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Top Rating for Bear Creek

Bear Creek Water Association has again earned the maximum score of 5.0 / 5.0 from the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) for the drinking water supply, according to the MSDH inspection report in May.

Bear Creek Water Association General Manager Nolan Williamson says, “The Mississippi State Department of Health conducts a yearly on-site inspection, and then gives a grade based upon several criteria. The three categories are technical, managerial, and financial.  We are pleased that we have received the maximum score of 5.0 in all three categories. Our staff of licensed water operators makes sure all of our sampling, testing, and compliance is monitored per the regulatory requirements.

“And the State Department of Health staff is great for providing any necessary guidance. Our board of directors is comprised of five well-qualified individuals who have worked hard to make sure we are financially sound, and that we are planning properly for both the present and the future. Our goal is to provide the safest drinking water that we possibly can to our customers.”

One challenge for Bear Creek Water Association is handling the continued growth of the area. Three new water wells and a new elevated water tank are in the planning and design stage right now. Williamson says, “We need three new wells to keep up with the growth on our system. There is still vacant land that can be developed and we must be prepared. We hope to start construction on the new wells in late 2019 or early 2020, and we hope to start construction of the tank in 2020. We will use SRF funding through the State Department of Health to assist us with some of these projects.”

Bear Creek provides water service to portions of the City of Canton, City of Madison, City of Ridgeland, and unincorporated areas of south Madison County.

Bear Creek Water Association was named the Mississippi Water Distribution System of the Year for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 by the AL/MS Section of the American Water Works Association.


Gates Approved

Providence Property Owners Association got the go-ahead from the Madison County board of supervisors to install a traffic control gate.

The gate will be installed at the entrance of the subdivision, which is located along Gluckstadt Road.

Zoning Administrator Scott Weeks presented the request to the board and said that they had met most of the requirements.

The distance from the gate to the road is shorter than normal, clocking in at 83 feet instead of the required 100 feet.

This was a concern for some of the board members.

“Will cars stack up on Gluckstadt?” asked District One Supervisor Sheila Jones. “How many cars can fit in 83 feet?”

“I think what she’s asking is, ‘Is this gate safe? Is 83 feet enough to keep Gluckstadt road safe and keep traffic off?’” District Two Supervisor Trey Baxter said.

Weeks said that other gated public streets have gotten design exceptions for similar issues. The board unanimously voted to approve the gate.

In other action, the board:

• Awarded the bid for the Gluckstadt Road improvements project at the Engineering Department’s recommendation to Joe Magee Construction Company in the amount of $1,989,846.50;

• Approved the Engineering Department’s recommendation to hire Garver LLC to provide design engineering services for Yandell Road drainage improvements at Madison Crossing Elementary and Kemper Creek subdivision for a fee not to exceed $27,150;

• Approved Neel-Schaffer’s contract for construction engineering and inspection services for Gluckstadt Road improvements project.


Road Bonds Awarded

Madison County is moving forward with plans to issue $1,635,000 in bonds to fund several county road projects.

The board of supervisors received seven bids, but ultimately went with the “lowest and best” bid from Bank of Yazoo of a 1.508718 percent interest rate.

Bank Plus, Trustmark, Renasant Bank, Community Bank, Priority One Bank and Regions also submitted bids.

The board voted unanimously to award the bid to Bank of Yazoo.

These funds will allow the county to move forward on several road projects, including Caroline Boulevard, $350,000; McCullough Lane, $25,500; Cane Creek Road, $100,000; Livingston Drive, Livingston Cove and Bidon Drive, $124,500; Old Agency Parkway and Old Agency Road, $400,000.

The resolution is limited to the reconstruction of those particular roads, in addition to the remaining funds being allocated to Hoy Road improvement projects.

In the case of excess funds, they will be used to pay down the debt to the lender. They will have that flexibility in this case.

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