Design work is progressing on Booneville’s new police department and city court complex.
Outgoing and incoming city aldermen received an update on the project Tuesday as the board of aldermen held its final regular meeting of the current term.
Architect Scott Emerson of Architecture South told the board design work is approximately 99 percent complete with just a few issues left to be addressed before final plans are ready for the bid process.
Emerson told the board one issue they must address is the recent discovery of asbestos in floor tiles in the building. He estimated the proper removal of the tiles would cost at most around $49,000 though it could be lower depending on the exact scope of the work required. They are currently seeking an additional estimate.
The former Fred’s building on Second Street is set to be renovated into a new, expanded home for the police department and municipal court including a large courtroom. The courtroom will also serve as a board room for the board of aldermen with seating for around 200 people.
The next step in the project will be seeking bids for financing. The city will be seeking to borrow a total of $3.5 million, though officials have emphasized they don’t expect the final cost to reach that level but are asking for a larger amount to avoid any delays in the project. Once the work is completed the final loan amount will be finalized.
A start date of construction is targeted for around August if the project can be advertised for bids in July.
Tuesday’s meeting saw a changing of the guard as Alderman at Large Lisa Stevens, Ward 3 Alderman Mark McCoy and Ward 4 Alderman William Scott participated in their final regular meeting. The three, along with former Ward 1 Alderman Jason Michael, did not seek reelection.
New terms begin July 1 with a swearing in ceremony set for 5 p.m. at city hall for incoming Ward 1 Alderman Tara Green Lauderdale, Ward 2 Alderman Jeff Williams, Ward 3 Alderman Jimmy Clyde Hicks, Ward 4 Alderman Carolyn Miller and Alderman at Large Lavaile Shields and Mayor Chris Lindley. Lauderdale is currently serving on the board filling the remainder of Michael’s term in Ward 1 after he stepped down early due to moving out of his ward. Williams and Lindley were the lone current officials who sought reelection this year and both were reelected to new terms.
Following the meeting McCoy said he wants to thank everyone for the opportunity to serve.
“Thank you for three terms as the Ward 3 alderman. I appreciate everyone’s support and feel honored to be a part of the growth of Booneville. I am just now seeing results of things that were talked about when I was first elected into the new ward system. I have great faith in this new board and am excited to see their vision for our city,” he said.
In other business Tuesday, the board:
Accepted the resignation of Thomas Mynatt in the police department, Austin McAnally in the street department and Bradley Kilgo in the police department.
Approved hiring William Mott as a seasonal employee in the street department and Jeff Kelly as in house customer service technician in the gas department.
Approved posting to hire a patrol officer in the police department and a technician in the water department.
Approved the low bid of $412,990 from Eubank Construction for sewer repairs on Fourth Street.
Approved industrial tax exemptions for Swift Prepared Foods (formerly Plumrose) and Sutter Street Manufacturing.