Monday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Noblin Sewer System.
According to Will Hooker, county administrator, the new sewer system will improve the quality of life for the residents in the subdivisions.
Hooker said each family would receive a 1,000 gallon septic tank that will be treated and maintained by Cleveland.
"It has been a long time coming, entirely too long. There are some things that I feel that the government should do and maintaining a proper sewage system is one of them," said Catherine Farris-Carter, chancery court judge.
According to Supervisor Larry King, citizens had been complaining about the unpleasant odors and raw sewage, which were results of a lack of proper sewage drainage system.
"We have had so many promises about this project taking place but they didn't do it. We have had a great number of letdowns. Will Hooker has been a very strong force in this matter. We truly appreciate the city of Cleveland for working with us and Boyle-Skeen Water," said Mira Foster, president of Noblin Utility District.
As said by Andrew Williams, president of the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors, the citizens remained proactive and they did not give up on having a suitable sewage drainage system.
"One of the reasons that I decided to run for county board of supervisor in 1995, was when I found out that there were citizens in Bolivar County that had raw sewage running out of their back doors, so to speak," added Williams.
In 2009, the county began requesting a partnership Cleveland to allow the Noblin and Stanton subdivisions to tie into its sewage system.
"Boyle-Skeen Water Association and the city of Cleveland successfully partnered to make the lives of the residents safer. This project is long over due and I am pleased that it is finally being rectified," said Hooker.
In order to aid with the project, members of the Board of Supervisors sought funds from various agencies.
According to Hooker, the county received funds from Mississippi Department of Environment Quality, Mississippi Development Authority and the Recovery Reinvestment Act.
"I am so glad that the supervisors moved forward with this project and remained stern in ensuring that the government kept its promise to the people,” said Carter.
Greenbriar Digging Services LLC of Brookhaven will perform the work for the sewage system.
The project is set to continue for the following 180 calendar days.