EXCLUSIVE: County e-mails reveal City of Bellevue plans

EXCLUSIVE: County e-mails reveal City of Bellevue plans
A proposed outline obtained by a public records request of county e-mails, which shows subdivisions potentially included in the Bellevue incorporation.
A proposed outline obtained by a public records request of county e-mails, which shows subdivisions potentially included in the Bellevue incorporation.

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - After weeks of vague descriptions from county officials on what the potential Bellevue incorporation would look like, a copy of an outlined area reveals which subdivisions may be included.

A public records request made by Seven On Your Side for county e-mails shows a drafted area that includes, but is not limited to, Sandstone, Bridgefield, Canebrake, Cumberland, Bellegrass and Bent Creek subdivisions. It encompasses both county Districts 4 and 5, although much of the area sits within District 4.

The e-mail, which was sent from an engineer to District 4 Supervisor Phillip Carlisle, was sent in February. Attorney Ben Snow, who is representing the committee working to incorporate Bellevue, said there is no official blueprint for the potential city, and many things have changed since February.

Carlisle and District 5 Supervisor Dale Lucas said they supported their constituents' efforts and would block any effort on the part of the City of Hattiesburg to annex further into Lamar County.

Hattiesburg City Council President Kim Bradley said several weeks ago that he anticipated the city to move forward with annexation plans of the commercial corridor on Highway 98, stretching to the Bellevue area past the Highway 589 intersection. That annexation could halt the efforts of Bellevue to become its own city.

On Tuesday, the Hattiesburg City Council approved 4-1 a letter of agreement with Jackson attorney Jerry Mills to represent the city in its annexation efforts. Ward 2 Councilwoman Deborah Delgado was the lone dissenting vote, and she said it was an effort to further annex rooftops in Lamar County in order to change the makeup of the Hub City.

There is no scheduled date for either the county nor the city to further discuss incorporation or annexation.