SOUTHSIDE, AR (KAIT) - A groundbreaking held Wednesday signaled the start of something new for the city of Southside.
The town officially broke ground on their new city hall.
"It feels very good," Mayor Ray Bowman said. "It's been a long time coming."
It was the first groundbreaking held in Southside since residents voted to become an incorporated city in 2014.
The city hall will be located on Batesville Boulevard.
Bowman said this is a big milestone for the city and will help develop their identity.
The building will house offices for city employees as well as a community room substation for the Independence County Sheriff's Office.
"The biggest thing we're going to have besides just a municipal room is we're going to have a private corner for the local sheriff's office to have a substation out here to provide a presence for the citizens of Southside as well as the southern part of the county," Bowman said.
The city council members and the mayor settled on a building design after many meetings, hoping to make a good start for the city's future generations.
They will also be able to pay for the building without raising taxes, a promise the city officials originally made to citizens.