$11 million water fix

By REGGIE ROSS
Staff Writer

The Grenada City Council has approved an $11 million measure that will potentially improve the city’s drinking water.
A motion was made by Ward One City Councilman Warren Cox to pass a drinking water systems improvement revolving loan fund as the first step in the process.  Ward Three Councilman Lewis Johnson seconded the motion, and the vote passed unanimously at 7-0.
In the motion, the $11 million water improvement will be paid through an increase in the city’s water rates, pending a further meeting with the Public Service Commissioner.
City Engineer Robert Willis told the city council that he had spoken with the Public Service Commissioner about the measure, and the important thing was taking action on the revolving loan fund.
“This is something that we’ve long been waiting to do, and we can’t let this pass us by for another 15 years,” Willis said. “What we need to do is approve this an go ahead and move along with the paperwork.”
After hearing from with a water expert with the Mississippi State Department of Health, it was decided that the project will be paid through the city’s water rates.