Agreements set for new sewer districts
by Rory Doyle
Jun 11, 2013 | 519 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After months of negotiations, it appears that agreements between the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors, Cleveland and Boyle-Skene Water Association are nearly established for the development of two new sewage utility districts.

The supervisors held a special recess meeting Monday to award construction bids for the Noblin and Stanton districts, as well as a third project, a new system for the Isaac Daniels subdivision in Mound Bayou.

Greenbriar Digging Services LLC of Brookhaven will perform the work at all three sites.

The board voted unanimously to accept the bids for Noblin and Isaac Daniels, and also supported Stanton under the condition its two remaining property easements were received Monday.

A June 10 deadline was established by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to receive all easement signatures in order for construction to begin.

Supervisors' Attorney Linda F. Coleman was able to obtain the final two signatures Monday afternoon, completing the task for the approximate 140 property owners within Noblin and Stanton.

The interlocal agreements between the county, Cleveland and Boyle-Skene had been a topic of discussion at Cleveland's monthly board meeting last Tuesday.

The Cleveland Board of Aldermen agreed to accept the greywater from Noblin and Stanton on the stipulation that the utility districts each obtain a $50,000 bond; that Boyle-Skeen signs the agreement with the districts; and that Boyle-Skeen agrees to shut off the water for failure to pay.

Mound Bayou will accept the greywater for Isaac Daniels.

The county cannot legally guarantee payment to Cleveland for the sewage, but rather, the separate utility districts will be held responsible.

Bolivar County Administrator Will Hooker said he was optimistic agreements from all parties would be established early this week, in hopes of signing off on everything at Thursday's supervisors meeting in Rosedale.

"Everybody has come to agreement with the terms," said Hooker. "It's just a matter of executing the contracts at this point."

County Engineer Bob Eley said an exact start date for construction was unknown, but if all goes as planned, the 180-day construction contract could be established in July — putting the completion date somewhere near the end of 2013.

Eley also suggested adding another 500-600 feet of sewage line in the Stanton district in order to connect the project to a Cleveland pumping station just south of original construction plans.

The additional work would cost about $6,000-10,000 more but could be added to the plans pending MDEQ approval and agreement from two more property owners.

The board agreed to consider this addition and take the necessary steps after finalizing contracts this week.

The Bolivar Commercial will have more coverage on these agreements following Thursday's meeting.