Special Chancellor Michael H. Ward has not made a ruling as of early Wednesday afternoon in the motion to dismiss the Bellevue incorporation case and the motion to recoup expenses.
The motion to dismiss the case was filed by the Citizens of Bellevue incorporators and a hearing was held April 19 on both motions in the William J. “Pete” Gamble Chancery Courthouse in Purvis. The petition to incorporate Bellevue was filed in the 10th District Chancery Court on March 19, 2017.
Jackson attorney Chad Mask, who is representing the Citizens of Bellevue group supporting incorporation of the city, said recently he wants dismissal of the case without prejudice, where no restrictions are placed on another attempt at incorporation.
Speaking for the incorporation opponents were Purvis attorney William Ducker and Hattiesburg lawyer Robin Roberts, and attorney Jerry Mills, who was hired by the City of Hattiesburg to oppose the incorporation because of the Hub City’s annexation efforts into the area.
Ducker and Mills both supported similar motions on having the incorporators – who sought dismissal of the effort – pay for the costs of the trial. Mills, who had been in other annexation hearings with Mask, said the process of checking signatures is time-consuming.