Bonds Approved for Capital, Infrastructure Improvements

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

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.

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  • by Amazed Location: Meridian on Nov 22, 2010 at 07:34 AM
    Some of this is part of the mess that Mayor Barry inherited. A new fire station and a truck to live in it is a must since JRS insisted on annexing that area to get more tax money and better census statistics. The bright side is that more firefighters will have to be hired and promotions (thus raises) will happen so there will be people to run it. The streets are in dire need of repair so that's a must as well. Raises would be great, and I hope a way is found to provide them. I support what Mayor Barry is doing.
  • by Peabody Location: Zero on Nov 20, 2010 at 11:57 PM
    Why is is it that years after the city annexes land that even though they have not provided water or sewer to these people that they can not even give them a contact number to solve problems?
  • by CW on Nov 20, 2010 at 08:38 AM
    The city should spend some money on employee raises to keep the experienced personnel before they spend it on something that needs experienced personel to maintain them
  • by d Location: meridian on Nov 18, 2010 at 11:51 AM
    I'm thinking if the city hasn't noticed and they are going to use some money for road repair, you need to look at 8th street, between the Temple and Dixie station. That small section of road has absolutely ruined the suspension on my car!!!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2010 at 10:53 AM
    There is no doubt that there is work that needs to be done but once you start paying a millage for a bond it never goes away. Case in point, bonds are paid off so we just borrow more and keep charging the millage.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2010 at 08:20 PM
    Shame on "the back to the basics agenda". Why would you want to build a new fire station and buy a new fire truck? How are you going to staff a new station when you can't afford to pay the firefighters currently on the payroll. They are ready to risk their lives for "poverty" wages.
  • by bubba Location: harvey cut off road on Nov 17, 2010 at 05:57 PM
    wonder how much was paid for the land to build the fire station? when will the city start tearing up all those pretty yards in egale point to put in sewer lines for the people to better serve them? when will the people start getting some of that good city water their taxes are now paying for?
  • by LUCY Location: MERIAIDN on Nov 17, 2010 at 05:34 PM
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