City officials hold community meetings

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - City officials plan to discuss upcoming repairs and projects throughout Hattiesburg during two community meetings Thursday evening.

The topic of the discussions will be the city's Comprehensive Sewer and Water Improvement Program or Comswip. This program consist of $9 million worth of improvements involving sewer repairs and expanding sewer lines.

The goal of the program is to take the issues the city has identified and resolve them before they become a larger problem or an inconvenience for the public. Anna Neel of Neel-Schaffer says in all there are 25 projects the city is trying to accomplish within a three year time period.

"Well, I think it is important for residents to know that if they see things, they see these orange barrels they see these cones, that they know the city also knows that they are there. They are doing something to sort of fix those and get to those. There is a list out there of these projects and its prioritized. So, people can come to these meetings and look at the maps. There are going to be maps on hand and different material they are going to be presented," said Neel.

The first meeting will be hosted by councilman Henry Naylor. It will begin at 6 p.m. at the Danny Hinton Community Center on Tatum Road. The second meeting will be hosted by councilmen Kim Bradley and Dave Ware and will begin at 7p.m. in the new sanctuary at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church on Hardy Street.