Hattiesburg council approves emergency measures

By The Associated Press

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg City Council has approved measures further related to the aftermath of the Feb. 10 tornado.

The Hattiesburg American reports the council Tuesday night approved the state of emergency declaration, signed on Feb. 10, and approved agreements with Pine Belt Solid Waste Authority and Waste Management to dispose of storm debris in landfills.

The council also voted to suspend permitting fees for building projects in the city for those affected by the storm. Residents still must apply for the permits, but they will not be charged.

Also, the council approved a professional services agreement with Schaus LLC to assist with FEMA documentation for work projects and reimbursement documentation.