UPDATE: Mayor says Starkville needs new city complex

STARKVILLE — Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman says a new municipal complex should be “the highest priority” for the city. He expects the issue to come to a referendum by next summer.

Wiseman said Monday he would like the city to form a committee to research possibilities for a new complex. He said the existing City Hall building at one time was an armory and was donated to the city in 1968. The building houses the offices of the mayor, city department heads and other personnel, as well as municipal court and Starkville Police Department.

City officials have long complained about the aging structure. It also was the focus of the 2005 municipal election. The project nearly came to fruition, but city residents ultimately defeated the proposal in a referendum.

The Associated Press

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