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D'Iberville Expanding Water/Sewer Service Outside City Limits

HARRISON COUNTY (WLOX) -- The new D'Iberville High School that's going up on Lamey Bridge Road sits outside the D'Iberville city limits. However, D'Iberville will get to provide water and sewer service to the new campus.

According to the city manager, D'Iberville recently received permission from the Public Service Commission to serve four, new commercial and residential developments being proposed for east Harrison County. Those projects include at least 10,000 housing and retail units.

"Actually, these developers came to us," said D'Iberville City Manager Richard Rose. "We're the closest entity that can provide water and sewer service to them. So the city of Biloxi and the city of D'Iberville made a mutual agreement for the city of D'Iberville to have a temporary certificated area to serve these developments water and sewer."

D'Iberville already serves a 3.5 square mile area, outside its city limits. The expanded service will cover an additional 4.5 square miles of land. That's part of the property that both D'Iberville and Biloxi want to annex.

"We want to be able to be that provider and we've done a good job, and we will continue to do a good job for the people, whether they're in D'Iberville or in Harrison County," said Rose. "It benefits people. It benefits developers, and that's what we want is good developments."

Rose would not say how this temporary compromise will affect his city's annexation dispute with Biloxi.

"We're going to put all our cards on the table, as will the city of Biloxi, and we'll see what happens from there," said Rose.

The final decision on which city -- D'Iberville or Biloxi -- will get to control the water and sewer service in the developing area, rests on the outcome of the annexation case. The trial is set for October 6th.

Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway said both cities did reach a temporary agreement on water and sewer service, and referred all other questions to an attorney handling the city's annexation case. That attorney has not returned our phone call for a comment.

By Trang Pham-Bui

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