By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Crews are beginning to lay the groundwork for sewer and water projects in some of Tupelo’s newly annexed areas.
Residents in Beech Springs, Indian Hills, Deep Park and Auburn Road areas will soon see Cook-Coggin engineers and work crews in their neighborhoods. They are preparing for sewer and water projects to expand Tupelo Water and Light services in those areas.
The goal is to have projects ready to bid when the low interest loans from the State Revolving Fund are approved, said Tupelo Water and Light Director Johnny Timmons. The city has filed for $8.6 million to complete water projects and $12.7 million to complete sewer projects.
“We anticipate approval in February or March,” Timmons said, which would allow the work to begin in April and May.
Later this spring, residents in some annexed areas, primarily in the Belden and Chesterville areas will see Tupelo Water and Light crews adding hydrants, which will improve fire protection of those areas.
“The mains are already in place,” Timmons said, allowing for the access points to serve fire crews in an emergency.
The neighborhoods are part of a 16 square miles of annexed areas that became part of the city in September after a long legal battle.