Southaven Board To Consider Changes To City Building Rentals

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(Southaven, MS) Herbert Mitchell says recent shootings at Southaven city buildings, rented out for private parties, bother him.

He remembers a shooting at the Southaven Performing Arts Center right in his own backyard, and stories about a beating there recently.

He says maybe Southaven need to be more selective about whom it rents to.

”I am concerned if they just allow people to come without, you know, checking prior to their visit," he said.

Police made a second arrest Tuesday in the recent shooting at the Tennis Center, but it’s doing little to calm nerves here.

”I’m getting calls, concerns about what’s happening at the Southaven Performing Arts Center,” said Ward Two Alderman Shirley Beshears, who plans to bring it up at Tuesday night’s board meeting.

Monday, we reported on a young man who says he was beaten at an event on city property.

Several of those commenting on the story called it a stand your ground case waiting to happen.

That’s why Southaven aldermen say they need to take action.

Beshears says everything’s on the table, from not renting out city buildings anymore to upping the rental and requiring more security.

”Two hundred dollars rent doesn’t cover the liability and expense that it brings to Southaven," Beshears said.

She says the city should require renters to control their groups or face severe penalties.

”You’re responsible for what happens at our buildings when we rent them out to you," she said.

And that’s just the kind of thing her constituents want to hear.

”There should be some control of a crowds, not just little people run wild in a group of people,” Mitchell said.

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