BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Ten years after annexation, some Woolmarket residents could finally be getting sewer service. This week the Biloxi City Council will consider the approval of a $2.5 million cost share agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers. The joint effort would service an area near the Woolmarket exit off of Interstate 10. Members of a nearby church say when it comes to infrastructure improvements, the sooner the better.
On Sunday afternoons, a group of 12 to 18-year-olds gets together for fellowship and Bible study. Coast Community Church members say the youth group is one of several ministries that's growing fast.
"Since February or March we have more than doubled in our attendance. Both on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights," said Dean Brasher, church leader. "We have quadrupled the youth department and doubled or maybe tripled our children's department. We are in a building crisis crunch 'cause we're running out of space."
Church leaders say they recently started to look into the possibility of construction another building on their Woolmarket property.
Brashear said, "When you begin to look at building very large buildings which we want to do in excess of 20,000 square feet, you've got to have a water supply better than a well and hopefully a sewage supply better than a septic tank."
"Those could be hurdles for us that we may not be able to jump over," he said. "We may not be able to build what we want to build."
The church is in the stretch of Woolmarket Road between Shortcut Road and Raintree Drive which would get sewer service under a proposal about to go before the Biloxi City council.
"I'm excited," said Brashear. "I would love to have water first, but if sewage comes down first then water, Amen."
The congregation says getting sewer service would be a blessing to the entire community. Especially since the area is close to Interstate 10.
Pastor Joel Smith said, "For the area, I think it would be great, we being fairly close to I-10, for expansion. I would just imagine it would be good for the entire community, development of other industries and of course for us at the church. A great benefit to the community as a whole. "
City officials say crews are currently putting in water and sewer lines in some areas of Woolmarket.