Moss Point city leaders push to rehab hurricane damaged buildings

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point leaders say some Katrina damaged buildings still have some life left in them and could be repaired to get city employees out of cramped and dangerous trailers. The Moss Point Board of Alderman likes the idea and it wants engineers and FEMA to get on board.

Moss Point Mayor Aneice Liddell said she wants city employees to move out of temporary trailers because they're cramped and not safe during storms.

"It is congested, small working space, and the lights normally blink and everything else," Mayor Liddell said.

Dozens of employees moved into the FEMA trailers after Hurricane Katrina flooded city hall and other nearby city buildings. Ground has been broken for a new city hall, but it won't be finished until fall 2010. City work crews are now cleaning up parts of the damaged buildings.

"It is a lot of stuff that has to be removed, but we are taking care of it," Moss Point Public Works employee said.

The mayor said the buildings are structurally sound, but contractors and engineers will still have to do several inspections before the actual repair work begins.

"They have got to do the environmental, and they're checking for mold, checking for Asbestos."

Mayor Liddell said the previous administration planned to tear down many of the city buildings.  She points out that the new administration voted to reverse that decision because it's cheaper and more convenient to use property the city owns.

"If we tear these buildings down, do we have investors and developers come helps us to rebuild? Right now, I am interested to keeping what we have."

City leaders said they are counting on federal dollars to help rehab the damaged buildings.

"It is a long process because we are dealing with FEMA and MEMA. Hopefully, we will be in this building January of next year," Liddell said.

The mayor told WLOX she did not know how much it would cost to repair the city's hurricane damaged buildings.

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