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Mississippi Co. passes resolution on one county seat system

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) -

The Mississippi County Quorum Court has passed a resolution to begin looking at switching to a single county seat system. The passage came unanimously Tuesday night.

Right now there are two county seats, one in Osceola and the other in Blytheville. Both cities have courthouses.

Justice Bill Nelson told Region 8 News last week before the meeting the Blytheville courthouse is in need of repair. The building has a cracked ceiling, mold-stained carpets and deteriorating walls.

It is on the National Record of Historic Places which makes repairs to the roof difficult because the building has to remain in its' original form. The cost to replace the roof is estimated at $250,000 to $300,000.

Nelson said the Arkansas Northeastern College Burdette campus could be looked at as a place for a new courthouse. Residents in Blytheville and Osceola would have to travel about 10 miles to conduct county business if it was located there.

The process of combining county seats could take three to four years, according to Nelson. Voters would ultimately decide on the plan.

A committee is expected to meet next week to discuss further actions.

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