City continues negotiation for land acquisition

Mayor Lynn Spruill reads the consent agenda during the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday. (Photo by Logan Kirkland, SDN)
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LOGAN KIRKLAND
Staff Writer

The Starkville Board of Aldermen look to expand its Parks and Recreation property after discussing land acquisition during closed executive session.

Aldermen authorized Mayor Lynn Spruill to negotiate for five parcels of property up to the appraised value with property owners. Spruill would not disclose the amount of the appraised value.

The roughly 51 acres is located just immediately south of the Sportsplex.

Spruill said she is hopeful the acquisition will come to fruition, and members of the board are supportive as well.

"I think everybody wants us to have a top-notch sports facilities," Spruill said. "That's what this will allow us to do."

Spruill said the potential property expansion would allow for its park area to have more options like additional soccer and baseball fields.

She said having these extra areas would allow Starkville to be a strong competitor in both sports tournaments and activities coinciding with those events.

As for a timeline, Spruill said she is unsure as to when the negotiations would come to a conclusion.

"I want to see what kind of response I get," Spruill said. "I'm going to go forward as quickly as possible."

OTHER BUSINESS

•Barbra Culberson from the Emerson Family Resource Center spoke during public appearances, asking the board to allow the organization to hang blue ribbons and banner placement throughout the city. The blue ribbons and banner are to help bring attention to National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month. The board approved the request unanimously.

•The board approved all four special event requests with a 4-2 vote with Vice Mayor Roy A'. Perkins and Ward 7 Alderman Henry Vaughn voting against. Each approved special event request was amended saying the city would not be listed as a sponsor for the events. The reason for the amendment was for the city to remain consistent after deciding not to be listed as a sponsor for the LGBT Pride Parade.

•Spruill recognized the Starkville High School girl's basketball team for winning the 6A state title.

•Aldermen unanimously approved to join with other entities in opioid litigation.

•Aldermen approved to accept the lowest quote for the Highway 12 phase one landscaping project.

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