2052

On Aug 10,2015, at 12:54 PM, Alan Hart <Alan.Hart@Ridgelandms.org> wrote:


My wife begged me at lunch today to start a face book page (or thread) that spreads the
truth. However, Costco is the entity that really needs to push the facts about the issues that seem most
important to the west-side residents. Their questions directly attack Costco, not necessarily
Renaissance Phase 3.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
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PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030


alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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From: Gene McGee

Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 12:48 PM


To: Sandra Monahan; Alan Hart
Subject: RE: Ridgeland II Twitter campaign (vs Costco)
So what do you suggest Sandra?
Gene F. McGee, CMO

Mayor
City of f1idge/and
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
601.856.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819
mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
lhHrtyot

,RIDGElAND

From: Sandra Monahan


Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 11:34 AM
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>; Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: FW: Ridgeland II Twitter campaign (vs Costco)

I know you are aware of this but thought I'd share .... Go to link below.
Sandra Rives Monohan
community affairs coordinator
5~lflclLsb!J19D9h~1JJ@Ci\ig~~~il.JJ!~IJ}5,Q{g

p.o. box 217 ridgeland, ms 39158


304 highway 51 ridgeland, ms 39157
601.856.7113, ext. 2052
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From: Matthew Jackson [mailto:mjackson@thinkwebstore.com]

Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 11:30 AM


To: Sandra Monahan; Projects; Matthew Jackson
Subject: Ridgeland II Twitter campaign (vs Costco)

Just so you know ... there's quite a little Twitter campaign going on right now. I'll send you the
link- if you want to post a response, send it over!
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https :I/twitter .comiN o RdAbtCostco

Matthew E. Jackson
Vice President of Client Services
think WEBSTORE.com
655 Lake Harbour Drive, Ste 100
Ridgeland, MS 39157
{0} 601.856.2000
{c} 601.341.8018
{fax} 601.856.2033

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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Tuesday, August 11, 2015 8:19AM
RE: More on Costco

Sent:
Subject:

thanks

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 8.56-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
lnecltyo!

RIDGELAND

From: Mike McCollum

Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 7:39 AM


To: Gene McGee
Cc: Alan Hart
Subject: Fwd: More on Costco
FYI
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Subject: Re: More on Costco

Neighbors:
I'm willing to bet two hundred bucks against a donut that all you will hear at this meeting
is the phrase "I can assure you that the city ... " at least thirteen times. Industrial
development always has and always will involve secrecy. You canNOT expect to hear
any mention of specific businesses considering location here. That's a fact. The
intention of this meeting is to see that you go home assuaged, calmed-down, noncombative and with wool over your eyes. Don't let it happen.
If Mayor McGee shows up at all (after showering following a bike ride) his comments will
be nebulous, non-specific and intended to make you feel good about his stewardship.
And whether or not McGee shows up, Alan Hart will 'assure you' that they have your
best interest at heart and are 'looking into ways to improve traffic flow throughout the
Ridgeland community'.
Highway 51 already resembles Pearl in many ways. Ridgeland leads the state in the
number of apartment units per capita. The city has done NOTHING to develop the
reservoir market potential. Weeds are eight feet tall on vacant property on the main drag
through town (across from and just to the west of Shapley's). Pawn Shops, Resale Junk
Stores, Nail Salons and Payday Loan Sharks are welcomed by the city administration.
Goodyear at the mall has been vacant for five years. If your specialty is building bike
trails, they'll fly you in and host your stay for a week of fine dining.
I no longer live in Ridgeland but do own a house in your neighborhood that I'm
preparing for sale. I hope I am wrong about the direction Ridgeland is taking, but
nothing leads me to that conclusion. I agree with Eddie in hopes that you can attend this
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meeting. If you do, don't be fooled by the soft approach you'll get and please stand up
and demand accountability. These people hosting the meeting ARE accountable. TO
YOU.
Don Drane
Madison
In a message dated 8/10/2015 11:25:18 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
oldagencyvillage@gmail.com writes:
I presume that most of you have received another communication from
"KaGoBu@aol.com" (or associate) regarding more insight on the Costco situation. If
not, I have attached it as a .PDF file for your convenience.
Also, you can listen to the Linda Allen Show on Super Talk Mississippi Radio from
Wednesday past with Karen Bush, Julia Williams and Bess Corbitt discussing their
opposition to Costco. Dick Hall, Transportation Commissioner, calls in regarding the
Traffic Circle. Click here: http://www.supertalk.fm/say-no-to-costco/ (about 24
minutes)
So far I have had heard NO one say they we aU-in-favor of of having a Costso right
down the street. In fact everyone is voicing that they are Strongly Opposed to a Big-Box
of this nature being so close to our residential areas.
What some of our residents are saying:

"... we are on the same side of the fence you are. We do NOT think Costco fits with the
area proposed and would cause a traffic nightmare in the roundabout!"
and

"I will not be able to attend the meeting but would like to voice my STRONG
OPPOSITION to a Costco being built so near our neighborhood.
I have heard that the deal has been made and that the land developer who owns the
property gets to decide who he sells or leases the land to... not the city of Ridgeland. I
am under the impression that the townhall meeting will be just a response from the
city of how they propose to make it look nice and fit into the city plan. I think we all
understand that Highland Colony is zoned for business development, but I don't
believe having a Costco is the same as having a Renaissance so close to our
homes... that there will be more transient traffic, more congestion, and our property
values will decline.. Just like County Line. While I appreciate Mayor McGee's
leadership of Ridgeland in many ways, I think if there was a choice to be made
between business or residents, he would choose infavor ofbusiness... as he did when
casting the vote that broke the tie regarding the Butler Snow building and that zoning
variance. I am sure that a Costco would bring more business to Ridgeland... / just hope
they will find a location that will have less negative impact on the residents"

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Please try to arrange your schedule to that you can be at the town hall meeting
Wednesday (Aug 12) at 6:00p.m. at the Ridgeland High School Cafeteria.

Eddie Mims
President, Old Agency Village HOA
287 Red Eagle Circle
601-940-3593
601-856-1463
isayson@aol.com
oldagencyvillage@gmail.com

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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Tuesday, August 11, 2015 8:27 AM
RE: grass

The slander was directly related to Costco.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hatt@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

-----Original Message----From: markshap@aol.com [mailto:markshap@aol.com]


Sent: Tuesday, August 11,2015 8:26AM
To: Alan Hart
Subject: Re: grass
LOL, you are so fortunate to have that job. My last drive by about a week ago, it was maybe a foot and a half at most. Tommy
Lucket for the city cuts it for me and does a good job ofkeeping up with it. I will go check but please stop harassing good honest
citizens of this fine town. And if you think that is bad, wait till these folks get going on the Costco deal.

-----Original Message----From: Alan Hart <Alan.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


To: Mark Shapley (markshap@aol.com) <markshap@aol.com>
Sent: Tue, Aug 11, 2015 8:20 am
Subject: grass

In a moment of Alan Hart slander from a former resident of Ridgeland, I picked up on a detail that stated that your lot next to
Shapley's has 8' tall weeds. Is that true?

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
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PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030


alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Tuesday, August 11, 2015 3:01 PM
RE: few questions

Sent:
Subject:

My personal belief is that we need the rest of the favorable community members to come to the meeting when Costco
is present next week. They are coming with a definite purpose of gauging community interest. I'm not sure how many
people will come twice to show support. A cover letter to send out Thursday morning would be good.

I don't have an issue with informing residents of the informational meeting. They can come it they want to, which may
spark some positive emails.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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RIDGElAND

From: Gene McGee

Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 2:57PM


To: Alan Hart

Subject: FW: few questions


What do you think

Gene F. McGee, CMO


Mayor
City of Ridgeland
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 391.58
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157

601.856.1113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856./819


mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

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From: Sandra Monahan


Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 2:55 PM
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: few questions

Hi Mayor,
Do you want a cover letter to go out with the "fact sheet" that we worked up today that Alan can send in
an email to get people to the meeting?
Can we post on social media that there is an informational meeting tomorrow night at RHS 6 p.m. about
Renaissance Phase Ill development?
Do you want me to try and put together some talking points for the talk show tomorrow or try to find out
what questions they plan to ask you during the interview?

Sandra Rives Monohan


community affairs coordinator

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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:
Attachments:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Tuesday, August 11, 2015 4:55 PM
Renaissance Phase III
Renaissance Phase III.docx

Friends,
An informational meeting about Renaissance Phase Ill is scheduled for Wednesday, August 12 at 6 p.m. It will be held in
the cafeteria of Ridgeland High School located at 586 Sunnybrook Road. The Mayor of Ridgeland will be speaking about
the city's role in the development of this parcel of land. City leaders wish to help educate citizens about the role that
commercial development plays in the city. See attached document for some important points. I am expecting an
announcement tomorrow night about another meeting with Costco executives to be scheduled for one day next
week. It is next week's meeting that I need help getting supports to attend.
Thanks for your help!

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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Renaissance Phase III

Site
Renaissance Phase III is a 45-acre site, located south of the Natchez Trace Parkway on the east side of
Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland. Highland Colony Parkway is a corridor designed for high
quality commercial development. Being located near Interstate-55 positions the site to be attractive to
retail uses that would bring revenue to the city, helping to maintain the public services and amenities
to which citizens are accustomed.

Zoning and Planning


Please refer to the Renaissance Phase III site on the following two important maps:

City of Ridgeland Zoning Map, a tool for balancing land uses between the different levels of
commercial, residential and industrial uses.
Ridgeland Area Master Plan, a long-range planning tool based on input by Ridgeland citizens
that outlines the future of Ridgeland's land uses.

The City uses the process of developing these maps and following the master plan to guide our
community's development. Any development along Highland Colony Parkway will follow the Master
Plan and the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Ridgeland, which seek to ensure a balance of land uses
and development that helps maintain a high quality of life for residents.
The site is zoned C-2 for certain commercial uses including a master planned development for
developments over 1oo,ooo square feet. Commercial zoning is essential for the growth of taxproducing properties. What type of property is built is controlled by the zoning ordinance.
Commercial development is essential in order to maintain low taxes, public services and
infrastructure. Property values increase in communities where development is planned.

Information pertaining to site development


Below, city officials will provide additional information to better reveal what could be expected from
the development of the site.

Travel
Highland Colony Parkway is designed to carry more than 27,000 vehicles per day. This roadway in
the immediate area of the site, south of the Natchez Trace Parkway, currently carries 8,ooo vehicles
per day. It is considered to have a Level of Service A, which is defined in the Ridgeland Transportation
Plan Update as "relatively free traffic flow with traffic volumes that are between o% and 35% of
capacity."

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Renaissance Phase III, when developed as retail use, would g~nerate 1,020 vehicles per day
according to the ITE Trip Generation Manual that the Mississippi Department of
Transportation uses. This number of additional vehicles will not significantly alter the Level of
Service. It is possible that certain uses can carry a higher traffic demand than averages
supported by the ITE Manual. City officials will require a full-blown traffic analysis for
Renaissance Phase III to provide assurances that the existing infrastructure can support the
project.

The roundabout is currently handling the number of vehicles that travel through it from all directions.
It flows at a Level of Service A with one exception; the west-bound Old Agency Road entrance during
the morning peak sustains a Level of Service C.
An additional1,020 vehicles will not substantially change the ability of the roundabout to
handle traffic. The required traffic study vvill also analyze the impacts to the traffic circle.
Retail development does not typically affect morning peak traffic since retail hours of operation
are later than office hours.
There are no plans to remove the roundabout.
Delivery trucks for any retail businesses at the site will not be allowed to use the roundabout. It is
marked as a No Truck Zone and this will be enforced.

Delivery trucks will be limited to travelling from the south in order to access the site. Truck
routes will be enforced by the City of Ridgeland and the managers of the property.
The traffic study will need to reveal the bearing capacity of the streets and may result in load
restrictions.

The planned Lake Harbour Drive extension will provide an additional route for travel to and from
Renaissance Phase III. Lake Harbour Drive extension has been included in ever.y Comprehensive Plan
and Transportation Plan since 1988. City leaders are working to move this project forward for an
additional east-west connector in Ridgeland.

Quality
The opportunity to plan the development for this site will enrich the look and feel of that
development. High standards of architecture, lighting, and landscaping will be implemented.
Renaissance Phase III will provide visitors with an environment of similar design to Renaissance at
Colony Park. It will be a very attractive development.
With high quality developments, security can be expected through lighting, cameras, and site design.
An area such as this is unappealing to criminals. The Ridgeland Police Department will conduct
patrols and maintain a police presence in the area. It is anticipated that this development will provide
for private security to further enhance safety.
The Master Plan reveals that the portion of Highland Colony Parkway adjacent to the proposed site
should include General Commercial, which allows for retail, restaurant, hotels, etc. Low-Intensity
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Commercial such as office buildings are planned between the residential areas and C-2 districts. A
gradual reduction in intensity of uses helps to provide a buffer for residential areas. This helps to
ensure a quieter environment for residential areas and protect property values.
High quality commercial uses will result in tax revenue increases for Ridgeland to better provide for
its citizens and helping to keep citizens' taxes low.
The city does not have any confirmation of the tenants for the development of Renaissance Phase III.
But, knowing that the developers desire businesses that are complementary to Renaissance at Colony
Park, city leaders feel assured that tenants will not harm the success of the existing retail businesses at
Renaissance at Colony Park.

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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Wednesday, August 12, 2015 7:55 AM
RE: grass

Do you have time to come see to me to consider the facts instead of the rumors before you develop your opinion?

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hmt@ridgelandms.org
www .ridgelandms.org

-----Original Message----From: Mark Shapley [mailto:markshap@aol.com]


Sent: Wednesday, August 12,2015 7:49AM
To: Alan Hart
Subject: Re: grass
Hey buddy. I'm sure you have heard more than enough about Costco but hopefully we can find a mutual site less contentious than the
one proposed. Folks are going nuts about this and will surely cause a lot of headaches for all you guys. Let me know ifl can help with
anything.
Sent from my iPad
>On Aug 11,2015, at 8:26AM, Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org> wrote:
>
> The slander was directly related to Costco.
>

>
>
> Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA
> Director of Community Development
>P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
> 304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
>PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
> alan.hart@ridgelandms.org www.ridgelandms.org
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message----> From: markshap@aol.com [mailto:markshap@aol.com]
>Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 8:26AM
> To: Alan Hart
> Subject: Re: grass
>
> LOL, you are so fortunate to have that job. My last drive by about a week ago, it was maybe a foot and a half at most. Tommy
Lucket for the city cuts it for me and does a good job of keeping up with it. I will go check but please stop harassing good honest
citizens of this fine town. And if you think that is bad, wait till these folks get going on the Costco deal.
>
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>
> -----Original Message----> From: Alan Hart <Aian.Hmt@Ridgelandms.org>
>To: Mark Shapley (markshap@aol.com) <markshap@aol.com>
>Sent: Tue, Aug 11, 2015 8:20am
> Subject: grass
>
>
>
>
> In a moment of Alan Hart slander from a former resident of Ridgeland, I picked up on a detail that stated that your lot next to
Shapley's has 8' tall weeds. Is that true?
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA
>
> Director of Community Development
>
>P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
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> 304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
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>PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
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> alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
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> www.ridgelandms.org
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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Wednesday, August 12, 2015 8:29 AM
RE: grass

Sent:
Subject:

This afternoon is stacking up on me. How does Friday morning look?

Alan Hart, PlA, ASlA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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RIDGELAND

From: Mark Shapley [mailto:markshap@aol.com]


Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 8:26AM
To: Alan Hart
Subject: RE: grass

I would love to and please know I'm just an observer. I fully understand there is Always more to things than
appears. I have to be in Vicksburg this morning but will be back after lunch if you have time. Just let me know
and thanks.

Sent J\om my

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-------- Original message -------From: Alan Hart


Date:OS/12/2015 7:54AM (GMT-06:00)
To: Mark Shapley
Subject: RE: grass
Do you have time to come see to me to consider the facts instead of the rumors before you develop your
opinion?

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
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304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157


PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

-----Original Message----From: Mark Shapley [mailto:markshap@aol.com]


Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 7:49AM
To: Alan Hart
Subject: Re: grass
Hey buddy. I'm sure you have heard more than enough about Costco but hopefully we can find a mutual site
less contentious than the one proposed. Folks are going nuts about this and will surely cause a lot of headaches
for all you guys. Let me know if I can help with anything.
Sent from my iPad
>On Aug 11,2015, at 8:26AM, Alan Hart <Alan.Hart@Ridgelandms.org> wrote:
>
>The slander was directly related to Costco.
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>
> Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA
> Director of Community Development
>P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
> 304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
>PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
> alan.hart@ridgelandms.org www.ridgelandms.org
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message----> From: markshap@aol.com [mailto:markshap@aol.com]
>Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 8:26AM
>To: Alan Hart
> Subject: Re: grass
>
> LOL, you are so fortunate to have that job. My last drive by about a week ago, it was maybe a foot and a half
at most. Tommy Lucket for the city cuts it for me and does a good job of keeping up with it. I will go check
but please stop harassing good honest citizens of this fine town. And if you think that is bad, wait till these
folks get going on the Costco deal.
>
>
> -----Original Message----> From: Alan Hart <Alan.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>
>To: Mark Shapley (markshap@aol.com) <markshap@aol.com>
>Sent: Tue, Aug 11,2015 8:20am
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> In a moment of Alan Hart slander from a former resident of Ridgeland, I picked up on a detail that stated that
your lot next to Shapley's has 8' tall weeds. Is that true?
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> Director of Community Development
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>P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
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> 304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
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>PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Thursday, August 13, 2015 9:58 AM
RE: Costco

Thanks Graham. I appreciate your thoughts and will continue to put all the information I get in front of the Mayor and
Board for their consideration. I'm glad most of them were able to attend last night so that they could hear last night's
message loud and clear.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

From: Graham Calvert [mailto:grahamcalvert@gmail.com]

Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 9:35 PM


To: Gene McGee; Alan Hart

Subject: Costco

Mayor and Alan,


After our lunch meeting a couple of weeks ago I honestly came away thinking you guys had my neighborhood
and the city of Ridgeland's best interest at heart. I now feel betrayed. You printed me off a copy of the zoning
map and explained it to me but never brought up the exception to the zoning that occurred 10 wks ago
essentially allowing zone 3 and big box stores to go in. When I was told that the exception had taken place, I
STILL didn't believe it and asked to see proof. I actually read the minutes for myself from that meeting and
only then was convinced. Mayor, NOBODY believes that the exception was made because of some "master
plan". You can say that but I don't believe you and nobody I've spoken to believes you. You are going to have
a hard time with credibility with me and my neighbors from here on out.
A mayor and a city planner that have our best interest at heart would table or do everything in their power to
delay a development going in until all the studies are concluded. And you can still do that. This issue has the
potential to put a huge black eye on your tenure as mayor. I too think that you guys have a done a great job up
until this point and agree with several of your master plans for the city. Nobody will remember that
though. This Costco development is political suicide for both of you, and I am still trying to understand why
you support it. Nobody wants Costco going in that spot. If they did, then I would expect at least ONE person
would have stood up and voiced that opinion tonight. I was upset at how you guys dodged answering questions
tonight. I expected my mayor to be better. If you wanted a Costco to go in there, then you should have stood
up, been a man and told me and everyone in the room your reasons for it. You should have told me at lunch the
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other day that you were in favor of Costco. If you had offered me sound reasoning backed up with concluded
studies on traffic and crime then I might have helped you get your message out!
Alan, I have a hard time understanding why you are looking to invest in Bridgewater II but support parking a
big box store next to it. Of all people, I would think you would understand the time devaluation of property
next to big box stores. You guys need to get on the side of your constituents. It is my understanding that the
number of people who have signed that petition is almost the same number of people that voted in the last
mayoral election. We are being sold a bad batch of goods by these developers who are not residents here! They
don't care what happens here in 10-15 years. They will be on a yacht somewhere smoking a cigar and laughing
at us. And laughing at how they played both of you!
I am okay with agreeing to disagree and continuing to remain colleagues. However, I will not lend you my
support if I continue to feel disappointed and betrayed.
Sincerely,
Graham Calvert
Bridgewater II HOA Board Member

141

Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Thursday, August 13, 2015 8:18 PM
Fwd: Costco

Sent:
Subject:

I don't intend to respond. Not sure any response can be productive.


Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: 11 grahamcalvert@gmail.com 11 <grahamcalvert@gmail.com>
Date: August 13, 2015 at 7:59:07 PM CDT
To: Alan Hart <Alan.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Re: Costco

Alan,
You are a bright guy and have some great ideas for our city. I hope you have the insight to see if
you continue to run with the mayor on this issue its no doubt going to harm your relationship
with a lot of good people in Ridgeland. This Costco deal is a sinking ship. And Mayor McGee is
the captain. Don't go down with him.
Graham
Sent from my iPhone
On Aug 13, 2015, at 9:58AM, Alan Hart <Alan.Hart@Ridgelandms.org> wrote:
Thanks Graham. I appreciate your thoughts and will continue to put all the information I
get in front of the Mayor and Board for their consideration. I'm glad most of them were
able to attend last night so that they could hear last night's message loud and clear.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 8563877 ext. 1033, FAX: (601) 8532030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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From: Graham Calvert [mailto:grahamcalvert@gmail.com]

Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 9:35 PM


To: Gene McGee; Alan Hart

Subject: Costco
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Mayor and Alan,


After our lunch meeting a couple of weeks ago I honestly came away thinking
you guys had my neighborhood and the city of Ridgeland's best interest at heart. I
now feel betrayed. You printed me off a copy of the zoning map and explained it
to me but never brought up the exception to the zoning that occurred 10 wks ago
essentially allowing zone 3 and big box stores to go in. When I was told that the
exception had taken place, I STILL didn't believe it and asked to see proof. I
actually read the minutes for myself from that meeting and only then was
convinced. Mayor, NOBODY believes that the exception was made because of
some "master plan". You can say that but I don't believe you and nobody I've
spoken to believes you. You are going to have a hard time with credibility with
me and my neighbors from here on out.
A mayor and a city planner that have our best interest at heart would table or do
everything in their power to delay a development going in until all the studies are
concluded. And you can still do that. This issue has the potential to put a huge
black eye on your tenure as mayor. I too think that you guys have a done a great
job up until this point and agree with several of your master plans for the
city. Nobody will remember that though. This Costco development is political
suicide for both of you, and I am still trying to understand why you support
it. Nobody wants Costco going in that spot. If they did, then I would expect at
least ONE person would have stood up and voiced that opinion tonight. I was
upset at how you guys dodged answering questions tonight. I expected my mayor
to be better. If you wanted a Costco to go in there, then you should have stood
up, been a man and told me and everyone in the room your reasons for it. You
should have told me at lunch the other day that you were in favor of Costco. If
you had offered me sound reasoning backed up with concluded studies on traffic
and crime then I might have helped you get your message out!
Alan, I have a hard time understanding why you are looking to invest in
Bridgewater II but support parking a big box store next to it. Of all people, I
would think you would understand the time devaluation of property next to big
box stores. You guys need to get on the side of your constituents. It is my
understanding that the number of people who have signed that petition is almost
the same number of people that voted in the last mayoral election. We are being
sold a bad batch of goods by these developers who are not residents here! They
don't care what happens here in 10-15 years. They will be on a yacht somewhere
smoking a cigar and laughing at us. And laughing at how they played both of
you!
I am okay with agreeing to disagree and continuing to remain
colleagues. However, I will not lend you my support if I continue to feel
disappointed and betrayed.
Sincerely,
Graham Calvert
Bridgewater II HOA Board Member

143

Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Friday, August 14, 2015 11:14 AM
RE: Invitation: Ridgeland Conf Call @ Fri Aug 14, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
vrutter@costco.com)

Email says 3:30 Eastern.


I will alert Jerry Mills to be in your office at 2:25pm today.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

-----Original Message----From: Gene McGee


Sent: Friday, August 14,2015 10:51 AM
To: Jeffrey Rutter
Cc: jishida@costco.com; Marianne Bundren; andrew@mattiace.com; Alan Hart; gee.ogletree@arlaw.com
Subject: Re: Invitation: Ridgeland ConfCall@ Fri Aug 14,2015 2:30pm- 3:30pm Grutter@costco.com)
Ok
Sent from my iPhone
>On Aug 14,2015, at 10:50 AM, Jeffrey Rutter <jrutter@costco.com> wrote:
>
> more details
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>
> Ridgeland Conf Call
>We would like to have a call to discuss the agenda and process for the public meeting next week.
>
>Toll-free dial-in number (U.S. and Canada):
> (866) 430-9135
>
> Conference code:
> 7820943295 #
>
>When Fri Aug 14,2015 2:30pm- 3:30pm Eastern Time
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jishida@costco.com
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andrew@mattiace.com
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Friday, August 14, 2015 12:54 PM
Re: Costco Reply

Just now getting chance to see this. Have you already sent it?
Sent from my iPhone
On Aug 14, 2015, at 8:32AM, D.I. Smith <dismithj@gmail.com> wrote:
Mayor
Alan
Here is the reply I'm sending in response to emails I'm getting. Let me know if you have
recommended changes/improvements.
D.I.

D.l. Smith
Cell601-940-2710
D ISmithJ @gmail.com
http://linkedin.com/in/dismithj
http:/I about.me/dismith j

Sent from my iPhone


Begin forwarded message:

From: "D.I. Smith" <dismithj@gmail.com>


Date: August 13,2015 at 5:40:24 PM CDT
To: David Allen <dallen@msblood.com>
Subject: Re: Costco
David
There is lots of confusing information going around. From 1992 to Feb 2014, about half of the
proposed property that Costco is looking at has been zoned C2 and approximately half of it was
zoned C4 from. It was Feb 2014 when the C4 portion was changed to C2 as part of a massive
update of our planning & zoning ordinance affecting over 2000 parcels city-wide.

Then an amendment was made to all C2 property in the City in June 2, 2015 amending Section
21 and 410 ofthe Zoning Ordinance making it a useful tool in developing all C2
properties. There was no restriction on big box stores before this amendment. The amendment
changed Section 21 "Service Station", and added the definition of Large Master Planned
Commercial Development, and also gives the city option to impose conditions such as buffer, set
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back, landscape, hours of operation, etc. This was a staff recommendation to improve the
Ordinance and our ability to impose conditions.

There are dozens of sites all over the city that we don't want developed in a haphazard manner.
This gives us the ability to impose conditions to insure our city is protected. This amendment
was approved after public notice and public hearing.

Costco may go away, may decided it to expensive. Then the question is who and what do we
deal with?

We can't make decisions without facts and without information. Nothing has been presented to
me or the Board yet. Developers have been trying to expand Renaissance for several years and
are trying to use the State bond/rebate statute Pearl used to get the outlet mall. I will certainly
look at all information before we do anything.

I appreciate having the benefit of your views and will keep in mind as the Board of Aldermen
considers this important issue.

D.I.
601-940-2710

D.I.

D.l. Smith
Cell 601-940-2710
D ISmithJ @gmail.com
http://linkedin.com/in/dismithj
http://about.me/dismithj
Sent from my iPhone
On Aug 12,2015, at 8:29PM, David Allen <dallen@msblood.com> wrote:
DI, very interesting meeting tonight at RHS with the mayor. It is very obvious to me that the
citizens of Ridgeland are opposed to Costco coming to Ridgeland, or at least to the Highland
Colony location.
Where do you stand on this issue?
David Allen
Sent from my iPad
Individuals who have received this information in error or are not authorized to receive it must
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promptly return or dispose of the information and notify the sender. Those individuals are hereby
notified that they are strictly prohibited from reviewing, forwarding, printing, copying,
distributing or using this information in any way.

148

Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Friday, August 14, 2015 1:11 PM
FW: Costco Reply

From: Alan Hart

Sent: Friday, August 14, 2015 1:11PM


To: D I. Smith
Subject: RE: Costco Reply
Not sure if you want to incorporate it or just consider it knowledge for yourself, but I can say to you that we have had
discussions with several businesses (including Costco) that have requested that we develop a use type that fits their
model. That's where the Large Master Plan Commercial Development concept was born. We did it in a way that gives
the Board the ability to place those type conditions that you referenced.

Alan Hart, PlA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O, Box 217" Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856 3877 exL 1033 FAX: (601) 8532030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

From: D.I. Smith [mailto:dismithj@gmail.com]


Sent: Friday, August 14, 2015 1:05 PM
To: Alan Hart

Subject: Re: Costco Reply

I've sent to some, but have not posted in Dinsmor group. Do you have some changes ... Please make them.
D.I.

D.I. Smith
Cell 601-940-2710
DISmithJ@gmail.com
http://linkedin.com/in/dismithj

http://about.me/dismithj
Sent from my iPhone
On Aug 14,2015, at 12:53 PM, Alan Hart <Alan.Hart@Ridgelandms.org> wrote:
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Just now getting chance to see this. Have you already sent it?
Sent from my iPhone
On Aug 14,2015, at 8:32AM, D.I. Smith <dismithj@gmail.com> wrote:
Mayor
Alan
Here is the reply I'm sending in response to emails I'm getting. Let me know if you have
recommended changes/improvements.
D.I.

D.I. Smith
Cell601-940-2710
DISmithJ @gmail.com
http://linkedin.com/in/dismithj

http://about.me/dismithj
Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: "D.I. Smith" <dismithj@gmail.com>
Date: August 13,2015 at 5:40:24 PM CDT
To: David Allen <dallen@msblood.com>
Subject: Re: Costco

David
There is lots of confusing information going around. From 1992 to Feb 2014, about half of the
proposed property that Costco is looking at has been zoned C2 and approximately half of it was
zoned C4 from. It was Feb 2014 when the C4 portion was changed to C2 as part of a massive
update of our planning & zoning ordinance affecting over 2000 parcels city-wide.

Then an amendment was made to all C2 property in the City in June 2, 2015 amending Section
21 and 410 of the Zoning Ordinance making it a useful tool in developing all C2
properties. There was no restriction on big box stores before this amendment. The amendment
changed Section 21 "Service Station", and added the definition of Large Master Planned
Commercial Development, and also gives the city option to impose conditions such as buffer, set
back, landscape, hours of operation, etc. This was a staff recommendation to improve the
Ordinance and our ability to impose conditions.
There are dozens of sites all over the city that we don't want developed in a haphazard manner.
This gives us the ability to impose conditions to insure our city is protected. This amendment
was approved after public notice and public hearing.

150

Costco may go away, may decided it to expensive. Then the question is who and what do we
deal with?

We can't make decisions without facts and without information. Nothing has been presented to
me or the Board yet. Developers have been trying to expand Renaissance for several years and
are trying to use the State bond/rebate statute Pearl used to get the outlet mall. I will certainly
look at all information before we do anything.

I appreciate having the benefit of your views and will keep in mind as the Board of Aldermen
considers this important issue.

D.I.
601-940-2710

D.I.

D.l. Smith
Cell601-940-2710
D ISmithJ@gmail.com
http://linkedin.com/in/dismithj
http://about.me/dismithj

Sent from my iPhone


On Aug 12,2015, at 8:29PM, David Allen <dallen@msblood.com> wrote:
DI, very interesting meeting tonight at RHS with the mayor. It is very obvious to me that the
citizens of Ridgeland are opposed to Costco coming to Ridgeland, or at least to the Highland
Colony location.
Where do you stand on this issue?
David Allen
Sent from my iPad
Individuals who have received this information in error or are not authorized to receive it must
promptly return or dispose of the information and notify the sender. Those individuals are hereby
notified that they are strictly prohibited from reviewing, forwarding, printing, copying,
distributing or using this information in any way.

151

Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Monday, August 17, 2015 8:52 AM
RE: Costco release

Sent:
Subject:

Key points ...


1. In 2014, rumors of Costco began to surface in several cities in the Metro area.
2. Ridgeland officials reached out to share information about 6 site available along 1-55.
3. Costco's site selection consultant found that the Highland Colony Parkway site suited the needs of Costco.
4. All parties agreed to keep discussions "Confidential" due to the extreme competitive nature of Costco's
business. The project was from then on referred to as "Santa Claus".
5. Costco selected Mattiace Properties to lead the acquisition and development.
6. Costco and Mattiace Properties agreed to allow Mayor McGee to disclose the name "Costco".
Economic development discussions are always held as "Confidential" due to competitive nature of businesses as well as
neighboring cities. Ridgeland has long been a leader in economic development because of its professional
standards. We will continue to work in this manner so that we can continue to effectively grow our community.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, !VIS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853 2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
~.t~u:ttrot

RIDGElAND

From: Gene McGee

Sent: Monday, August 17, 2015 5:44AM


To: Alan Hart
Subject: Fwd: Costco release

Give me your thoughts


Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: hstern3 <hstern3@bellsouth.net>
Date: August 17,2015 at 2:28:13 AM CDT
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Fw: Costco release
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--- On Mon, 8/17115, Carol Stem <hstem3@bellsouth.net> wrote:


From: Carol Stem <hstem3@bellsouth.net>
Subject: Costco release
To: genemayorms@comcast.net
Cc: hstem3@bellsouth.net
Date: Monday, August 17,2015,2:24 AM
Read over and we can
discuss. I thought we'd add the timeline sheet
and any other factual info we have compiled. I can
come in as early as you need me and work with your
assistant to get things printed and ready for the press
conference.

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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Monday, August 17, 2015 8:56 AM
RE: Meeting Thursday, August 20th at RHS

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I'm confident that Costco and Mattiace are discussing those details directly with the school. They said so last week, but I
will verify.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: {601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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From: Carla Moor

Sent: Monday, August 17, 2015 8:48AM


To: Alan Hart

Subject: Meeting Thursday, August 20th at RHS


Alan,
The Mayor asked me to contact you regarding what will be needed Thursday for the meeting. I mentioned a podium
and a microphone to the school last week. Is there anything else we need to line up for the meeting?
Thanks.
Carla

Carla Moor

Executive Assistant to Mayor McGee


carla.moor@ridgelandms.org
p.o. box 217

ridgeland, rns 39158

304 highway 51
ridgeland, ms 39157
601.856.7113
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Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Monday, August 17, 2015 10:22 AM
FW: Costco
Re: Costco (1.63 KB); Costco support (2.41 KB); COSTCO - bring it on! (3.13 KB);
Ridgeland WANTS Costco (4.38 KB); Re: Costco post on Nextdoor (9.28 KB); Costco post
on Nextdoor (3.57 KB); Appreciation (2.68 KB); Follow-up RE: Suggestion - My Thoughts
(32.2 KB); Costco in Ridgeland (4.06 KB); RE: Costco (3.00 KB); support Costco (2.71 KB);
Costco (2.67 KB)

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 391.57
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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From: Gene McGee

Sent: Monday, August 17, 2015 8:51 AM


To: Alan Hart

Subject: Costco
Here you go. These are the ones you asked for

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Chuck Gautier <Chuck.Gautier@Ridgelandms.org>


Monday, August 17, 2015 6:48AM
Mike Pigford
Gene McGee
Re: Costco

Thanks, MikeSent from my iPhone


On Aug 16,2015, at 10:10 PM, Mike Pigford <mgpig@hotmail.com> wrote:
Chuck,
After watching the video of the informational meeting that was held last week, I want you, my
alderman, to know that I am in support of Costco coming to Ridgeland. I am embarrassed to say
that I am citizen of the same city as those whiners from the West. Do not let them sway your
vote.
Mike Pigford
411 Berkshire Dr

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robert redd < robfredd@gmail.com >


Friday, August 14, 2015 2:56 PM
Gene McGee
Costco post on Nextdoor

Gene, we didn't yet get to talk but I thought I'd share my post
Here's a question, esp for someone saying "OK for Jackson ... but
not R'land". So it's OK for we in R'land & folks from Jackson to go
up to Madison, spend money AND benefit their sales & property tax
base, but NOT A FAIR idea to have a Costco (anywhere?) in
Ridgeland? How does that help the development of R'land? and
support budget for police, fire & enhanced roads. Highland Colony
IS in desperate need of re-surfacing and I suspect that will come
with other infrastructure aspects of such a project. I still have trust
in the City leaders to study the pros & cons, tho they may "cave in
to the froth of community organizing AGAINST this project". I
hope folks at least wait for the 20th meeting- unless they plan to
bring baseball bats & sticks. Be like grown-ups people. Remember
this will further & speed up an important addition to connector
roads; the west bound extension of Lake Harbor from Hwy 51,
UNDER the railroad right there, over to a new interchange with I55 & continue to HCP. That's a game changer since nowhere else
does R'land have other than a 'grade level' crossing for the
railroad. Hope I never need certain access to interstate or hospital
before that happens. My thanks to Zach for giving links to more
informed info about the stature of Costco in the warehouse club
business.
Robert Redd, 601 I 941-5172

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Avinash Gulanikar <avinash.gulanikar@gmail.com>


Wednesday, August 12, 2015 8:10 PM
Gene McGee
support Costco

Dear Mayor,
I attended the town hall this evening and was appalled at the boorish behavior of some in the crowd. I applaud your foresight in
planning HCP and developing it so well. Costco will be a WONDERFUl addition to the shopping choices. I can bet a lot of those in
the crowd there will be shopping there once it opens .. They offer high class merchandise at a great price and will bring tax dollars into
the city. Do not let the voices of a vociferous few influence your decisions. We need high class shopping options in the city to attract
shoppers from all over the metro area and beyond. Wishing you well
Dr A vinash Gulanikar

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dawntrottihall@gmail.com
Sunday, August 16, 2015 10:16 AM
Gene McGee
Costco support

I wanted you to know that there is plenty of support for Costco coming to Ridgeland. I'm definitely for it. Dawn
Sent from my LG Optimus G Pro, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

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Eddie & Tiffany <teamted2009@gmail.com>


Friday, August 14, 2015 7:45 AM
Gene McGee
Appreciation

Mayor McGee,
Sounds like you've had a pretty bad week with this Costco deal. I just wanted to reach out and tell you that you
are doing a great job. I appreciate your efforts to bring more revenue and jobs to our city.
Personally, my husband and I are looking forward to Costco coming as they have a great reputation for paying
and treating their employees right (unlike some other big warehouse club that I shall not name). Highland
Colony Parkway is a bit of a roller coaster anyway so maybe the road will get supported more and that's a
definite plus.
And let's be honest: you know that the very people criticizing this will be the first ones in line to get in the door.
Again, thank you for your service to our city. Keep up the good work!
Have a great weekend,
Tiffany Jones

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drutland@cspirehome.net
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 6:11 PM
Gene McGee
Cost co

Importance:

High

To:

Mayor Please support having Costco to come to Ridgeland MS. We need this tax base to keep Ridgeland
growing. I live in the Canterbury subdivision and please lets get this business. The people that oppose this
business to do not have the support from all the people in MY SUBDIVISION. Thanks and keep up the good
work.
Sent from Windows Mail

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Peggy Grissett < peggy.grissett@att.net>


Saturday, August 15, 2015 6:30 PM
Gene McGee
COSTCO - bring it on!

