The measure paves the way for renovation
of Williams Clinic on Access Road into a police station headquarters
once a new Williams Clinic is constructed northwest of the Holly Springs
Commons area. The city plans to acquire the current clinic and convert
it into a modern police headquarters.
The city moved police headquarters from
the dilapidated structure on Falconer to the Mississippi Industrial
College campus under the leadership of former police chief Robert Burby.
Chief Robert Pearson said in an interview
Friday that the MI building has several drawbacks in terms of serving
as a headquarters.
“We’re doing it for the love of Holly
Springs and Marshall County,” Swanee said in defending the
request before the mayor and board. “We need a shot in the
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry was unfavorable toward
the city making a direct donation saying that the 1-cent tourism
tax is a fund that should be drawn on for the financing of the festival.
Proceeds from the birthday celebration after paying
expenses will go to the support of the Marshall County Historical
Museum, Swanee said.
She thanked the board of aldermen for continuous
support of the museum since its inception in 1970.
heard a concern from Rust College senior Hal
Spratt, who deplored conditions at Rankin Circle. Spratt said he
had done community service work in the area and wondered if the
first-time homebuyer grant money could be used for repair work at
DeBerry said the city has no ownership in the
“But we’re hoping the housing authority
is making grants to hopefully replace some of those,” he said.
Spratt asked if the housing programs are helping
people get better living conditions.
“Would that lead some of the people out of
the slums?” he asked. “Because that thing (Rankin Circle)
is out of control.”
Alderman Russell Johnson and DeBerry said they
had talked to two bishops with the Methodist Church about doing
something with the housing and also with the MI college campus.
“I talked to Bishop Brown and he’s
definitely concerned,” Johnson said. “Bishop Brown has
discussed the condition of all the MI property and he’s aware
it’s not up to standard.”
DeBerry said he does not want the city to condemn
“They’ve worked with us trying to develop
some of the properties. I think the senior bishop in Memphis understands
blight conditions as he comes from Los Angeles.”
Alfred Moore, with MI Home Corporation, said he
had spoken with Rev. Charles Thomas, who said Rust College could
get about one-sixth the money to work on apartments, if MI Home
Corporation could come up with one-sixth of it.
“But MI Home will likely end up fixing the
unit,” he said. “HUD won’t put anymore money in
DeBerry offered appreciation to Rust students
coming forward at board meetings and to Spratt.
“Your concern gives me great confidence in
our young people,” DeBerry said.
- welcomed Information Technology director Ken Robinson back to the
boardroom after several months of recuperation from illness.
heard Swanee’s concerns about the condition
of Hillcrest Cemetery. She said a huge dead tree needed taking down
and there was a problem with vandalism at the cemetery. She urged
that the cemetery be put in better order for the annual pilgrimage.
“We won’t have significant renovations
in three weeks,” DeBerry said.