2009 Municipal Elections
The Town of Crosby will hold its general election on Tuesday, June 2, 2009. The polls will open at 7:00AM and close at 7:00PM in the Town Hall.
Crosby will welcome a new Mayor in the upcoming election as incumbent, James Bateaste has opted not to seek re-election to pursue other venues. Mayor Bateaste has honored the Town by first serving over two decades on the Board of Aldermen and two terms as Mayor. His valuable services shall be greatly missed, but he wishes the new Mayor lots of success and vows to support him in any way he can.
With 2 Independent candidates vying for Mayor and 8 Independent candidates vying for the five Aldermen seats, the upcoming ballot looks similar to the following:
William "Glen" Hall
Results will be posted following the election.
2009 Summer Smash Kidz Karnival
The Town of Crosby cordially invites you to its carnival which will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2009 on the Town Hall lawn. There will be lots of games for the kids, prizes, food, fun, and treats for the whole family. All proceeds will go toward the benefit of Crosby's Upward Bounds for Students (CUBS) Program. Funds raised will be used to assist with necessities such as back-to-school supplies, uniforms, equipment, school supplies throughout the year, etc. as long as the monies last. The program is overseen by the Town Clerk, Sheletha Jones.
If you would like to donate, make checks or money orders payable to Crosby's Upward Bounds for Students Program and mail to the address listed on this website.
CUBS SUMMER EDUCATION PROGRAM
For the second year, the Town of Crosby will sponsor a Summer Program for children aged 3 to 18. Tentatively, the program is scheduled for Mondays-Fridays from 12:30PM-3:30PM at the Town Hall. The program will feature enhancements in English, Math, Vocabulary, Science, Reading, Spanish and Arts and Crafts, etc.
We desperately need reliable volunteers to help the program to succeed. If you are patient, good with children, and willing to give a few hours of your time, please contact the Town Hall to sign up. Remember, the best gift you can give is part of yourself.
Our New Fire Truck
The Wilk-Amite Rural Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a fire truck on loan from the Woodville Fire Department. The vehicle was purchased with funds from the state fire rebate. Very much needed, the shiny, red truck was a welcome sight when it arrived into town. It is currently on display outside the firehouse behind the library. For the residents of Crosby and its surrounding communities, this is truly a blessing!
2009 Grant News
The Town of Crosby is currently working on acquiring a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for 2010. Community Development Partners of Nashville, TN is acting as administrator on the projects and Allen and Hoshall of Ridgeland, MS will handle the engineering. Sunbelt Research and Development Consortium of Madison, MS is in charge of the HOME applications.
If awarded, CDBG funds will be used to redirect wastewater disposal as well as to upgrade the wastewater system. The Town of Crosby will also be looking for ways to acquire funding for some much needed street repairs. As for the HOME Program, it should be accepting applicants some time in September if things go as planned.
Crosby's Muncipal Airport has just recently completed a second phase of improvements and upgrades. It has a new security fence installed, some seeding, and some resurfacing of the runway.
FYI: Remember To Put ICE In Your Cellphone
Don't forget to put ICE in your cellphone. By simply putting ICE, (an acronym for In Case of Emergency) in front of your designated emergency contact in your cell's phone book, First Responders are able to quickly and easily scroll down and locate a person to call for you in situations where you may be unconscious or incoherent for some reason and cannot make the call yourself. Sounds cool, huh! For your information, it's for your life.
Be Safe, Not Sorry: Getting Weather Prepared
In the wake of recent tornadoes and severe thunderstorms that knocked out power to hundreds of homes and felled dozens of trees, it is good to be reminded that we are only a couple of short weeks away from the start of the Atlantic Hurricane season. With Hurricane Gustav of the 2008 season still fresh in our minds, it's a good rule of thumb to be weather prepared this season. A sufficient survival kit should include the following:
A weather radio that can run on batteries
Water (3 gallons per person per week)
Candles or battery-powered tap lights
Matches or a lighter
Non-perishable foods (sardines, potted meat, canned sausages, crackers, etc.)
Juices and/or shelf milk
A can opener
plastic cutlery and paper plates
light clothing and comfortable shoes
At least $50 emergency cash per person
Maps with a mapped out escape route
A cell phone (don't forget to add ICE)
All medications (prescribed or over-the-counter)
A Generator (I have seen some really inexpensive 1000 watt ones on the Internet)
+++Be sure to make provisions for your elderly, disabled, and ill loved ones as well as for your beloved pets.
+++Also, heed weather watches and warnings and monitor threatening weather around the clock.
+++Follow any evacuation orders that apply to your situation.
+++Remember: just because we don't live directly on the water, that doesn't mean we cannot be hit by a hurricane. We are only 150 miles away from the Gulf of Mexico which means that a powerful hurricane like Gustav or Katrina might still be a viably destructive force by the time it reaches us here in Amite and Wilkinson Counties. You should take every precaution that those who live on the coast take when tropical storms and hurricanes threaten our area.
+++Start getting prepared NOW!!! Never depend on Disaster Relief Supplies to sustain you and your family. Sometimes emergency help is delayed and may not reach us for days if at all, in which time you may have suffered unnecessarily.
Great Additions to Your Emergency Supply Kit
For a small investment, you can find some neat gadgets to provide a bit of much needed comfort during a power outage. Here are some that I've found. If you can think of any that I have failed to mention, please email me and let me know so I can pass it along.
Now would be the perfect time to search for a generator. Search the Internet to compare prices. EBay has had some 1000 watt gas powered ones for a little over $100. Of course it will only power small things like lights, a fan, a TV, cell phones, or a laptop, but even those small things will be greatly appreciated during power outages.
Wal-Mart also has generators of varying sizes and prices to fit your budget. It also has battery packs that you can plug small gadgets into for around $90 as well as battery-powered fans and lanterns that will also come in handy in an emergency.
A portable air conditioner would also be a great addition to your emergency supply kit. All you do is fill its reservoir with ice and water and enjoy the cool breeze.