New SPD headquarters opens Friday

The city of Starkville will have the grand opening ceremony for the new Starkville Police Department headquarters today at 10 a.m. The new headquarters is located on 101 East Lampkin Street. (Photo by Logan Kirkland, SDN)
By: 
LOGAN KIRLAND
Staff Writer

The city of Starkville will have the grand opening ceremony for the new Starkville Police Department headquarters today at 10 a.m.

The new headquarters is located at 101 East Lampkin Street and faced a series of delays on the way to the grand opening on Friday.

During the ribbon cutting ceremony, the American flag will be raised for the first time and both Mayor Lynn Spruill and SPD Chief Frank Nichols will speak, along with a few others.

After the ceremony is complete, there will be light refreshments and tours will be available to the public.

The grand opening was finalized after the Starkville Board of Aldermen voted to allow Mayor Lynn Spruill to sign the certificate of substantial completion during its last meeting. Both Vice Mayor and Ward 6 Alderman Roy A’. Perkins and Ward 1 Alderman Ben Carver voted against the approval.

Beginning in August 2016, the $5.4 million building was originally set to open on June 2017, but due to substantial flooding in the basement of the building, the grand opening was postponed. In regards to the flooding

in the basement, Spruill said the building is ready to be occupied by the department and with what information engineer Clyde Pritchard provided, the functionality of the building will not hinder productivity.

“I personally think it is time for us to go ahead and get in that building,” Spruill said in a work session in late September. “I think what (Clyde) Pritchard is proposing in terms of the basement is not going to negatively impact what the police can do inside their building.”

City engineer Edward Kemp provided an explanation of what Pritchard’s plans look like to help rid the headquarters of its current issue with flooding. Kemp said the drawings show a trench grate, which will go down the center of the room.

“So essentially it’s going to look like an H,” Kemp told the board during its work session. “It’s all going to drain to the center and in the center there will be a sump (pump).”

During his explanation, Kemp said they are going to relocate a sump pump to the middle of the grate, then discharge the water into the storm line running along the north wall.

In addition to the installation of a trench grate and relocating the sump pump, the walls will be waterproofed.

Also, the drainage system with the trench grate will not only drain water from the surface of the floor, but also allow ground water to enter into the trench as well.

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