Even with repairs this past December, the Marion County courthouse roof is still leaking and in need of work. The county received an estimate of $1.5 million to completely repair the structures roof.
The Marion County Board of Supervisors is weighing options to find the money necessary to maintain the building, which must be repaired to the expectations of the Mississippi Historical Registry and Archives.
Supervisor Calvin Newsom says the county will do anything within its power to preserve the courthouse. Newsom says, "Back in December we had the same contractor come in and look and give us an estimate and when we got up there, there were some holes that were found, but they've been since patched and we are still finding after this heavy rain we had recently. It has found some other leaks."
Board President Newsom says the county is exploring all avenues in finding funds to repair and maintain the courthouse. They're searching for grants, competitive construction bids, and fundraisers.