Sewer and water repairs to benefit town
by Rory Doyle
Jan 03, 2013 | 1773 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Drew residents received positive news about plans for sewer and water improvements at Wednesday's board of aldermen meeting.

Insufficient sewer and water lines and sinkholes have plagued Drew neighborhoods for a number of years.

Lake Baird, with Gardner Engineering, P. A. in Indianola, presented to the board that a contractor was found to carry out necessary construction under budget.

Baird reported that Dirt Works, Inc. out of Vicksburg could upgrade outdated elements for $1,244,453.

"I had estimated $1.8 million so it was good to get a bid for less than expected," said Baird. "These repairs are a long time in the making — talks have been in the works since 2009."

Funding for the project comes from several sources including a rural development grant, a portion of city water bills, $250,000 from the Mississippi Development Authority and $25,000 from Sunflower County.

Joseph Street, First Street, Shaw Avenue, Gertrude Avenue and Park Avenue are a few of the streets that will receive the biggest repairs.

"This project will help with some of the worst streets in Drew and begin fixing some of the most serious problems," added Baird. "Once the rural development funding kicks in, we expect work to begin in the spring of 2013.

"It's been an ongoing struggle and there's been a lot of hoops to jump through. This is a desperate need and I'm glad to see Drew can begin to set things straight."

With the remaining funding, Drew will also be able to extend city water lines to 80 houses further out in the county.

The line extensions, which will impact homeowners from the outskirts of Drew up to Miss. Highway 32, will begin after city sewer and water repairs.