Tupelo aquatic center nears next phase

By Emily Le Coz

TUPELO – The city’s $11.3 million aquatic center proposal got near unanimous support from elected leaders who said they’re ready to approve the project next month.

City Council members met with project proponents Tuesday afternoon at City Hall. They included Parks and Recreation Department officials, architects, consultants, and about 50 residents – mostly swimmers – who packed the room to show support for the new facility.

It was the first such meeting since the project’s preliminary plans were revealed in March. Since then, council members have mulled the proposal, its estimated cost, a possible location for the facility, and the city’s ability to afford it all.

Those questions seemed to have been answered after this week’s meeting. The issue will be placed on the council’s Oct. 4 study agenda and could go up for vote by Oct. 18.

If council members vote yes, it will launch the project into its next phase. A final plan will be prepared and the project will be readied for bid.

“Once you approve this, you’re approving the aquatic center,” said Parks and Recreation Director Don Lewis.

Read the full story in Wednesday’s Daily Journal.