Tupelo leaders talk capital plan at work session

The Tupelo City Council held a work session on Thursday to talk about the annual capital plan for big projects in the 2020 calendar year.

Posted: Sep 5, 2019 10:48 PM
Updated: Sep 6, 2019 9:13 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Tupelo City Council held a work session on Thursday to talk about the annual capital plan for big projects in the 2020 calendar year.

The estimations for the budget of both the decided and pending budget is expected to be around $10.5 million.

One of the bigger projects, which is estimated to cost $1.5 million, is the destruction and rebuilding of Fire Station 2 on West Main Street.

"Fire station 2 is our oldest fire station in the city,” said Thomas Walker, Tupelo fire chief. “It was built in 1958, and we have seen it creek over the years. We are starting to see some erosion issues with the bank."

The fire department is also asking for a 75-foot ladder truck for Fire Station 7.

Both projects are pending for 2020.

The Tupelo Parks and Recreation Department is also preparing for a big addition when it adds turf infields to the city's baseball and softball fields.

“Because we had a really rainy past spring, we lost over 150 teams due to rain,” Director Alex Farned said. “These turf infields will provide us to go play literately right after it rains; it's all doing to save us some money on maintenance."

The city is expected to evaluate the pending capital in January 2020.

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