Sewage rates to double

The first homeowners’ association outside of the Hattiesburg city limits has signed on to have its sewage processed by the city after officials offered the service about a year ago.

The cost of the conversion to the city sewage system will be the responsibility of the Providence Homeowners Association and individual residents will be paying twice as much as city dwellers, Council President Carter Carroll said after Tuesday’s City Council meeting in City Hall.

“About a year ago, we decided that we were going to take out-of-city residents’ sewage,” he said. “We were going to charge them twice as much as we were charging the individual city resident. It’s fair, and they have to pay for the transmission lines and everything.”

Carroll said the contracts were drawn up and given to the outside associations.

“We gave them a certain amount of time in which to let their membership know that it was going up,” he said. “So, Providence is the first outside entity that has gone ahead and signed the contract.”

Ward 4 Councilwoman Mary Dryden recused herself from the vote, which received an otherwise unanimous vote of 4-0.

Carroll said other HOAs could decide to let Hattiesburg process the waste.

“If they want us to process their sewage, they can sign the contract,” he said. “Or they can rely on septic tanks or build a lagoon, but it’s a lot cheaper through us. It wasn’t fair for them to be charged the same as a city resident.”

Providence subdivision is located just south of the city limits, Carroll said.

In other business during Tuesday’s meeting, the City Council:

• Unanimously approved Minutes for the April 3 and 4 meetings.

• Unanimously adopted a Resolution setting Public Hearing before City Council at 4 p.m. Monday, June 5, to determine if certain properties are in such a state of uncleanliness so as to be a menace to the health and safety of the community and providing for notice to owners and authorized publication of the notice hearing. Properties that are included in the public hearing are 603 Katie Ave., 611 Katie Ave., 612 Katie Ave., 809 Arnold St., 816 Dabbs St., 1001 Dabbs St., 110 Harrell St., 111 Harrell St., 904 Tuscan Ave., 508 Breland St., 116 Oak St., 733 Longstreet Drive, 720 E. Seventh St., 1408 E. Laurel Ave., 1503 Gravel St., 108 Golf Course Road and 1236 Beverly Hills Road.

• Unanimously adopted a Resolution authorizing Disbursement No. 15 from the Project Fund Escrow Account in connection with a certain Equipment Lease/Purchase Agreement, dated as of Feb. 4, 2016, by and between Banc of America Public Capital Corp. and the City of Hattiesburg.

• Unanimously adopted a Resolution authorizing Requisition No. 68 from the Project Fund Construction Account in connection with a certain loan agreement dated Dec. 19, 2013, by and between the Mississippi Development Bank and the City of Hattiesburg.

• Unanimously authorized Mayor to execute contract between the City of Hattiesburg and Floore Industrial Contractors, Inc. in the amount of $287,905.50 for the Gordon's Creek­Depot District Buschman Street to River Avenue Project.

• Unanimously authorized Mayor to execute Payment and Forbearance Agreement for City of Hattiesburg with Stion Corporation and Forrest County for payment of Stion's Fee­in­Lieu of Ad Valorem Taxation obligations, with monthly payments of $75,000 to begin May 10.

• Unanimously authorized Mayor to execute a service contract with Innovative Solutions, LLC for maintenance on medical equipment for the Hattiesburg Fire Department.

• Unanimously designated the Best of the Pine Belt awards gala Saturday, June 3, at the Saenger Theater as a city-­approved event.

• Unanimously certified and Designated Breakthrough Community Services, Inc. as a Community Housing Development Organization and authorized the Mayor to execute Certificate of Designation of Breakthrough Community Services, Inc. as a Community Housing Development Organization.

• Unanimously authorized suspension of all City of Hattiesburg permitting fees for an additional 90 days for anyone affected by the 1/21/17 tornado.

• Unanimously approved and authorized publication of Request for Proposals for Architectural and Engineering Professional Services for the City of Hattiesburg Parks and Recreation Department.

• Acknowledged receipt of proposals received April 5 for RFP 4295 Disaster Recovery Consulting Services for the City of Hattiesburg; accepted the proposal of Broaddus & Associates as the best proposal, per scoring of the City Council on a 4-1 vote. Ward 2 Councilwoman Deborah Delgado voted against the proposal because she said she did not agree with the method used to award the proposal. The City Council met last Thursday and scored each bid in the proposal individually and the scores were used to award the bid.

• Unanimously acknowledged receipt of term bid opened on Feb. 16 for uniforms for the Hattiesburg Fire Department and accepted the bid for Midsouth Solutions as lowest and best bid per recommendation.

• Unanimously approved plans and specifications for the Highway 11 Medical Park Access Roadway Project (DIP­363); authorized advertisements for bids for same.

• Unanimously approved plans and specifications for the Comprehensive Water Improvements Phase V – Blackwell Boulevard, Commerce Drive, Lincoln Road, Oak Grove Road, Thornhill Drive, U.S. Highway 49 & U.S. Highway 98 project; authorized advertisement for bids for same.

• Unanimously approved the sale of grave spaces.

• Unanimously approved and authorized issuance of a manual check for CDBG Program Claim on a 4-1 vote. Delgado voted against the motion.

• Unanimously approved and authorized issuance of manual check for HOME Program Claim.

• Unanimously approved claims docket for the period ending April 30.