June 18--D'IBERVILLE -- City Manager Bobby Eleuterius announced at the start of Tuesday's council meeting FEMA has forgiven the $1,281,462 loan that helped the city operate after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
D'Iberville hired former Bay St. Louis Mayor Eddie Favre, who has secured forgiveness of FEMA loans for other South Mississippi cities.
Eleuterius said the city also is asking FEMA to forgiveness of about $300,000 provided for water and sewer operations following Katrina.
The money the city had set aside to repay the FEMA loan now can be used to for drainage projects and paving roads, he said.
He also told the council the organizers of Cruisin' The Coast are asking the city to increase its participation amount from $12,500, which it has been since Katrina, to $17,500. He said D'Iberville's contribution is less than some other cities because of the meal it puts on for volunteers.
The council also:
-- Approved an agreement to have Mississippi Power Co. install LED street lights on Boney Avenue and D'Iberville Boulevard at a total additional cost of $49 a month.
-- Heard in a report from Fire Chief Gerald Smith that the new fire station should be complete in four to six weeks.
-- Tabled an ordinance to vacate a road easement between Ginger Drive and Brodie Road until the next meeting.
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