April 15, 2010 10:50:00 AM
Citizens who want to know more about a newly formed wastewater district in Oktibbeha County will have the opportunity to this weekend during a public meeting to discuss the project.
Organizers of the East Oktibbeha Wastewater District will hold the meeting Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Council of Community Organizations of Oktibbeha County, also known as the COCO Center, in the Clayton Village area east of Starkville. The meeting is intended to inform local residents and businesses about the project, and to let people sign up for service.
Those in attendance will be able to ask questions about the proposed wastewater lines, which would stretch east from Mississippi State University to the Hickory Grove Road area, and north along Sixteenth Section Road to East Oktibbeha Elementary.
According to Ryan Gray, a property owner who is helping organize the project, 500-600 residents in the area could hook up to the lines. Gray believes a new wastewater line in eastern Oktibbeha County could spur economic development.
"It''s definitely going to advance the opportunities for development because the infrastructure is lacking now," Gray said. "Hopefully this will draw some attention to that area and, given its proximity to the university and (Golden Triangle) megasite, it could really create an increase in the tax base and provide some additional revenue. It''s really providing some opportunity for growth."
The lines also would benefit residents who use outdated septic and lagoon systems, he said. The East Oktibbeha Wastewaster District is seeking Community Development Block Grant money to help residents pay to hook up to the lines. Fees would vary, Gray said.
District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer has been a proponent of the project since it was introduced last year.
"I think it is a terrific opportunity for us to increase economic development in that part of the county," Trainer said. "And it wouldn''t just benefit that part of the county. If one part of the county is growing, the entire county benefits."
The COCO Center is located at 1408 Highway 182.