By GALEN HOLLEY
The Grenada County Board of Supervisors has received the property deed back from the state, clearing the way to move forward with a new Mississippi Highway Patrol office in the Lake City, but the facility could be moved.
According to Chancery Clerk Johnny Hayward, the supervisors had to wait for the state to deed the property over to Grenada County.
MHP decided to close the office in June because the building was old and in a state of disrepair.
That meant Grenadians have to go either to Batesville or to Greenwood to get their drivers’s licenses renewed.
Architect George Mullen. last year told the supervisors that he envisioned an economical, 1,500-square-foot building for the new office. Mullen’s plans were approved by the state and by the MHP.
According to District Four Supervisor Darrell Robinson, the supervisors would like to build the new office in a lot near the County Office Building on Hwy. 8 East.
“There are advantages to putting it there, including a ready-made parking lot,” said Hayward.
State law requires that once plans are drawn up, the supervisors advertise for construction, Hayward said. He figured that the start of construction would, therefore, be a few months away.