By David Helms/The Pontotoc Progress
The Pontotoc Board of Aldermen passed two resolutions last week in ongoing efforts to secure $350,000 in emergency funds from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to repair dire sewer problems in the East Valley Drive neighborhood of Green Valley Subdivision.
Aldermen unanimously approved resolutions to advertise for an engineer for the MDEQ Green Valley project and to declare an emergency making the city eligible for emergency loans from DEQ.
In January the board began efforts to secure emergency funds to repair sewer pipe and manhole problems which have caused at least four East Valley Drive homes to be flooded with raw sewage in recent years.
Pontotoc City Engineer Mike Falkner said the resolutions were basically technicalities needed to move the funding request along.
“DEQ has already approved that the situation in Green Valley warrants emergency funds,” Falkner said.
“We’ve already requested bids for camera work on the pipes and manholes and once that’s completed we’ll bid for the work,” he said.
“The camera video will tell us how much repair can be done with slip lining and how much will have to be dug up and replaced,” he explained.
“Detailing the problems will enable our money to go as far a possible.”