OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Ocean Springs will receive two million dollars to improve its drainage system. The money comes from Senate Bill 3100, better known as the Business Investment Act. That act allows the Mississippi Development Authority to manage the two million dollar grant to the city.
In a statement from Ocean Springs City Hall, Alderman John Gill said, "This bond is not a loan, but a grant to address drainage issues throughout the city. We could not have received this opportunity without the credibility Joe Gill has within state government. I also want to thank the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen for their support and the many phone calls they made in supporting this bond. This bond will bring needed relief to citizens that have been living with drainage problems throughout the city."
The remaining step in securing the city's bond is approval by the State Bond Committee, which will meet in July. If approved, the city could have access to the funding as soon as September of this year.
Mayor Connie Moran expressed gratitude to Senator Tommy Moffatt for drafting and introducing Senate Bill 3018. Although the bill died in committee, Senator Moffatt was instrumental in amending Senate Bill 3100, while on the senate floor, to include the $2 million for Ocean Springs' drainage. "We appreciate the efforts of our legislative delegation for their support in attaining funding for these important projects," said Mayor Moran. "It was a team effort of our local officials, staff, and state representatives."