Mayor to assess Saltillo wastewater plans

By Cain Madden/NEMS Daily Journal

SALTILLO – Mayor Bill Williams will help keep the ball rolling on north Lee County’s regional wastewater facility.
Saltillo aldermen tapped Williams as the city’s representative to select the engineering firm for a feasibility study that aims to alleviate future issues in Guntown, Saltillo and Baldwyn.
The study, which comes after a population boost in north Lee County, will assess current wastewater services and needs in north Lee County, identify long-term and short-term solutions, provide cost estimates and assist with establishing interlocal agreements or a regional authority.
Firms have submitted proposals for the feasibility study on a potential north Lee County regional wastewater facility. The study was approved by Lee County supervisors in June.
The next step for supervisors was asking the municipalities involved to appoint a committee member to rate each individual firm’s study.
After a debate, the board decided to put Williams on the committee ahead of Public Works Director Richard Feist.
“I think this job would be more fitting for the mayor, in my opinion,” Alderman Scott Knight said. “As it goes, the mayor will keep us informed, and we can all help. Richard, with all he has, I don’t want to put more on his plate.”
While Feist said he wanted to do it, he said the mayor is just as good of a choice as he would have been.
Williams said he will be part of a committee that includes representatives from each municipality involved, Three Rivers Planning and Development District, The Community Develop Foundation and Lee County.
Each group will rate the firm’s proposals on a scale, and the firm with the highest score gets the job.
The feasibility study will cost an estimated $135,000. The Appalachian Regional Commission awarded Lee County $60,000, while the county and the other principals involved will contribute $12,500 to the study.