Moss Point mayor wants Public Works' services 7 days a week

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -  Moss Point's Public Works employees may have to say goodbye to weekends off.  Mayor Xavier Bishop believes opening the office seven days a week will improve service.

"That essentially means that on Saturday and Sunday there will be a crew that works. We are hoping that many of the improvements that need to be done to our infrastructure will be done more readily now," Bishop said.

Currently, Utility Partners runs the department, and is open Monday through Friday. Bishop said people with problems on the weekends are left to call a toll-free number for help.

"Then there is a call out crew that will go out, and make an assessment, and take care of any emergency repairs that need to be handled," he said.

Mayor Bishop believes the city is growing, and more problems are springing up around town. So he wants the old way of doing things to change.

"The turn around time is not where it needs to be. The response time is not what it should be. And the quality of work, I think in some cases, could be better," Bishop said.

Resident Hattie Laffoon agrees with her mayor on the proposed scheduling. She lives on Jody Street, and said she has a list of problems for the department needs to tackle.

"Clean out the drainage ditches; clean the ditches along Highway 613. Every time it rains, it looks like a river because the ditches are so deep," she said.

Mayor Bishop said Public Works' one year contract ended in February and he plans to put the longer work week in the new one year agreement.

"We would like to have an agreement we can all agree to, one that most of all meets the needs of citizens," Bishop said.

Mayor Bishop said he also wants to put certain benchmarks in the contract, so employees will be held accountable for their job performance. Utility Partners did not want to comment on the contract negotiations.

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