City Hall Gets Back to Business

The multi-million dollar renovation to Meridian City Hall has been complete for a couple of weeks. The ribbon was cut and the public got a chance to come and see it during an open house a couple of weeks ago.

But now, the employees are back and business has begun again, five years after it was closed.

It's a day that city employees in Meridian have long awaited, when they could move back into the city hall. the same is true for Mayor Cheri Barry, who was elected after the renovations began and has never actually gotten to work in the mayor's office.
Barry admits that it's a little bittersweet.

"This building is so large and so majestic and so beautiful that I don't have that opportunity to mingle with my employees as much as I did," said Barry.

It's an especially exciting day for many of the longtime employees who remember what city hall was like and marvel at what it looks like now.

But the excitement of the move is tempered by the fact that there's still a lot of work to do. Employees spent the day unpacking their stuff and getting it in place, in addition to their normal duties.

"There are some little adjustments we have to make, because nothing goes totally according to plan," said City Clerk Ed Skipper. "So we're making those adjustments as we move equipment back in and so forth."

Despite some mixed feelings about the move itself, Barry says the renovated city hall will be a great thing for the city and her office will be a place where she can do the work she needs to grow Meridian.

"It is the foundation we're going to build on in Meridian, Mississippi," Barry said. "I can look out the mayor's window and see the dreams of our future, and a great future for Meridainites and our citizens."

Here are where you can find a couple of things you might need if you visit the new city hall. To pay your water bill, go to the second floor. That's also where the mayor's office is. The new city council chambers is located on the third floor.

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  • by Saddened Location: Meridian on Feb 18, 2012 at 04:13 PM
    You guys want to fuss about JRS & we have the worst mayor EVER in office?!?
  • by Not Surprised Location: Lauderdale County on Feb 18, 2012 at 07:49 AM
    Sorry but you city folks got what you deserved for reelecting JRS over and over again. If you hire a plumber and he doesn't fix the leak the first time, do you keep hiring the same person over and over again?????
  • by Seriously? on Feb 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM
    Having an $18 million dollar city hall in this tough economy when most are unemployed, underemployed and below the poverty level, is like having and parking a Bently in front of an apartment that u live in.
  • by S.H Location: Meridian on Feb 17, 2012 at 05:13 AM
    Tell Queen Berry to not unpack. She will be out after the next election
  • by James Who? on Feb 17, 2012 at 03:10 AM
    For all the money spent on restoring that place, it looks like the good tax paying citizens of this town could have gotten the pretty-light water fountain and water bill payment drive-in window back. However, at least us older, not-too-spry types can still use the bank drive-in lane for our water bill payments, not have to HOPE we can find a convenient parking place, then have to go all the way up to the second floor to pay our water bills.
  • by Hh on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:05 PM
    Is there still a drive thru to pay the bill so I dont have to walk too far
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