November 23, 2020

City to auction off surplus timber to make money and clear way for disc golfers

The City of Vicksburg is going into the timber business.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen Friday approved a resolution declaring a timber surplus and authorizing the Mississippi Department of Forestry to advertise and conduct the sale.

The board’s resolution involves about 13 acres of woods on the south side of Halls Ferry Park and about 32 acres at the Vicksburg Municipal Airport. The Forestry Commission will sell the timber at auction for the city for a total fee of $450, based on a price of $10 per acre for each tract — $320 for the airport timber and $130 for Halls Ferry.

Money from the sale of the airport timber will go into the airport’s budget. The board approved putting the revenue from the sale of the Halls Ferry Park timber into the recreation department budget instead of the city’s general fund.

Making way for disc golf course

South Ward Alderman Alex Monsour, who is over the city’s recreation department, said cutting the timber at Halls Ferry will help clear the way for a disc golf course along the perimeter of the park, “Which will bring colleges to Vicksburg to play disc golf. It’s a big phenomenon now. It’s a very big draw now.”