LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Laurel City Council unanimously approved a partnership contract that could save the city millions of dollars.
With the approval, it authorizes Mayor Johnny Magee to act on the city's behalf to sign the work that is to be done.
Magee said this partnership will allow the city to fund much needed infrastructure improvements.
"They are coming, I think Thursday is when they will actually kick it off, they're going to all the facilities, they're going to change out all the lighting in all the facilities and going to LED lighting which is one thing that will save money, lights at the baseball field will be changed to LED," Magee said. "Also we will have them going to the Natatorium that's at the Sportsplex and we will be converting from chemical treatments of the water to a salt water treatment system, we will be going to our waste water plant and they will be putting in some new energy efficient systems there, which will save electricity."
The Mayor went on to say that the city needs to take advantage of the energy saving opportunities.
"We're trying to take care of the taxpayer's money," he said. "We're trying to get as much bang for our buck as we can get and we're convinced that this is one way that we can do that and one of the good things about this is that if the system does not work, if we don't get the savings that we have been promised that we will have then MDA will not approve it, MDA is the last one that has the say so over this."