Mr Mayor,
I posed the question to our HOA website and asked for responses. 100% in favor of bring COSTCO
to Ridgeland on all responses. I didn't know anything about COSTCO and never lived close enough
to shop at one. Everyone is saying it is better than Sam's Club and good workforce and good
pay. Not one person responded with anything negative. Just wanted you to know Trace Ridge and
Sandelwood area is behind you.
Peggy Grissett

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Patti Fanning < PattiFanning@BankPius.net>


Thursday, August 13, 2015 1:08 PM
Gene McGee
Follow-up RE: Suggestion - My Thoughts

I just wanted to drop you a few lines to tell you how incredibly impressed I was with how cool you were last night
in the midst of all of the angry words and childish behavior that was being shown by the residents. I feel like you
handled yourself well, because I promise I would not have been able to- in fact, I lost it when everyone was
yelling out at Susan Haltom, and was the one that told everyone to hush and let her speak. I felt like everyone had
the right to speak in an orderly fashion, and for those that didn't, then they didn't need to be heard.
I made a few friends last night with my suggestion, but also gained several enemies with it, but my opinion is my
opinion. I am sure you can ask Jane, as she and I have done several mock interview sessions together- the first
thing I try to teach young ladies in interview is to have just that- an opinion, and to have solid reasons for the
opinion. Without an opinion and reasons for it, we are all just robots or puppets with someone else controlling
us. I just feel that no matter what, that area is a development area and it will be just that- developed. My stance
is that we should give positive feedback with ways to possibly keep the integrity of the parkway intact. I feel like
my suggestion would do just that.
Have a great rest of the day and a fabulous upcoming weekend!
Patti

Patti Fanning

Investment Operations Officer - Wealth Management Group


1018 Highland Colony Pkwy, Suite 600
Ridgeland, MS 39157
Office: (601)607 4280
Internal: 607-4280
Cell: (601)278-2878
Fax: (601)607-4271
www.BankPius.net
PattiFanning@BankPius.net

The information contained in this message and any attachments are confidential and intended only for the named
recipient(s).
From: Gene McGee [mailto:Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org]

Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 4:29 PM


To: Patti Fanning
Subject: RE: Suggestion- My Thoughts
Thanks, I can assure you we will look at every angle to protect the area.
Gene F. McGee, CMO
Mayor
City of Ridgeland

P.O. Box 217 Hidgeland, MS 39158


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304 Highway 51 Hidgeland, MS 3915/


601.856.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819
mayor.rncgee@rldgelandms.org
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From: Patti Fanning [mailto:PattiFanning@BankPius.net]


Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 4:22 PM
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Suggestion - My Thoughts

Hi! I will certainly see you tonight, but wanted to send a quick suggestion or at least my thoughts on this whole
Renaissance Ill that everyone seems to have blown a bit out of proportion.
You know that I will always support your efforts- you have been an excellent Mayor and an asset to
Ridgeland. After listening to countless complaints and concerns, it hit me that everyone has lost sight of a very
easy solution to this entire issue.
No matter what stores or development is decided upon to go into the location in question, the real main concern
is the sight and traffic that would certainly occur from the round-a-bout to the development.
I understand that we have to take the Natchez Trace development constraints into consideration for frontage road
access, but everyone seems to have forgotten there is the ability to create an exit from 1-220 that could be an "exit
only" to a frontage road to lead directly to the site from the south side. You would, then, not impede upon the
Natchez Trace and have an outlet to keep so much traffic from coming through the round-a-bout. You would still
have the access from the Lake Harbour Ext. flyover and from South Highland Colony Pkwy. leading from 1-220
coming from Jackson. I would say that the development would surely need to face 1-55, and there really be only a
small entrance to lead from HCP to the front of the development. All parking would be on the 1-55 side. The back
of the site on the HCP side should be "hidden" with trees and landscaping, so as not to diminish the "look" of a
tranquil residential area.
When speaking to a Mattice employee this weekend that has a little bit to do with all of this, I brought this idea
up. He looked shocked .... and then after a few seconds, said "Wow- not one person has thought of that! What a
great idea!".
I will see you tonight!
Patti

Patti Fanning
Investment Operations Officer - Wealth Management Group
1018 Highland Colony Pkwy, Suite 600
Ridgeland, MS 39157
Office: (601)607-4280
Internal: 607-4280
Cell: (601)278-2878
Fax: (601)607-4271
www.BankPius.net
PattiFanning@BankPius.net
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jim@jimbest.us
Friday, August 14, 2015 5:48 PM
cjelinek@costco.com
Gene McGee; Wesley Hamlin
Ridgeland WANTS Costco

Dear Mr. Jelinek,


It is my understanding that you are receiving emails and calls from residents of Ridgeland that may be

portraying that they speak for all the residents of our great city. I can tell you emphatically that they are
a very small minority and DO NOT represent me nor the thousands of other residents and business
leaders that welcome development to our community.
Let me share some interesting things that have occurred by many of these same people that oppose
Costco coming to Ridgeland (or should I say to "their" part of Ridgeland).

1. They opposed the building of St. Andrews school - some sent their kids to school there after it was
built.
2. They opposed the Township development- they now frequent its shops, tennis and fitness center and
restaurants.
3. They opposed the Renaissance Shopping mall - they now tell of how Costco will put those poor little
retailers out of business.
4. They opposed the building of the 13 story Butler Snow building - no complaints about the tax revenue
from it now.
I attend Christ Life Church which will be your neighbor to the south. Many of our members are excited
about the prospect of the development of the property. So you will know - Christ Life Church is a multi
cultural assembly that mirrors the demographics of Ridgeland. The meeting on Wednesday night did not
reflect that in the room.
From my research and comments made to me from others:
Costco is a great community supporter! Awesome!! I coach in the Madison Ridgeland Youth Softball Club
and my three daughters play in the league. Community minded businesses matter to the 500 families in
our league.
Costco will bring jobs to the community. That is HUGE in this economy.
Costco will bring consumers from other areas of the state and support our tax base by not only shopping
at your store but at the restaurants, other stores, etc ...
Costco being here will attract other fine retail for our community.
Please do not allow a VERY SMALL number of people impact your decision to locate in Ridgeland. I am
confident that many of the nay-sayers will have Costco cards in their wallets in the near future if they
follow their pattern I shared earlier in the email.
If you need others to provide their support in emails please let me know and I will ask them to send them
to you.
Please bring Costco to Ridgeland.
Sincerely,
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Jim Best
Ridgeland Resident

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John Pittman <John.Pittman@bxsi.com>


Thursday, August 13, 2015 12:37 PM
Gene McGee; gene-mcgee@att.net
Gail Pittman
Costco in Ridgeland

Gene,
We support Costco coming to Ridgeland and locating on the Parkway. I've learned from being on the PRV board there
are ALWAYS going to be those that are opposed to ANY change. I know it may put you in a tough spot but hang tough
and keep it where it is proposed to be because that is a good location.
Everybody I know is excited about Costco coming to Ridgeland. It is much nicer than a Sam's any day!

John R. Pittman, Sr.


Vice President

BancorpSouth Insurance Services


Stewart Sneed Hewes
Telephone: (800) 927-0583
Direct: (601) 718-8229
Cell: (601) 624-3436

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robert redd <robfredd@gmail.com>


Friday, August 14, 2015 4:18 PM
Gene McGee
Re: Costco post on Nextdoor

these are links about Costco as an employer & good business


neighbor.
*************************
Post on Nextdoor: (Zach Pritchard in SandalwoodMadison) "Costco will be great for Ridgeland. Unlike many other
*ahem* unnamed retail stores, they treat their employees REALLY
well. Good pay and good benefits. This leads to a higher quality
work force as well as a good customer experience. Not only is that
money to be put back into the economy, but it also directly
(positively) reflects upon the town it is located in. It's really a winwin for everyone involved.
http://www. forbes.com/sites/rickungar/20 ...
http://www. bloom berg .com/bwI articles/20 1...
http://www. usatoday.com/story/money/busi ...
http://www.businessinsider.com/costco-pa ...
Robert Redd, 601/941-5172
On Fri, Aug 14,2015 at 3:12PM, Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@ridgelandms.org> wrote:
Thank you

Gene F. McGee, CMO


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Mayor
City of Ridgeland

P,O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158


304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
601.856.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819
mayor,mcgee@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

From: robert redd [mailto:robfredd@gmail.com]


Sent: Friday, August 14, 2015 2:56PM
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Costco post on Nextdoor

Gene, we didn't yet get to talk but I thought I'd share my post
Here's a question, esp for someone saying "OK for Jackson ... but
not R'land". So it's OK for we in R'land & folks from Jackson to go
up to Madison, spend money AND benefit their sales & property tax
base, but NOT A FAIR idea to have a Costco (anywhere?) in
Ridgeland? How does that help the development of R'land? and
support budget for police, fire & enhanced roads. Highland Colony
IS in desperate need of re-surfacing and I suspect that will come
with other infrastructure aspects of such a project. I still have trust
in the City leaders to study the pros & cons, tho they may "cave in
to the froth of community organizing AGAINST this project". I
hope folks at least wait for the 20th meeting- unless they plan to
bring baseball bats & sticks. Be like grown-ups people. Remember
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this will further & speed up an important addition to connector


roads; the west bound extension of Lake Harbor from Hwy 51,
UNDER the railroad right there, over to a new interchange with I55 & continue to HCP. That's a game changer since nowhere else
does R'land have other than a 'grade level' crossing for the
railroad. Hope I never need certain access to interstate or hospital
before that happens. My thanks to Zach for giving links to more
informed info about the stature of Costco in the warehouse club
business.
Robert Redd, 601/941-5172

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Mike Pigford <mgpig@hotmail.com>


Thursday, August 13, 2015 10:51 AM
Gene McGee
RE: Costco

Mayor,
I don't know what the right answer is for Costco in Ridgeland, but please be aware (as I'm sure you are) that
the ones who came to the meeting last night do not represent ALL Ridgeland citizens. I haven't heard anything
that has convinced me that a Costco should not come to Ridgeland. Good luck and know you have my support.
One thing I am convinced of is you have Ridgeland's best interest at heart.
Mike Pigford

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Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>
Monday, August 17, 2015 12:17 PM
Re: Costco release

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Looks good to me except replace Lakeland with Lake Harbour Drive


Sent from my iPhone
On Aug 17, 2015, at 11:31 AM, Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org> wrote:

Sent from my iPhone


Begin forwarded message:
From: Carol Stern <hstern3@bellsouth.net>
Date: August 17, 2015 at 11:27:58 AM COT
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Cc: "hstern3@bellsouth.net" <hstern3@bellsouth.net>
Subject: Costco release

<Costco release.docx>

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Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Tuesday, August 18, 2015 9:10 AM
FW: You say before the very people who elected you and lied

Here's an email received today that I thought you would like to read. You can draw your own conclusions.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

From: Gene McGee

Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 8:35 AM


Subject: Fwd: You say before the very people who elected you and lied

Sent from my iPhone


Begin forwarded message:
From: Jennifer Eidt <jeesmile@aol.com>
Date: August 17,2015 at 10:42:18 PM CDT
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: You say before the very people who elected you and lied
Mr. McGee,
You have to know that the residents that are fighting the Costco are those who live In the nicest
areas of Ridgeland. If you had to do a mean income in the 3-6 neighborhoods where you are
seeing the most upset, these are the areas with the highest income. These are your doctors and
lawyers who make more money than you do Mayor McGee and who, as you can tell have come
very prepared to the one opportunity to hear our mayor make us feel better about something that
he," just heard about this morning."- your words last week. I questioned you at the meeting as
to how you had enough time to get all that together for a meeting last week when you , "just
heard about it Thursday morning."
Mayor McGee , you lied to all of us. You wasted our time . That day was my daughters first day
of school, but I left them at home alone to attend a meeting for a cause I believe in and believed
I could help. Thank you for misleading the public and thank you of robbing me that time with
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my children while you stood there and treated us like ignorant children. Never once did you
show any empathy to the very people who put you in that job. You are an elected officialTherefore Mr. Mayor. I am working with a group to seek impeachment proceedings . You have
mislead, misrepresented and used your power to better yourself- not this community.
Last week you made some ridiculous statements - one of which is the traffic never causes you
any problem getting across the bridge. You don't live on this side of the interstate. Your office is
on the other side of the interstate. You really are becoming so transparent it is sad. Your
statements should not be about you. But a person trying to be deceitful only digs a deeper hole.
Maybe MAyor Mary Hawkins really is the better mayor!
I do hope Costco has an opportunity to see first hand the group of people they are about to invest
with- deals with the devil are dangerous . Glad my hands are not involved in shaking on this
one. Thank you for letting us down. Thank you for leaving a legacy that you will always be
remembered for and thank you for ruining the Old Agency portion of Highland
Colony PArkway.
Jennifer Eidt
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Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Wednesday, August 19, 2015 10:23 AM
RE: Voice Mail Message ( '2045') ( 16 seconds)

Costco Support

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Kay Van Skiver kay.vanskiver@gmail.com Bridgewater
Alan Johnson ajalbeach@yahoo.com William Boulevard
Tracie Bailey facebook post Dinsmor
Chuck Crawford facebook post South Wheatley Street
Trey Belcher tbelcher@sfbcic.com Bridgewater
unknown drutland@cspirehome.net Canterbury
A vinash Gulanikar
avinash.gulanikar@gmail.com unknown
Derrick Freeman called Mayor unknown
John Pittman John.Pittman@bxsi.com Overlook Pointe
Mike Pigford mgpig@hotmail.com
unknown
Robert Redd robfredd@gmail.com
Traceridge
Tiffany Jones teamted2009@gmail.com unknown
Zach Pritchard Post on Nextdoor
Sandalwood-Madison
James Massey called Alan Wendover
Jim Best
jim@jimbest.us unknown
Duke Cain
dcain@cainlitho.com unknown
Peggy Grissett peggy.grissett@att.net Traceridge
Dawn Hall
dawntrottihall@gmail.com
unknown
Mike Pigford mgpig@hotmail.com
Shadowood
Andy Johnson called Mayor unknown
Sheila Grogan called Mayor unknown
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce McElveen sent Mayor a card
718 Greenfield Drive
Peggi Rafferty titansportsmom@comcast.net
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Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www .ridgelandms.org

-----Original Message----From: Carla Moor


Sent: Wednesday, August 19,2015 9:53AM
To: Alan Hart
Subject: Voice Mail Message ( '2045' ) ( 16 seconds )

The attached voice message was created by A vaya's Modular Messaging. It can be played on a multimedia-enabled PC running
Windows. To listen, please open the attachment.

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Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Wednesday, August 19, 2015 12:33 PM
Re: map

I will send u maps when I get back to the office. We do not have any official site plan for Costco or the development. I
can point to a spot on the map showing where the store will be. We could put a star on the map, but I would have to get
clearance from Mattiace and Costco. They are supposed to reveal the site plan tomorrow night.

Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 19, 2015, at 12:27 PM, Sandra Monohan <Sandra.Monohan@Ridgelandms.org> wrote:

Can I have an area map ofthe zoning map that shows the Renaissance Phase Ill parcel? And is
there a way to show where Costco would go on the parcel? I need this to email.

Sandra Rives Monohan


community affairs coordinator
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601.856.7113, ext. 2052
www.ridgelandms.org

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Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Wednesday, August 19, 2015 12:53 PM
RE: map
Renaissancellljpg; Renaissance I II & llljpg; RenaissancePhlll_newzoning_smjpg;
RenaissancePhlll_oldzoning_smjpg; RenaissancePhlll_parcels_smjpg

Alan Hart, PlA, ASlA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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From: Sandra Monohan

Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 12:36 PM


To: Alan Hart
Cc: Matt Dodd
Subject: RE: map
A star would be great if possible. But for now, a blowup of the area so people can see the distance from the
roundabout would be great.

Sandra Rives Monohan


community affairs coordinator
sa ndra.rnonoha n (&ridge Ia nd rns.org
p.o. box 217 ridgeland, ms 39158
304 highway 51 ridgeland, rns 39157
601.856.7113, ext. 2052
www.ridgelandrns.org
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From: Alan Hart


Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 12:33 PM
To: Sandra Monohan
Cc: Matt Dodd
Subject: Re: map
I will send u maps when I get back to the office. We do not have any official site plan for Costco or the development. I
can point to a spot on the map showing where the store will be. We could put a star on the map, but I would have to get
clearance from Mattiace and Costco. They are supposed to reveal the site plan tomorrow night.

Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 19, 2015, at 12:27 PM, Sandra Monahan <Sandra.Monohan@Ridgelandms.org> wrote:


Can I have an area map of the zoning map that shows the Renaissance Phase Ill parcel? And is
there a way to show where Costco would go on the parcel? I need this to email.

Sandra Rives Monohan


community affairs coordinator
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p.o. box 217 ridgeland, ms 39158


304 highway 51 ridgeland, ms 391.57
601.856. 71.13, ext. 2052
www.ridgelandrns.org

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2014 ZONING MAP


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-Commercial 'f'Orls and rterntional faciJid('S (twimmina pools. IC"nnis <OUfU)

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1992 ZONING MAP

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Permitred and Conditional Uses jn C2 and C-4 I 1992 and ZOO!l:


. Aucomobll<, crud! and och<r Vl!hicle ..... and sorvice

. Yard and AArdt:n cenccBt nurseries and gccnhous:c opel'illions


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. Private p.lltries and museums
. Potwn shops. cauoo parlors. title f~n. chk caJhing, gold purc:has:ing,
bait bondsmen, robacco aRd br mailer. toOacw rtt.tilc:r
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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Friday, August 21, 2015 12:57 PM
Re: Welcome Home COSTCO!

Totally awesome!
I'm convinced that your letter will be the best one they receive.
Thank you so much!
Sent from my iPhone
On Aug 21,2015, at 12:27 PM, Lauren Lester <laurendlester@gmail.com> wrote:
I sent this ...
hopefully this will help!
Y'all are great examples to our children of holding your head high and doing your best with what
you have to work with!

