MOSS POINT -- The main topic of discussion at Wednesday's meeting for wards 5 and 6 was infrastructure. Among the residents' concerns were drainage, potholes and gas lines.
Chad Wages, Diversified Consultants engineer, said the gas line replacement work will be sent out for bids in mid-July and construction will begin at the end if the month in Griffin Street. Wages said that is one of the highest-impact gas lines in the city, as it is a distribution line. The 6,700-foot pipeline will be replaced using polyethylene pipe. Wages said a major factor with construction will be the high traffic congestion along Griffin Street during the 90-day project. He expects the gas project to be completed within 18 to 24 months. At that point, sewer-line replacement will begin.
"Where they are right now is moving in the right direction," he said.
The other main concerns are fixing potholes and drainage problems. Wages said the money the city saved by fixing leaky gas lines will be available for those types of projects.
"This was a breath of fresh air," Ward 5 resident Linda Firmin said. "We know our alderman can only do so much, but this did let us know the timeline of what's being done."
Alderman-at-Large Houston Cunningham, interim Police Chief Art McClung and Jackson County Supervisor Melton Harris were in attendance.
Harris agreed the main concerns he hears from residents are drainage and street issues.