The City of Long Beach is celebrating a major milestone this week, after city leaders unanimously approved proposed plans for a new freeway at Tuesday nights Board of Aldermen meeting.

The historic changes for the new road-planning pro-cess proposed is in conjunction with Harrison County and the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Interlocal Agreement on the creation of Beatline Parkway — a road connector on Beatline Road from Interstate 10 to the beach along Highway 90.

Long Beach Mayor George Bass speaks about an interlocal agreement as City Financial Officer Kini Gonsoulin looks on. Photo: H. Dawkins

“Highway 49 and Canal Street can become backed up,” Mayor Bass said. “MDOT could use this and it would have a great economic impact being direct from the interstate.”

Bass indicated the potential need to head to Washington, D.C. to request funding for the project. Extensive planning is already in the works for the major improvements to the busy roadway. An estimated date to begin construction was no given.

In other action:

Officials heard from Planning Commissioner and Parade Chairman Eddie Seal on a new plan to clean up the city. Seal said he has organized a group of citizens to help beautify the city.

An initial meeting will be held to discuss further game plans on beautification. The first meeting will be held on February 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Long Beach Senior Citizens Center on Daughtery Road in preparation for the March 24th clean-up date.

Mayor Bass brought up concerns on drainage in certain areas of the city. Bass requested that City Engineers David Ball & Joe Culpepper prioritize drainage examinations to Trautman Avenue. After the recommendation, Ball reviewed the details of the specifics and agreed to take a look.

The Board unanimously approved a Budget Amendment for Fiscal Year 2017-18. The amendment included 5 step increases for the fire department. City leaders also approved the revenue report from January 2018, the docket of claims, and two resolutions for scheduling public hearings.