HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The City of Hattiesburg and a Hub City yeast-making company have reached an agreement that city officials say will "reduce unpleasant odors" which have plagued residents in the eastern part of town for some time. At a special called meeting of the Hattiesburg City Council Thursday night, it was announced that USA Yeast will construct a new on-site system to treat its wastewater before it's introduced to the city's sewer system.
Construction will take place over the next 18 months and will be paid for by the company and grant money. In turn, the City of Hattiesburg will apply for $5 million in grant funds through the Mississippi Development Authority to support the project.
"The vote today comes after months of negotiations and analysis of our lagoon operations," said Kim Bradley, president of the Hattiesburg City Council in a prepared statement. "These agreements are the best solution for the citizens of Hattiesburg," Bradley said.
"I'm ready to move forward with the construction project for the pre-treatment plant," said Michael Lavallee, president of USA Yeast. "It's been a long road as everyone knows and we're thrilled, our employees are thrilled, I'm thrilled," Lavallee said.