INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The City of Southside is set to begin construction soon on their new city hall.
The city council voted Thursday night during a special city council meeting to move forward with the designing and construction process.
The piece of land along Batesville Drive was purchased in Sept. 2016 and Southside Mayor Ray Bowman said they just paid it off two weeks ago.
"Trying to do it one step at a time," Bowman said.
So with the land paid for and cleared, it's almost time to start construction on a building, but the mayor said he is willing to work a little slower if that means the project is done correctly.
City officials have decided they will build a larger building than they currently need, but part of the inside will remain unfinished for now.
That way, it can be finished as the city needs more space.
"Our goal is to do something right and expandable for the future generations," Bowman said. "For whatever the city needs down the road, we give them a good foundation for it."
Mayor Bowman said they also don't want to leave future leaders in debt.
They plan to have the city hall paid off within five years.
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