Jul 20, 2014 5:55 PM by AP
MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - Opponents to Pike County joining with a private company to provide housing to oilfield workers fell far short of the needed signatures to force a countywide election on the proposal.
The Enterprise-Journal reports one petition with seven signatures opposing a $3 million bond issue was given to supervisors this week - 1,500 names were needed to force an election.
Supervisors will buy and develop industrial park land, selling part of it for housing for oilfield workers.
Supervisors say the county will buy 110 acres east of Interstate 55 with 40 acres being sold to CMS Consultants of Metairie, Louisiana, that offers logistical services to the oil and gas industry.
They say CMS is planning to build a complex with dozens of eight-bed modular housing units and other amenities.