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New appraisal ordered for Municipal Complex

February 16, 2011

As panelists decide how to carve out the best path toward a Municipal Complex, they will add another piece of property for their consideration in the form of an appraisal.
On Tuesday night, the Starkville Board of Aldermen voted to allow Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman to obtain an appraisal for a specific piece of property for a potential Municipal Complex site after an executive session.
“As the committee works through concepts for a potential municipal complex, they are evaluating properties, but that is something so as not to cause speculation in the real estate market,” Wiseman said Wednesday afternoon. “Until they’ve got a direction on it they are ready to announce publicly, that’s a discussion that by necessity has to happen privately.”
Specifically, the Citizens Committee is interested in learning more about the property, so city personnel will get the appraisal, the mayor said.
The panel is working toward providing the Board of Aldermen with a recommendation for how to meet the city’s facility needs, “and for awhile now they’ve been discussing possibilities for how to meet needs they’ve determined exist,” Wiseman said.
Wiseman pointed out that “many pieces of property have been appraised in the past for this project. It’s part of the process of studying possibilities. ...”
In an unrelated matter, the board also voted coming out of executive session to acquire Brush Arbor Cemetery according to Code Section 21-37-21, doing so based on adverse possession. The property is located on University Drive.
This an abandoned cemetery and the city will take control of it to clean it up and maintain it, City Clerk Markeeta Outlaw said Wednesday.
In other matters, the board:
• Voted 5-2 to adopt a job description and advertise the position of building official in the Building, Codes and Planning Department. Ward 1 Alderman Ben Carver, Ward 2 Alderwoman Sandra Sistrunk, Ward 3 Alderman Eric Parker, Ward 4 Alderman Richard Corey and Ward 5 Alderman Jeremiah Dumas voted for the action, while Ward 6 Alderman Roy A’. Perkins and Ward 7 Alderman Henry Vaughn cast votes against it.
• Tabled steps to adopt a job description and advertisement for an engineering technician/GIS coordinator in the Public Services Department.
• Agreed to issue several orders correcting minutes for meetings where the board took action related to CottonMill Marketplace where need information was not included.
• Heard Fire Chief Rodger Mann announce a $313,000 grant, with a 10 percent local match, to obtain a mobile training unit.
• Listened as Mann introduced new Fire Department employee Curt Vickers.

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