Petal finishes Central Avenue sewer project


Officials from the city of Petal have completed and paid for a sewer repair project at Central Avenue and Hillcrest Loop.

Members of the Petal Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday to pay a total of $212,384.80 for the work to two contractors: $169,077.05 to CJ Morgan and $43,307.75 to Suncoast Infrastructure. Work consisted of repairing a manhole that had been eroded by hydrogen sulfide and rerouting underground lines.

“We had to dig a new manhole and … we had (about) five major lines that came through there,” Mayor Hal Marx said. “So that took a while.

“We had the street closed off for about three or for weeks while they did that. So it’s done, and we just got the invoice to pay them.”

Back in March, aldermen voted to apply for a $350,000 loan from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to fund the sewer project, as well as another project that will upgrade a lift station on Walnut Drive. Upgrades to the station, which would ideally increase the station’s flow from 120 gallons per minute to 250 gallons per minute, are expected to cost between $80,000 and $90,000.

“What’s been presented to us is that lift station is too small,” John Weeks, civil engineer with Shows, Dearman & Waits told board members. “Long term, what we need is a bigger wet well there at Walnut Drive.”

The $350,000 loan will be paid back over the course of five years.

In other action Tuesday, board members:

·      Adopted a proclamation declaring June Scoleosis Awareness Month

        Reappointed Charles Kendrick as Planning Commission Ward 4 for a term to expire July 2023.

·      Accepted the resignation of Lloyd Ishee in the Recreation Department effective May 23.

·      Adopted an order hiring Brooks Smith as a 1st Class Firefighter at the rate of $12.64 an hour effective June 11.