----------Forwarded message----------

From: Lauren Lester <laurendlester@gmail.com>


Date: Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 12:26 PM
Subject: Welcome Home COSTCO!
To: cjelinek@costco.com, jrutter@costco.com, dan@northwestatlantic.com,
Andrew@mattiace.com, scharla@hcbailey.com, jishida@costco.com

Dear Sirs,
As a Ridgeland Mississippi citizen I would love for you to continue to consider bringing Costco
to Ridgeland. I know enough about Costco to know that the research has been done and there is
a need for Costco in our area.
As a mother of three children, I often find myself teaching them about bullies. Please do not let
a few influence your decision to bring a great business to our city. The situation with Costco has
come up several time with my children allowing me to share with them an adult situation
including bullying and provided many learning opportunities. Our city elected officials have
done their very best to maintain a positive attitude and I can honestly say it has been very hard to
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do this as a parent. Although, they do not understand ALL of the information reported on they
do get the idea of a Bully. Urban dictionary states that a bully is a young hoodlum who revels in
making peoples lives a misery during school years. Unfortunately, in this instance it would be an
adult that causes misery in their community.
Please come to Ridgeland and allow me the chance to share with my kids that the "Bully" didn't
win in this case.
Please give me the opportunity to say, "WELCOME HOME COSTCO".
Sincerely,

Laut\m

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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Friday, August 21, 2015 4:47 PM
RE: Please do this

Susan,
Message already delivered again today, and I will continue to share with them these very options you have mentioned. We've had
conversations with land owners within each of the 3 sites you mentioned. I certainly appreciate your confidence in me to rectify, but
aside from trying, I'm not sure there is much that I can do to lure them to another site. It is a very real possibility that Costco will not
come to this site. I have my doubts that they will come to any other site in Ridgeland, but let's remain positive. I only hope that they
do not decide to build in another surrounding community, which would only drag more shoppers and synergy away from
Ridgeland. My belief is that this site will develop one day, and I hope the individuals that get to make those decisions do their best to
make it great for Ridgeland.
I will continue to press for information and offer suggestions that make whatever lands there better. I believe the three meetings have
brought to light the issues, and I believe those issues have been heard loud and clear. I certainly appreciate your approach,
professionalism, and knowledge. There are several individuals that have been very professional in their delivery and demeanor, which
I have observed as being more productive to their cause.
People often ask me why businesses leave Jackson or Ridgeland and head north. I always explain that they are merely chasing
YOU. If people will quit running from them, they will quit chasing. I normally buy everything I need in Ridgeland. It doesn't always
work out that way, but I give it a good try anyway. I do this so that I can pay the sales tax that is returned to the city to ensure that the
police and fire services among all other city services (especially paving streets) is better than the rest. I do this even at the
Renaissance where there is a TIF in place. It doesn't cost me more; it gives me a good place to shop and enjoy quality oflife ... a place
that wouldn't have been there in the absence of a TIF.
If not Costco at this location, I would love to hear only your thoughts about what could go on this site that you think fits. There is no
reason for us to "sit on our laurels" and not be proactive at bringing to this site a development that meets the desires of 100% ofthe
neighbors. (You may recall "sit on our laurels" from the teachings of Patrick Moore.) Although it could take years to materialize, I'm
not at all against starting to make calls to other businesses that can add value to our community.
Again, I really appreciate your kind words and value your input. We may not always agree, but you have always been more than kind
to me, and I thank you.
Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA
Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

-----Original Message----From: Susan Haltom [mailto:susan.haltom@gmail.com]


Sent: Friday, August 21, 2015 8:52 AM
To: Alan Hart
Subject: Please do this
Alan, it is in your hands to try to rectify this issue with COSTCO.
Please reach out to their officials today and see if you can put together another Ridgeland location for them: Tract A, Tract E, or the
Costas property, which I read is also a contender. I understand Theo Costas is approachable.
I heard you say last night this property in question "can" be made to align with the Master Plan.
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Through the years you have made Ridgeland better. Please don't let this happen on this site.
Susan
Sent from my iPad

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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Monday, August 24, 2015 9:08 AM
RE: June 2 Amendment

Gene,
Please respond to my questions.
1. Why were signs (that I often see along the roadside) not placed by the property along HCP, where the proposed
Costco is anticipated?
Since the C-2 amendment was city wide, no sign was placed on any property. It was an ordnance change, not a rezoning

2. Why did Costco have so much confidence that the area they wanted (which did not qualify to house their big building)
would be rezoned to fit their store?
You would need to address that question to Costco
3. Would you purchase land that was zoned residential and feel confident that you could open a fast food restaurant?
That's basically what we're seeing developed with Costco.
Yes, if properly planned and properly zoned.
4. Did you know that Costco was considering the HCP site when you assured us it "was a rumor"?
Yes, I knew they were looking at several sites in Ridgeland I was restricted from giving any indication that we were
having any discussions with Costco until such time as they consented to a release of our confidentiality agreement.

5. Will you attempt to reunite our once "family" town? It's an ugly mess.

I pray for our city every day and all its citizens, no matter what their opinion is on projects.

6. Enjoying your bike rides? It's a good stress reliever and I hope HCP stays small town so we can safely enjoy biking,
walking and running along HCP.
Look forward to your response.
It is my goal to continue to build Multi use trails, so every citizen in Ridgeland can have a safe place to cycle, run or just
walk.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

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-----Original Message----From: Gene McGee


Sent: Monday, August 24, 2015 8:24AM
Subject: FW: June 2 Amendment
This is the way I'm Thinking of responding. Your thoughts please
Gene F. McGee, CMO
Mayor
City of Ridgeland
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
601.856.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819 mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org www.ridgelandms.org

-----Original Message----From: Leah Brown [mailto:leahwbrown@att.net]


Sent: Friday, August 21, 2015 3:11 PM
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: June 2 Amendment
Gene,
Please respond to my questions.
1. Why were signs (that I often see along the roadside) not placed by the property along HCP, where the proposed
Costco is anticipated?
Since the C-2 amendment was city wide, no sign was placed on any property. It was an ordnance change, not a rezoning

2. Why did Costco have so much confidence that the area they wanted (which did not qualify to house their big building)
would be rezoned to fit their store?
You would need to address that question to Costco
3. Would you purchase land that was zoned residential and feel confident that you could open a fast food restaurant?
That's basically what we're seeing developed with Costco.
Yes
4. Did you know that Costco was considering the HCP site when you assured us it "was a rumor"?
Yes, I knew they were looking at several sites in Ridgeland

5. Will you attempt to reunite our once "family" town? It's an ugly mess.

I pray for our city every day and all its citizens, no matter what their opinion is on projects.

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6. Enjoying your bike rides? It's a good stress reliever and I hope HCP stays small town so we can safely enjoy biking,
walking and running along HCP.
Look forward to your response.
It is my goal to continue to build Multi use trails, so every citizen in Ridgeland can have a safe place to cycle, run or just
walk.
Leah Brown

601.331.5403

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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Monday, August 24, 2015 9:35 AM
RE: Old Agency Exit/Costco/MDOT Exit Rating

We have required the developer to submit an independent traffic impact analysis of the surrounding network of traffic in order to show
the expected impacts. That analysis should helpfully offer me information to be able to address your questions. At this point, the
developer has not submitted a set of plans for us to review for all development-related Ordinances.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

-----Original Message----From: Gene McGee


Sent: Monday, August 24,2015 9:26AM
To: Alan Hart
Subject: FW: Old Agency Exit/Costco/MDOT Exit Rating
I am going to have to send this guy an answer to the first questions he asked, so any help you can give me would help.
Gene F. McGee, CMO
Mayor
City of Ridgeland
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
601.856.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819 mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org www.ridgelandms.org

-----Original Message----From: The Shepard's [mailto:thatchjennie@cspirehome.net]


Sent: Monday, August 24, 2015 9:20AM
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: RE: Old Agency Exit/Costco/MDOT Exit Rating
Mayor,
Still standing by for your response ... however it is becoming completely clear what is going on here based on the attached article
where you admit to knowing about this plan and secretly were setting conditions to enable it over a year ago.
I am the guy you snapped at during the July meeting at City Hall.
Your unprofessional behavior was on full display when I asked if we could trust you to carry our message ... and you snapped back at
me turning around the question to me and asking if you could trust me ... unbelievable. I must admit, I was not fooled by your "I'm just
a dumb guy from Hickory, never heard ofCostco till yesterday" act and that is why I asked the "trust"
question. Your knee-jerk response reveled your true character.
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Sir ... I served my country for over 26 years on active duty (I notice you have never served) and fully understand the meaning of
trust, service, duty and honor. It is clear to me that you have none of those values inculcated into your character, very sad to see that
from an official
charged to represent EVERYONE in their constituency.
I have been absent from some of the proceedings these last few weeks because I was at a leadership conference at West Point.
honestly wish you could have attended the conference and learn a little about selfless service and true leadership. However, I still
think you were smart enough to know that this was not in the best interest of your constituents (a cursory check (i.e. Google search) on
your own time would have highlighted in the incongruencey of this operation at the "secret" location) and should have done the
honorable thing and refused to facilitate any enabling efforts
(i.e. zoning amendments) to make it happen from the get go.
Your actions have severely impacted the trust you assured us to have in you. You have compromised your personal
character. And to answer your question you posed to me in front of everyone .... "can you trust me?". Sir, I have been trusted to
maintain national security secrets and now you can trust me to fight against your less-than-honorable efforts. And you can trust me to
be a vocal supporter of just about anyone who runs against you in future elections.
I would welcome any professional (that means no yelling at me) discussion on leadership, morals, ethical behavior, trust, and
honorable living with you in the future. Additionally I am still requesting your analysis of the projected traffic safety ratings on Old
Agency Road between the I-55 exit and the roundabout and its impact on the St. Andrew's school traffic as well as foot traffic on the
Natchez Trace walking trail where it crosses Highland Colony Parkway.

Colonel Shepard

http:/I on Iinemadison.com/Main.asp?Section TD= 1&SubSectioniD= 1&ArticleiD=3057 5

-----Original Message----From: Gene McGee [mailto:Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org]


Sent: Thursday, August 06,2015 1:35PM
To: 'The Shepard Family'
Subject: RE: Old Agency Exit/Costco/MDOT Exit Rating
I will get back with you with some information
Gene F. McGee, CMO
Mayor
City of Ridgeland
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
601.856.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819
mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org
www .ridgelandms.org

-----Original Message----From: The Shepard Family [mailto:thatchjennie@comcast.net]


Sent: Thursday, August 06, 2015 10:21 AM
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Old Agency Exit/Costco/MDOT Exit Rating
Mayor,
I am a concerned about the current initiative to locate a Big Box development vicinity Natchez Trace and Highland Colony
Parkway.
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My specific question is regarding the current MDOT official rating of an "F" for the Old Agency Exit/Roundabout/Renaissance
Entrance area. I understand this is based on weave space, vehicle count, and other safety factors.
What is the projected vehicle count (not just delivery trucks) with the projected development and how does it affect the MDOT
safety/"funtionalbility" rating for that already "F" rated exit area? I clearly understand the capacity of the Highland Colony Parkway,
however it is the exits and interchanges that I am requesting dissemination of your staffs and the developers' feasibility analysis with
respect to MDOT Design Guide Criteria and ratings.

Additionally, has there been a Federal, US Army Corps of Engineers,


404 B. 1. Clean Water Act evaluation of said property along with the Department of the Interior/FWS review of endangered species
IA W the ESA. I am curious what the State Historic Preservation Officer has mentioned to you all advance the development?
As a professional engineer, former Director of Public Works, and career military officer I am very concerned at the dissemination
of information from your headquarters and staff and losing confidence that you are not moving out in the best interest of your
Ridgeland citizens and not keeping us properly informed on this initiative.
V/R
George T. "Thatch" Shepard, Jr., P.E.
(Colonel, US Army, Ret.)
128 Canterbury Place
Ridgeland, MS
601-278-2615

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Alan Hart
From:
Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Monday, August 24, 2015 9:41 AM
RE: my reply to you

Thanks Susan. I will keep these thoughts in mind. I have always been fond of Overlay Districts such as the Township.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 8.56-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 8.53-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www .ridge Ia ndms.org

From: Susan Haltom [mailto:susan.haltom@gmail.com]


Sent: Sunday, August 23, 2015 3:26 PM
To: Alan Hart
Subject: my reply to you

Alan, thank you tor such a long and considered reply, when I know you are busy and surely weary. I will
continue to ponder all of this.
I DO have confidence in you, since I believe you know the city and the Master Plan better than anyone. It takes
broad vision and a constant ability and readiness to juggle in the job you hold. I think you can influence some
important people if you hold true to what is best long term.
Ridgeland is different from all other nearby cities, and we have many special assets we must protect, even if it
means to tum things down which are promoted in a big way and which might seem good now but are risky later
on.

***
There is a lot to be worried about with Mayor Hawkins and Mattiace announcing Grandview East, with all the
stores they will suck away from County Line Road. I'm sure you saw her little dig about her spot being tailor
made for big box stores; she is right, it is. I'm not saying that sort of big retail conglomeration is good,
however.

***
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I have read comments online about the elite group of citizens in the west area who are unhappy with the
proposal. Yes, many are professionals who spent years in training, but why should they be condemned for that?
While some of their homes are grand, those homes represent their own biggest personal investment akin to that
of more moderate homes and their owners. As you may remember, we moved here in 1989 when our sons were
7, 4 and 1. We purchased a home built in 197 5, and we were still in rural Madison County at the time. I was not
aware of HCP until construction began. If I had had time and the knowledge that I now have, I would have
lobbied for a deeper C-1 area to separate residential from commercial. Citizens don't like being caught by
surprise; they feel the city is supposed to protect them from bad surprises down the road.

***
Here are my thoughts about the property in discussion:
Because this area was proposed in RAMP as a civic complex and a possible overlay district, that should indicate
the care with which it should be developed. For long term, it would seem to me that something like The
Township is good. I have come to appreciate its brick facades (not stucco) and its considered build out. People
feel comfortable there.

Incremental scale, multiple uses, integration of uses, density, a longer build-out, no island buildings in a
sea of parking-all of these seem important to me. Human scale.
What is not appropriate in this location (and others nearby) for long term is monolithic scale and single
use.
Might it be important to link Freedom Ridge in some way with greenspace across the bridge, on the west side?
A Greenwood Park? I see that Freedom Ridge will expand south of the new road, giving a nice drive-through
vista. But once you land on the west side, you have "flown over" small businesses (the engineers and Sikh
temple etc.) and then whatever will be built across the street on Luckett land? This all seems very important to
me, in aJJitiun to the Cush.:u property.

***
Finally, thank you for delivering the message again about other parcels for COSTCO's consideration. I wish
they would come and locate on other Ridgeland property.
Hope you have had a good weekend, and that things will work out for the best soon,
Susan

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Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Tuesday, August 25, 2015 8:36 AM
RE: Costco

Sent:
Subject:

I thought he was against it the other night, but his statement appears to be in support. I can't make much sense of it
either. I have no idea what kind of response would best answer his questions.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: {601) 853-2030
a Ian. hart@ ridge Ia ndms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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RIDGElAND

From: Gene McGee

Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 8:28AM


To: Alan Hart; Sandra Monohan
Subject: FW: Costco
I am slow and can't make much sense of this
Gene F. McGee, CMO
Mayor
City

of Ridgeland

P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158

304 Hlghway 51 Rldgekmd, MS 39157


601.856.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819
mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org

www.ridgelandms.org
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RIDGE tAN D

From: tsagarsasch@bellsouth.net [mailto:tsagarsasch@bellsouth.net]

Sent: Monday, August 24, 2015 11:10 AM


To: Chuck Gautier <chuckgautier@att.net>; Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Costco
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Hi,
1. I would like to see Costco in our city. As noted, in 15 years, they could pickup and
leave without any sales tax gain for our city.

2. As for my comment concerning water an per a comment made by a neighbor, the


well should have been taken care of during the winter. Two new housing development's,
many hotels, additional commercial businesses (large consumption of water). What is
the city doing to correct future water shortages? Need to stress that businesses are
also residence. Please take a look at your contingency plans.
3. Zoning. How simple it is to change an ordinance for Costco.
4. Keep Ridgeland Beautiful. Well, make the change in the zoning ordinance to keep it
beautiful.
Take a look at some of the backyard dumps in housing developments in our city;
decreases property value through out the community and discredits the statements, A
Beautiful City. I have given you information from other cities that requires backyards to
be kept clean. Change the zoning ordinance.
5. Animal Ordinance. I did my best after the lost of my dear pet to bring forth issues
that I discovered in our cities ordinance (discrepancies and lack of clarity). My wife and
I could have rewritten the whole ordinance, we had many years of experience in
implementing and apply the Code of Federal Regulations and various government
agency Titles.
Yes, you did some changes to the ordinance; however, some of the items I noted were
never corrected. The ordinance still needs help. Why would you allow a dog to run
loose in the back of a pickup truck and allow home owners to have as many cats as they
want? Yet, you still put your signature on the ordinance. Honesty and integrity are
important, especially in the eyes of your constituents.
6. I will still do my best to help the city. Many person will look away from a problem
some will talk about the problem and do nothing. Yet, it is surprising what some cities
do when a citizen tries to help. Someone recently said, "What did you expect, its
government." That statement is unacceptable.
Sincerely,

Thomas A. Sagar

601-856-4581

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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Tuesday, August 25, 2015 9:44 AM
Re: Costco

Just to be clear, the change to the properly advertised zoning ordinance amendment on June 2, 2015 was not just
for Costco or any singled out piece of property. It clearly benefits the city of Ridgeland by making ourselves
attractive to certain types of retail developments while still allowing ourselves the ability to place certain
conditions and restrictions on the development or property to prevent any incompatibility in land uses.
Sent from my iPhone
On Aug 25,2015, at 9:23AM, Sandra Monohan <Sanclra.Monohan(ii1Ridgelandms.org> wrote:
It takes an armchair psychologist to make sense of Tom. Tom wants to see us change
ordinances to reflect what he thinks is important. Having worked for the federal government
and being used to a lot of procedures that we don't use, it bothers him. He thinks local govt
should be run like federal govt. He likes rules -lots of them and he expects every detail to be
attended to perfectly. He feels turned away by the city and will keep on until he feels heard.
All of his comments come from his personal experience, he feels, of being slighted by the city.
For example, #3- he is saying that is was simple for the city to change an ordinance for Costco.
What he means is that we easily made those changes FOR Costco, but that the city did not
make ordinance changes for the sake of animals or back yard rubbish- his pet peeves. He is
also obviously upset that he can't water his garden due to what he sees as negligence on our
part.
I get him but I can't help him.
Sandra Rives Monohan
community affairs coordinator
sandra.monohan@ridgelandms.org
p.o. box 217 ridgeland, ms 39158
304 highway 51 ridgeland, ms 39157

601.856.7113, ext. 2052


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From: Gene McGee

Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 8:28 AM


To: Alan Hart; Sandra Monahan
Subject: FW: Costco
I am slow and can't make much sense of this
Gene F. McGee, CMO
Mayor
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City of Nidge!and
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highwav 51 Ridgeland, NlS 39157
601.856.7113 ext. 1013 Fax fi01.8S6.7819
me_ygr.mcgee@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

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From: tsagarsasch@bellsouth.net [mailto:tsagarsasch@bellsouth.net]
Sent: Monday, August 24, 2015 11:10 AM
To: Chuck Gautier <chuckgautier@att.net>; Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Costco

Hi,
1. I would like to see Costco in our city. As noted, in 15 years, they could
pickup and leave without any sales tax gain for our city.

