Wesson working on water, beauty

Published 9:02 pm Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Water and sewage changes were top of the agenda for the Wesson Board of Aldermen when they met Tuesday.

Beauregard received a grant to install a lift station for their sewage, but the village has no way of treating it. They’ll pump it to the city of Wesson. The city will then treat it and bill Beauregard per connection. The minimum for the first 1,000 gallons will be around $8 per customer.

“That seems like the fairest way to do it,” Mayor Alton Shaw said.

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While Beauregard is making improvements to their water infrastructure, Wesson is, too.

The water plant and wells are currently being operated by phone lines, which send a signal to let more water into the wells. The city wants to change the system to a wireless one.

So far, they’ve gotten a few quotes, and by making the change, the city will save on monthly costs. The issue will be revisited next month, Shaw said.

The city is focused on streamlining the water service on both ends, for both city workers and residents.

Sometime last year, the city adopted a policy of adjusting water bills if a resident has a water bill priced higher than normal from a leak or another unexplained high water use. The city would modify and adjust the bill, if necessary, after an investigation is conducted.

“It’s something we’re trying to adjust to help folks out,” Shaw said.

Beautification efforts are underway in Wesson.

The city received a $12,500 beautification grant from Canadian National, Mississippi Urban Forest Council and Keep America Beautiful. The Garden Club assisted the city in utilizing this grant, and the city was reimbursed after flowers and trees were purchased.

Discussion of renovating the library has nearly come full circle. The surveying for the Wesson Public Library renovations was finished, and construction isn’t too far off.

“It’s about three or four months away from construction,” Shaw said.

The topic of selling beer on Sunday reappeared, but there wasn’t any discussion.

The beer ordinance didn’t change from the previous meeting, as it was just finalized. The ordinance allows businesses who opt in to sell beer Monday through Saturday, but not on Sunday. Part of last month’s meeting was spent in discussion on the topic, but the topic was not voted on by the board.

“We can continue to operate under the current resolution with no further amendments,” Alderman Mike King said.

In other business Tuesday:

• The minutes from the May 7 meeting were approved.

• May claims were approved.

• The board agreed to abide by the guidelines of the Fair Housing Act.

• Due to the previous resignation of the deputy clerk, the board discussed hiring temporary summer help.

• The resolution for a property deemed a health hazard on Cotton Street was submitted at the meeting, so the owners will have a time frame in which they’ll have to clean up before the city comes in.

Story by Gracie Byrne