Governor's Mansion Getting $425,000 Worth of Upkeep

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Governor's Mansion is undergoing $425,000 in maintenance before the new occupants can move in.

Work started Jan. 16 and should be finished by mid-April.

Until then, Gov. Phil Bryant and his wife, Deborah, continue living in their own home in Rankin County, outside Jackson.

The state Department of Finance and Administration says work includes mechanical modifications to the heating and air conditioning system and cleaning and re-coating of duct work.

The outside of the mansion is being repainted, as is the metal fence surrounding it. Gazebos outside are getting new roofs.

The oldest part of the mansion dates to 1842. The state Department of Archives and History says it's the second-oldest continuously occupied governor's residence in the nation.

It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Feb 3, 2012 at 04:56 AM
    @Rachael, I hate that the dates that these decisions were actually made were not in the report. I suspect this has been months in the making. Blaming the new governor for this is like blaming Cheri Barry for Meridian's City Hall renovations that were in progress long before she took office.
  • by Peabody Location: Valley Road on Jan 31, 2012 at 05:28 PM
    I would think the bids were let months ago under the past govenor. Historic buildings of that size come with a high cost of upkeep. While I don't like it I can understand the cost.
  • by Welfare Location: Redline on Jan 31, 2012 at 02:01 PM
    Excellent point John Miller
  • by Rachael on Jan 31, 2012 at 09:57 AM
    You have got to be kidding me! In the sad shape our economy is in and the candidate that ran his platform on saving money spends this much just to move into a FREE home? This should be a sign of how he plans to run our state the next 4 years.
  • by john miller on Jan 30, 2012 at 06:11 PM
    All able body welfare recipients report to the governors mansion immediately to help were needed.
  • by Citizen Location: Here on Jan 30, 2012 at 04:14 PM
    What a shame. How dare the state of MS spend taxpayers money on that trash.
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