The former Fred’s building on North Second Street is set to get a new life as home to the Booneville Police Department.

Aldermen voted Tuesday to move ahead with the purchase of the vacant store building at a cost of $475,000. The motion to purchase, made by Ward 3 Alderman Mark McCoy and approved unanimously, stated that the building is to be used for the police department and a city courtroom.

The motion came after Building Inspector Charles Sanders reported the results of his inspection of the property and said he found no significant issues and believes the building to be in good shape.

Once the purchase is finalized the city will move forward with having plans drawn up for the renovations required to move the police department and city court to the location.

The board also voted Tuesday to approve a new policy regarding the installation and removal of speed bumps in the city. Under the policy, adopted unanimously by the board, speed bumps will be considered on a case by case basis and installation or removal must be approved by the board.

If residents wish to have speed bumps placed or removed a petition containing the signatures of 60 percent of all residents living within a one-quarter mile radius of the location requested must be presented to the board and the board will then consider the request.

In less densely populated areas with few neighbors, the board will also consider requests on a case by case basis.

In other business, the board:

heard an update from city tourism and community development director Lori Tucker who said she’s been extremely busy during her first month on the job. Tucker said she’s working with the historic preservation commission on a new grant proposal seeking funds from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History for repairs and renovations to the Depot building. She’s also been meeting with business owners to seek their input and develop plans for how to help them and work with them to promote the business community.

approved seeking applications to hire a part-time assistant in the tourism office.

approved the purchase of three utility vehicles for the park department at a total cost of $32,395.80 under the state contract price.

approved the low quote of ICM for an industrial air compressor for the gas and water department at a cost of $23,131.84.

approved the promotion of Hunter Walton to the rank of patrol sergeant in the police department.

approved a donation of $3,000 to the American Red Cross. This is the same amount approved in previous years.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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