Judge nixes plan to convert church into new city hall
by Associated Press
Published: July 26,2013
Tags: acquisition, bench, chancery court, church, city government, city hal, court, Diamondhead, judge, judicial, judiciary, justice, l city, lease, municipal, municipality, purchase, real estate, Sean Tindell
DIAMONDHEAD — A Chancery Court judge has blocked the city of Diamondhead’s plans to purchase a Baptist church building as part of an estimated $1.6 million project to convert it into City Hall.
The Sun Herald reports Judge Jennifer Schloegel ruled that since the lease-purchase agreement was finished after April 1, the project couldn’t move forward.
City Attorney Sean Tindell said it comes down to a state law that prevents “lame duck” city councils from voting on something that involves more than a quarter of the city budget between April 1 and the date the new council took office.
Diamondhead became a city after incorporating in 2012. The mayor and city council served as interim officials until city elections could be held this year. Most of the interim officials were voted out.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Twang & Tourism: The Country Music Trail
Still planning that summer vacation?
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Top Posts & Pages
- Family launches Billups Coffee with headquarters in Oxford
- Chris McDaniel responds to radio show audio clip
- ‘Just the beginning’ — Venture Technologies merging, acquiring companies
- Man indicted, accused of bankruptcy fraud
- Running luxury car dealerships, like Mercedes of Jackson, comes naturally to Trudy Higginbotham Moody
- Study: Mississippi has highest sales tax rate in U.S.
- Grenada native Donna Tartt wins Pulitzer Prize for 'The Goldfinch'
- Chaney drops lawsuit against National Flood Insurance Program
- Fight between county, insurer over courthouse fire continues
- Judge to rule on release of Kemper power plant data