Pearl River County Residents Give Input On Rebuilding

Tuesday night, more than a hundred Pearl River County residents attended a meeting in Poplarville to give input on how their hometowns should be rebuilt.

Since the storm, more than 1,000 people have moved to Poplarville. The town, widely known for its small town charm, is now bustling with activity.

"This is one of the main issues we're facing right now, is the influx of traffic in our town. We don't really now at the time if this traffic is going to keep flowing, or not, but we're going to have to make some kind of decision about what we're going to do to control this traffic down the line," said Poplarville Mayor Billy Spiers.

Traffic and transportation were just some of the topics Pearl River County residents wanted addressed at the Governor's Commission meeting.

"And the issue I would like to present to the Governor's Commission is on public transportation. There seems to be questions asked on whether or not there will be anything that will provide transportation in between Poplarville and Picayune on a regular basis," said Cheryl D. Johnson.

Handling the booming population in the county was also at the forefront of discussion.

"I think if any of you have been to Wal-Mart, or you've been through this traffic, you see that growth in this county and the number of people that are here is probably the center of gravity for what's growing on right now. And in Poplarville, there are no places to rent, there are no houses for sale," said resident Hudson Holliday.

Residents from various cities and communities throughout the county were on hand for Tuesday night's meeting. And while each of their hometowns faces its own unique challenges, all of these Pearl River County residents want to make sure their community rebuilding plans are on the right track for the long haul.

This is the second Governor's Commission Meeting on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal in Pearl River County. Recommendations will be given to the advisory board on December 9.