Tupelo City Council approves Haven Acres contract

TUPELO – Work will begin in April to fix a decades-long problem of raw sewage backing into some Haven Acres homes.
The City Council on Tuesday approved a contract with Buz Plaxico Dozer Service to replace portions of the neighborhood’s underground sewage system. The Corinth-based firm won the contract through a competitive bid process.
It had offered the lowest price of $245,677 – about $200,000 less than the project’s originally estimated cost but closer what Tupelo Water amp& Light manager Johnny Timmons expected.
The city “had budgeted a larger amount,” Timmons said, “but we sort of always figured it’d be around $300,000 or so.”
Half the money will be paid through a Community Development Block Grant the city won in October.
Work likely will begin in about one month and take 180 days to complete, said James Woodall of Cook Coggin Engineers, which is collaborating on the project.
When it’s done, it will have corrected an issue that has plagued the south Tupelo subdivision for years.
Currently, some 130 homes share a connector line with one or more neighbors. Raw sewage can clog easily at the connection site, causing it to flow into the homes.
Tupelo inherited the problem when it annexed Haven Acres in 1989. The subdivision, which today has more than 300 homes, was developed in the early 1970s in an unincorporated area with no infrastructure codes or requirements.
Since annexation, the city has provided some homes individual connections but charged residents $1,500 for the service. Not all households can afford the fee, leaving many to suffer the hassle and odor of raw sewage in their homes.
The project will provide each house in Haven Acres its own connection to the main sewer lines running under the streets.
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@journalinc.com.

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