Reservoir legislation could soon go to the governor
We have got to preserve everything we can to improve the quality of life here - 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.
Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:27:00 GMT
A Jackson Prep football player hospitalized following Friday night's game has died. Walker Wilbanks was transported Friday to the hospital during the second half of the school's home football game againstMore >>
Pressler says Walker's death was an "unfortunate freak event" revolving around the balance of sodium and water in the body. He says it had no reflection of being over or underhydrated.
Thursday, August 28 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:33:06 GMT
SPARTANBURG COUNT, SC (WYFF) - Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. DeputiesMore >>
Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.More >>
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
Saturday, August 30 2014 9:55 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:55:31 GMT
A Cirrus SR22 recreational plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean Saturday, about 50 miles from Wallops Island, Va. The Coast Guard reported one person was on board.A Coast Guard team from Elizabeth City,More >>
A Cirrus SR22 recreational plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean Saturday, 51 miles southeast of Chincoteague Island, Va. The Coast Guard reported one person was on board.More >>
WLBT 3 - Fox 40
715 South Jefferson Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201