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Vicksburg animal shelter proposal comes in at more than $1.2 million

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The building that sits on the proposed Vicksburg animal shelter site today. (Photo by Thomas Parker)

The proposed new animal shelter for Vicksburg was the subject of a special meeting Monday for city officials.

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr., aldermen Michael Mayfield and Alex Monsour, Animal Shelter Director Kacie Lindsey, City Attorney Nancy Thomas and Director of Community Development Jeff Richardson were on hand.

Richardson presented the group with a cost projection of just over $1.2 million for opening the new shelter on a site at 4211 Rifle Range Road. The projection was completed by Jackson firm Durrell Design Group.

Alderman Mayfield said as with any project of this magnitude, the city should expect up to $300,000 in additional cost. The projection did not include the costs of property acquisition, for example. A recent appraisal on the property put the value at $187,000.

The mayor and alderman emphatically stated their support for the project but all three said the costs are what has the project stalled.

“We lost $2.4 million in revenue this year thanks to COVID,” Monsour said. “Those are dollars that aren’t coming back.” He added that he has been receiving emails and texts that border on threatening regarding the shelter.

Flaggs said he remains committed to building a shelter but finding the money is key.

City officials agreed that Alderman Mayfield will meet with Marilyn Terry and other members of Friends of the Vicksburg Animal Shelter to discuss where the current project stands. The group was formed earlier this year to raise funds to support building a new animal shelter.

Another group filed a request Friday to hold a protest about the shelter Thursday, Oct. 1.

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18-wheeler in wreck on 61 South in Warren County

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(photo by Thomas Parker)

An 18-wheeler was involved in a single vehicle crash around 6 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 61 South approximately 1 mile north of the Claiborne-Warren County line.

The truck left the roadway on the northbound side of the highway for unknown reasons.

The driver was transported to Claiborne County Hospital by private vehicle before law enforcement arrived on the scene. His condition is not known at this time.

Traffic has not been affected, but use caution in the area to allow investigators to do their jobs safely.

Warren County deputies Daniel Thomas and Ron Kinard are on the scene, and a trooper from the Mississippi State Police is on the way and will be in charge of the investigation.

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Vicksburg named Water Treatment Plant of the Year for second consecutive year

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For the second year in a row, the City of Vicksburg has received the 2020 Water Treatment Plant of the Year Award from the American Water Works Association. The award cites overall water quality, plant improvements, energy efficiency and regulatory conformance as criteria for the selection.

“Having the best water treatment plant in the State of Mississippi for two years in a row is just one more reason why people should move to Vicksburg,” said Mayor George Flaggs Jr. in a statement. “Our philosophy is to provide the best quality service at the least cost to the taxpayers. Today, we’re continuing to deliver on that promise.”

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen hired ESG Operations, Inc. in 2016 to manage and operate the city’s water treatment plant on Haining Road. The plant has received a five-star rating from the State Department of Health for the past four years and has been in 100% compliance with all regulatory agencies.

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VPD reports auto theft and business burglary for Tuesday

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The Vicksburg Police Department reports an auto theft and a business burglary occurred Tuesday, Oct. 13.

At 5:34 a.m. officers responded to a residence in the 3100 block of Washington Street in reference to a stolen vehicle. The complainant reported that someone stole a 2015 Chrysler 200.

The Days Inn at 90 Warrenton Road was the site of a business burglary Tuesday. Officers responded to the motel at 9:09 a.m. where the victims stated that someone kicked a room door in and stole a Dewalt paint sprayer, two Magnavox paint sprayers, a Minolta hand sander and a Milwaukee reciprocating saw. Two other saws of unknown brands were also taken. The total value of the missing equipment is estimated at $5,500.

If you have information on either of these incidents, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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