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City council approves bonds for crumbling water, sewer system

Bonds-investmentGULFPORT — City of Gulfport officials say the proceeds of a $30-million bond approved yesterday by the city council will go specifically toward projects in the city’s 2013 water and sewer master plan.

“As the public is well aware, Gulfport has a very bad deteriorating water and sewer system. We have pipes that are collapsing. We have homes that have sewage and water backups with just even regular rains,” said Councilman Myles Sharp.

Whether it’s a flooded backyard or driveway, city leaders say they have heard many of the same complaints from residents.

“Some of the worst cases, for example, Hatten Lane in the north part of the city. There is a manhole that overflows when it rains. We’re aware of it. The DEQ’s aware of it. This bond will fix that project,” said Public Works Director Wayne Miller.

Part of the repayment plan for the bond money will come from a rate increase. No decision has been made on how much the increase will be.

Though no timeline has been set, work is expected to begin in the fall when contracts are put out to start the projects.

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