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Hinds Supervisors let lease lapse on 16th section land

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HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The public has been denied access to ballparks and a playground on Davis Road in Byram for at least the past 4 months. The Hinds County Supervisors let the 40 year lease lapse, and did not continue to maintain the 16th section land property or pay insurance on it.

The baseball fields and surrounding property are overgrown. The scoreboards are in bad shape and according to Byram's Mayor, the concession stand leaks.  

"Has it been neglected? Yes," said Byram Mayor Richard White.

White added it'll take an estimated $60-70 thousand dollars to get the facility up and running again.

Folks in Byram are not happy. And Byram's Mayor has been getting an earful. 

"Yes we have had a few calls," said White. "We are going through some of that. and I think in the end we are going to try and work out some kind of deal. I think it will happen next week."

The Hinds County School District owns this 16th section land. When the Hinds County Board of Supervisors let the lease lapse, they also did not continue to pay for insurance coverage; no insurance, no trespassing.

Earl Burke with the Hinds County School District confirmed Thursday, the district is in negotiations with Byram to take over the Davis Road park. The sticking point: How much for a new lease.  

The area has grown dramatically and is now valued higher according to Burke. 

"We've been working on this for while," added Mayor White. "Now with 16th section land you have to go through  the Secretary of State and the school district for us to lease it." 

A meeting is scheduled Thursday. The Mayor will pitch it to the Board of Aldermen. 

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