Laurel city council at odds over repairing a city pool

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LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - An added item on the Laurel City Council agenda caused tensions to run high and the council to be at odds Tuesday morning.

Councilmen George Carmichael and Manuel Jones added an order to recede replacing the Oak Park swimming pool filtration system.

According to Ward 7 Councilman Trey Chin, the order went against everything that Laurel City Administrator Officer Dennis Keveryn said last week.

Chin quoted Keveryn as saying, "This is a needed item, at the last council meeting and we have the money to pay for it." Chin said Keveryn had a changed his heart.

Keveryn said he disagrees with Chin's statement.

"The city is hoping to retrieve a grant to correct the pool problem in Ward 7 and a sewage problem that is affecting over half of the city," said Keveryn.

Keveryn said that raw sewage flows on the ground in heavy rain and effects thousands of people and that the issue need to be addressed as well.

Councilman Chin said the issue is all personal. He urged his fellow council members not to let personal feeling interfere with your policy.

Before the order was up for a vote, Councilman Chin stormed out of the meeting; however the motion passed 4 - 1.

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