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County to assist with road to planned campsites

The Copiah County Board of Supervisors agreed to help Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks officials with road work to the proposed camp sites at Calling Panther Lake.

The camp sites have been planned for years but budget restraints have delayed the further development of Copiah County’s newest state lake.

An engineer has been hired on the project, reported David Berry of MDWFP. Twenty-two sites have been proposed, but that plan may have to be scaled back depending on the amount of funding available.

The county’s assistance with the road building can be counted toward the in-kind match on the project, Berry told the board, which will help them stretch the state funding to construct the campsites.

Supervisors agreed to assist with the road building, in a similar manner as the county’s road department assisted with the access road to the lake several years ago. The board will meet with the project engineer later this week to look at the site and see what is needed. The county road crews will work on this project as time allows between the county’s ongoing road maintenance needs.

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