SMITHVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — Smithville's efforts to rebuild the town with a new government complex are taking a new direction.
A hurricane is blamed for a delay in having paperwork processed.
"It's all due to Isaac," adds Gregg Kennedy, mayor of Smithville. "We understand. We don't have no problem with it."
Town leaders will now utilize what is called a P3 process to build that building.
"What the P3 process is is a private-public partnership to build our new facilities here," adds Kennedy.
Some modifications have been made to the building's proposed layout, but all town departments will be based out of the new building.
"We're looking at around 3,800 square feet heated," adds Kennedy. "The total roof coverage around 4,700. We added three bays in the back of it within the police department to store vehicles."
Residents say they look forward to the start of construction knowing that the new building represents another step in the rebuilding process.
"Yes, it will be nice to have a new building of that nature," adds Steve Culpepper, Smithville resident. "It will be a real help to the community here, and I look forward seeing it start building it."
Once all reimbursements are taken care of, the project should be paid off within five years.