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Jackson County Sets Goals For 2007

In a room filled with community leaders and constituents, Supervisor's President Tim Broussard reminded everyone just how far Jackson County has come since Katrina.

"Mid December, the Circuit Clerk's office moved back into its traditional office, and December 19 the entire court building was opened to the county, circuit, and chancery court."

Jackson County's road to recovery has entailed a lot road construction. In 2006, the road department paved 62 bridge and built 10 new ones.

"We were replacing bridges at a torrid pace, I am not sure M-DOT has this many on schedule."

Broussard explained the county's new plan to end an old problem - overcrowding at the Adult Detention Center. Construction is underway on modular dorms behind the jail, and county leaders hope to break ground on a new jail in 2007.

Naval Station Pascagoula closes in 2006, but Broussard says the state, county and Port Authority are working to turn Singing River Island into new economic opportunity.

"Navy is committed to doing certain repairs out there," Broussard said.

"Obviously we want the Coast Guard sited there, and that makes common sense to have Northrop Grumman on the property."

Though Katrina hit Jackson County's economic base hard, Broussard says supervisors reduced county debt by more than eight percent, and did not raise taxes.

"You can defiantly see we are headed in the right direction."

And that's the  path Broussard wants to see for 2007.

Other goals Broussard outlined in his speech were building a new county service complex in downtown Pascagoula, and building a new health center to replace the one destroyed during Katrina.

By Patrice Clark

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