HIG­GINS

Starkville Daily News - - AROUND TOWN -

OCEDA also au­tho­rized on April 9, the ad­ver­tis­ing of wa­ter, sewer and road im­prove­ments.

"We an­tic­i­pate that prob­a­bly no later than their June meet­ing, as­sum­ing the bids come in well, they will award that con­tract," Hig­gins said. "By mid to late sum­mer you should start to see work out there."

Hig­gins said OCEDA au­tho­rized the ad­ver­tis­ing for the wa­ter tank, but they won't see it ad­ver­tised yet, be­cause they are wait­ing for grant funds to be awarded.

Hig­gins pro­vided an up­date on the lit­i­ga­tion, where it was ex­pected to be con­cluded in June or July, but it will be closer to this fall due to ex­ten­sion re­quests by the other party.

Right now, Hig­gins said there are 80 acres of the front of the prop­erty zoned as a C2, which will al­low dis­tri­bu­tion and lo­gis­tics busi­ness to be placed there.

"We've got one that could be a very large com­pany that is look­ing at that C2," Hig­gins said. "Job count can vary, it could be a low of 100 or as much as 300, we're still work­ing with them."

In the next few weeks, Hig­gins said he an­tic­i­pates a de­ci­sion will be made.

The soon-to-be ad­ver­tised wa­ter tank will hold half a mil­lion gal­lons of wa­ter. Hig­gins said the rea­son the tank needs to be built, even though there is plenty of wa­ter in the area, would be for fire pro­tec­tion.

Mov­ing for­ward, Hig­gins said lots will start to be some­what cleared to pro­vide a bet­ter idea of what the prop­erty looks like to al­low for bet­ter marketing.

In an up­com­ing meet­ing, Hig­gins said due to them not hav­ing a busi­ness his­tory, he would like to work on a res­o­lu­tion for the city, county and OCEDA to pro­vide them with their "march­ing or­ders.”

He said this will help when there needs to be a quick an­swer with con­sul­tants and they have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of what each en­tity wants be­fore a de­ci­sion is made.

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