Tupelo OKs aquatic center construction

By Emily Le Coz

TUPELO – The city’s proposed $11.3 million indoor aquatic facility cleared a major hurdle Tuesday when municipal leaders approved its construction at Veterans Park.

City Council members voted 5-2 on the measure, which launches the project into the next phase. Architects will spend several months finalizing details on the proposed facility before soliciting bids for its construction.

Work could start sometime next summer.

Opposing the measure were Ward 3 Councilman Jim Newell and Ward 6 Councilman Mike Bryan. Both cited dissatisfaction with costs, which they deemed too high, and location. They wanted the complex at Ballard Park instead.

Dozens of supporters erupted in applause after the vote.

The city will pay for the pool with a municipal bond.

Read the fully story in Wednesday’s Daily Journal.