Street Resurfacing Program
This maintenance program is based on comprehensive surveys of street conditions in the City of Jackson. The City has over 1,200 miles of streets, and the purpose of the Street Resurfacing Program is to maintain these areas by applying a minimum of 1.5 inches of asphalt to street surfaces. Information about future street resurfacing will be coming soon.
Mosquito Abatement Program
The Mosquito Abatement program consists of mosquito control activities in the months of April through October to insure the health and welfare of citizens and visitors of the City of Jackson.These activities include adulticide spraying which requires contractors to establish routes and cover the City with spraying applications. Larvacide treatment is another activity the contractor performs to treat ditches, drainage channels, and areas of standing water in the City right of way to eliminate their larvae habitat. Mosquito surveillance is another activity that is conducted by trapping mosquitoes to document and verify mosquito populations and target mosquito control efforts. Many places around your home can cause mosquito problems. Some responsibilities that property owners can take on to help prevent any potential breeding sites for mosquitoes are:
- Eliminate any standing water on their property.
- Get rid of old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles, or any water holding containers. If any are kept, they should be turned upside down so they do not accumulate water.
- Cover trash containers to keep out rain water.
- Empty or cover plastic wading pools and swimming pools when not in use.
- Make sure backyard pool is properly cared for while on vacation.
- Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes will not hide there.
- Wear long pants and long sleeved shirts when outdoors particularly at dawn and dusk.
- Use mosquito repellent when outdoors.
Street Sweeping Program
The Street Sweeping Program’s purpose is to provide an attractive City by keeping streets, gutters, and storm drain inlets in the City of Jackson free from dirt and debris. This program helps with efforts to keep debris from entering the City’s storm drainage system which could clog and block the flow of storm water. It is also an effort to meet permit requirement 6.d.(7) of the City of Jackson’s Stormwater Permit which requires the City to sweep four hundred (400) curb miles of public streets per year. Clean streets and gutters not only give the City of Jackson an overall clean appearance, but they also aid in helping reduce storm water pollution caused by fine dust particles and debris that eventually ends up in the storm drainage system.
Herbicide Spraying Program
The Herbicide Spraying Program is a vegetation management effort to reduce risks and costs of flood damage and create a more attractive appearance along drainage channels throughout the City. By properly managing vegetation, the City is better able to control woody growth in channels that can create obstructions and increase risk of flooding. Proper vegetation management also removes undesirable weeds that inhibit the development of the native grasses that are most effective at holding soil in place to prevent erosion. There are thirteen (13) creeks in the City of Jackson, and each creek has several tributaries.
Pavement Management System
All City streets are evaluated every five (5) years. During the evaluation process, characteristics such as potholes, cracking, and other defects are evaluated. This information is then used to assign a priority rating to each street from 0-1000, with 0 being the worst and 1000 being a newly resurfaced street. This rating system is used to select streets for the annual street resurfacing programs, streets that are rated 300 or less are considered for future resurfacing programs.