According to Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry, the city was able to acquire the money due to $9.7 million in bonds rolling off the books. The money will be allocated to three different areas, all of which need development or improvement.
"One point 3 million will go towards streets and roads," said Barry. "One point three will go towards sewer and the chip mill. And $1.6 million will go to a new fire station in the newly annexed area, and a new fire truck."
The new fire station will be located on Harvey Cut-Off Road and will be started within the next twelve months.
As far as the roads go, Barry says the city is working closely with the board of supervisors and looking at some projects that can be done together. Certain locations within the city will take priority.
"There are a lot of areas in town that need the immediate attention of the city.," Barry said. "We will look at those areas first. We will be working very closely with public works in these efforts."
All five council members voted in favor of using the money this way.
"They know that we are looking at ways to better serve this community and better serve the citizens," said the mayor, "and that is going back to the basic services and taking care of the needs of sewer lines, infrastructure, and safety for our police department and our fire department."
The closing cost on the bond will be approximately $170,000, plus attorneys' fees.