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Reservoir legislation could soon go to the governor

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We have got to preserve everything we can to improve the quality of life here - John Stigman We have got to preserve everything we can to improve the quality of life here - John Stigman
Bert Case and Reservoir Manager John Stigman Bert Case and Reservoir Manager John Stigman
ROSS BARNETT RESERVOIR (Mississippi News Now) -

Legislation that would make the reservoir area more like a city, has now passed both houses of the Mississippi Legislature. The measure has one more hurdle before it goes to the governor for approval.     

The 33,000 acre lake is run by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District. The legislation would give that board the same authority and responsibility a city has in providing services and collecting fees.

It would allow the reservoir to provide police and fire protection and other city services, not now provided.

"I think it gives us the ability to do a better job," said Reservoir Manager John Stigman. "We have got to preserve everything we can to improve the quality of life here, so the people will want to live here and they will want to pay their lease payments. So this bill gives us some options to approach these things."

Reservoir resident Robert Mailly, who lives in the Palisades Subdivision, doesn't like the idea of a new layer of government.

"We have enough government already in the state of Mississippi, and that's one of the reasons I moved out here 20 years ago, is because it's a down home rural community, and I don't want to destroy that," said Mailly.

The legislation is being held on a motion to reconsider, but that is expected to be done away with next Monday and then the legislation can go to the governor, who is expected to sign it.  

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