New setback for Lauderdale County Courthouse renovations

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - There's another setback for renovations planned at the Lauderdale County Courthouse.

Supervisors asked for companies to bid on a structural study for the courthouse, but only one company responded to the request for proposal (RFP). The Department of Archives and History feels that company isn't qualified to hold the study.

District 1 Supervisor Jonathan Wells says this study should help them determine whether the jail on top of the building is causing structural damage.

"Some of us have discussed taking the jail off the top of the building, which we feel like is causing structural problems, such as leaking," he says. "Archives and History would like to see that stay there. They basically said, 'Take the grant money we've given you in the past, have this study done so we'll know whether the top of that building needs to come off or not.'"

Supervisor Wells says this has become a time-consuming process, but they're dedicated to seeing it through.

"If the people are anxious, I would like for them to know that we're also anxious," he says. "It seems like every time we start to make a little progress, there's a stumbling block, a bump in the road that we run into, and I think that's just part of government."

The conditions at the Lauderdale County Courthouse have been strongly criticized by grand juries over the years.