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Mayor: Vicksburg sports complex study delayed

Vicksburg officials are expected to present the latest feasibility report on the proposed sports complex with an artist’s conception of the facility in early 2017, Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said

The Vicksburg Post reports the Board of Mayor and Aldermen on May 25 approved a $50,000 contract with Canton, Georgia-based The Sports Force to do a feasibility study for a sports complex, based on using Halls Ferry Park.

The city wants to levy a 2 percent tax on restaurant food and beverage sales and hotel room rentals that must be approved through a referendum to fund the project.

Flaggs said the report on the property is ready, but city officials wanted to delay releasing it until they have a drawing of the proposed facility to present with the report.

“I felt it would be much better if the public could see what it would look like, so we’ll do it after the first of the year.” he said. “Once we get the drawing, we’ll set a date and have a public hearing at the (Vicksburg) Auditorium.”

Alderman Willis Thompson said part of Sports Force’s contract required including a sketch of the proposed park.

Thompson, who said he has seen the report, said he was very interested in its economic impact information “that would show what kind of impact it would have on Vicksburg and what opportunities are available in this region, and that’s one of the biggest selling points is what it can do for the city economically. “We’ve got capitalize on that and take advantage of tournaments in Vicksburg.”

Thompson said the report gives a positive image of the proposed park.

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