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Moss Point employees move into rehabbed city hall

By Patrice Clark – bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point city hall is open once again. After four and a half years working out of trailers, Moss Point city employees are now back in a newly repaired city hall.  Money from MEMA and FEMA funded repairs to the storm damaged building. 

Moss Point employee Sheilah Crook couldn't be more excited to pack up and move out of this FEMA trailer. She's going back to the old city hall building. Hurricane Katrina pushed mounds of water inside facility.

"It feels like we are putting Katrina behind us, and we are going home," Crook said.

The repaired building has fresh paint, new floors and a lot more space. Payroll coordinator Fran Mills said it's wonderful to open the door to a nice, roomy office again. 

"We are just so glad to have the space, and I think we will do a better job," Mills said. 

Mayor Aniece Liddell says the city made the decision to repair the facility because it was in good shape, despite the water damage. 

"We had a building that was structurally sound, and we decided that it was going to be the wisest course to put money into the building because it is coming from MEMA, FEMA," Mayor Liddell said. 

The city is also spending $3 million to build a stronger and sturdier city hall. The building will be a couple of blocks away and outside of the flood zone.   It's expected to open for business in December.

"I think once that is done, people are really going to see the progress Moss Point is making," Crook said.  

Moss Point employees say right now they're comfortable with this progress. They look forward to citizens walking into a more organized place to do business.

"I definitely feel like we are coming back to some normalcy because for one thing, the customers can come in to us easier.  For another thing, we will have our spaces where we are supposed to be," Crook said.

Moss Point City Hall will officially open Monday morning. The mayor said once the new facility is built, she hopes to turn the old facility over to the Main Street Association for economic development.

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