A Community Development Block Grant is being sought by the county to purchase a lift system for the coliseum that would allow patrons in wheel chairs and medical mobility chairs and scooters to access athe ground level from the concourse.

Supervisors on Monday voted unanimously to submit a public facility application to the Mississippi Development Authority for up to $550,000 to purchase the lift system that would make the coliseum more handicapped accessible.

Currently, patrons in wheel chairs and other mobile devices have to enter the ground level doors on the west side of the coliseum to gain access to the arena floor for such things as high school graduations and banquets.

Kawana McCary, of East Central Planning and Development District, told supervisors that the grant would have to benefit low and moderate income residents.

"I think this would be a very good project," she said. "It's a competitive grant but I think they will rate this pretty high."

ECPDD is assisting the county is submitting the grant application.

While there are handicapped accessible seats just off the concourse, patrons have no access to the floor level where there are sections designated for wheelchairs and other devices.

Numerous requests have been made for the lift system from handicapped patrons wishing to attend such events as graduations, banquets and gun shows without have to drive down to the westside of the coliseum.

Once the system is in place, handicapped patrons can park in the lot in front of the coliseum and enter through the concourse.