Residents urged to join sewage district
by Rory Doyle
Apr 08, 2013 | 1288 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bolivar County Board of Supervisors attorney Linda F. Colman provided a brief update Monday on the progress of two new sewage utility districts within the Noblin and Stanton subdivisions.

Coleman recently submitted a plan to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality on how to handle residents who refuse to sign easement forms and hook up to the new system.

The plan is still under review, but after clearance from the MDEQ, advertising for construction bids can begin.

Approximately 140 property owners will be impacted by the project and the majority of residents have already provided signatures.

Coleman encouraged all citizens to sign before construction begins or they will likely receive future fines.

"The county will install the system now for free but later they will have to pay a fee," said Coleman.

"Once the system is constructed, the Mississippi State Department of Health will enforce regulations and require residents who are not connected to connect," she added.

If this occurs, the property owner would then be responsible for hookup costs.

"I think I saw that it's a $2,500 fine to hook up to the system after it's installed," said District 2 Supervisor Donny Whitten. "If their (property owner) system does not comply they'll be forced to connect."

Residents of the Isaac Daniels subdivision in Mound Bayou, which is also receiving a new system, will be upheld to the same regulations.

District 3 supervisor Preston Billings said now is the time to get with the program, or otherwise plan on losing money unnecessarily.

"This is a win-win situation," said Billings. "I encourage all of you to get on board and hook up."

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

DRA funding and loans from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Equality are essential for upgrading the systems.

Lack of signatures will not hinder the construction schedule.