An old school bus displaced during the construction of the brand new Colony Park Boulevard tagged by officials as an eyesore at a recent board meeting was removed last week. 

Mayor Gene McGee said on Tuesday that the bus had been removed by a salvage company. The bus was located on private property.

This follows a discussion raised at the last city board meeting while tying up some legal technicalities of the new roadway. 

Ward 6 Alderman Wesley Hamlin noted during last Monday evening’s work session discussion that an old school bus had been parked out across from the Ridgeland High School west on Colony Park Boulevard. 

Owners of the abandoned vehicle had proven difficult to locate following the chaos of road construction.

Community Development Director Alan Hart said that he had been told it had been moved onto private property during the construction of the road, making the owners of the bus difficult to track down. 

Members of the community had reportedly mitigated the eyesore by planting flowers around it and decorating it in other ways.

This came up during Monday evening during discussion of a Colony Park Speed Limits Ordinance from U.S. Highway 51 to Colony Park Boulevard.

Public Works Director Mike McCollum said that the city would post the speed limits soon along with school zone signs after the ordinance was approved.

Attorney Jerry Mills pointed out that though the item had the appearance of an ordinance, it would not take 30 days for it to go into effect because nothing was changed.

“The state built the road and put the limit at 45 miles per hour,” McCollum added.