2. As for my comment concerning water an per a comment made by a


neighbor, the well should have been taken care of during the winter. Two
new housing development's, many hotels, additional commercial businesses
(large consumption of water). What is the city doing to correct future water
shortages? Need to stress that businesses are also residence. Please take
a look at your contingency plans.
3. Zoning. How simple it is to change an ordinance for Costco.
4. Keep Ridgeland Beautiful. Well, make the change in the zoning
ordinance to keep it beautiful.
Take a look at some of the backyard dumps in housing developments in our
city; decreases property value through out the community
and discredits the statements, A Beautiful City. I have given you
information from other cities that requires backyards to be kept
clean. Change the zoning ordinance.
5. Animal Ordinance. I did my best after the lost of my dear pet to bring
forth issues that I discovered in our cities ordinance (discrepancies and lack
of clarity). My wife and I could have rewritten the whole ordinance, we had
many years of experience in implementing and apply the Code of Federal
Regulations and various government agency Titles.
Yes, you did some changes to the ordinance; however, some of the items I
noted were never corrected. The ordinance still needs help. Why would
you allow a dog to run loose in the back of a pickup truck and allow home
owners to have as many cats as they want? Yet, you still put your signature
on the ordinance. Honesty and integrity are important, especially in the
eyes of your constituents.
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6. I will still do my best to help the city. Many person will look away from
a problem some will talk about the problem and do nothing. Yet, it is
surprising what some cities do when a citizen tries to help. Someone
recently said, "What did you expect, its government." That statement is
unacceptable.
Sincerely,

Thomas A. Sagar

601-856-4581

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Alan Hart
From:
Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Tuesday, August 25, 2015 11:27 AM
RE: June 2 Amendment

The June 2, 2015 Zoning Ordinance Amendment provides for an expansion of certain uses that would be associated with
a Large Master Planned Commercial Development and establishes the ability for the Mayor and Board of Aldermen to
place certain conditions and restrictions on the entire development to ensure compatibility with surrounding land uses.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www. ridge Ia ndms.org

From: Gene McGee

Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 10:26 AM


To: Alan Hart
Subject: Fwd: June 2 Amendment

Sent from my iPhone


Begin forwarded message:
From: Leah Brown <leahwbrown@att.net>
Date: August 25, 2015 at 10:24:46 AM CDT
To: Gene McGee <gene.mcgee@ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Re: June 2 Amendment
My question to your response to question #2--1 have seen print stating the June 2 ordinance allowed for
100,000 sq ft retail. Why was an ordinance needed if "big box retail" was allowed since early 90's?
Leah Brown
601.331.5403
On Aug 25, 2015, at 9:23AM, Gene McGee <gene.mcgee@ridgelandms.org> wrote:

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-----Original Message----From: Leah Brown [mailto:leahwbrown@att.net]


Sent: Friday, August 21, 2015 3:11 PM
To: Gene McGee <Mayor.McGee@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: June 2 Amendment
Gene,
Please respond to my questions.
1. Why were signs (that I often see along the roadside) not placed by the property along
HCP, where the proposed Costco is anticipated?

Since the C-2 amendment was city wide, no sign was placed on any property. It was an
ordnance change, not a rezoning and proper legal notice was given.

2. Why did Costco have so much confidence that the area they wanted (which did not
qualify to house their big building) would be rezoned to fit their store?
The property has been zoned for retail and big box retail since the roadway was
constructed in the early 90's.
3. Would you purchase land that was zoned residential and feel confident that you could
open a fast food restaurant? That's basically what we're seeing developed with Costco.
The site of Renaissance Phase Ill was never zoned residential. it was zoned commercial
for as long as Highland Colony Parkway has been in existence. Our earliest zoning
maps for the area reveal commercial zoning.

4. Did you know that Costco was considering the HCP site when you assured us it "was a
rumor"?
Leah, I was legally restricted from giving any indication that we were having any
discussions with Costco until such time as they consented to a release of our
confidentiality agreement. These confidentiality agreements are commonplace when
a competitive business shows interest in a property. The vast majority of
conversations were taking place between Costco and the developer, not the City. I
admit that my choice of the word "rumor" may have given the wrong impression, but
at the time (and this is still the case), there was no lease or purchase completed so any
conversations about Costco locating there were not substantiated with a signed
contract for the land or a building.
5. Will you attempt to reunite our once "family" town? It's an ugly mess.

I pray for our city every day and all its citizens, no matter what their opinion is on
projects.
6. Enjoying your bike rides? It's a good stress reliever and I hope HCP stays small town so
we can safely enjoy biking, walking and running along HCP.

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Yes, I am. It is my goal to continue to build multiuse trails, so every citizen in


Ridgeland can have a safe place to ride a bike, run or just walk. I encourage the use of
bicycling groups for safer road cycling. At the City of Ridgeland, we seek to build
awareness about sharing the road safely with motorists through the annual Ride of
Silence, proclaiming May as Bicycle Safety Month, posting Share the Road signs,
publication of educational materials and articles, as well as working with various
bicycling dubs and bicycling advocates to promote safety.

Look forward to your response.


Leah Brown

601.331.5403

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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:
Attachments:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Tuesday, August 25, 2015 2:30 PM
Costco Brochure
A-CostcoStory-Base.pdf

I found this on the internet. Looks very similar to their presentation.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, fv1S 391S7
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: {601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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Value, Variety
& a Vow to W ow
You 'll appreciate the
quality and value of the
products you find at
Costco. That's our promise
to you . If we fail to deliver
on that promise, we'll
refund your money.
It's that simple.

STRONG VALUES
Since day one we have had an unwavering commitment
to doing the right thing for our members, our
employees, our suppliers and our communities. Today,
we're a bit bigger, but our values remain the same.
We're dedicated to providing the best quality products
at the absolute best value for you.
Our buyers are the best in the business at negotiating
added values and extras not found anywhere else. Plus,
by minimizing our operating costs, our prices remain
low and your savings enormous.
Other retailers might pocket those extra savings, but
Costco is different- any penny we can save, we pass
on to you.

SURPRISING VARI ETY

Apparel
Appliances
Automotive
Baby
Bakery
Bed & Bath
Books, COs & DVDs
Cleaning Supplies
Deli
Electronics
Floral
Furniture
Gasoline
Health & Beauty
Hearing Aids

Home Decor
Housewares
Jewelry
Lawn & Garden
Meat
Office Supplies
Optical
Pet Care
Pharmacy
Photo Center
Produce
Sports Equipment
Toys & Games
Wine, Beer & Spirits

Products and depa rtments may va ry by location.

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A Fresh Approach

Fresh

USDA Choice Beef


USDA Prime Beef
Produce
Bakery
Deli

Organic

Produce
Meat
Coffee
Baby Food
Milk
O rganic selection may
vary by location.

GET A TASTE OF WHAT EVERYONE'S


BEEN TALKING ABOUT!
Why do many of the country's top chefs buy their fresh
ingredients at Costco? Because they know they'll get
the highest q uality at a terrific value!
We are known for our steaks: Visit our meat
department for the freshest cuts of USDA Choice and
USDA Prime beef, Grade-A poultry, USDA #1 pork,
Australian lamb, and a wide selection of farmed and
seasonal wild seafood. We're sure you'll see and taste
the quality difference.
We're also proud to offer only the finest-qualit y fruits
and vegetables, delivered to us six days a week for a
freshness that can't be beat.
And, did you know Costco produces fresh-baked
goods every day, right in the warehouse? Enjoy muffins,
breads, pies, custom-decorated cakes and more - all
made with the finest ingredients.

ORGANIC & HEALTHY CHOICES


You don't have to shop at specialty stores to get
high-quality organic items.
From produce to meat, and even clothing and vitamins,
we have the latest organic items you want, at great
Costco prices.
We also have a selection of healthy foods, including
reduced-calorie snacks, whole grain baked goods,
gluten-free items and trans-fat-free choices.
You'll feel good about shopping at Costco!

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Unexpected Savings

Electronics
Fine Jewelry
Fine Wines
Entertaining

A TREASURE HUNT OF VALUES!


If you 've ever spoken with a Costco member,
you've probably heard them brag about their lat est
fi nd at ou r warehouse. We call those t reasure hunt
items, and they're offered in various departments
throughout the year.

ELECTRONICS
Our electronics department offers cutting -edge
technology from top brands, including Sony, HP,
Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Samsung and Vizio.
Thinking of buying a TV, computer or other electronic
product? You can't go wrong when you buy it at
Costco. In addition to great pricing and added
features, we also offer free technical support and
set-up help through Costco Concierge Services.
We also extend the manufacturer's warranty on
televisions, projectors and computers* to 2 years
from the date of purchase. For more information,
call toll free 1-866-861 -0450. Available 5 a.m . 10 p.m. (PST) 7 days a week, excluding holidays.
* Excludes touchscreen tablets.
Co stco offe rs a 1-yea r warranty on all refurbished computers and televisions.

LUXURY
From stand mixers to designer apparel, our buyers
are always on the lookout for products with that
certain "wow" factor.
You'll find cashmere sweaters, high-thread-count
linens, d iamond jewelry and fin e win es from around
the world - all at great Costco prices.
Product selection may vary by lo cation.

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Kirkland Signature'"

Most Popular
Kirkland Signature
Products

Bath Tissue
Dish Detergent
Facial Tissue
Free & Clear Laundry
Detergent
Lamb & Rice
Formula Dog Food
Men's Non-Iron
Dress Shirt
Paper Towels
Premium Drinking Water
Vitamins

OUR EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE LABEL


Costco's exclusive Kirkland Signature label isn't just
a house brand - it's one of the best reasons to join
Costco. We have received numerous accolades on
everything from our Kirkland Signature cereal and
olive oil to dress shirts and even vitamins. Yet, our
high-quality items are still priced lower than brandname equivalents, often more than 20 percent less.
How do we do it? In 1995 Costco began the
Kirkland Signature line after recognizing a need for
better quality goods at a lower price. Our mission
was simple: Create an item of the same- or better
-quality than the leading brand at a lower price,
and do so by controlling every element of the item's
creation, including packaging and transportation.
The end result: Kirkland Signature products are
incredible quality goods at simply excellent prices.
Take the Costco challenge: Compare any
Kirkland Signature product with its brand-name
counterpart, and discover a great perk of
Costco membership!

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Costco Services

Auto & Home


Auto & Home Insurance
Bottled Water Delivery
Costco Auto Program
Mexico Travel Auto
Insurance

THINK COSTCO FIRST

Financial
Boat & RV Loans
and Refinancing
Business & Personal
Checks
Identity Protection
Mortgage: Purchase
& Refinancing
Online Investing

Pick up a My Costco Services guide the next time


you shop at Costco. Or, view online at
www.MyCostcoServices.com.

Costco has teamed up with select providers to


negotiate exclusive values for Costco members.
Make the most of your membership and take
advantage of significant savings on services.

Health & Dental


Business Health
Insurance* -Executive
Member Exclusive
Group HMO Dental Plans for
Individuals**- Executive
Member Exclusive
Group Vision Insurance**
Life Insurance*
Personal Health lnsurancet
Small Business
Bottled Water Delivery
Business Phone Services
Payment Processing
Payroll Services- Executive
Member Exclusive
QuickBooks Online
* Only inCA, HI, OR & WA.
** Only in CA.
t Insured by Aetna.
Not available in all states.
For a complete list, please go
to Costcopersonalhealth.com.

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Kirkland Signature
Gasoline
Improves Performance
Restores Fuel Economy
Reduces Emissions
Protects Fuel Injectors
and Intake Valves

DIFFERENT FROM THE REST


Our Kirkland Signature Gasoline meets and exceeds
the TOP TIER performance standard and is available
in both regular unleaded and premium grades. High
quality fuel at the lowest possible price- it's another
great value of a Costco membership.
At Costco Gas Stations you can expect:

The lowest prices in the neighborhood


Sx EPA Required Deposit Control Additive
Clean and safe surroundings
A safety-certified Costco attendant
The latest in environmental protection
Long hoses to fill up from either side of your car

QUALITY, VALUE AND CASH BACK


Use The TrueEarnings Card from Costco and
American Express and earn cash back when you
fill your tank.
Terms and conditions apply. See the membership counter for details.

TOP

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Executive Members
earn an annual 2% Reward
(up to $750) on health
and wellness purchases,
including prescriptions.

A PRESCRIPTION FOR SAVINGS

Terms and conditions apply.


See the membership counter
for details.

Costco's Health & Wellness departments follow the


same low-price/high-volume model as the rest of
the warehouse. We tightly control costs to pass the
savings on to you .

At Costco, we believe in helping you save money


on everything you buy- including the things that
keep you healthy.

Products and departments may vary by location.

OPTICAL
You can feel confident that you are receiving
the best possible care when visiting the Costco
Optical Department.
Our Optical Department features:
Knowledgeable staff
Designer frames & sunglasses
Kirkland Signature''"' HD progressive lenses
Contact lenses
Accepts most vision insurance plans
Offers complimentary cleaning and adjustments

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PHARMACY
Our pharmacies often make the news for having the
lowest prices around.
Benefits of Costco Pharmacy include:
As a Costco member you can enroll in the FREE
Costco Member Prescription Program that provides
big savings on our already low prices.*
Costco Pharmacy offers hundreds of generic drugs
priced at less than $10 for a 90-day supply.

FREE health screening programs monitor heart and


lung health, and bone density. For a list of dates and
clinics near you, go to Costco.com, click Pharmacy,
click warehouse pick-ups, and select Health &
Wellness Clinics.
Immunization services, at low Costco prices, are
available at Costco Pharmacies. Check with your
local Costco Pharmacy as immunizations vary
by state. Age restrictions may apply.
Take care of your furry family members, toowe offer fantastic savings on select pet medications.
* Enrollment is available to those Costco members (and their dependents)
who either have no prescription drug coverage, or who are insured but their
insurance does not cover all of their prescriptions.

HEARING AIDS
Costco Hearing Aid Center offers the latest in premium
hearing aid technology, at the value everyone expects
from Costco.
Our Hearing Aid Center offers:
The latest in Bluetooth* capable digital hearing aids
State-of-the-art hearing aids and accessories from
four major hearing aid suppliers
Free hearing tests** and follow-up appointments
* The Bluetooth~ word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
and any use of such marks by Costco is under license.
** Test is to determine if you could be helped by a hearing aid.

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Travel

Vacation Packages
Cruises
Rental Cars
Hotels
Theme Park Packages
Guided Vacations
And More!

PLACES TO GO.
PRICES YOU'LL LOVE.
Just like items sold in a Costco warehouse, our travel
offerings are carefully selected by our skilled travel
buyers based on exceptional quality and value.
Products include vacation packages, cruises, rental
cars, theme park packages, guided vacations and
more. Select offerings feature special benefits for
Costco Executive Members.
Costco Travel is staffed by dedicated Costco
employees who appreciate the trust you place in
Costco. They are trained travel professionals who can
expertly advise you in planning and booking your
vacation. Combined, the Costco foundation and travel
expertise ensure you receive the quality, value and
experience you expect as a Costco member.
To plan and book your dream vacation, pick up a
Warehouse Travel Booklet in any U.S. Costco
warehouse, call1-877-849-2730 or click Travel
at Costco.com.

Costco Travel is registered as a seller of travel in each of the


states listed: California registration number: CST 2054248-50
Florida registration number: ST 32555 Hawaii registration
number: TAR 5595 Iowa registration number: TA 620 Nevada
Seller of Travel registration number: 2007-0060 Washington
registration number: WST 602042600. Registration as a
California Seller of Travel does not constitute approval by
the state.
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Sensible Sizes

Apparel
Beauty Products
Single-serve Snacks
Flowers
Appliances
Beverages
Gift Cards
Ready-to-bake Entrees

WE FIT YOUR LIFESTYLE.


Although many of our members love saving money
by buying in bulk, you don't need a big family to enjoy
all the value Costco has to offer.
We sell many items the same way as any other retailer but with the additional value Costco is known for.
At Costco, you'll save on designer apparel, electronics,
tires, home decor, books, snacks, DVDs, jewelry,
gasoline, seasonal items and more.
While many of our products do come in multipacks,
our smart packaging lets you use what you need and
save the rest for later.
For example, our fresh, boneless, skinless chicken
breasts are a huge value. They are vacuum-sealed in
two-breast packs, so you can freeze the entire package
and thaw only as much as you need at each meal.
Whenever possible, we try to reduce the quantity of
product packaging, which saves resources and helps
keep prices low.
So, even if your household is small, you 'll still enjoy
big savings as a Costco member!
Product selection may va ry by location.

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Additional Savings

Save on Auto, Baby,


Beauty, Deli, Electronics,
Groceries, Housewares,
Vitamins and more!
Offers from our
Warehouses, Costco.com
& Costco Services
Access via the Costco app

VALUES BY THE DOZEN


As if our fresh departments, quality guarantee and
member service weren't reason enough to shop, our
legendary Costco savings books bring even more value
to your membership.
Twelve times a year, Costco members receive a
book (in their mailboxes and via the Costco app)
with thousands of dollars in additional savings. Only
members receive these special offers for various
products in the warehouses and online.
We offer members our lowest possible prices on every
item, every day. The additional savings we are able
to offer each month are another benefit of our great
relationship with our suppliers, and a testament to the
terrific negotiating skills of our buyers.
Additional savings on the products you love- another
great reason to join Costco!

DIG ITAL SAVINGS


The savings book is a snap to use (simply hand
your book to the cashier for a quick bar code scan).
Prefer to go paperless? Display the coupons on
your smartphone!

Download
the Costco app
available for fre e
on the iTunes or
Google Play
app stores.

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Outstanding
Customer Service
The Best Employees
Anywhere!
Costco.com
Giving Back
Member Service Center

AT YOUR SERVICE!
We believe great customer service starts with great
employees, who enjoy what they do. That's why we hire
the best people and pay them great wages.
If you ever have any questions about your membership
or about anything you purchased at Costco, call our
Member Service Center at 1-800-774-2678, or visit our
website at Costco.com and click Customer Service.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Giving back is a key component of our operating
model- we are committed to making a positive
contribution to the health of our communities. We
specifically focus on charitable programs supporting
children, education, and health and human services.
The United Way, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
and the American Red Cross are examples of our
community partnerships in the markets where we
do business.

