No clear answer on Spain House

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – City leaders could reject a roughly $161,000 bid to relocate the historic Spain House after failing to reach a consensus Tuesday about lowering costs.

Tupelo Historic Preservation Commission member Doyce Deas said the city could save at least $16,000 by cutting down and hauling away trees on the property instead of letting the Kosciusko House Movers do it.

But city attorney John Hill said the city can’t remove those items without violating the state’s bid laws. It would have to reject the sole bid and begin the process anew.

Council members, who were at an unofficial work session, had mixed reactions but seemed poised to simply reject the bid at their next meeting.

The city has until Oct. 1 to move the house before it reverts back to its most recent owner, Calvary Baptist Church, which plans to demolish it.

Read the full story in Wednesday’s Daily Journal.