A wheelchair lift is set to be installed at the Neshoba County Coliseum by next summer making the facility more handicap assessable.

Neshoba County has received a Community Development Block Grant totaling $208,244 to be used for the project. 

The lift is expected to be installed on the south end near the rollup door. It will allow easier access from the concourse to the coliseum floor.

“We have been working on this for several years,” County Administrator Jeff Mayo said.

The project is expected to cost around $225,000 with Neshoba County paying the difference.

Gov. Phil Bryant recently notified the supervisors their application for Public Facility Improvement Funds through the CDBG had been approved for funding by the Mississippi Development Authority. 

“This improvement demonstrates the Board’s commitment to ensuring accessibility for people with disabilities at our public facilities,” said Board of Supervisors President Allen White. 

White said the board extends its thanks to Sen. Jenifer Branning, Reps. Scott Bounds and Michael Ted Evans, Kawana McCary with East Central Planning and Development District, Yates and the Mississippi Development Authority for their help and assistance in securing this grant.

Construction is expected to begin next summer.