Meridian Star

April 17, 2013

City proposes water, sewer bond issue

By Terri Ferguson Smith / tsmith@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Some needed water and sewer repairs will be funded if the city goes forward with a proposed bond issue for $1.2 million.

    The Meridian City Council unanimously approved a resolution of intent to pass the bond issue that would provide $350,000 for a generator at North Meridian freshwater plant, $600,000 for filter repair at B Street freshwater plant, and $250,000 to reroute wastewater from Marion to the east plant.

    "We need the generator for the North Hills water plant," said George Thomas, president of the City Council. "If the power goes out right now, we do not have a generator there. That's  been needed. We've been working on this for six months."

    The diversion of the water from Marion to the other treatment plant will relieve the pressure on the other plant, Thomas said.

    "Right now that wastewater is traveling all the way across the city of Meridian," Thomas said. "Now it can go to the other water treatment plant. It's a lot closer.

    The filter replacement has been needed for a while, he said.

    Refinancing bonds for better interest rates and paying off some other bonds allowed the city to go forward with the projects.

    The council will vote on the matter during its May 21 meeting.

    Also on Tuesday, the council approved changing the meeting location for the next three council meetings. Meetings scheduled for May 7, May 21, and June 4 will be held in Union Station in the New Orleans / North Eastern Room.         The council meeting room on the third floor of City Hall will be used for city elections during those meeting dates.