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DuPree Talks About 2014 Plans, City Gas Cards Investigation

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree said there are several top items on his agenda for this year.

One of them is to clean up the city's "stinky" mess regarding the waste water treatment system.

"It's something we have to do," he said.

The City is negotiating a contract with Groundworx, a company that will create a treatment system on about 10,000 acres of land.

"It's vacant land that is not being used at this point," DuPree said. 

The City Council could vote as early as next week about the deal.

Another hot topic that DuPree hopes is resolved soon, is the misuse of city gas cards.

"We have several hundred gas cards and what we know is that two were stolen or misused," he said. 

Contrelle Hagans was arrested in connection with the investigation about two weeks ago. The mayor says Hagans was not a city employee.

"We are still looking for the person who actually took the card and gave it to the citizen," he said. 

It's possible that more arrests could come. The state auditor's office have also been investigating.

Another project that will soon be underway, will give  downtown streets a facelift.

"We will take the one-way streets and turn them into two-way streets," he said. "We will add about 80 additional parking by changing them to two-way streets, and it will add more landscaping to downtown."

The city is still looking for funding for the project.

Plans for a new facility to house the municipal court, the police department,  and the fire department's administration office underneath one roof are also underway.

The new building will be constructed at the same location of the current police station.

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