(Southaven, MS) The Mississippi Department of Transportation pulled an $850,000 grant earlier this year until the Auditor’s investigation into Mayor Greg Davis is over.
But now, that money has been released.
Southaven Planning Director Whitney Choat-Cook couldn’t be happier to get one of her most important projects underway.
Choat-Cook wants to build walking and bicycle trails through Southaven, ”I think that it shows that the State is willing to work back with us and believes it to be a good project".
Sources close to the case tell us the state release of the money signals the Auditor’s investigation has wrapped up, but the auditor’s office didn’t return phone calls seeking comment.
Meantime, Southaven residents say they’re happy to see the project get underway.
"I think it’s good idea. Me and My wife will use it all the time," said Herbert Hudson.
The city, however, is under a strict timetable and will have to fast-track the walkway project.
If the project isn’t completed within the next 14 months, the State gets the money back.
Choat-Cook said she aims to get the job done, ”It will give some walkability to the city. That’s one of the main complaints we have around the city now is that we just don‘t have a lot of walkability, a lot of bicycle paths. It’s gonna be our first phase in trying to get an overall pedestrian bicycle path through the whole city."
Southaven Aldermen approved spending the money to get engineering studies underway for the project which will eventually link up with other planned projects across DeSoto County.