- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) - A Hancock County supervisor is calling for an investigation into the Diamondhead Water & Sewer District following the abrupt resignations of several commissioners and employees.

Supervisor Steve Seymour tells The Sun Herald (https://bit.ly/1Jr9qOb ) he plans to ask his fellow supervisors at their next meeting to approve a full investigation into the controversy surrounding a multimillion-dollar construction project and its possible connection to the resignations of General Manager Mike Collard, Chairman Charlie Johnson and two district employees.

The water and sewer district board on Tuesday temporarily halt construction on its new $4 million administrative facility. After the meeting, board member Michael Schaefer resigned.

Schaefer’s resignation means the water and sewer board now only has three members. Board members are appointed by the Hancock County Board of Supervisors, which does not meet again until Monday.

Some city and county officials are also upset about Mike Collard’s push to build the $4 million administrative building.

Seymour said supervisors asked Collard not to spend tax dollars on what the county considered an unnecessary and expensive office.

“We asked a while back for him not to spend that $3 million or 4 million on the administrative building,” he said, adding nothing is wrong with the district’s current offices.

Seymour said the district also refused the county’s request to allow the state Department of Environmental Quality to conduct a feasibility study on the district’s desire to have its own wastewater-treatment plant.

No grants were obtained for the office project, meaning the entire cost would come out of the city’s budget.


Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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