LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Lamar County residents fighting against the proposed spray fields got another helpful push from county leaders today.
That help was in the form of a motion that passed to draw up a ordinance for spray fields in the county.
"This board is doing everything it can do to stop this spray field issue in Lamar County," said Lamar County District 1 Supervisor Steve Lampton.
The proposed ordinance will limit the acreage of any spray field that will be placed in the county, as well as giving the county supervisors the final say.
"We passed an ordinance to limit spray fields to a maximum of 55 acres," Lampton said. "We passed this in an effort to better try to better police the way spray field applications work. We also put into this motion, a clause that would require approval from the board of supervisors before any spray application is done in Lamar County."
This ordinance comes on the heels of continued discussion over the proposed 3,000 acre waste water treatment system that the city of Hattiesburg is planning to build in the county.
"This is what we thought would be a good step in giving us a leg up on getting stopped, so that's our main objective here," Lampton said.
The largest spray field in the county is currently 51 acres, located in the Bellevue area, which will service Canebrake when it's completed.
The specifics of the ordinance have not been finalized and will require working with the county attorney before ironing out the details, according to the supervisors.
After the meeting, around 50 residents gathered with elected officials on the courthouse steps to voice concerns and discredit "misinformation" on the spray field.
"To Hattiesburg's proposed 3,000 acre spray field targeted in Lamar County, we reiterate that no representative from Hattiesburg has made any official inquiry or petition to construct any such operation on county lands," said Lamar County resident Mary Hartfield.
Hartfield added that 958 people have signed a petition opposing the spray field.
"We will not sit idly by and allow Mr. Bradley and the other members of the gang of four to turn Lamar County into a cesspool," said Lamar County resident Carl Bond. "What you do in Hattiesburg and Forrest County is your business, but you must rethink your position as it pertains to Lamar County."