County sewage districts progress
by Rory Doyle
Feb 23, 2013 | 1519 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The development of two new sewage utility districts within the Noblin and Stanton subdivisions is progressing along the projected timeline under the direction of the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors.

Mandatory public hearings were held Feb. 12 at the Second Judicial Courthouse in Cleveland so citizens of those areas could have their questions answered.

The supervisors, County Administrator Will Hooker, board attorney Linda F. Coleman and attorneys from Butler Snow law firm in Jackson were on hand at the hearings.

Butler Snow was hired by the board for legal guidance and assistance in establishing the two districts, which would impact approximately 140 property owners.

The supervisors took the next step by adopting the intent resolution to move forward with the project at Tuesday's board meeting.

District 2 Supervisor Donny Whitten also confirmed Tuesday that Cleveland had provided written correspondence that it will accept gray-water from both districts once separate subdivision boards are appointed and finalized.

Attorney Sam Keyes with Butler Snow said the next move is to publish the project for three consecutive weeks in the paper.

"Assuming there is no petition to this resolution after the three weeks, the board is legally able to create the districts," said Keyes.

March 18 is the date the supervisors can appoint the two district boards to manage operations.

"Once the boards are approved they can start forming contracts and the engineers will be cleared to move forward with bidding on construction," added Keyes.

"The county has to put in place the legal mechanism to manage, or contract for management, of the facilities once they are built."

The board was facing pressure to improve the systems in a timely manner or otherwise lose grant money from the Delta Regional Authority.

The DRA has asked for significant progress in order to provide an extension of support.

DRA funding and loans from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Equality are essential for upgrading the two systems, as well as the Isaac Daniels subdivision in Mound Bayou, which will be operated by the city of Mound Bayou.

Bolivar County will be responsible for repaying the loans on all three projects.

"We're moving forward and trying to meet our deadlines from the DRA, MDA and MDEQ," said Hooker. "Once the district boards are in place we can finalize our agreement with the city of Cleveland to accept the gray-water."