VERNON – The City of Vernon’s sewage treatment plant could see updates made in order to become in compliance with state mandates.
The plant was shut down due to outdated equipment, which left the only place area companies can dump their raw sewage in Port St. Joe, 90 miles away.
Washington County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Tray Hawkins addressed the council when they met in workshop June 4, about this issue saying if it could be reopened, the revenue could go to support it in the years to come.
“If we can get the plant back up and running, the revenue funds could go into an account to use for repairs and updates in the future,” said Hawkins.
The approximately $465,000 cost could come in the form of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to fund the project. Hawkins said the county will also be looking to the state for possible funding for the project.
More discussion and possible action is expected at the next regular session council meeting.
Bids for the repaving of the Sportsplex were opened and are also expected to be voted on in regular session. Football and Cheerleading signups are underway as well. The baseball awards banquet is set for June 12 at 6 p.m. at the Sportsplex, council members are expected to be in attendance.
Vernon Fire Department Captain John Williamson addressed the council about ongoing issues that he says are a health hazard saying that they were supposed to come to a decision by June 4.
“We were told these issues would have a decision made by tonight,” said Williamson.
President Gary Owens responded that a decision was not able to be made tonight and would be up again for discussion at the June 18 meeting.
“Two of our council members and the mayor will meet with you as soon as possible,” he said.
At which point Williamson approached the council and laid his key on the table stating, “Here is my key to the office, I am out of the Vernon Fire Department,” Williamson said. “The next conversation will be with lawyers. See ya.”
Council members were unable to answer questions regarding the issues at hand but advised they would be addressed at the fire departments meeting on June 5.
Vernon City Council will meet again in regular session on June 18 at 6 p.m.