SUMRALL, MS (WDAM) - Residents of Sumrall have been voicing their concerns about the new possible changes heading to their community. A town hall meeting with area developers gave residents a chance to find out what they can expect and have their voices heard on the subject.
“I know growth is in the future, well it’s not really in the future it’s here now," said resident Pam Graves.
Graves was among the group of concerned citizens who attended the meeting. Her concerns were more about how she found out about the developers’ plans.
“There’s just a little sign out there that says ‘variance change,’ so usually when you see a variance change it’s either something big like a subdivision or a business,” Graves said.
And Graves was correct. Jeff Sims, manager of Magnolia Station, LLC, spoke with citizens about their plans for the new subdivision.
“We’ve got a 200-acre parcel adjacent to the school that we’re trying to develop as a residential subdivision,” Sims said.
Sims believes the new subdivision would be good for Sumrall businesses and benefit residents.
“By getting an increase population in Sumrall, it’s going to allow the local businesses, the existing local businesses to further develop as well as get a population that’s large enough to attract new businesses to move into the area," Sims said.
Graves, like many others, say they as tax payers would’ve liked to be more aware of those plans.
Another resident, Terry Lucus, asked the developers several questions during the meeting and he shared with WDAM that he still has many more.
“I wouldn’t say that they were put to rest,” Lucas said regarding his concerns. "I say they’ve been brought out in the open a little bit more and we need to attend some of these meetings to get some more stuff straightened out.”
Sims said residents will be able to voice their concerns and get more questions answered because there’s plenty of time between now and the conclusion of the project.
“We wouldn’t be talking about having houses on the ground through at least a year and this will be a 10 to 15 year project," Sims said.