The Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen have approved a $7,000 contract for PPM Consultants to inspect and assess city buildings and facilities and ensure they comply with Environmental Protection Agency stormwater polluting guidelines.
The agreement was approved by the board at its Wednesday meeting. PPM is the environmental consultant for the city.
Trey Hess, a representative of PPM, informed the board that the agreement was reached following an inspection by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality of Vicksburg Municipal Airport.
Hess stated that several months ago, the MDEQ conducted an inspection at the airport. They found that there was not enough paperwork. Hess added that additional work was needed by airport officials to comply.
He stated that the inspection and audit will provide an opportunity to ensure compliance by other city departments. Kim Nailor, the City Attorney, will also be able to see the bigger picture that involves the city departments.
We will be looking at specific facilities that may have chemicals or tanks on-site. Some facilities, Hess stated after the meeting, may not have this plan. We want to ensure that they have all these in place. Then, we will do an audit to determine if anything should be done.
The city’s facilities will be inspected, including the vehicle maintenance, public works, traffic maintenance, a Walnut Street painting shop, and the fire stations.
We are just looking. If they don’t manage chemicals or any other similar, it will be an issue, he said.
John Surratt graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree specializing in general studies. He has worked as a reporter, editor, and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana and Mississippi. He is a member since 2011 of The Vicksburg Post’s staff and covers the city government. He and his spouse attend St. Paul Catholic Church. He is also a member of Port City Kiwanis Club.
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