FRIARS POINT — Edith Gammel is tired of turning on the tap and getting brown water so she brought her concerns about water and sewage to the council.
Gammel said the water in her home and for other residents is dark. Her boyfriend, Buddy Furniss, showed pictures of dark water in the community.
“Hopefully, with her know-how and our teamwork, we can get this done,” said Gammel of correcting water issues.
Gammel made several suggestions including having a boil water order if the water was cut off for even five minutes. She brought up issues with the septic tank.
“As far as the tank, as required by law, we would like to see the last five years annual tank inspection report and interior pictures of the tank,” Gammel said.
Gammel said, as required by law, there should be an annual inspection. She also said the tank needs pressure washing on the inside every four years.
“If it’s rusty on the outside, like we can see with our eyes, what do we think the inside looks like?” Gammel said.
Gammel said water meters need to be read. When bills are not paid, she said water needs to be cut off.
Washington said every time the state tests Friars Point water, it passes. He added Friars Point and Greenville, the only two towns sitting on the Mississippi River, have dark water.
“It’s true water is a problem throughout this country everywhere,” Washington said. “Let me just share this with you, too. Water is a top priority. We have always applied for water (grants).”
However, Washington said, small towns throughout the state are applying for similar grants. He added there is a pool of money in the range of $12 million to $13 million.
In other business:
Following the resignation of Neal Mitchell, Fernando Bee was named interim police chief.
Dr. Lonnie Edwards, a friend and former Coahoma Community College men’s basketball teammate of Washington, arranged for the USDA to host a small town summit all day at CCC Oct. 21 to 23.