Supervisors sign agreement with city on jail site

Published 7:25 pm Monday, March 19, 2018

The site for a new Warren County jail took another step forward Monday when the Board of Supervisors approved an interlocal agreement with the city of Vicksburg for the location of the jail.

The interlocal agreement between the city and county is required by state law since the facility will be located outside the city limits and must receive state legislative approval.

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Board attorney Blake Teller told the supervisors during their regular Monday morning meeting at the county courthouse the state Senate has agreed to the interlocal agreement and he expects the state House to do the same.

Earlier this month, the supervisors gave up on their selection of a jail site at the Ceres Industrial Park after facing scrutiny from city and economic development officials and turned their attention to a 47-acre property on U.S. 80, east of the Clay Street intersection known as the old Pinewoods Hotel. City officials agreed to the site and signed the interlocal agreement on March 9.

While the agreement has been reached between the city and county, the supervisors could not agree on hiring the recommended appraiser for the site. Teller said the next available appraiser on the county’s list is Bobby Bottin. District 4 Supervisor John Carlisle made the motion to hire Bottin, but couldn’t get a second and the motion died.

District 1 Supervisor John Arnold said he would like to meet with Bottin before he is hired. Arnold said there are a couple of buildings on the propertythat concern him.

“I’d like to see us call Bobby in to one of our working sessions to discuss something on that before we actually vote for him to do it,” Arnold said.

Buildings on the property will have to demolished and cleared as part of the process in constructing the county jail facility.

Bottin is expected to meet with the supervisors during their work session next week.