City installing buildings off Lee Street|[11/21/07]

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Metal buildings that will serve as workshop and storage space for the City of Vicksburg are being installed on Patricia Street, just south of the City Pool on Lee Street.

The buildings are being set up to provide storage and a space for nearby city departments.

Concrete foundations for two buildings are in place near the Building Maintenance Department headquarters, where city planners hope to consolidate most of the city’s shops and departments not headquartered near or in City Hall on Walnut Street. The structures are being erected by building maintenance crews.

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Four buildings were purchased in 2006. Three will be built near Patricia Street if a site can be found for the third, said public works director Bubba Rainer.

The two going up now probably will house a welding shop for the building maintenance department and storage space for the sewer department. A welding shop in a Quonset hut across Patricia Street from the construction sites will be moved into one of the buildings, Rainer said. The third building will likely store equipment for the water mains department.

Three of the buildings cost $19,573 each. A fourth cost $22,686. They can be heated to use as offices, or serve as storage. Plans for the fourth structure are to put it together near the Animal Control Department building on Old Mill Road, to store piping for the gas department.

The Building Maintenance Department previously was headquartered in a building on the northeast corner of Clay and First North streets, which has been sold to Warren County for the new home of the E-911 Dispatch Center. Those operations will move from the Warren County Courthouse after renovations and adjustments are made.