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Supervisors discuss prep work for jail site

Warren County officials could be letting out bids soon for dirt work at the site of the proposed Warren County jail on U.S. 80.

John McKee, the county engineer, informed the Board of Supervisors during their Monday work session the levee holding a pond on the site that must be removed was breeched over the weekend by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. County officials are hopeful the pond will be removed soon and dirt work can begin.

Board president Richard George said some decisions need to be made on whether to do site preparation before bringing in an architect to design the facility, or hire an architect who would also be involved in the site preparation.

McKee said general information would be helpful to begin the programming process.

“A very preliminary programming type phase may serve also to move things along and we can let a dirt contract,” McKee said.

Supervisor Charles Selmon said he would like to see Sheriff Martin Pace involved more in decision-making process. George said, unfortunately, the sheriff is heavily involved right now in dealing with a flood that could last weeks.