BBUWP holds meeting, distributes food

Published 8:33 pm Monday, December 25, 2023

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The Black Belt Unincorporated Wastewater Program (BBUWP) held its 2nd Annual Members Meeting on December 13th at 1:00 PM, at the Southview Worship Center in Hayneville.

President Perman Hard stated, “This is a time for BBUWP to give back to the community and to update its members on the future direction of the program.”

The purpose of the meeting was to provide information for any member who has received or is willing and interested in receiving a septic tank system from the BBUWP, including the knowledge that because of the structure of the program, all members reserve the right to vote on issues that may affect them.

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According to Environmental Advisor Sherry Bradley, in addition to answering questions and concerns regarding the septic system program, BBUWP members distributed boxes of food to help with Christmas dinners. 

“We distributed 60 boxes of food that included collard greens (washed, cut, and bagged), sweet potatoes, and more,” Bradley said. “This year over seventy people attended. All-in-all, it was a great meeting and a holiday wish granted for all.”

One topic of discussion at the meeting was a generous donation from a local agency whose aim was to aid local homeowners in covering the costs associated with receiving a new septic system. The costs associated previously included a one-time down payment of either $500 or $1,000 depending on the soil type and $20 per month for maintenance of the system. 

“This year, help is on its way for those who own their property,” Bradley said. “BBUWP invited the Federation of Land Assistance to speak to those who need help. To further assist homeowners, BBUWP received a call from a local agency who is willing to assist with the recurring $20.00 per month fee that homeowners must pay for maintenance of the system. This will be the first major donation from a local person or agency since 2021.”

Guests at the meeting included Chemical Engineer PhD Lilia Abron, TI specialist Mothusi Guy and guests, River Alliance, Southern Poverty Law Center, BBUWP Board of Directors, and others.