At a specially-called meeting of the Wiggins Board of Aldermen Thursday, the board voted to hire city engineer Pete Williams to oversee drinking water and conduct inspections.
Ward 2 Alderman Gene Alexander made the motion to hire Williams in an attempt to increase the city's score on the annual inspection.
"I want (Williams) to make sure our water inspection passes which is due in March and the city not delay that inspection," Alexander said.
Mississippi Department of Health Bureau of Public Water Supply engineer Ana Yamat has apparently been frustrated by a lack of organized record keeping in the city's water department.
The city scored 3 out of a possible 5 points in the managerial section of last year's inspection.
The city scored a 4 in the technical category and a perfect 5 on the financial category for an overall score of 4.
"I have given them until the end of the month or early March," for this year's inspection, she said. "I have made a couple of preliminary visits and a couple of unannounced visits and I'm not giving them any more time to prepare for the inspection; they've had between nine and 10 months to get ready."
Williams will be reviewing the city's paperwork and helping them prepare for the annual MDOH inspection.
He said the MDOH not only had certain paperwork which was expected to meet given criteria, but that the paperwork had to be in order and easily identifiable for each section of the water system under review.
"I am familiar with that paperwork and the way the Department of Health expects that paperwork to be presented," Williams told the board. "This should not be more than a few hours, at most, to get everything in order with an accompanying system for keeping it in order."
Alexander added to his motion that Williams' fee should not be more than $500.
Williams said that was more than agreeable to his company.