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Posted on: February 8, 2017

Update on Police HQ Renovation

The Greenwood City Council approved a change order on renovations to the police headquarters Tuesday that will push the projected completion date back.

John Beard, an architect with the firm of Beard Riser, said the $87,048 change would allow the headquarters to have stand?alone electrical service. The change will shift the projected completion date from April 7 to May 22.

Mayor Carolyn McAdams said this morning that this doesn’t necessarily mean that the work will take 45 days more than expected, but architects and contractors are being cautious about predicting a completion date with the new configuration of electrical wiring.

“It’s a precaution, because some of the things we did have to change may cause delays,” she said. “Or they may not.”

McAdams said the project is actually slightly ahead of schedule at this point, but contractors always factor in possible delays when plans change.

The new electrical configuration will fix an old problem.

“Before, if something happened and the power was shut down in City Hall, it shut down the police and fire departments, too,” McAdams said.

“We don’t want our police and fire departments to shut down for any reason, and this is an extra preventive measure.”

At Tuesday’s meeting, the council was introduced to one of the Police Department’s newest officers, Banks Tucker. Tucker is the grandson of Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks.
“We got lucky; we got him right out of Delta State,” said Police Ray Moore.

Moore described Tucker as someone who had been around law enforcement all his life and said, “I think the city of Greenwood is really going to benefit with this young man.”

Tucker is presently in the field, under the supervision of a field training officer. He will work in that capacity for a minimum of six months, Moore said. Following that he would attend the Mississippi Delta Community College’s Law Enforcement Academy.

“I grew up around Greenwood,” said Tucker. “I know a lot of people around here. I grew up in law enforcement. I want to do everything I can to serve the city of Greenwood.”

Kenya Adams, the Greenwood?Leflore Recycling coordinator, also introduced herself to the council.

Adams, a Greenwood native and Greenwood High School graduate, studied at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she majored in public relations and minored in English. She received her graduate degree in higher education. She lived in Houston, Texas, where she was an academic adviser.

She returned to Greenwood to be with her mother, who was about to undergo surgery, and decided to stay for good.

“This is a way to re-engage with the community, to show Greenwood what I’ve learned as a world traveler and as a worldly person, to give back to the community and make Greenwood the greenest city,” she said.

In other action, the council approved:
  • A $15,000 donation for the new Leflore County Humane Society animal shelter. The donation will come from McAdams’ contingency funds. The vote was 6-0, with only Ward 2’s Lisa Cookston absent.
  • A $5,000 donation to the Greenwood-Leflore County Chamber of Commerce.
  • A resolution requesting that the state Legislature extend the “repealer” for the Greenwood Tourism Commission from Sept. 30, 2017, to Sept. 20, 2020. This is a request to extend the life of the commission, which runs the Greenwood Convention & Visitors Bureau.
  • Adjustment of the right-of-way of a fiber optic line requested by AT&T Southeast. The line runs from Howard Street to Market Street.

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