HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg City Council approved a resolution Monday that authorizes the mayor to negotiate a task order and provide selection of a program manager to help the city implement a land application system to treat and dispose of the city's wastewater.
The city is currently on track to build a mechanical treatment facility in order to meet a 2018 deadline set by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. However, this resolution will allow engineering firm Neel-Schaeffer to also issue requests for proposals for land application systems.
Council President Kim Bradley (Ward 1) said he was still open to the land application system, given the progress with the mechanical system, because it was "the right thing to do."
He and Ward 3 Councilman Carter Carroll, along with Ward 4 Councilwoman Mary Dryden voted in favor of the resolution, while Ward 2 Councilwoman Deborah Delgado voted against it. Although Ward 5 Councilman Henry Naylor was not present at the special-called meeting Monday which changed the resolution's wording, he originally voted in favor of the resolution.
Neel-Schaeffer's Nathan Husman said several months ago the company was looking at land application options for Hattiesburg, and this resolution makes that search official.