RIDGELAND — City officials will tap forfeiture and seizure funds to the tune of $30,000 to finish the fitness center project ongoing behind the court services building.

Police Chief John Neal said that they hoped to have the facility open to city employees within a month. He said they had secured all of their cardio equipment but were low on funds when it came to weight machines and free weights.

“We are getting to the end of our Blue Cross Blue Shield grant,” Neal said.

Board officials unanimously approved on the consent agenda a budget transfer for Neal to put $30,929 from forfeitures and seizures towards weight machines and free weights for the 1,000 square foot facility.

The transfer does not affect the balance of the general fund.

The bulk of the project’s expenses was $89,416 from a $93,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi grant. Some of the money was spent on medicine balls and other exercise equipment for Ridgeland High School.

Costs were mitigated by donations including Charles N. White Construction Company offering construction management services at no cost. The building was also designed in house by employees of the Community Development Department.

The project broke ground in January.