Hattiesburg Mayor discusses new year plans for Hub City

"I qualified this morning. I filled out my paper work and we'll be trying again," said Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree.

DuPree is ready to continue his work as mayor for another four years.

"I really truly enjoy what I do. You know, helping people, seeing projects through from beginning to the end," said DuPree.

DuPree wants to see through a couple of projects which top the city's 2013 list.

"Quality of life issues that we have to take care of, so that will be first," said DuPree.

DuPree says due to the magnitude of the treatment of the city's lagoon system it's number one on the list.

"Whether it is going to be land application, new mechanical system, or some variation or hybrid of the two," said DuPree.

Along with the lagoon is the entire water and sewer system. It's as known as the city's Comprehensive Sewer and Water Improvement Program.

"Storm water overflow. We are working with the EPA to work through that," said DuPree.

President of the City Council Kim Bradley says the city is still in the first phase of the comprehensive program.

"Approximately 12 and a half to 13 million dollars is the first part of the program. We will be well on through with that in the next year to two years, then we will begin working on that second phase too," said Bradley.

There's another project, which DuPree says is only in the planning stages.

"Getting our police department a new facility. We have two architects now that are actually evaluating that facility, seeing what we can do. They are trying to see how we can finance it, and what it will look like. We will also bring the fire department administration over there," said DuPree.

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