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A bond referendum is a likely possibility as city officials restart talk and set a course of action on Starkvilleâ€™s nearly 10-year-old consideration of a Municipal Complex.
A city panel involved in the discussion comprised of Ward 5 Alderman Jeremiah Dumas, Ward 6 Alderman Roy Aâ€™. Perkins, Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill and Mayor Parker Wiseman met Thursday to formulate a plan for moving forward.
Ward 4 Alderman Richard Corey was unable to attend the meeting.
Gary Shafer is the long-time architect of record on the project and city officials will ask City Attorney Chris Latimer to talk over with Shaferâ€™s attorney an amendment to his contract which allow him to conduct a feasibility study.
The panel agreed to come up with two names each for a citizen committee to help guide the discussion. Wiseman says he has some ideas about who could chair the citizens panel. City officials discussed the idea of developing a group with no more than nine members.
â€śI want the committee to be a citizen-driven process,â€ť Wiseman said. â€śYou want a committee that is large enough to touch all aspects of the community broadly, but you donâ€™t want a committee thatâ€™s so large that it becomes difficult to run a meeting and get through the feasibility study.
The only name any of the city officials gathered Thursday mentioned as a possibility for membership on the group was retired City Engineer Bill Webb.
â€śHeâ€™s familiar with the ins and outs on it. Bill will be a great asset to this if he would choose to serve,â€ť Perkins said of one of the people heâ€™s considering for naming to the panel.
Wiseman also indicated he would like to be on the panel. Perkins said the process should move quickly.
â€śThe matter of the Municipal or Justice Complex is a matter that needs to become a reality as expeditiously as possible,â€ť Perkins said.
â€śPreferably I would like to see the matter going before the qualified electors of this city prior to the end of the year,â€ť which Perkins acknowledged â€śmay not be realistic.â€ť
â€śHopefully we can get this matter to a vote by April 2011,â€ť Perkins said.
â€śI would personally like to see, if approved by the voters, finalized during this term,â€ť Perkins added.
Itâ€™s a â€śstrong likelihoodâ€ť a bond issue referendum will be how the project ultimately concludes, Wiseman said after the meeting Thursday afternoon.
City officials plan to present a report related to committee at this Tuesdayâ€™s Board of Aldermen meeting with a goal of having a list of potential appointees in hand.
Wiseman spoke of a potential goal of the citizen committee and feasibility study consultant â€śon tapâ€ť at the Aug. 17 meeting of the full Board of Aldermen.