Hattiesburg moves closer to deciding waste water solution - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Hattiesburg moves closer to deciding waste water solution

The city council voted 4-0 Monday to declare intention to issue bonds or borrow funds for the waste water project. The city council voted 4-0 Monday to declare intention to issue bonds or borrow funds for the waste water project.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The city of Hattiesburg is one step closer to finding a solution to its waste water treatment and disposal problems.

The city council voted 4-0 in a special-called meeting Monday morning to declare its intent to issue bonds with or borrow funds from the Mississippi Development Bank for "improving, repairing, and extending the Combined Water and Sewer System." The amount does not exceed $25 million, and it puts the city in a position to begin payments for whichever waste water system they choose.

"In the month of December, we will be making that decision," City Council President Kim Bradley said about choosing between mechanical or land application systems.

Bradley previously said the council would likely choose land application next month.

The approved resolution declaring their intent provides a 30-day "protest period," as it was referred to by the city's legal counsel from Butler Snow law firm. This gives the public the opportunity to voice any concerns before the council signs off on the bond or loan, whichever method they choose.

Bradley said this financing method has a much lower interest rate than when the city consider private bonds nearly two years ago as it prepared to move forward with a land application system. Now that the city council has given more time for the process, and looked to state revolving fund dollars for financing, that interest rate is lower.

"The SRF is at 1.75 percent, and the municipal bonds today are somewhere around 4 percent," Bradley said. "The up-charge on the water and sewer bill is going to be much less than what we were talking about in previous months."

The city continues to be fined $1,500 each day for missing a September deadline with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality for failing to submit a design plan for its waste water solution. If the city moves forward with land application in December, those designs are ready to be submitted, thus the fines would end.

The city's next scheduled council meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. with an agenda setting and work session scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7.

Copyright 2015 WDAM. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • State moving forward with plans for road funding

    State moving forward with plans for road funding

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 6:34 PM EST2018-02-20 23:34:27 GMT
    State senators are moving ahead with a six-year plan to divert future revenue and borrow money to spend on Mississippi's road and bridges (Photo Source: WDAM)State senators are moving ahead with a six-year plan to divert future revenue and borrow money to spend on Mississippi's road and bridges (Photo Source: WDAM)

    State senators are moving ahead with a six-year plan to divert future revenue and borrow money to spend on Mississippi's roads and bridges. 

    More >>

    State senators are moving ahead with a six-year plan to divert future revenue and borrow money to spend on Mississippi's roads and bridges. 

    More >>
  • Ellisville man charged with murder of wife

    Ellisville man charged with murder of wife

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 5:58 PM EST2018-02-20 22:58:37 GMT
    Whitney G. Kitchens, 42, was charged with second degree murder. (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)Whitney G. Kitchens, 42, was charged with second degree murder. (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)

    An Ellisville man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife. Jones County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Whitney G. Kitchens, 42, on Tuesday after responding to a shots fired complain on Oak Bowery Road in Ellisville, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Department press release.  Deputies were advised that the suspect had shot his wife multiple times. The victim, Erin Elizabeth Kitchens, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene. Whitney Kitc...

    More >>

    An Ellisville man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife. Jones County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Whitney G. Kitchens, 42, on Tuesday after responding to a shots fired complain on Oak Bowery Road in Ellisville, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Department press release.  Deputies were advised that the suspect had shot his wife multiple times. The victim, Erin Elizabeth Kitchens, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene. Whitney Kitc...

    More >>
  • Hattiesburg pastor speaks at PRCC Black History Program

    Hattiesburg pastor speaks at PRCC Black History Program

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 5:57 PM EST2018-02-20 22:57:25 GMT
    Pastor Tony Reimonenq, Jr. speaks to students and faculty at an annual Black History Month program at PRCC in Hattiesburg Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.Pastor Tony Reimonenq, Jr. speaks to students and faculty at an annual Black History Month program at PRCC in Hattiesburg Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    The speaker at a Black History Month event in Hattiesburg Tuesday talked about the importance of faith.  Tony Reimonenq, Jr. is the executive pastor of West Point Baptist Church.  He addressed students and faculty at an annual Black History Month program at he Forrest County campus of Pearl River Community College. It was organized by the college's History and Humanities Club.  "The principle that the people before us exuded was faithfulness in spite of, puttin...

    More >>

    The speaker at a Black History Month event in Hattiesburg Tuesday talked about the importance of faith.  Tony Reimonenq, Jr. is the executive pastor of West Point Baptist Church.  He addressed students and faculty at an annual Black History Month program at he Forrest County campus of Pearl River Community College. It was organized by the college's History and Humanities Club.  "The principle that the people before us exuded was faithfulness in spite of, puttin...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly