October hearing set for complaint about Starkville development plans

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE — A complaint that the city of Starkville developed plans for a new $8 million municipal complex out of the eyes of the public will be heard Oct. 9 in Oktibbeha County Chancery Court.

The Starkville Daily News reports that the board of aldermen voted 4-3 in June to approve a lease-purchase agreement for a new city hall and conversion of the old city hall into a police station.

Local resident William McGovern filed an objection claiming the board of aldermen violated Mississippi’s Open Meetings Act by meeting without public notification and failing to take minutes. He claims aldermen took votes at those meetings.

City Attorney Chris Latimer said the board took no action during the meetings and officials substantially complied with the Open Meetings Act.