Police Station Project Set to Move Forward

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

A recessed City Council meeting was pushed back until 4:30 Saturday afternoon where members of the Meridian City Council could vote on a revised lease agreement for the police station project which has now been stalled for months.

The meeting was pushed back after only two members of the Council were able to be on site Friday.

The project has been approved to move forward by a three to one vote, with Heritage Builders set to start on the project on Monday.

"As soon as the plans are released, which will be two to three weeks, we'll actually start moving forward," says Tim Allred with Hertiage Builders, "we do have some demolition work to do, prep work to do, so we will actually start Monday morning."

Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry released a statement tonight saying in part:

"There are many moving parts in this project, any one of them can throw off the completion date, and one did. Our deepest regret is that this delay prevents our police officers from getting a fully functioning work environment. That day is coming. Perhaps not as soon as we would like, but it is coming, without raising taxes."

You can see more details about this project at www.meridianms.org

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  • by Just Another Day in Paradise on Jun 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM
    As a local business owner, I am happy to see that Tim's business got the contract. I ALWAYS do business with local business owners - It keeps the money here - not sent to another state or another corporate office somewhere. Local businesses employ local people, thus less unemployment. It benefits us!! We should all be shopping at locally owned establishments and eating in locally owned restaurants!! I do agree with the comments about the police NOT doing their jobs. I have been victimized by theft several times, and am less than impressed with the attitudes, follow-up (or lack thereof), and questionable intelligence of the officers.
  • by Good Grief! on Jun 27, 2012 at 01:59 PM
    Homeless shelter is not the responsibility of the City. Let the Churches and other organizations that want to provide this service fund it. It's not for the tax payers to do.
  • by The Original WOW! Location: Your Backyard on Jun 25, 2012 at 01:57 PM
    I agree that it is not the city's responsibility to build homeless shelters, but at least the money DONATED would be seen working for the good of PEOPLE. Also, since you brought it up, it is the city's responsibility to provide a police force. An honest, responsible, dedicated, "Productive" one at that. Not a bunch of hooligans harassing citizens, and trying to pick-up every woman they pull over. We need real police!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 25, 2012 at 08:13 PM in reply to The Original WOW!
      Who needs police? Get a 12 gauge, a .45, and Clayton Cobler's phone number. You need a donut, call a cop.
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        by Not Surprised on Jun 28, 2012 at 02:06 PM in reply to
        That's what you need in the county as well, the sheriff's department is just as worthless!!
  • by eyes wide open on Jun 24, 2012 at 09:01 PM
    Be prepared,i will exercise my foi on this one. Dot your eyes and cross your tees.CONFLICT!Personal close friends who donated to certain polital campaigns should not be awared contracts. The SOS web site shows most campaign contributions. What happen to the manditory 3 bids process of gov funded projects.
  • by show me the car fax on Jun 24, 2012 at 08:52 PM
    look at the new contract and the new contractor.home grown connection. when will it stop around here. certain rich folks are getting richer.keep your mouth closed boy or you will get your hand slapped. the ag and ethics comm. need to follow the money trail on this one. oh more sweet heart deals coming to the county. follow the money trail ag.
  • by Eddie Location: Enterprise on Jun 24, 2012 at 06:48 PM
    The city streets of Meridian are in very bad needs of repair, the longer they wait to repait them the more it's going to cost to repair them. these roads are damaging people's vechicles
  • by Not Surprised Location: Lauderdale County on Jun 24, 2012 at 05:59 PM
    Actually we don't have enough for either!!!
  • by Another wow on Jun 24, 2012 at 05:11 PM
    I can't believe you think it's the city's job to build homeless shelters! It is the city's job to provide a police force! Wow!!!!!!
  • by A person on Jun 24, 2012 at 03:01 PM
    What happened to the first man? Why didn't you just go forward with the project when he was around? You say that Meridian is spending a lot of money, but you have a million dollars to spend on a new police station. Why give some of that money to another organization?
  • by wondering again Location: Meridian on Jun 24, 2012 at 12:29 PM
    I think the MAYOR should move her office to the police dept until one is finally constructed! Let the "QUEEN" and her followers work in the unsafe, and HOT conditions for a while. And we all know who the next Chief of Police will be. Its a given, it's not about experience...its about VOTES! Congratulations Chief Sharpe!
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