Supers seek answers in DWSD controversy
By Dwayne Bremer
Feb 20, 2015, 19:46
Members of the Hancock County Board of Supervisors said this week that they are concerned about the recent rash of resignations at the DWSD and what it may mean for the community.
Board of Supervisors Vice-President Steve Seymour said Friday that he and other supervisors want answers.
Earlier this week, Seymour was quoted as saying he wants "an investigation" into the water and sewer district.
He said Friday that, while he wants answers, he is not calling for an investigation.
"We appoint people to these boards and it is their job to make decisions," Seymour said. "Something is certainly not right. We have had three commissioners and the general manager resign in the past two months.
“We are just trying to figure out what is going on."
Last week, DWSD General Manager Mike Collard and Board President Charles Johnson both resigned. This week, commissioner Michael Schaefer resigned.
The resignations come amid a brewing controversy over the district's plans to construct a $4 million administrative facility and a multi-million dollar sewage treatment plant.
At a meeting Tuesday, the DWSD board voted to temporarily halt construction on the administrative facility until an issue involving dirt being hauled from an illegal dirt pit was resolved.
Board members also hinted that there could potentially be wetlands issues related to the administrative facility project.
District Five Supervisor Tony Wayne Ladner said Friday that he was "surprised" to see so many DWSD board members jumping ship.
He said he and other supervisors have reached out to the current board members and the city to try to mutually solve the issues.
"We want to assure the sustainability of the Diamondhead Water and Sewer District," Ladner said.
"We want to work with the current commissioners and the city. Our goal is to maintain the existence of the district."