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Even More Savings

Early In, Early Out


Costco.com
Special Event s

SEASONAL
Christmas decorations in August? Our "early in,
early out" philosophy means that we bring members
unique products in the most efficient way possible.
And, with less inventory at the end of season, we
eliminate the cost of storing or moving leftover items.

Holiday Decorations & Gifts


Outerwear
Lawn Mowers & Gardening Supplies
Back-to-School Supplies
BBQs & Outdoor Accessories

COSTCO.COM
Although hard to believe, our warehouses f it only
so much. Our website offers thousands of additional
products that you won't find at your local Costco.
On Costco.com, you also can manage your
prescriptions, book a vacation, find out more
about Costco Services and get directions to any
of our locations.

SPECIAL EVENTS
Our special events (also called roadshows) allow us
to broaden the selection of our high-end merchandise
by bringing in special items for a limited time. Members
have discovered gemstone jewelry, collegiate apparel,
home appliances, sporting goods and even bridal
gowns. Staying an average of six days, these roadshows
might as well be called magic shows- here one day,
gone the next!

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Get Paid to Shop

EARN A
REWARD
EVERY TIME
YOU SHOP!

UPGRADE TO EXECUTIVE.
It pays to be a Costco Executive Member. You'll
earn an annual 2% Reward (up to $750) on qualifying
purchases at Costco! Plus, you'll receive additional
benefits and greater discounts on our suite of Costco
Services, including Costco Travel.

CALCULATE YOUR SAVINGS.


Take a few of the categories at Costco and estimate
your annual spending. Then, estimate your annual
2% Reward.

Uso both
programs for the
greatest value!

Groceries

Apparel

Health & Beauty Items

Prescriptions

Estimated total

Estimated 2% Rewar
Sample savings only; actual savings may vary.

EARN AN UNLIMITED REBATE.

EVERY TIME
YOU USE IT!

Apply for the TrueEarnings Card from Costco and


American Express, and earn a reward coupon on your
eligible purchases- includ ing gasoline- at Costco and
anywhere else you use it.
Terms and conditions apply. See the membership counter for details
on both programs.

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From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Wednesday, August 26, 2015 9:16 AM
FW: Costco Email List

Tracy,
I really appreciate your time this morning. As many people as you can get to email a supportive email to Costco will be
appreciated. See email addresses below (including Mayor McGee's email address). It is a plus when they live in nearby
neighborhood, but do not let that be a limitation. I think it is meaningful if they live in Ridgeland or Madison.
Thanks again.

Alan Hart, PlA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

From: Gene McGee

Sent: Friday, August 21, 2015 9:54AM


To: John Pittman (JOHN.PITTMAN@bxsi.com); gail.pittman@gmail.com

Subject: Costco Email List

Please e-mail the Costco folks and let them know you want them in Ridgeland

Gene F. McGee, CMO

Mayor

City of Ridgeland
P.O. Box 2.17 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
601.855.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.855./819
mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

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President and CEO, Costco


Craig Jelinek- cjelinek@costco.com
Director of Real Estate Development, Costco
Jeff Rutter- jrutter@costco.com
Vice President, Nothwest Atlantic
Dan Venable- dan@northwestatlantic.com
Owner/Developer, Mattiace Properties
Andrew Mattiace- Andrew@mattiace.com
Owner, H.C. Bailey Companies
Buster Bailey- scharla@hcbailey.com

Jeffrey Z Ishida
Vice President of Real Estate Development
jishida @costco.com
Gene McGee
Mayor, City of Ridgeland
Mayor.McGee@RidgelandMS.org

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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:
Attachments:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Wednesday, August 26, 2015 3:51 PM
Costco's story
A-CostcoStory-Base.pdf

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217, Ridgeland, iVIS 39158
304 Highway 51 f\iclgeland, iVIS 39157

PH: (601) 856-38Tl ext. 1033 FAX: (601)

853~2030

alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Wednesday, August 26, 2015 3:58 PM
FW: Costco Email List

Trey,
I appreciate your interest and time this afternoon. Per our discussion, see the email addresses below (including Mayor
McGee's email address). Sending an email expressing your support would be greatly appreciated. If there is anyone else
that you know is very supportive, please encourage them to do the same thing. It is a plus when they live in nearby
neighborhood, but do not let that be a limitation. I think it is meaningful if they live in Ridgeland or Madison.
Thanks again.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: {601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www .ridgelandms.org

President and CEO, Costco


Craig Jelinek- cjelinek@costco.com
Director of Real Estate Development, Costco
Jeff Rutter- jrutter@costco.com
Vice President, Nothwest Atlantic
Dan Venable- dan@northwestatlantic.com
Owner/Developer, Mattiace Properties
Andrew Mattiace- Andrew@mattiace.com
Owner, H.C. Bailey Companies
Buster Bailey- scharla@hcbailey.com

Jeffrey Z Ishida
Vice President of Real Estate Development
jishida@costco.com
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Gene McGee
Mayor, City of Ridgeland
Mayor.McGee@RidgelandMS.org

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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Friday, August 28, 2015 6:38 PM
Re: an invitation for this week

Thanks Susan for your time as well!


Sent from my iPhone
On Aug 28,2015, at 6:21PM, Susan Haltom <susan.haltom@gmail.com> wrote:
Gentlemen, thank you all for meeting with me this morning. You were very generous with your
time, and I appreciate knowing more of the complicated web that involves our west side of the
city and particularly sharing my concern for its future.
I still do not agree that a big box store is the highest and best use for the property south of the
Trace, and I dearly hope that you all will encourage and facilitate Costco's move to the east side
ofl-55.
Please send my thanks to Matt. I don't have his email address and online it only lists phone (I
think).
Have a nice weekend.
All my best,
Susan
On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 10:14 AM, Susan Haltom <susan._haltom@gmail.com> wrote:
Dear Alan, D.I., Brian, and Wesley,
I am writing to invite the four of you to meet with me this week, at your convenience, to look at
the Ridgeland Area Master Plan in its whole scope. You three aldermen were not on the Board
back in 2006-8 when this plan was deliberated and approved, and I believe it would help us all to
see how the whole city is involved. I anticipate it would take about an hour to briefly review.
Please let me know if you are interested and able. Alan, perhaps we could meet around the big
hard copy.
Thank you,
Susan Haltom

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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Friday, August 28, 2015 6:38 PM
Fwd: an invitation for this week

Sent from my iPhone


Begin forwarded message:
From: Susan Haltom <susan.haltom@gmail.com>
Date: August 28,2015 at 6:20:46 PM CDT
To: Alan Hart <Alan.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>, DI Smith <DI.Smith@ridgelandms.org>, Brian
Ramsey <Brian.Ramsey@Ridgelandms.org>, Wesley Hamlin
<Wesley.Hamlin@Ridgelandms.org>
Subject: Re: an invitation for this week
Gentlemen, thank you all for meeting with me this morning. You were very generous with your
time, and I appreciate knowing more of the complicated web that involves our west side of the
city and particularly sharing my concern for its future.
I still do not agree that a big box store is the highest and best use for the property south of the
Trace, and I dearly hope that you all will encourage and facilitate Costco's move to the east side
ofl-55.
Please send my thanks to Matt. I don't have his email address and online it only lists phone (I
think).
Have a nice weekend.
All my best,
Susan
On Mon, Aug 24,2015 at 10:14 AM, Susan Haltom <susan.haltom@gmail.com> wrote:
Dear Alan, D.I., Brian, and Wesley,
I am writing to invite the four of you to meet with me this week, at your convenience, to look at
the Ridgeland Area Master Plan in its whole scope. You three aldermen were not on the Board
back in 2006-8 when this plan was deliberated and approved, and I believe it would help us all to
see how the whole city is involved. I anticipate it would take about an hour to briefly review.
Please let me know if you are interested and able. Alan, perhaps we could meet around the big
hard copy.
Thank you,
Susan Haltom

241

Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Monday, August 31, 2015 9:02 AM
RE: Ridgeland (WE) will pay for the construction of LOWE's

Sent:
Subject:

Thanks. She misses the importance of refinancing.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856 3877 ext 1033 F,c\X: (601) 853 2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
~twdtvot

RIDGElAND

From: Lauren Lester [mailto:laurendlester@gmail.com]

Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2015 10:23 PM


To: Alan Hart
Subject: Fwd: Ridgeland (WE) will pay for the construction of LOWE's

Just thought I'd pass this along


Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: Kimberly Hooker <kimberlyhooker@comcast.net>
Date: August 30,2015 at 5:29:16 PM CDT
To: Lauren Lester <laurendlester@gmail.com>
Subject: Fwd: Ridgeland (WE) will pay for the construction of LOWE's
Interesting info
Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Ridgeland (WE) will pay for the construction of LOWE's

Please forward to concerned Ridgeland residents!

This Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 6 p.m., the Mayor and Board of


Aldermen will meet at City Hall to discuss and act on the refinancing of the
Lowe's TIF (Tax Increment Financing) bond debt.
TIF Bond financing is a public financing method that is used to subsidize a
development project in a community. It allows municipalities to dedicate
future tax revenues from the development to repay the principal and
interest on the bond (sales and ad valorem taxes that SHOULD go into the
general fund). These bonds are issued by the municipality (the City of
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Ridgeland) to subsidize the developer (LR Company LLC, Andrew


Mattiace managing member) in building the project (Lowe's).
As you may recall, Andrew Mattiace was the developer of Lowe's off
County Line Road in Ridgeland, and at the time that he proposed the
Lowe's development, the city issued a TIF bond to finance the
construction of Lowe's. Mattiace, at the time that the bond was issued
(serving as the Manager of LR Company, LLC) signed a guaranty in
which the LLC committed to make up any shortfall (the difference
between the taxes collected and the amount needed to satisfy the bond
debt). He, of course, was anticipating that the tax revenue would service
the debt entirely.
Subsequent to its opening, the sales and ad valorem taxes collected on
the Lowe's development have been insufficient to repay the principal and
interest on the bond. LR Company LLC (as required by the guaranty)
made up the difference for 3 years, and then Mattiace informed the city
that the LLC would no longer make up the shortfall. Mattiace and his
company were released by the City from the deficit obligation.
NOW, the city is proposing to refinance the Lowe's TIF bond debt
($1 ,905,000) and the City (you and I) will be repaying the TIF Bond debt
out of the general fund instead of requiring Mattiace's LLC to honor the
guaranty and what should be his LLC's obligation. The City of Ridgeland
should not be making up the shortfall; Mr. Mattiace 's defunct LLC should
be!
This is the same Andrew Mattiace that is proposing to serve as the master
developer of Renaissance 2 (north of Renaissance 1) and Renaissance 3
(Costco and others located south of the Natchez Trace Pkwy. between I55 & Highland Colony Pkwy.) and will be using a Mississippi Development
Authority (MDA) Sales and Use Tax Rebate Program for TOURISM
PROJECTS to help build it ($29.6 million of OUR tax dollars)!
If you are concerned that the City is using YOUR tax dollars to pay the
debt obligation of Andrew Mattiace's LLC, you and your neighbors may
want to go to the meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, September 1, 2015,
at 6 p.m. and voice your opposition.
Attached is the Resolution of the Mayor and Board of Alderman to
refinance the Lowe's TIF Bond debt.

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Alan Hart
Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>
Monday, August 31, 2015 9:03AM
RE: [Dinsmor] City to refinance Lowe's TIF - Tuesday, Sept. 1, 6 p.m. [1 Attachment]

From:

Sent:
Subject:

Thanks,

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
tllecltr(>~

RIDGElAND

From: David Williams [mailto:David.Williams@waggonereng.com]


Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 8:51 AM
To: Alan Hart
Subject: FW: [Dinsmor] City to refinance Lowe's TIF -Tuesday, Sept. 1, 6 p.m. [1 Attachment]
FYI
Dinsmor email.

David Williams, P.E.

I Project Manager

Waggoner Engineering, Inc. 1 143A LeFieurs Square I Jackson, MS 39211


office: 601-355-9526 I fax: 601-352-3945 I David.Williams@waggonerenq.com

From: Dinsmor-noreply@yahoogroups.com
To: Dinsmor@yahoogroups.com
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:40:54 -0500
Subject: [Dinsmor] City to refinance Lowe's TIF- Tuesday, Sept. 1, 6 p.m. [1 Attachment]

[Attachment(s) from Mark Adams rehabceo@gmail.com [Dinsmor] included below]

Dinsmor neighbors,

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Below is an email notice about the upcoming meeting at City Hall. The meeting agenda includes a proposal to
refinance the 'shortfall' for the difference between the sales taxes generated by the Ridgeland Lowe's near
County Line Rd and the debt owed bondholders for the TIF bonds issued to finance the development.
This is an !mportant agenda item for the City because the shortfall was guaranteed by L.R. Company, LLC- a
company owned and managed by the Lowe's developer, Andrew Mattiace. Our Mayor and city aldermen
(except for Ken Heard) voted in 2013 to release L.R.Company, LLC and Mattiace from any further debt
obligation related to the TIF bond debt. The city has apparently been paying the debt shortfall out of general
funds, which is a highly questionable action and likely prohibited. The city apparently sought an attorney
general opinion on the matter in about April 2015, then quietly withdrew the request in June 2015.
More information follows.
Best regards,
Mark Adams, President- Dinsmor Property Owners Association

From: <KaGoBu@aol.com>
Date: August 30, 2015 at 3:42:32 PM CDT
Subject: Ridgeland City Hall, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 6 p.m.

This Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 6 p.m., the Mayor and Board of Aldermen will meet
at City Hall to discuss and act on the refinancing of the Lowe's TIF (Tax Increment
Financing) bond debt.
TIF Bond financing is a public financing method that is used to subsidize a development
project in a community. It allows municipalities to dedicate future tax revenues from the
development to repay the principal and interest on the bond (sales and ad valorem
taxes that SHOULD go into the general fund). These bonds are issued by the
municipality (the City of Ridgeland) to subsidize the developer (LR Company LLC,
Andrew Mattiace managing member) in building the project (Lowe's).
As you may recall, Andrew Mattiace was the developer of Lowe's off County Line Road
in Ridgeland, and at the time that he proposed the Lowe's development, the city issued
a TIF bond to finance the construction of Lowe's. Mattiace, at the time that the bond
was issued (serving as the Manager of LR Company, LLC) signed a guaranty in
which the LLC committed to make up any shortfall (the difference between the taxes
collected and the amount needed to satisfy the bond debt). He, of course, was
anticipating that the tax revenue would service the debt entirely.
Subsequent to its opening, the sales and ad valorem taxes collected on the Lowe's
development have been insufficient to repay the principal and interest on the bond. LR
Company LLC (as required by the guaranty) made up the difference for 3 years, and
then Mattiace informed the city that the LLC would no longer make up the
shortfall. Matti ace and his company were released by the City from the deficit
obligation.
NOW, the city is proposing to refinance the Lowe's TIF bond debt ($1 ,905,000) and the
City (you and I) will be repaying the TIF Bond debt out of the general fund instead
of requiring Mattiace's LLC to honor the guaranty and what should be his LLC's
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obligation. The City of Ridgeland should not be making up the shortfall; Mr. Mattiace 's
defunct LLC should be!
This is the same Andrew Mattiace that is proposing to serve as the master developer of
Renaissance 2 (north of Renaissance 1) and Renaissance 3 (Costco and others located
south of the Natchez Trace Pkwy. between 1-55 & Highland Colony Pkwy.) and will be
using a Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) Sales and Use Tax Rebate Program
for TOURISM PROJECTS to help build it ($29.6 million of OUR tax dollars)!
If you are concerned that the City is using YOUR tax dollars to pay the debt obligation
of Andrew Mattiace's LLC, you and your neighbors may want to go to the meeting at
City Hall on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at 6 p.m. and voice your opposition.
Attached is the Resolution of the Mayor and Board of Alderman to refinance the Lowe's
TIF Bond debt.

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Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Monday, August 31, 2015 9:03 AM
RE: Ridgeland (WE) will pay for the construction of LOWE's

Sent:
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Thanks. She misses the importance of refinancing.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 8563877 ext 1033 FAX: (601) 853 2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

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From: Reid Lester [mailto:reidlester@gmail.com]

Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2015 11:16 PM


To: Alan Hart

Subject: Fwd: Ridgeland (WE) will pay for the construction of LOWE's

Sent from my iPhone


Begin forwarded message:
From: Lauren Lester <laurendlester@gmail.com>
Date: August 30, 2015 at 10:23:15 PM CDT
To: Joy Lester <totolester@aol.com>, Reid Lester <reidlester@gmail.com>
Subject: Fwd: Ridgeland (WE) will pay for the construction of LOWE's

FYI
Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: Kimberly Hooker <kimberlyhooker@comcast.net>
Date: August 30, 2015 at 5:29:16 PM CDT
To: Lauren Lester <laurendlester@gmail.com>
Subject: Fwd: Ridgeland (WE) will pay for the construction of LOWE's
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Interesting info
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Subject: Ridgeland (WE) will pay for the construction of
LOWE's

Please forward to concerned Ridgeland residents!

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This Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 6 p.m., the Mayor


and Board of Aldermen will meet at City Hall to discuss and
act on the refinancing of the Lowe's TIF (Tax Increment
Financing) bond debt.
TIF Bond financing is a public financing method that is
used to subsidize a development project in a community. It
allows municipalities to dedicate future tax revenues from
the development to repay the principal and interest on the
bond (sales and ad valorem taxes that SHOULD go into the
general fund). These bonds are issued by the municipality
(the City of Ridgeland) to subsidize the developer (LR
Company LLC, Andrew Mattiace managing member)
in building the project (Lowe's).
As you may recall, Andrew Mattiace was the developer of
Lowe's off County Line Road in Ridgeland, and at the time
that he proposed the Lowe's development, the city issued a
TIF bond to finance the construction of Lowe's. Mattiace, at
the time that the bond was issued (serving as the Manager
of LR Company, LLC) signed a guaranty in which the
LLC committed to make up any shortfall (the difference
between the taxes collected and the amount needed to
satisfy the bond debt). He, of course, was anticipating that
the tax revenue would service the debt entirely.
Subsequent to its opening, the sales and ad valorem taxes
collected on the Lowe's development have been insufficient
to repay the principal and interest on the bond. LR
Company LLC (as required by the guaranty) made up the
difference for 3 years, and then Mattiace informed the city
that the LLC would no longer make up the shortfall. Mattiace
and his company were released by the City from the deficit
obligation.
NOW, the city is proposing to refinance the Lowe's TIF bond
debt ($1 ,905,000) and the City (you and I) will be repaying
the TIF Bond debt out of the general fund instead
of requiring Mattiace's LLC to honor the guaranty and what
should be his LLC's obligation. The City of Ridgeland should
not be making up the shortfall; Mr. Mattiace 's defunct LLC
should be!
This is the same Andrew Mattiace that is proposing to serve
as the master developer of Renaissance 2 (north of
Renaissance 1) and Renaissance 3 (Costco and others
located south of the Natchez Trace Pkwy. between 1-55 &
Highland Colony Pkwy.) and will be using a Mississippi
Development Authority (MDA) Sales and Use Tax Rebate
Program for TOURISM PROJECTS to help build it ($29.6
million of OUR tax dollars)!
6

255

If you are concerned that the City is using YOUR tax dollars
to pay the debt obligation of Andrew Mattiace's LLC, you
and your neighbors may want to go to the meeting at City
Hall on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at 6 p.m. and voice
your opposition.
Attached is the Resolution of the Mayor and Board of
Alderman to refinance the Lowe's TIF Bond debt.

