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Wednesday, August 12, 2015 $1.00 Wiggins, Miss. Vol. 100, No.32 USPS 522-300 Your Since 1916 By dody O'Hara tion of purchasing the BLUA operations is the receive association, fact the association has bills Stone County "Something be a rath !t.arge fin r i-a Utility Authority is set to done," said authorityobligation to the United inter- seek a management member Charles Davis.States Department of mit- agreement with the Big "There seems to be a lot Agriculture Rural tently. Level Utility of mismanagement (of Development. Authority mem- Association. the BLUA)." "They owe the USDA ber Mary Havard In late June, the There is uncertainty well more than $1 mil- does not want to see authority had discussed over who even owns orlion with interest and the SCUA assume the purchase of the controls the Big Level penalties," said SCUAoperations only to financially troubled system. Chairman Dick O'Neal.have control taken association. It operates under theFor a very long time,back after a year's Authority Attorney auspices of the Carnes billing for water hasworth of hard work. Sean Tindel said he Utility Association, Inc., been spotty at best. She said the SCUA intended to meet with but Tindel said it Some customers seemed to be the only state officials in Jackson appeared that board had receive bills while others entity who sees some- and try to determine if only had one or two do not. thing wrong with the they would be agreeable meetings over the past Some customers current administration to the authority manag- year. haven't received a bill in of the authority. ing Big Level for a peri- One problem in upwards of two years. od of time in anticipa- assuming control of Some customers -Please m, W&lllBII, page 2 A resident questioned the City of Wiggins Board of Aldermen as to how much time a property owner has to bring a blighted property up to standards. A house at 1126 Rankin Ave. was found to be in danger of final collapse and pub- lic hearing held last month will allow the citY to move forward on mitigating the danger posed to the public safety and welfare by the house and several other properties within the city limits. Enterprise photo by Jody O'Hara. By Jody O'Hara She said the owner ofcollapse," she said. "The City Attorney Rebecca 1126 Rankin Ave., brick veneer of the Taylor also informed A resident questioned Jonathan Williams, structure has separated Husband there were the City of Wiggins worked out of town, had from the walls and brick serious issues concern- Board of Aldermen cleaned up the property ties weren't installed ing title to the property Tuesday as to how much and intended to work on when it was built andin question. time a property owner the structure occupying those bricks pose a dan- She said she'd hate to has to bring a blighted the lot. get." see a person who property up to stan- She questioned Ward 1 Alderman believed they held clear dards, whether the structureDarrell Berry told title to a property invest Elva Husband said a was as unsound as theHusband he had com- in the renovation of said family member owned city claimed, municated with the property only to find the one of the structures the Land Code property owner and had deed in question. city held public hearings Administrator Misha recognized the fact The city had held pub- on two weeks ago and Parker said the structure progress had been made lie hearings on seven he had made substantial had been inspected byon the property, separate properties July progress in cleaning up an engineer and was "If he's willing to make 28 and Parker informed the property, decidedly unsafe, the effort to bring the the Board of Aldermen "How much time does "The ceiling has property into compli-progress had been made a person have to deal already collapsed andance with the land code, on four of them. with their own prob- rot and fire damage to we're willing to work lem," she asked the the walls has left the with him," he said. "He board, structure in danger of is aware of that." -Please see, ,~dMF~ page 2 By Jody O'Hara David Allen Hoffman may want to consider controlling his temper. The a5-year-old Wiggins resident got into a verbal altercation with another man while riding in a vehicle on Hwy. 26. He didn't handle it well. "From my understand- ing, they got into an argument about the power cord to a com- puter," said Wiggins Police Department Investigator Roger Freeman. "Hoffman allegedly struck the other man in the back of the head while he was driving." The victim dropped Hoffman off and made a complaint to the police. Charged with simple assault and petit larce- ny, Hoffrnan faced a - Please see, llSSMILl[,page 2 By Jody O'Hara The Mississippi Public Service Commission has. ordered Mississippi : Power to refund rate increases associated .: with the Kemper coal- gasification power gen- erating plant. The company had said ii the rate increases were ":: necessary to cover the ! costs of construction of the plant, which has yet :i to produce power through the coal-gasifi- cation process. "A bill credit will auto- matically be placed on each eligible customer's account on Oct. m.," said company spokesman Jeff Shepard. "Customers who elect to receive a check rather than receive a bill credit may contact Mississippi Power beginning Oct. 12. "Former customers will receive a refund check, mailed to their last known mailing address." Former customers may have to notify the com- pany if their address has changed. The MPSC voted 3-0 to comply with a Mississippi Supreme Court order which found a 2Ol3 rate increase for the $6.2 billion plant to be illegal. The company, a unit of the Atlanta-based Southern Company, must begin a rollback of the 18 percent increase with the August billing cycle, which began July 20. Company attorney Ben Stone told the MPSC in July that a 1,ooo kilo- watt-a-month residen- tial customer would be due between $500 aiad $600. An average residential customer uses more than 1,ooo kilowatts- per-month and would thus be due an even larger refund. New, lower rates will not last for long. Mississippi Power says it will use state law to enact a rate increase on Sept. m if the commis- sion doesn't approve one by then. -Please see, IPlllllEl, page 2