RIDGELAND — With a bonding capacity of just under $20 million and at least three long-discussed projects in mind, aldermen are seeking public input on the possible issuance of general obligation bonds later this year.

Aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday evening to issue an intent resolution for the issuance of general obligation bonds.

The resolution calls for no more than $19,960,000 in bonds to be issued. The city has set a response period that ends at 6 p.m. on May 7. The city is not required to put the item to a vote unless it receives written protests filed with the city clerk’s office equal to ten percent of the electorate or 1,500 people.

Aldermen are also taking input on the kind of capital projects people would like to see them pursue.

Alderman-at-Large D.I. Smith said that the city has been concentrating on several large transportation projects including the recent opening of Colony Park Boulevard, a major east-west artery connecting I-55 to Old Canton Road, U.S. 51 and the Township, last week, and the ongoing Lake Harbour Extension project.

“We have been talking about the proposed town hall for years, but we had some uncertainty with all these transportation projects and related expenses out there. It is time to start considering what the city might do next,” Smith said.

Smith said that “off the top of his head” he could think of three projects that potential money could be used for.

In addition to the town center project, city officials could use the money to pursue a proposed overhaul of city-owned baseball fields or the Hite Wolcott Parking lot project axed from the Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

Park Director Chris Chance said that he was hoping to have bids in for a variety of improvements, including the baseball fields, for approval at the first meeting in May. Current estimates put the upgrades at $1.4 million.

At the time of budget talks last July, the Hite Wolcott parking Lott project was estimated at around $700,000. The project was originally slated to start as early as late 2018 and had $200,000 earmarked in the FY 2018 budget.

City officials have not released a number for the town hall project, though renderings presented to the board in May of 2014 showed an 11 building complex that included in addition to a functioning town hall building, office buildings, a museum and performing arts center. Aldermen were quick to point at the time that this did not represent any project the city had committed to but was a visualization of the type of thing they would like to see built at the proposed site located off U.S. 51 between School Street and Jackson Street.