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New city hall taking shape in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

By Krystal Allan – bio | email

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - It's still a work in progress, but Long Beach Mayor Billy Skellie sees a finished city hall starting to come into view.

"Our employees are very ready. They've been in trailers since Katrina. It's a nice facility and they're looking forward to it," Skellie said.

The first floor of Long Beach City Hall is set up for the public's day-to-day business. There people can get permits, turn on their water and take care of tickets, among other things. A meeting room, which will serve multiple purposes, also occupies the first floor.

"I would imagine meetings would take place here for organizations. Also our city meetings and business meetings and our city court will take place here."

Above the meeting room, Mayor Skellie said there's plenty of storage space, which could save the city money as it would no longer have to store certain items off-site. City business isn't confined to just one floor, plans for this building call for two floors of activity.

"On the second floor will be the administrative offices, the city clerk, the deputy clerk, as well as the mayor's office and court clerk," Skellie said.

The second floor also showcases one of the high points of the building. The southern-inspired architecture features a wrap-around porch with a full view of downtown Long Beach below. 

Mayor Skellie has a vision for the new city hall and what it could do for the city.

"We were kind of excited knowing it could be a kind of catalyst for downtown and new businesses."

The mayor said the move-in date will likely be sometime in August. Grant money paid for the $5.4 million building.

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