July 19, 2013 11:43:25 AM
Nathan Gregory - [email protected]
The Columbus Light and Water Board of Directors agreed Thursday to their end of a memorandum of understanding with the Lowndes County School District that would have the school system pay for installation of a pipe that would transfer sewage into CL&W's sewer line.
In addition to the six-figure price tag for installation that won't be finalized until CL&W General Manager Todd Gale appears before the school board Aug. 9, the district will pay approximately $50,000 in monthly utility fees for sewage processing costs. There will be no costs to CL&W, board attorney Jeff Smith said.
"The New Hope campus has a huge lagoon out there. I think they're within eight or 10 inches...they're just about at the max with their lagoon," Smith said. "What this would do is get the school district out of the sewer business. It would have pipe installed...and take it in and connect it to our existing line. The school district would pay the costs up front, which are estimated at several hundred thousand dollars."
Firearms ban, social media policy approved
The board followed the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors' lead and gave unanimous consent to banning firearms in the CL&W facility. The two governing bodies' decisions stem from state legislators' passage of a law allowing open carry of firearms. The law is currently on hold after an injunction was filed by a Hinds County circuit judge. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood told the Associated Press Wednesday that he will ask the state Supreme Court to overturn that ruling.
The board also approved a social media policy for all CL&W employees. The policy prohibits employees from posting department logos, uniforms, badges or other official items on personal web pages that would cause them to be confused with a spokesperson for the department. The policy also prohibits posting of false information about CL&W, employees, members of the public and other companies that do business with CL&W.
Nathan Gregory covers city and county government for The Dispatch.