By Patsy R. Brumfield/Daily Journal
TUPELO – Christmas cheer came early for Lee County operations as its board of supervisors and staff officially moved into long-time-coming space downtown.
“After 17 years, it’s kind of nice not to have to work out of the back of my truck, ” joked District 4 Supervisor Tommie Lee Ivy today as the board welcomed the public to its new office complex in the former CDF facility.
Months ago, economic developers CDF moved into its own facility just off Main Street in Fairpark District.
Today, it was “the people’s building” being returned to total public functions, said Board President Phil Morgan, who represents District 1.
The board officially cut the ribbon and hosted an open house for the public this morning.
The prominent brick building at 300 W. Main St. has been a post office, housed chancery clerk functions and hosted other roles. But with CDF’s move, the county saw an opportunity to build space for work previously squeezed into tight quarters in the Lee Justice Center.
The renovation price tag was about $400,000 from existing county funds, said County Administrator Sean P. Thompson.
He said space will be available for public groups to meet, too.
The board’s meeting room is impressively large, compared to the small room it once held its public meetings.
The facility also features individual offices for each supervisor and a high-tech video conferencing system set up by the Mississippi State University Extension Service for multi-county communications.
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