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County buys new office complex
From: Jackson County       Filed 10/25/06  GCN

The Jackson County Board of Supervisors is taking another important step in restoring full county services in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Board purchased the former “Unemployment Office” on Amonett Street in Pascagoula as its newest office complex.

“This purchase will benefit our citizens and our employees,” Board President Robert Norvel, Sr., District Two Supervisor, said. “This new office complex will provide a permanent location for several departments and increase the quality of service for our citizens.”

Six departments will move into the Amonett Office Complex in early to mid-December. The County’s Maintenance Department is currently drawing up new floor plans for the 11,564 square foot building that will require some remodeling. Plans call for the Election Commission, County Archives, Coroners Office, Mass Tort, Extension Service Office and Veteran’s Affairs Office to relocate.

“The County chose these departments since they’re fundamentally stand alone offices with smaller public access requirements,” County Administrator Alan Sudduth explains. “The Amonett Complex will give each department ample office, meeting and storage space.”

The Board purchased the former “Unemployment Office” on Oct. 20 for $495,000. A majority of that cost will be reimbursed by FEMA hurricane recovery funds. Sudduth says the Amonett Office Complex also has several secondary benefits for the County.

“The move will ease crowded conditions and free office space for more than 100 employees still housed at the Fairgrounds. Also, the complex’s location north of Hwy. 90, along with its higher elevation better prepare the County to withstand future storm surge flooding,” Sudduth said.   

November and December will be a busy time for the County’s Maintenance and Computer departments. Along with moving into the Amonett Street location, crews will be moving the County’s Court System, Circuit Clerk, and Chancery Clerk offices back into the Downtown Courthouse Complex.

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