Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry says there are plans to move some police department staff members over to the Temporary City Hall facility until the new police department is finished because the current police department is in such bad shape.
The new police department was scheduled to be finished by March 31st. But developer David Watkins says while he has obtained half of the $6 million needed to complete the project through a loan, he is waiting on the other half to be issued through tax credit funding which was supposed to be issued December 15th. That has been delayed until sometime in March.
"So, it really has created some logistical issues for us because there some things that have to be paid for," Watkins says. "Some of our security features that have to be paid for out of the tax credit money that have to be installed."
"No taxpayer dollars are involved what so ever at this point," Barry stresses. "And they won't until we move into the building."
Police Chief Lee Shelbourn says he is disappointed in the delay, but says he is confident in Watkins Development's ability to complete the project.
Watkins says it will take between 60 and 90 days to complete the project once construction fully resumes in March.