GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - It's not hard to find evidence of development throughout the city of Gautier. That's because the city has kicked off a number of redevelopment projects since the start of 2012.
"There's going to be a lot of ribbon cuttings in 2012. We've got a lot of great things that are coming," Mayor Tommy Fortenberry said. "Myself and the council are working hard together in unity. Sometimes we take a different path, but we end up on the same road and we all have the heart to see this city move forward."
Some of the improvements include $7 million to repave roads, and upgrades to the Singing River Mall.
"We're going to cut ribbons on our new police department across the street. We're going to build a new fire station on Highway 57 so we can service the west side of our city. We're going to cut ribbons on a 16 acre medical complex on the interstate corridor on Highway 57, and we're going to have clean drinking water in the city of Gautier."
There have been talks of changes in the city for years now, but the mayor said this time, it's for real.
"There have been a lot of promises made. There's been a lot of things that have floundered from lack of leadership. I believe now we have all the pieces of the puzzle together for the city of Gautier to see the city move forward. We're all accountable, the councilmen, the city manager, the city employees. We have a great team together right now," Fortenberry said.
And the mayor said If you're expecting these plans to be stretched out across years, you're wrong. He said he's confident that each project will be completed within the year.
A few other improvements in the works include city drainage projects, new road signs throughout the city, and a veterans tribute tower.