256

Alan Hart
Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>
Monday, August 31, 2015 12:56 PM
RE: Ridgeland (WE) will pay for the construction of LOWE's

From:

Sent:
Subject:

There is no need to put Kimberly in the center of the debate. I prefer that you not forward this because I'm not the
authority on this subject. I can only offer you my understanding. There's not much that can be said that these
individuals are willing to listen to anyway.
I understand that a refinance is necessary in order to avoid default on a loan the City made or use the general fund to
pay the difference. Default would result into damaged credit. Most of us can apply the same logic to our personal
finances. Damaged credit simply means we pay more for financing road projects, etc. Refinancing is one of the big
ticket items that makes it possible for us to balance the budget and avoid a tax increase this year!
It is true that LR Company, LLC failed to fully honor a personal guarantee, and a lawsuit was filed. The Board decided to
settle the lawsuit instead of throwing more good money after bad. It is worth noting that LR Company has no
assets. Regardless, the redevelopment of the Lowe's area was an important development to us all by arresting the rapid
decline we were experiencing 10 years ago. We are still trying to stop the decline. LR Company, LLC didn't default on
the personal guarantee until after giving the City of Ridgeland the idea of refinancing the debt. This option was not
chosen immediately by the Board of Aldermen, but it will be considered now.
The City of Ridgeland pledged its share of the ad valorem tax (property tax) and 50% of the sales tax to pay for the TIF
incentive offered to the developer of Lowe's. I'm not sure of the length of time was required for us to make payments.
was not employed at the time, so I don't know all the particulars, but I understand that the primary use of the funds
collected by the developer were used to build the massive retaining wall and bring in huge amounts of dirt. In the
absence of these two items, there would be no Lowe's because it would have been too expensive to redevelop. The
dilapidated buildings that once stood there would probably still be there. The effects of the decline would have further
extended to adjacent properties.
Today, we have a Lowe's. We've been getting 50% of the sales tax to pay the debt service on the loan. The other 50% of
sales tax collections goes into the general fund where we pay for things like roads, police protection, fire protections,
trails, etc. Default or not, this was a good project for Ridgeland.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (60:!) 856-3877 ext 1033, FAX: (601)853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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From: Lauren Lester [mailto:laurendlester@gmail.com]

Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 10:46 AM


To: Alan Hart

Subject: Re: Ridgeland (WE) will pay for the construction of LOWE's

When you have a chance - explain to me the importance of refinancing and I'm glad to send back a reply to
Kimberly and let her send that on to whomever!!! !ahhhh this is so annoying !!!!
Sent from my iPhone
On Aug 31, 2015, at 9:02AM, Alan Hart <Alan.Hart@Ridgelandms.org> wrote:
Thanks. She misses the impotiance of refinancing.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

From: Lauren Lester [mailto:laurendlester@gmail.com]

Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2015 10:23 PM


To: Alan Hart

Subject: Fwd: Ridgeland (WE) will pay for the construction of LOWE's

Just thought I'd pass this along


Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: Kimberly Hooker <kimberlyhooker@comcast.net>
Date: August 30, 2015 at 5:29:16 PM CDT
To: Lauren Lester <laurendlester@gmail.com>
Subject: Fwd: Ridgeland (WE) will pay for the construction of LOWE's
Interesting info
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eadkins@sheldonlabs.corn, ealturk@bellsouth.net,
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xenocephalus@mac.com
Subject: Ridgeland (WE) will pay for the construction of
LOWE's

Please forward to concerned Ridgeland residents!


This Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 6 p.m., the Mayor
and Board of Aldermen will meet at City Hall to discuss and
act on the refinancing of the Lowe's TIF (Tax Increment
Financing) bond debt.
TIF Bond financing is a public financing method that is
used to subsidize a development project in a community. It
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allows municipalities to dedicate future tax revenues from


the development to repay the principal and interest on the
bond (sales and ad valorem taxes that SHOULD go into the
general fund). These bonds are issued by the municipality
(the City of Ridgeland) to subsidize the developer (LR
Company LLC, Andrew Mattiace managing member)
in building the project (Lowe's).
As you may recall, Andrew Mattiace was the developer of
Lowe's off County Line Road in Ridgeland, and at the time
that he proposed the Lowe's development, the city issued a
TIF bond to finance the construction of Lowe's. Mattiace, at
the time that the bond was issued (serving as the Manager
of LR Company, LLC) signed a guaranty in which the
LLC committed to make up any shortfall (the difference
between the taxes collected and the amount needed to
satisfy the bond debt). He, of course, was anticipating that
the tax revenue would service the debt entirely.
Subsequent to its opening, the sales and ad valorem taxes
collected on the Lowe's development have been insufficient
to repay the principal and interest on the bond. LR
Company LLC (as required by the guaranty) made up the
difference for 3 years, and then Mattiace informed the city
that the LLC would no longer make up the shortfall. Mattiace
and his company were released by the City from the deficit
obligation.
NOW, the city is proposing to refinance the Lowe's TIF bond
debt ($1 ,905,000) and the City (you and I) will be repaying
the TIF Bond debt out of the general fund instead
of requiring Mattiace's LLC to honor the guaranty and what
should be his LLC's obligation. The City of Ridgeland should
not be making up the shortfall; Mr. Mattiace 's defunct LLC
should be!
This is the same Andrew Mattiace that is proposing to serve
as the master developer of Renaissance 2 (north of
Renaissance 1) and Renaissance 3 (Costco and others
located south of the Natchez Trace Pkwy. between 1-55 &
Highland Colony Pkwy.) and will be using a Mississippi
Development Authority (MDA) Sales and Use Tax Rebate
Program for TOURISM PROJECTS to help build it ($29.6
million of OUR tax dollars)!
If you are concerned that the City is using YOUR tax dollars
to pay the debt obligation of Andrew Mattiace's LLC, you
and your neighbors may want to go to the meeting at City
Hall on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at 6 p.m. and voice
your opposition.

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Attached is the Resolution of the Mayor and Board of


Alderman to refinance the Lowe's TIF Bond debt.

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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:
Attachments:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Friday, September 04, 2015 4:49 PM
RE: Regarding our Costco discussion
Renaissance I II & IIIjpg

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 391.58
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856--3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

t~t.c~trot

RIDGELAND

From: Rick W. Vanover [mailto:rickvanover@gmail.com]


Sent: Friday, September 04, 2015 4:39 PM
To: Alan Hart
Subject: Regarding our Costco discussion

Alan, thanks again for the time today.


If you have any of those diagrams/photos, please do send them.
Do you approve of this section regarding our conversation?

Let's talk to the city of Ridgeland


A natural next side of the story is what the city has to say about the situation. I had a chance to speak with Alan
Hart, Director of Community Development. I called asking a few specific questions and Alan spoke to me at
length about the situation. The first question I had was if semi-trucks were prohibited in the European
roundabout, and the answer is yes. This means that all excavation, construction and subsequent deliver traffic
would use the "long" side of Highland County Parkway toward Interstate 220 to access the proposed site.

The other primary question I had was simply what is the city's perspective on the proposed location, which
would become Renaissance Phase 3? The answer was that the city is definitely interested in having a Costco
warehouse in Ridgeland. Alan warns that the process is early along however.
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Alan went on to say that there will eventually be some development in the location where Costco is slated to be,
it won't remain open forever.

I spoke additionally to Alan about the traffic concerns. The traffic study is still being done and is paid for by the
developer. There is specific focus to peak traffic times for the area which are around 8:00AM and 5:00PM;
typical rush hour times.

One additional question I asked was if Renaissance Phase 1 is a success, from a community development
perspective for Ridgeland; the answer is pretty clear: "Phase 1 was a huge success for Ridgeland."

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Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Friday, September 04, 2015 4:49 PM
RE: Regarding our Costco discussion

I'm guessing that you did not receive the graphics I sent earlier so I will send them as individual emails {may have been
too big). We do not have a site plan or architectural rendering for Costco, but I can share with you some graphics that
we have use to discuss the project. I have offer my comments below embedded within your document. Thanks for the
chance to review and comment.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, IVIS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

From: Rick W. Vanover [mailto:rickvanover@gmail.com]

Sent: Friday, September 04, 2015 4:39 PM


To: Alan Hart

Subject: Regarding our Costco discussion

Alan, thanks again for the time today.


If you have any of those diagrams/photos, please do send them.
Do you approve of this section regarding our conversation?

Let's talk to the city of Ridgeland


A natural next side of the story is what the city has to say about the situation. I had a chance to speak with Alan
Hart, Director of Community Development. I called asking a few specific questions and Alan spoke to me at
length about the situation. The first question I had was if semi-trucks were prohibited in the European
roundabout, and the answer is yes. This means that all excavation, construction and subsequent deliver traffic
would use the "long" side of Highland County Parkway toward Interstate 220 to access the proposed site. This
is not to say that someone will not break the law. but the Ridgeland Police Department will continue
enforcement.

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The other primary question I had was simply what is the city's perspective on the proposed location, which
would become Renaissance Phase 3? The answer was that the city is definitely interested in having a Costco
warehouse in Ridgeland. Alan warns that the process is early along however. No plans for Costco have been
summited for any official review or approval process.
Alan went on to say that there will eventually be some development in the location where Costco is slated to be,
it won't remain open forever. (I would probably say "proposed" instead of"slated" because I'm not 100% sure
they are coming.)

I spoke additionally to Alan about the traffic concerns. The traffic study is still being done and is paid for by the
developer. There is specific focus to peak traffic times for the area which are around 8:00AM and 5:00PM;
typical rush hour times.

One additional question I asked was if Renaissance Phase 1 is a success, from a community development
perspective for Ridgeland; the answer is pretty clear: "Phase 1 was a huge success for Ridgeland."

268

Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:
Attachments:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Friday, September 04, 2015 4:49 PM
RE: Regarding our Costco discussion
Renaissanceiii.jpg

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 391.58
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856<3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www .ridgelandms.org

'~"~~c~tv!

RIDGElAND

From: Rick W. Vanover [mailto:rickvanover@gmail.com]

Sent: Friday, September 04, 2015 4:39PM


To: Alan Hart
Subject: Regarding our Costco discussion

Alan, thanks again for the time today.


If you have any of those diagrams/photos, please do send them.
Do you approve of this section regarding our conversation?

Let's talk to the city of Ridgeland


A natural next side of the story is what the city has to say about the situation. I had a chance to speak with Alan
Hart, Director of Community Development. I called asking a few specific questions and Alan spoke to me at
length about the situation. The first question I had was if semi-trucks were prohibited in the European
roundabout, and the answer is yes. This means that all excavation, construction and subsequent deliver traffic
would use the "long" side of Highland County Parkway toward Interstate 220 to access the proposed site.

The other primary question I had was simply what is the city's perspective on the proposed location, which
would become Renaissance Phase 3? The answer was that the city is definitely interested in having a Costco
warehouse in Ridgeland. Alan warns that the process is early along however.
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Alan went on to say that there will eventually be some development in the location where Costco is slated to be,
it won't remain open forever.

I spoke additionally to Alan about the traffic concerns. The traffic study is still being done and is paid for by the
developer. There is specific focus to peak traffic times for the area which are around 8:00AM and 5:00PM;
typical rush hour times.

One additional question I asked was if Renaissance Phase 1 is a success, from a community development
perspective for Ridgeland; the answer is pretty clear: "Phase 1 was a huge success for Ridgeland."

270

Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:
Attachments:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Friday, September 04, 2015 4:49 PM
RE: Regarding our Costco discussion
LH Extension Mapjpg

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Sox 217, Hidgeland, MS .39158
304 Highway 51 Hidgeland, MS .39157
PH: (601) 856-.3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

From: Rick W. Vanover [mailto:rickvanover@gmail.com]

Sent: Friday, September 04, 2015 4:39 PM


To: Alan Hart
Subject: Regarding our Costco discussion

Alan, thanks again for the time today.


If you have any of those diagrams/photos, please do send them.
Do you approve of this section regarding our conversation?

Let's talk to the city of Ridgeland


A natural next side of the story is what the city has to say about the situation. I had a chance to speak with Alan
Hart, Director of Community Development. I called asking a few specific questions and Alan spoke to me at
length about the situation. The first question I had was if semi-trucks were prohibited in the European
roundabout, and the answer is yes. This means that all excavation, construction and subsequent deliver traffic
would use the "long" side of Highland County Parkway toward Interstate 220 to access the proposed site.

The other primary question I had was simply what is the city's perspective on the proposed location, which
would become Renaissance Phase 3? The answer was that the city is definitely interested in having a Costco
warehouse in Ridgeland. Alan warns that the process is early along however.
1

271

Alan went on to say that there will eventually be some development in the location where Costco is slated to be,
it won't remain open forever.

I spoke additionally to Alan about the traffic concerns. The traffic study is still being done and is paid for by the
developer. There is specific focus to peak traffic times for the area which are around 8:00AM and 5:00PM;
typical rush hour times.

One additional question I asked was if Renaissance Phase 1 is a success, from a community development
perspective for Ridgeland; the answer is pretty clear: "Phase 1 was a huge success for Ridgeland."

272

Alan Hart
From:

Sent:
Subject:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Wednesday, September 09, 2015 4:47 PM

RE:

I don't.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hmt@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

-----Original Message----From: Mayor McGee


Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2015 4:44PM
To: Alan Hart
Subject: FW:
Do you know who this is?

Gene F. McGee, CMO


Mayor
City of Ridgeland
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
601.856.7113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819 mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org www.ridgelandms.org

-----Original Message----From: 60 19551938@mms.att.net [mailto:60 19551938@mms.att.net]


Sent: Wednesday, September 09,2015 4:37PM
To: Mayor McGee <Mayor.McGee@ridgelandms.org>
Subject:
What is the deal with the Northside Sun? Wyatt Emmerich going off on the "plush" city services of Ridgeland fueling an unnecessary
tax hike and Wirt Yerger going to town on the opposite page about Costco. Good grief. Have you seen it ? DTH

273

Alan Hart
From:

Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Thursday, September 10, 2015 9:55 AM
RE: bike trail ?

Sent:
Subject:

Here is the technical part of the response:


We have asked the Engineer to consider this important element in the traffic analysis being prepared for Renaissance
Phase 3. I could guess at several options on how to best facilitate the most appropriate method of a crossing, but I had
rather see what options are recommended by the Engineer.
Sandra, you may want to add the touchy feely parts about how often the Mayor uses the trail and how important trails
are to him and that wants to do everything possible to have functioning trails and crossings in Ridgeland.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: {601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
ttw cltv ~>t

Rl DGElANO

From: Mayor McGee

Sent: Thursday, September 10, 2015 9:48 AM


To: Alan Hart; Sandra Monahan

Subject: FW: bike trail ?


Alan & Sandra, Please put together a nice response to this lady for me to send.

Gene F. McGee, CMO

Mayor
City of Ridgeland

P.O. Box 217 Ridgel<~nd, MS 391.58


304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, !VIS 39157
601.856.1113 ext. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819
mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org
www. ridge Ia nd ms.org

tt~edtvot

RIDGElAND

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From: Nancy Smith [mailto:nsmith@cricpa.com]


Sent: Thursday, September 10, 2015 8:45AM
To: Mayor McGee <Mayor.McGee@ridgelandms.org>
Subject: bike trail ?

Hello Mayor
Question:
If Costco or another big box store is located on Highland Colony, what is the plan for the bikers to get across Highland
Colony. It's difficult now to get across- so just wondering how bikers/runners will make that crossing with all the
additional traffic.
Ridgeland has done a wonderful job on getting the funds etc to get these trails, which makes Ridgeland special. But now
I'm concerned about safety
Thanks
Nancy
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Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>


Thursday, September 10, 2015 11:28 AM
RE: bike trail ?

Don't know when it will be done. Chris Bryson met with the Engineer twice to give the Engineer some available
background data. Once the study is available, we will be able to be involved with understanding and solutions.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org

From: Sandra Monahan

Sent: Thursday, September 10, 2015 10:01 AM


To: Alan Hart; Mayor McGee
Subject: RE: bike trail?
Ok, I can do that and put together with your info. Do we have any idea when the traffic analysis will be done?
Are we involved in that- Chris Bryson meeting with their engineer, perhaps? I'd like to be able to say that we
are working with the engineer to move toward a safe crossing solution, if possible.
Sandra Rives Monohan
community affairs coordinator
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p.o. box 2.17 ridgeland, ms 39158


304 highway 51 ridgeland, ms 39157
601.856.7113, ext. 2.052
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From: Alan Hart

Sent: Thursday, September 10, 2015 9:55 AM


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To: Mayor McGee; Sandra Monahan


Subject: RE: bike trail?
Here is the technical part of the response:
We have asked the Engineer to consider this important element in the traffic analysis being prepared for Renaissance
Phase 3. I could guess at several options on how to best facilitate the most appropriate method of a crossing, but I had
rather see what options are recommended by the Engineer.
Sandra, you may want to add the touchy feely parts about how often the Mayor uses the trail and how important trails
are to him and that wants to do everything possible to have functioning trails and crossings in Ridgeland.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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From: Mayor McGee

Sent: Thursday, September 10, 2015 9:48 AM


To: Alan Hart; Sandra Monahan
Subject: FW: bike trail ?
Alan & Sandra, Please put together a nice response to this lady for me to send.

Gene F. McGee, CMO


Mayor
City of f?idgeland
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, fVlS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
601.856.7113 e.l\t. 1013 Fax 601.856.7819
mayor.mcgee@ridgelandms.org
www.ridgelandms.org
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From: Nancy Smith [mailto:nsmith@cricpa.com]


Sent: Thursday, September 10, 2015 8:45AM
To: Mayor McGee <Mayor.McGee@ridgelandms.org>
Subject: bike trail ?
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Hello Mayor
Question:
If Costco or another big box store is located on Highland Colony, what is the plan for the bikers to get across Highland
Colony. It's difficult now to get across- so just wondering how bikers/runners will make that crossing with all the
additional traffic.
Ridgeland has done a wonderful job on getting the funds etc to get these trails, which makes Ridgeland special. But now
I'm concerned about safety
Thanks
Nancy

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Thursday, September 24, 2015 8:33 AM
FW: Ridgeland Costco - US Corps# TVG-MVK-2015-422; Public Hearing
2015_09_23_Corps_ Hearing_ Graham_ Constco.pdf; A TTOOOOl..htm

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856-3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 8532030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www .ridgelandms.org

From: Gene McGee


Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 4:03 PM
To: Alan Hart
Subject: Fwd: Ridgeland Costco- US Corps# TVG-MVK-2015-422; Public Hearing

Sent from my iPhone


Begin forwarded message:

From: "dow@dowyoder.com" <dow@dowyoder.com>


Date: September 23,2015 at 3:51:51 PM CDT
To: Mayor McGee <Mayor.McGee@ridgelandms.org>, "jmills@pdmd.biz" <jmills@pdmd.biz>
Subject: Ridgeland Costco -US Corps# TVG-MVK-2015-422; Public Hearing

-------- Original Message -------Subject: Ridgeland Costco- US Corps# TVG-MVK-2015-422; Public Hearing
Date: 2015-09-23 15:39
From: dow@dowyoder.com
To: Tarmiko.V.Graham@usace.army.mil
Dear Ms. Graham:
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Please use your discretion and authority to hold a public hearing for
the referenced U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit application.
As a resident and business owner in Ridgeland, Mississippi, I am opposed
to the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Department ofthe Interior, or
any other governmental entity authorizing the development of Costco in
the location proposed by Mayor Gene McGee, as detailed in my attached
letter.
Thank you for your professional courtesies in considering my humble
request.

