During a public hearing Monday, District 3 Supervisor Marvel Howard noted many options should be considered for the Oktibbeha County Lake lease.
“If the school board gets a proposal then great, but we have to look at our other options just in case,” he said.
The 407-acre property has been locked and vacant since the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks opted not to renew its lease in April after the 16th Section property was reappraised at roughly $100 an acre.
The lease has since been turned back over to the county school board, and the board is currently accepting proposals.
The public hearing gave the supervisors a chance to explain viable options and to field questions and concerns about the county possibly taking over property operations for the lake.
Danny Coleman, a game warden on the property when the lease was under the control of MDWFP, said he remembered the lake bringing in about $800 to $900 a week in revenue, but only during the peak season. Under Coleman’s recollections, projections indicate the lake would not generate enough revenue to cover the $40,700 lease.
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