- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) - Lauderdale County will negotiate to buy some land to keep a safety zone around Naval Air Station Meridian.

The Meridian Star reports (https://bit.ly/1Li2Dn5 ) that the board of supervisors approved the project this week.

Lamar McDonald, chairman of the Meridian Military Team, says NAS Meridian wants to keep houses away from runways. He says it is safety for the base, where Navy pilots train.

The Navy and the Mississippi Development Authority each will contribute $1 million to buy the rights of way easements. McDonald says property owners will be able to keep their property but will be restricted as to what they can build on the land.

County Administrator David Engel will decide the purchase price after the property has been appraised.

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Information from: The Meridian Star, https://www.meridianstar.com

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