Local landowner Paul Nuckolls has donated to the city four parcels of land between 25th and Fifth Streets, which Mayor Cheri Barry called "the building blocks for Freedom Park."

    The donation for the planned civil rights memorial park was announced at Tuesday's city council meeting and accepted by the council at that time.

    "We are beside ourselves, and we are looking forward to recognizing our civil rights leaders," Barry said.     

    "(The land) has kind of been sitting there holding the world together," said Nuckolls. "So, I'm so pleased that it can be used for the betterment of the community."

The Meeting: Meridian City Council. Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What Happened:

    • Meridian CAO Mark McDonald said the dam repairs at Bonita Lakes are "basically finished". He said water will begin to be pumped into the lower lake in mid to late July, and it will take until December to completely refill.

    • Ward 5 Councilman Jesse E. Palmer, Sr. was elected city council president, and Ward 3 Councilwoman Barbara Henson was elected the council's vice president.

    • The council accepted a grant for a certified emergency response training class at the Meridian Training Facility and a Mississippi Stop Violence Against Women grant. They also authorized the submission of the annual JAG grant, which benefits both the city police department and the county sheriff's department.

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