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Pascagoula hires engineers to help consolidate, organize city core

KAREN NELSON/SUN HERALD 
 City Hall and the Public Works and City Planning buildings are across town from each other, making it difficult for new businesses to maneuver through the permit system. The City Council this week hired an engineering firm to help organize and come up with a plan for a government complex in the city.
KAREN NELSON/SUN HERALD City Hall and the Public Works and City Planning buildings are across town from each other, making it difficult for new businesses to maneuver through the permit system. The City Council this week hired an engineering firm to help organize and come up with a plan for a government complex in the city.

PASCAGOULA -- City leaders are ready to take a look at how to consolidate city buildings that are scattered all over town.

The Pascagoula City Council voted this week to spend up to $14,500 for a needs assessment by Thompson Engineering.

City spokeswoman Anne Pitre said the city is looking at building something more convenient for people and businesses now required to go from department to department to get permits or other services.

"We don't have a cost, because we don't know what we want yet," Pitre said. "We just know City Hall is at capacity, the vault is packed to the gills with official records."

And city departments such as Planning and Community Development are across town.

She said leaders don't know if they want to build a large multi-story building, move into a strip mall or organize a group of buildings in one place.

Hiring the engineering firm is a way to get started, she said.

"It's the beginning of a process," she said, one that will likely involve a great deal of public input.

She said the final decision likely will be made by the next administration. City elections are more than a year away.

"We're not sure of the time frame," she said. "But we're looking at building something that's more convenient for everyone."

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