By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – North Lee County residents could eventually flush their toilets with greater ease thanks to a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
The ARC awarded $60,000 to Lee County for a feasibility study on a regional wastewater treatment facility.
Lee County supervisors today voted unanimously to accept the grant and to seek requests for proposals from firms to handle the study.
It will cost an estimated $135,000.
The county, along with Baldwyn, Guntown, Saltillo, also each will contribute $12,500 toward the project. An additional $12,500 will come from both the Three Rivers Planning and Development District and the Community Development Foundation.
The study will assess current wastewater services and needs in north Lee County, look at current wastewater conditions, identify potential short-term and long-term solutions, assist with establishment of interlocal agreements or a regional authority, and provide cost estimates as well as a financing structure.