Mayor Johnny Dupree Announces Partnership With Febreze to Solve “Hattiesburg Stench.” Official Fragrance of Hattiesburg Chosen.

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Hattiesburg to begin dispersing Febreze's "New Car Scent" to address the city's sewage lagoon odor issue.

In a special called meeting today, Mayor Johnny Dupree put before council his plans to partner the City of Hattiesburg with Febreze International to address the city's waste water related stench.  The plan will cost taxpayers $18,600 to retrofit two mosquito insecticide trucks with fragrance ionizers to discharge "New Car Scent" Febreze fragrance throughout the city of Hattiesburg. 

Also included in the agenda were the installation of 11 state of the art "stenchometers" across the city.  The stenchometers are advanced olfactory meters which register the level of bad odor from 0 to 10 in a given area. The devices report levels via cellular signal to the public works department.  Once devices alert officials to high levels of odors, trucks will be dispatched to the hot zones for treatment.  The funding for installing the stenchometer  would come from a Federal Homeland Security Grant, since the devices could also detect poisons in the air.

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City of Hattiesburg mosquito trucks will be retrofitted with Febreze fragrance ionizers to disburse "New Car" fragrance to Hattiesburg communities.

The two items were unanimously approved by the city council; however, there was some debate over the fragrance that would be used. Bradley, Carroll, and Dryden voted to use "White Linen' as the official fragrance of Hattiesburg, but the vote was quickly vetoed by the mayor in favor of "New Car Scent" fragrance. When asked about the veto Dupree said, "I just couldn't get the entire community behind the 'White Linen' fragrance."

Carlos Wilson a Dupree supporter, community activist, and Pastor with the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church  couldn't support "White Linen" saying,

"I don't like anything white and won't even eat white rice. But I do like brown rice."

Mayor Johnny Dupree discusses his fragrance plan with city council in today's special called meeting.

Mayor Johnny Dupree discusses his fragrance plan with city council in today's special called meeting.

The mayor felt strongly that "New Car Scent" was the way to go, and the fragrance would attract jobs to Hattiesburg. Dupree told media,

"We are looking at recruiting auto manufacturers as well as used car lots. Hattiesburg smelling like a new car is very attractive to these industry segments. Besides, who doesn't like the smell of a new car?"

 Dupree went on to say,

"I want to hear from the citizens, and there is a hotline setup for people to call and comment about the"New Car Scent Program."

Councilman Kim Bradley told the Hattiesburg Patriot,

kim beadley"This is ridiculous. I don't agree at all with the 'New Car Scent' fragrance. Hattiesburg will be the laughing stock of the state! What city smells like a car, even if it is a new one? This idea is almost as bad as the Fart Carnival."

Bradley stated that Council is looking at ways to override the veto and get 'White Linen' as Hattiesburg's official scent.  The program is the first environmental move the Mayor has made since being appointed to the EPA's Advisory Committee. Click Here to read the official announcement.

The mayor encourages all citizens to call the comment line over the next 24 hours at 601-336-3272 and voice your opinion and ideas.

Filed April 1st, 2014

 

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150 thoughts on “Mayor Johnny Dupree Announces Partnership With Febreze to Solve “Hattiesburg Stench.” Official Fragrance of Hattiesburg Chosen.

  1. Charlee Cole

    Then also, I can imagine where one of the ‘hot spots’ for fragrance are going to be located!!! Can you??? Take the $32,000.00(for Flint)+ $18,600.00 = $50,600.00! Adds up fast doesn’t it! At a measly $9.00 – $10.00 an hour I bet city workers could get a lot of drainage work done for $50,600.00!!!

  2. John Comer

    The smell won’t go away untill he does. He caused it; and he doesn’t even know why.He can try to play mafia stunts to get re-elected; but even his people know he’s letting them down. His heart may have been there to start with; but he lost sight of his goals. You can’t make people what they aren’t. We are who we are. We can get along together. We serve the same Lord. As long as politics tries to controll us as black and white; we will suffer. When we begin again to be Americans of the free and the brave; we will prosper again.

  3. Mark Pardue

    The best thing to do is dewater it and fill it in. then start over.there is 70 plus years of waste piled up in the lagoon because no one had any foresight to remove the solids. Anyone from the area will tell you that USA Yeast is not the problem. the smell has been around a lot longer and Marshal Durbin is not the cause either.

  4. Mark Pardue

    The best thing to do is dewater it and fill it in. then start over.there is 70 plus years of waste piled up in the lagoon because no one had any foresight to remove the solids. Anyone from the area will tell you that USA Yeast is not the problem. the smell has been around a lot longer and Marshal Durbin is not the cause either.

  5. Mark Pardue

    The best thing to do is dewater it and fill it in. then start over.there is 70 plus years of waste piled up in the lagoon because no one had any foresight to remove the solids. Anyone from the area will tell you that USA Yeast is not the problem. the smell has been around a lot longer and Marshal Durbin is not the cause either.

  6. Steve Dickinson

    If this is true it only shows how ignorant this fool is and all the dumb people that voted for him .And i am a above average fishefman and if you have ever been fishing on the leaf river just south of the old bridge in petal the runoff of the lagoons is running into our beautiful river u know if it smells that bad just think all that crap destroying our rivers and who wants to eat any fish from the river.the run off into the river is between LakeMani gota p and smells like cocka swamp . Hey Johnny do u job

  7. Megan Priest

    Whether this is true or not, Idk. But they need to do something. I’m sick to death of driving to work and smelling straight funk everywhere. Makes going to work just a little LESS pleasant than it already is! Ick

  8. Megan Priest

    Whether this is true or not, Idk. But they need to do something. I’m sick to death of driving to work and smelling straight funk everywhere. Makes going to work just a little LESS pleasant than it already is! Ick

  9. Tessa LeAnn Bullock

    A waste of taxpayers money! The scent will last maybe 10 minutes which means the trucks will be constantly spraying. Also Dupree, are you seriously taking advice from someone who says he doesn’t want “White Linen” because he doesn’t like anything white, including “white rice”??

  10. Mitzie Hall

    LOL!!! Too funny! That’s ONE of the reasons I moved from that area! (East Side!!). You know they know what’s causing it after all this time..must be a money issue. It’s certainly not a ‘let’s take care of our city residents’ issue!

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