Dow Yoder

The Dow, PLLC


Post Office Box 1682
Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157
601-850-8488
dow@dowyoder.com

"Fear not... when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned ... "
Isaiah 43
Serving families, the accused, law enforcement, and victims since 1999.

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The Dow, PLLC


Government Relations and Law Group
dow@dowyoder.com (601) 850-8488 www.dowyoder.com

"Fear not.. when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned... " Isaiah 43
September 23,2015

Ms. Tarmiko V. Graham


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Vicksburg District
4155 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183-3435

RE:

Tarmiko.V.Graham@usace.army.mil

Proposed Costco development location


Ridgeland, Mississippi
Application No. TVG-MVK-2015-422

Dear Ms. Graham:


Please use your discretion and authority to require a public hearing for the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers concerning the adverse environmental impact the proposed
Costco development in Ridgeland would have upon adjoining and down-stream wetlands;
the flooding of public property owned and controlled by the U.S. Department of the
Interior; and an inability of the private developer, Andrew Mattiace, to articulate a
reasonable, lawful mitigation plan within the city limits of Ridgeland.
Many species of federal protected wildlife and other living creatures are reportedly
present on the public/ private joint venture, Gene McGee/ Andrew Mattiace proposed
Costco development site referenced in Application No. TVG-MVK-2015-422. A public
hearing would allow public expression of concern from citizens and other stake-holders
advocating that the Corps and other federal agencies enforce all aspects of the Endangered
Species Conservation Act of 1973, consistent with the spirit, and letter of the law.
The proposed development requires filling and/or excavation of more than 300
linear feet of perennial, intermittent, and/or ephemeral streams, in violation of Section 404
of the Clean Water Act, and/or Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. A public
hearing would enable a thorough public debate concerning enforcement of the recent
revisions of the Corps 2008 mitigation rule, 33 C.F.R. Part 332, and recently revised
performance standards for this particular project.
Post Office Box 1682 Ridgeland, Mississippi 39158

Dow Yoder- serving families, the accused, law enforcement, and victims since 1999

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Ms. Tarmiko V. Graham


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

September 23, 2015


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As a graduate of Mississippi College, I am committed to the preservation of


culturally sensitive, archeological artifacts and burial remains of native, Mississippi
Choctaws. Because of the factual verification of historical, Choctaw, native-American burial
grounds and archeological artifacts, in and around the proposed Costco development site,
any large scale, 'big box,' transient, commercial development adjoining the Natchez Trace
National Park anywhere --- from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee, should be
closely scrutinized. The proposed Costco site may violate the Native American Graves
Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3001 et seq., given reports of
previously documented, historical and/or archeological remains and cultural artifacts at
the proposed site location.
As a resident and business owner in Ridgeland, I am opposed to the US Army Corps
of Engineers, the Department of the Interior, or any other governmental entity authorizing
the development of Costco in the location proposed by Mayor Gene McGee: South of the
Natchez Trace; east of Highland Colony Parkway, and west of 1-55; in the City of Ridgeland,
Mississippi. Likewise, for the reasons expressed in the attached five page article, our
United States Attorney, Mr. Gregory K. Davis, might also consider a formal inquiry.
Thank you for your professional courtesies in considering my humble request for
allowance of a public meeting andjor hearing on the US Corps of Engineers Application No.
TVG-MVK-2015-422, relating to the proposed development location ofCostco in Ridgeland.

Sincerely,

Is/

Dow' Yotler

cc:
Honorable Gene McGee, Mayor of Ridgeland
Honorable Gregory K. Davis, United States Attorney
Mr. Wyatt Emmerich
enclosure: (as stated)

Post Office Box 1682 Ridgeland, Mississippi 39158

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Almost 6 years ago, Amy McCullough's article about the Evans Brothers
massive fraud scheme was published in the November issue of the Mississippi
Business Journal. Mississippi Valley Title Insurance Company (MVT) sued
Charles H. Evans Jr. and Jon C. (Chris) Evans, The Evans Firm, and 35 or more
entities that they controlled to further the most extensive mortgage fraud
conspiracy scheme in Mississippi history. The fraud perpetrated on the banks
induced MVT to issue fraudulent title insurance policies.
More than 20 Mississippi banks filed lawsuits against various Evans'
entities, and other banks, to perfect and prioritize lien positions on properties
which were the object of the fraud. Some of the property was situated along
Highland Colony Parkway. Whether some of that property is part of the
proposed Costco location near the round-a-bout in Ridgeland has given rise to
spirited debate about ethics and transparency in local government.
On September 2, 2015, at the behest of the Ridgeland mayor, the Board
of Aldermen voted to remove more than 50 citizens from the public meeting
for an "executive session." Alderman Ken Heard explained that no votes would
be taken, but that 'some compromise' might be reached, since the TIF bond
refinancing from the County Line Road Lowe's development is clearly related
to the proposed Costco site development advocated by Andrew Mattaice.
Following the protracted secret meeting a "Mr. Grubbs," from Rankin
County was recognized. Mr. Grubbs explained how, with the help of a bond
lawyer from Butler Snow, almost $2,000,000 in TIF bonds could be refinanced
at a lower interest rate, and at a cost of around $25,000 to taxpayers. Mr.
Grubbs had no idea why the TIF bonds were not paid under the personal
guarantee of Andrew Mattaice, and his defunct LR, LLC. It seemed as if only
the Aldermen and the mayor knew who Mr. Grubbs was, why he was there,
who he represented, or how much money he and Butler Snow will make from
the deal.
Residents of Muirwood and Wendover subdivisions expressed
admiration for Mr. Grubbs' presence, and his courtly, smooth-talking
demeanor, likening him as a modern version of the 'patent medicine' salesman
in The Outlaw Josey Wales.
Another resident asked if Grubbs was related to Cecil McCrory. After
the meeting, Mr. Grubbs was slapping an alderman and the Butler Snow lawyer
on their backs, joking, laughing loudly, and commenting, 'We sure got 'em
tonight!"
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Steve Maloney, who attended the meeting, asked if the personal


guarantees of Andrew Mattaice for the Lowe's TIF bonds were collateralized
with any security. Ridgeland City Attorney Jerry Mills said Trustmark did not
require collateral for personal guarantees on municipal TIF bond debt. Mr.
Maloney and others at the meeting wondered why Andrew Mattaice would
have voluntarily paid close to $500,000 toward the tax revenue shortfalls on
the Lowe's TIF bond debt if he never had a legal obligation to pay.
Andrew Mattaice could have placed his company LR, LLC in bankruptcy,
or default from day 1, in avoidance of any legal obligation to pay. Instead, the
Ridgeland mayor and his lawyer, Mr. Mills, expect taxpayers to believe
Mattaice acknowledged his private TIF bond debt, and paid $500,000 toward
his personal guarantee. However, the mayor, aldermen, and Mr. Mills also
take an inconsistent position in arguing that Mattaice never owed the money;
that his personal guarantee was meaningless, and that the Board of Aldermen
were within their rights to pay private debt with public taxpayer revenue from
Ridgeland's general fund.
Most people would gladly accept the benefit of cancelled private debt
which a local government offered to pay. Did Andrew Mattaice include the
Ridgeland taxpayer's satisfaction of his personal debt and guarantees related
to the Lowe's TIF bonds on his state and federal income tax returns?
Has Butler Snow ascertained whether conflicted interests may foreclose
their advocacy of the TIF refinancing on behalf of Andrew Mattaice, who
defaulted on his personal guarantee of supplementing the TIF bond shortfalls
until the mayor and Board of Aldermen voted to shift the Mattice bond liability
to Ridgeland taxpayers?
Many Butler Snow clients are adamantly opposed to the Costco
development site location south of the Natchez Trace, between 1-55 and
Highland Colony Parkway. Taxpayers at the public meeting were not advised
whether Butler Snow was retained for bond work, lobbying or other objectives
for Andrew Mattaice, Buster Bailey, and Costco. Taxpayers were not informed
about whether Mr. Grubbs was hired by Gene McGee, or the Madison County
Board of Supervisors.
Bill May questioned the legality of using general fund money to pay for
the Mattaice TIF bond obligations. For several years, Andrew Mattaice paid
almost $500,000 for his development TIF bonds to cover inadequate tax
revenue from the Lowe's development. Despite his personal guarantee, and a
personal guarantee from his Lowe's development, LR, LLC, Andrew Mattaice
reneged, breached, and avoided his financial obligation of paying for any tax
revenue shortfalls.
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Without payment, those shortfalls would cause a default on payments to


bond holders. Because Ridgeland officials didn't want the City's bond rating to
be destroyed, they voted to shift the personal financial guarantee of Mr.
Mattaice on the TIP bonds to the local taxpayers. Taxpayers are unclear
whether any agreement existed between Mr. Mattaice, Mr. Bailey, or anyone
else to 'settle up' in a subsequent deal---- like the infamous proposed Costco
site by the Natchez Trace.
Jerry Mills, law partner of Madison Municipal Court Judge Dale Danks,
advised that he didn't know if paying for TIP bond debt with general fund tax
revenue was legal. Mills was asked whether the City requested an Attorney
General's opinion, and whether the request for the opinion was subsequently
withdrawn because the opinion didn't tell the mayor and Board of Alderman
what they wanted to hear.
Mr. Mills avoided Mr. May's questions. Like the mayor, Mr. Mills
mumbled mostly incoherent words throughout the entire meeting. Mr. Mills
explained that the mayor and Board of Aldermen don't have time to decide
whether their decisions are legal, because waiting on the Attorney General's
Office to give an opinion might take a few weeks.
So when the Board of Aldermen (induced by the mayor, personal
guarantees of Andrew Mattaice, and Lord only knows what else) voted for
shifting the Mattaice guarantee to the taxpayers for payment of the Lowe's TIF
bond debt through general fund revenues, they did so without any legal
opinion from Jerry Mills, the Ridgeland City attorney, to the mayor or Board of
Aldermen in their official capacities. Mr. Mills simply told them to do as they
pleased- that forgiveness may be granted later, based on an alleged 'mistake,'
or 'misunderstanding,' if it was determined that the Board of Aldermen
illegally misappropriated general tax revenues for a private expense---- a
privately held debt---- privately guaranteed, and paid for several years by
Andrew Mattaice.
On Monday, August 31,2015, Alderman Ken Heard told the city
attorney, Jerry Mills, that he inquired in August about requested Attorney
General opinion. Heard was advised that the opinion had not been rendered.
However, Heard later learned that Mr. Mills, at the direction of the mayor,
provided false information about the Attorney general opinion. Specifically,
Mr. Heard learned that the AG opinion request had been withdrawn in June of
this year- long before the August inquiry.

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Mr. Heard continued pressing Mr. Jerry Mills about the withdrawal of
the AG opinion request. Mr. Heard cited the name of the person on record that
made the request for the withdrawal, a partner in Mills' law firm, as well as the
date the withdrawal request was made- June, 2015. Prior to June, no one
believed the AG opinion request was withdrawn. Heard revealed the specifics.
Mr. Mills then remembered the truth. Previously, Mills denied any knowledge
of the AG opinion request being withdrawn. Finally, this past Monday night,
and after repeatedly denying any personal knowledge, Mr. Mills admitted that
Jim Hood personally said that using general tax revenue to pay for private TIF
bond debt was illegal.
Dow Yoder, a former Madison County Assistant District Attorney and
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, said public officials are routinely investigated,
indicted, and prosecuted for much less in the way of public corruption. A
Ridgeland resident since 1999, Yoder continued, "Private use of public money
is the most common criminal violation of our public trust. Concerning the
Mattaice default on the TIF bonds, the Ridgeland Board of Aldermen can't
legally pay the private debt of Andrew Mattice with public taxpayer funds ---any more than a state employee may lawfully purchase liquor, or tobacco with
a government credit card."
When the television cameras and reporters left, Yoder explained that the
Ridgeland mayor and aldermen had the legal authority to vote, and to make
poor public policy decisions. "Making poor, illogical decisions is not illegal,
but arbitrary and capricious actions may be attacked under constitutional due
process arguments. We have no idea whether any quid pro quos, or agreed
exchanges of consideration, attended any of these unusual decisions. Our
officials may not understand that Jerry Mills does not personally represent
them, and that facts may suggest exposure to criminal and/or civil liability
under Miss. Code Sections 99-7-31 and 99-19-18 for fraud and embezzlement
of public funds. Mayor McGee should read Miss. Code Section 25-4-105, which
addresses prohibited conflicts of interest with public officials in private
business dealings."
Yoder continued, "The Mayor of Terry, Roderick Nicholson, was arrested
in March for five counts of embezzlement of public funds, totaling less than
$3000, for repairs allegedly made on his private vehicle. Why have Ridgeland
officials and others not violated the spirit of the same laws by using taxpayer
funds to pay the private debt of their political crony, Andrew Mattaice?"

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"Did Gene McGee disclose his gift of an $80,000 Cadillac Escalade as


income on his personal income tax returns? Who gave the mayor this $80,000
gift? Andrew Mattaice? Public officials seem to have a free pass on following
the law, for no other reason than political expediency," Yoder said.
"Where is the local District Attorney? The Attorney General? The
deafening silence is only enhanced from the sound of crickets chirping at the
Harbor Walk development, in Ridgeland. Everyone smells rotting flesh in the
woodpile," Yoder commented.
"Electing politicians as prosecutors and judges is bad policy," said Yoder,
continuing, "They insulate their local fiefdoms with politically expedient
decisions. That's their priority. Not fairly and consistently enforcing the law.
Along with strengthening the rights of crime victims, like taxpayers in this
instance, Mississippi needs appointed prosecutors and judges selected by the
Governor, with advice and consent from the Legislature. Transparently good
government, like the enforcement of our criminal laws, should not be
corrupted with politics, and back room, $30,000,000.00, quid pro quo 'deals'."
In an election year, with elected politicians asking for votes, money, and
political support, it's unclear what, if anything, the Attorney General, State
Auditor, or local District Attorney, may do about Ridgeland officials illegally
spending public tax dollars for the defaulted, private debt guarantees of
Andrew Mattaice.
However, the United States Department of Justice, led by United States
Attorney Gregory K. Davis, may inquire whether any federal criminal statutes
were violated between private developers, the Mississippi Development
Authority, and public officials. Mr. Davis may also request an independent
investigation from the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of the
Interior (because the proposed development site adversely impacts the
Natchez Trace, and implicates U.S. Corps of Engineers Application No. TVGMVK-2015-422; the Endangered Species Conservation Act of 1973; the Clean
Water Act; and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
If Mr. Davis believes the law warrants his involvement, he has standing
to take action concerning the proposed Costco development, on behalf of the
United States of America.

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Alan Hart
Alan Hart <Aian.Hart@Ridgelandms.org>
Thursday, October 08, 2015 2:56 PM
RE: Question

From:

Sent:
Subject:

I don't disagree.

Alan Hart, PLA, ASLA


Director of Community Development
P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158
304 Highway 51 Ridgeland, MS 39157
PH: (601) 856~3877 ext. 1033 FAX: (601) 853-2030
alan.hart@ridgelandms.org
www .ridgelandms.org
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RIDGELAND

From: Scott Jones [mailto:scottiones1231@yahoo.com]


Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2015 2:29 PM
To: Alan Hart
Subject: Fw: Question

I feel like I need to respond to this. It seems like silence Is a tacit admission of some
sort of guilt, of which I have none. However, I do not like Laura and Rhett being
attacked! I can handle it, but I don't wish to see them dragged through the mud on
this. What do you think? If yes, I will let you read my thoughts before I post them.
In relation to the comments below, I don't recall any other issues that have come before
us related to Costco other than the zoning definition change. Am I forgetting
something? Thanks.

Scott Jones
Home-Office 601-206-5416
Cell 601-594-4714
Email - scottjones1231@yahoo.com
----- Forwarded Message----From: Laura Stubblefield <ljones@primelending.com>
To: Scott Jones <scottjones1231 @yahoo. com>
Sent: Thursday, October 8, 2015 1:48 PM
Subject: I HATE MARK ADAMS!
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Anthony Warren
Here is a comment \Ve recetved from tv1arl<Adams, who was quoted in our story.

"I'm quoted in the above article, so let me explain my concern. For the Costco
development location to meet Rldgetand zoning requirements, the subject
property had to be re-zoned. This would usually be handled by providing
Ridgeland residents vvith a publ'ic notice that a zoning variance request would be
considered by the Cit'j, and we wou,ld learn ofthe reason for a variance.
However, the Crty skirted the usual procedure for a zoning variance requirernent,
and instead re-defined 'C-2' zoning for ALL C-2 Ridgeland property so that Costco
coufd locate on this parcel of land. The mayor, the aldermen, and the Costco
developer knevv the property' was being re-zoned for Costco. Ridgeland residents
cfid not know that- it vvas purposefully a secret and the mayor has since admitted
it
So, Ridgeland alderman Scott Jones voted to re-zone the property and has also
votetj to approve other matters brought before the City w'hlcll needed approval to
accommodate the proposed Gostco development. His son-in-law, Rhett
Stubblefield, ser\les in a paid position on the Ridgeland Zotl!ing Board. Perhaps
this is not an issue if it stopped here, although it is still a slippery slope for
alderman Jones vvhen he votes on zoning matters brought before the City.
In August, as the Dinsmor Property OWners Associiation president, 'I received an
email from Laura Stubblefield and d:idn't recognize the name. She was promoting
Costco, but denied it in the email and stated emphatically that she had no
connection to the City of Ridgeland. She wanted me to send :by emai'l Costco
information and a survey to al! Dlnsmor homeowners. She said she worked with
two individua'ls and named them. I found out recently the two individuals own the
property (which had also been re-zoned) across the parkway from the subject
Costco property. She is Scott Jones daughter, Rhett Stubblefield's wife, and is
vvork!ng with property owners who stand to benefit financially from the re-zoning
and proximity to the Costco development This certainly indicates a conflict for
Alderman Jones, and should be questioned further. His association, via his
daughter and son-in-law, with the referenced landowners needs to be disclosed.
Mark Adams, President- Dinsmor Property Owners Association"
Like,

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Laura Jones Stubblefield


Assistant to Patrick Michaelson

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