By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
Guntown residents soon will have their wastewater treated in Saltillo.
The Saltillo Board of Aldermen approved an interlocal agreement between the two cities Tuesday, making Guntown Saltillo’s newest wastewater customer.
Guntown will be charged 74 cents per thousand gallons treated once the city makes a connection to Saltillo’s wastewater facility.
Guntown Mayor Robert Herring said they are working on those connection plans.
“We had to have an agreement before we could do anything else so I couldn’t tell you when it will be finished,” he said. “We may have to purchase land and then construct, but the interlocal is the first step in getting it down there and then that will tie into our regional wastewater plan, which will bring Saltillo, Guntown and Baldwyn together.”
The regional plan Herring mentioned is the Sand Creek Regional Wastewater Authority, which, if carried out, will bring Saltillo, Guntown and Baldwyn together into one wastewater district where every- one shares costs of treatment and capital improvements.
“This can act on its own independently once approved by the attorney general,” said Jason Herring, city attorney for both Saltillo and Guntown. “Certainly, if we go forward under the Sand Creek Regional Wastewater Authority, this step will have already been done.”
The state Attorney General’s office has 60 days to reject or approve an interlocal agreement before it automatically goes into effect.
The board voted unanimously to bring Guntown on as a customer.