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By NATHAN GREGORY
The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors and the Starkville Board of Aldermen have agreed to provide funding to the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum for the installation of a pavilion.
The city and county‚Äôs contributions are a combination of funding and in-kind services.
OCHM Board of Trustees Chair Joan Wilson said installation of the pavilion will include removing a portion of the museum‚Äôs parking lot.
‚ÄúWe will be putting up a pavilion that will be built by Mississippi State University architecture and landscape architecture students. All that work is volunteer,‚ÄĚ Wilson said. ‚Äú(The county pledged) in-kind services for materials (including) gravel, concrete, soil‚ÄÉand dirt.‚ÄÉThe city‚ÄÉhas donated in-kind services with physical labor.‚ÄĚ
Wilson said the museum will soon also have new solar panels donated by Synergetics.
‚ÄúSynergetics is donating some solar panels that will be used for demonstration purposes of solar energy,‚ÄĚ Wilson said. ‚ÄúThe museum is (already) a showcase of the best practices of water retention and water flow. Now we‚Äôll look at solar energy. (The changes will make OCHM) one of Starkville‚Äôs true green spaces.‚ÄĚ
Local organization Friends of the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum has also donated three new display cases so OCHM can have more temporary exhibits.
Oktibbeha County District 2 Supervisor Marvell Howard said providing the services are important in ensuring the museum‚Äôs continued success.
‚ÄúI think the heritage museum is a large part of teaching history for generations to come,‚ÄĚ Howard said. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôve made tremendous improvements around the facility, and our support shows a commitment from the county to continue to support their educational goals.‚ÄĚ
News editor Carl Smith contributed to this report.