Architects hired for museum project

By JOSEPH BROWN,

A proposed Mississippi Native American Museum is one step closer to construction.

Tuesday night, the Kosciusko Board of Alderman approved the architecture firm and contract for the museum that will feature the history of local Indian tribes and the Natchez Trace. The museum will be located at the former Leonard’s located at the intersection of S. Madison Street and W. Jefferson Street.

The unanimous vote hired the architecture firm Canizaro, Cawthon and Davis out of Jackson who have completed jobs including the BB King Museum, Mississippi Children’s Museum and the Mississippi Delta Museum. Local architect Art Cook is also working in the project.

“They’ve done a lot of museum work in the past and feel they would do the best job,” Kosciusko mayor Jimmy Cockroft added.

Contract subject to legal review and funds being available, which should come in from bond money and a grant from Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

The next step in the process will be to begin work on the roof and clear out any asbestos.

Other action taken by the aldermen include:

• approving emergency payment to Delta Constructors for work on sewer line leak on Veterans Memorial Drive. Current cost have exceeded $20K;

• approved advertising for hay cutting at the city’s industrial park on Hwy. 19;

• approved the termination of a part time dispatcher;

• approved advertising for the sale of surplus property.

The next scheduled meeting of the Kosciusko Board of Alderman will be March 21 at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.