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Residents of Gulfport to pay more for water, sewer

GULFPORT — City of Gulfport residents may pay 5 percent more in water bills to pay for infrastructure improvements. Yesterday, the city council passed a $30 million bond with $20 million of it going into water, sewer and drainage improvements. “We have a lot of infrastructure in the ground that’s 50-years-old and older. We’ve had flooding in the city in ...

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City council approves bonds for crumbling water, sewer system

GULFPORT — 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 ...

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Environmental group goes to court over sewage discharges

HATTIESBURG — The Gulf Restoration Network has asked a federal judge to hold the City of Hattiesburg liable under the Clean Water Act for releasing improperly treated sewage into the Leaf and Bouie rivers. The Hattiesburg American reports that the motion was filed in federal court Jan. 7, two days before the city entered into a 30-year contract with a ...

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Jury rules against city; utility to get $8M

GULFPORT — A Harrison County jury has awarded Dedeaux Utility Co. $8.06 million in its dispute with the city of Gulfport. The fight dates back to when the city seized the utility as part of its 1994 annexation of the Orange Grove area. Jurors set a fair market value of $7.08 million for the water and sewer company, which had ...

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City proposes sales tax to fix infrastructure woes

JACKSON — The city of Jackson is proposing an increase in sales tax to bring in additional revenue for its crumbling infrastructure. WJTV reports Mayor Chokwe Lumumba held a town hall meeting last night to discuss the one percent increase and answer questions from the community. The mayor says the city needs an estimated $1.2 billion to completely fix its ...

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City to hold meetings over major sewer/water rate hike plan

JACKSON — The city of Jackson will host a series of town hall meetings to discuss a proposed water and sewer rate hike. Water rates would rise 29 percent under the proposal, from $2.48 to $3.21 per 100 cubic feet, or 748 gallons. Sewer rates would more than double, from $2.15 to $4.47 per 100 cubic feet. With those rates, ...

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New mayor proposes rate, tax hikes in Capital City

JACKSON — Mayor Chokwe Lumumba has proposed sweeping water and sewer rate hikes and a one-time tax increase that together will raise more than $36 million in new revenue. In his remarks to the Jackson City Council yesterday, Lumumba repeatedly returned to the theme of doing what is necessary, instead of what is politically convenient. “We have to take a ...

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City sues sister city in sewage rate squabble

PETAL and HATTIESBURG — The city of Petal has filed a lawsuit against the city of Hattiesburg over a sewage rate increase that began last fall. The suit, filed in Forrest County Chancery Court, claims Hattiesburg has breached its contract with Petal by increasing the rate. The Hattiesburg American reports the suit seeks an injunction to stop Hattiesburg from charging ...

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New mayor to weigh city's $90M infrastructure plan

JACKSON — The city of Jackson’s $90-million water and sewer project remains in limbo while a new administration and City Council subject it to another round of scrutiny. Under the terms of the project, known as an energy performance contract, Siemens would install new waters meters, upgrade the city’s billing software, replace equipment at the two water plants and repair ...

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City retrofitting former industrial water processing system

WEST POINT — The city of West Point is beginning a project to retrofit a former industrial water processing system and connect it to the city’s sewage infrastructure. The Commercial Dispatch reports that West Point officials believe improvements to the city’s waste water system will put its processing operations on par with nearby Starkville and Columbus. Mayor Robbie Robinson says ...

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