The Lee County Board of Supervisors announced today that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded up to $60,000 in matching grant assistance to Lee County for the study of a northern Lee County regional wastewater facility.
Working with Three Rivers Planning & Development District (TRPDD) and the Community Development Foundation (CDF), Lee County, Baldwyn, Guntown, and Saltillo have committed matching funds to begin the study, which is expected to total $135,000.“
We are grateful to Mike Armour and the ARC for helping us secure this grant. A regional wastewater study would not be possible without the help of the ARC and the Three Rivers Planning & Development District,” said Joe McKinney, Lee County Board of Supervisors president. “This study will help us evaluate what our current infrastructure is capable of, and will enable us to determine what changes must be made to ensure the needs of the people of Lee County are met in the future.” In 2010, the Lee County Board of Supervisors, along with the Mayors of Baldwyn, Guntown, and Saltillo, initiated the concept of a regional wastewater study to find solutions for the rapidly growing areas of northern Lee County. As residential, commercial, and industrial growth continues in these areas, it is expected that further stress on current infrastructure will require new means for the handling of wastewater. The study is expected to cover short and long range planning for each municipality, the industrial parks, and the expected unincorporated growth areas of Lee County. Upon completion of the study, the entities will have steps in place for the potential development of a regional wastewater district and collection facility.
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“We are proud to have helped Lee County and the communities of Baldwyn, Guntown, and Saltillo attain the assistance needed to complete this wastewater study,” said Randy Kelley, executive director of Three Rivers Planning & Development District. “The growth in this area, both residential and industrial, is exciting, and we look forward to continuing work with area officials to provide an even greater quality of life for the citizens of Lee County.”
“Many thanks to the Lee County Board of Supervisors and Three Rivers Planning & Development District for spearheading this effort,” said Mayor Michael James, City of Baldwyn. “This study is vital to determining the future of infrastructure within the Harry A. Martin North Lee Industrial Complex, and we look forward to continuing the partnership with our neighboring municipalities as we move forward.”
“This wastewater study will help us determine how the needs of the people of Guntown will be met as our town continues to grow and expand,” said Guntown Mayor Robert Herring. “We appreciate the vision of the Lee County Board of Supervisors, and the hard work of Randy Kelley and Three Rivers in helping us reach this point.”
“As Saltillo continues to expand, it is important that we evaluate our infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing population,” said Saltillo Mayor Bill Williams. “We appreciate the leadership of the Lee County Board of Supervisors, and look forward to working with our neighboring communities to provide the best services available to our citizens.”