Hattiesburg Mayor prepares to present appointments

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree is expected to present his appointments for five departments next week.

DuPree will present to the city council his appointment choices for fire chief, federal and state, public works, water and sewer, and city clerk on Tuesday.

"Because those departments don't have a director. The other ones have a director, they're actually running their departments," said DuPree. "These do not."

The mayor still has several other appointments to make that must be approved by the council, but he knows if he presented the remainder of those appointments they would not pass easily.

"Keeping in mind that I know that the council has some concerns about some of the other ones, so hopefully we will sit down and talk with the council and see where we are with the other ones so that we can come to some agreement or some terms with those, and then we'll move forward with those," said DuPree.

One thing that will not be on the agenda is the city's waste water facility.

City Council President Kim Bradley said he hoped to have it on there in order to move forward with a new interest payment plan, but the mayor said he's concerned about funding.

"What we have to find is a funding mechanism, and that's what we need to find," said DuPree.

The resolution for a one percent sales tax is expected to be presented to the state legislature some time next week, while other revenue options are still being considered by the city.

"I'm not agreeable to putting this on the rate payer totally," said DuPree.

Mayor DuPree did not have a timeline set in stone for when the Groundworx project would be discussed again among the council, but he said he hopes to have something figured out in the next 30 days.

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