RIDGELAND — A $50,000 budget transfer to fund a maintenance and rehabilitation project on the Pear Orchard multi-use path from Towne Center Boulevard to Rice Road was approved by the city last week.

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen approved a transfer from the Professional Fees/Streets account to the Multi-Use Trail Maintenance Fund. The transfer raised the total in the maintenance account to $80,000.

Contractor estimates say the project is expected to cost between $74,000 and $87,000.

Public Works Director Mike McCollum said that he wanted to get this project done as soon as possible.

McCollum said the money was freed up after Madison County supervisors voted to overlay Sunnybrook Road, removing it from the overlay list. McCollum had already budgeted $116,864 for an overlay project on Sunnybrook Road.

The amount of money in the Streets account rose to $999,690 with an encumbered amount of $656,018.45 as of Tuesday evening.

In other city news:

• The board approved a special event permit for the Running for Lily Organization. The event is a 5k set for March 25.

Police Chief John Neal said the event expects between 400 and 500 people and will not generate any overtime.

On-duty police will assist racers across Post Road. Participants will leave Old Trace Park via Madison Landing Circle onto the multi-purpose trail and will run north to Overlook Point and then return to Old Trace Park.

• The board approved a request for authorization for proposals for engineering services for the rehabilitation of Spillway Road from Old Canton Road to Breakers Lane and appointed a selection committee for engineering services.

• The board approved a proclamation naming March “Purchasing Month.”