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Moss Point leaders put new police station construction on hold

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Leaders in Moss Point were supposed break out the shovels Wednesday and turn the first dirt for the city's new police station. But now that project is now on hold. And the reason all comes down to money.

"We tried to make something happen before we were ready," Mayor Aneice Liddell said. "I think this is the right step for the city to take a look at what we are doing and stay in the budget with what we already have."

Mayor Liddell said the city budgeted $2.5 million to build the 14,000 square foot facility.  But the final bid on the work ended up much higher. 

"The building came in at $4.5 million and that is a big difference. That is a big difference," said the mayor. 

With so many major projects on the city's to do list including infrastructure improvements, the mayor said the city decided to hold off on borrowing millions of dollars to build the police station. 

"We have to make sure that we don't overtax our people," the mayor said.

Chief Keith Davis said he understands, but admits the current police station is in really bad shape. 

"The facilities that we are in now are inadequate. The building has run its course for usage," Chief Keith Davis said. 

The chief and city leaders are now reexamining ways to cut costs to revive the project as soon as possible. 

"We are going to be looking at some engineering costs, as well as some things inside of the building that we can possibly live without," said Davis. 

The mayor echoed that sentiment.  

"The board is committed to moving forward. We want the people to know that it is our intention to build a police department. That is not the question. But the question is, at what price range?" 

The mayor said the city awarded this police department contract to a Gulf Coast company earlier this year. She said the city has 60 to 90 days to make a final decision.  

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