positions, unrelated to who occupies that position," Trent Favre said. "They can put those employees into those positions. If you're eliminating a position, thus requiring an employee to be reduced to a lower position, then you could create an issue, a liability. On behalf of the city, if that person has a claim that that was done in retaliation for some non-discriminatory purpose or some other reason that would violate the Department of Regulation standards."ż0aCouncilman Joey Boudin suggested setting the salary schedule and allowing Strong to "fill them how he wants to fill it." ż0aThe council agreed on the following hourly salary schedule: reserve firefighter, $9.15; firefighter $10.50; engineer, $11.69; captain, $12.20. ż0a"I think it's a good investment," Mike Favre said. "We need to bring them up, we did it with the police department a couple of years ago. I think it's a small investment for what we get a return for."ż0aThe council also discussed overtime amounts budgeted for various departments. ż0aIn the administration department, the council agreed to budget $500 for overtime as well as the building department. ż0a"There is $2,000 budgeted for overtime in public works and they've used right at $2,000 so far this year," Comptroller Sissy Gonzales said. ż0aSeal said $7,000 is the proposed amount for overtime in the utilities department. The year-to-date amount of overtime used $8,138. ż0aThere is $2,500 requested for overtime in the utilities administration and the council cut that number to $500. ż0aAnother budget workshop will be held at 6 p.m. Monday. ĦautoĦautoĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ0Ħ40ĦamĦ2ĦĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2ĦCassandra FavreĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2016091000040ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ 10149Ħ1473490632Ħ2Ħ1473490632Ħ2Ħ9Ħ10Ħ2016ĦPort & Harbor to spend $17M on improvementsĦThe Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission has about $17 million set aside this fiscal year for infrastructure and improvement projects.ż0aPort and Harbor Director Bill Cork said Thursday that he hopes the improvements will help lure more industry to the county.ż0a"There is a very robust interest in Hancock County," Cork said. "Right now, there are about two dozen companies that have interest in coming here." ż0aStennis Airport and the Port Bienville Industrial Park have room to expand, Cork said; however, there is limited "construction ready" property.ż0aIn order to lure more business at Port Bienville, Cork said, the commission wants to expand the current rail system, improve docks and wharfs, and dredge the waterways to create a new channel to the Mississippi Sound.ĦThe Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission has about $17 million set aside this fiscal year for infrastructure and improvement projects.ż0aPort and Harbor Director Bill Cork said Thursday that he hopes the improvements will help lure more industry to the county.ż0a"There is a very robust interest in Hancock County," Cork said. "Right now, there are about two dozen companies that have interest in coming here." ż0aStennis Airport and the Port Bienville Industrial Park have room to expand, Cork said; however, there is limited "construction ready" property.ż0aIn order to lure more business at Port Bienville, Cork said, the commission wants to expand the current rail system, improve docks and wharfs, and dredge the waterways to create a new channel to the Mississippi Sound.ż0a"The port and harbor is at a transition point," Cork said. "We are looking at the next wave of investment to meet our future goals."ż0aEarlier this week, the Hancock County Board of Supervisors approved the port and harbor commission's 2016-2017 budget. The budget includes $8 million for rail expansion and water and wharf enhancements at Port Bienville; $2 million for a new hangar at Stennis Airport; and another project to dredge and open up a new water route to the port, Cork said. ż0aThe improvements will help Port Bienville compete with other markets such as the Ports of New Orleans and Gulfport.ż0a"Seven thousand barges go through New Orleans every year," he said. "Our goal is to capture part of that market." ż0aCork said the port and harbor commission has three goals headed into the future: Facilitate job creation; enhance the county's tax base, and to produce cash revenues for ongoing operations.ż0aOnce the jobs are created, Cork said, he wants to assist Hancock County in trying to keep the employees living in the county.ż0aA large percentage of employees at both Port Bienville and Stennis Airport live in either Louisiana or Pearl River County, he said.ż0a"If you want to stop the leakage, you have to provide housing and services that will encourage people to live in the community," he said. "It's not going to happen overnight."ż0aCork said he believes by working with local, state, and federal leaders, the port can not only continue to be successful, but be a driving force in the county's future.ż0a"There is a lot of untapped potential here," he said. "Hancock County is poised to be a center of growth for Mississippi. We have a lot of advantages with the port and the airport and with the right investment."ż0aIn the coming year, Cork said, the commission will be completing a master plan for both the airport and Port Bienville. ż0a"It's going to be our roadmap to success," he said. "The fastest way to grow the tax base is by investment. If we create the industrial jobs, the secondary services will also come along. ż0a“We see the port as an underdeveloped asset. With the right investment, we should be able to double or triple our operation within the next 15 years."ĦautoĦautoĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ0Ħ40ĦamĦ2ĦĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2ĦDwayne BremerĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2016091000040ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ 10150Ħ1473490704Ħ2Ħ1473490770Ħ2Ħ9Ħ10Ħ2016ĦOld Town heats up for Second SaturdayĦ***image1:right***ż0aSummer is winding down, but the Old Town Bay St. Louis Merchants Assoc. is cranking up the heat this weekend for the September Second Saturday Artwalk.ż0aOver the past two decades, the Second Saturday Artwalk has become one of the most popular monthly community events in the entire region. Gallery openings, shop and restaurant specials and live music make the streets of town swirl with a fun family energy. While things are lively all day, the music and specials take place from 4 - 8 p.m. ż0aThe “Hot Spots” for this mont’s Second Saturday are the Sycamore House and Crawford Realty.Ħ***image2:right***ż0aSummer is winding down, but the Old Town Bay St. Louis Merchants Assoc. is cranking up the heat this weekend for the September Second Saturday Artwalk.ż0aOver the past two decades, the Second Saturday Artwalk has become one of the most popular monthly community events in the entire region. Gallery openings, shop and restaurant specials and live music make the streets of town swirl with a fun family energy. While things are lively all day, the music and specials take place from 4 - 8 p.m. ż0aThe “Hot Spots” for this mont’s Second Saturday are the Sycamore House and Crawford Realty.ż0aż0aSycamore House, 210 Main St.ż0aMichael and Stella LeGardeur-Eastham literally invite patrons of the Sycamore House into their own home. ż0a"When you live upstairs, you can’t play hooky," Michael said. "This is our home, so the decor had to be something we had to live with day in and day out. Between Stella and I, one of us is never not in the building."ż0aThe chef-duo lives upstairs with their two children, Alexander, 11 and MiMi, 9. Downstairs is a series of art-filled dining rooms. In addition to the dining rooms, a screened-in porch and a long, welcoming bar near the back patio offer more seating options. There's also a large back patio for al fresco dining in the more temperate months. ż0aMichael, a New York native, met his New Orleans girl, Stella, while they were both working at New World Home Cooking near Woodstock. ż0a"We decided that we wanted to have our own place," Michael said. "One of my in-laws’ neighbors had a house in Pass Christian and were telling us that the area could use another fine dining restaurant." ż0aThe couple was staying in a bed & breakfast in Bay St. Louis when the heard the Landmark on Main Street was for sale and in November 2002, it was theirs. ż0a"Our menu started out in our French-based training," Michael said. "There's still no fryer. We want to keep things clean, simple and fresh."ż0aThe vast menu certainly has something for every palette. The Southern classics like barbeque shrimp and fish amandine are on the menu along side Asian-style dishes like Indonesian and Thai curries to South American and Spanish staples. Diners are treated to food that they can't find in other Bay St. Louis eateries. ż0a"I've always been a fan of Ro