Madison County supervisors are looking to build a state drivers license testing station in Canton after multiple conversations with the Department of Public Safety. 

County Administrator Shelton Vance told supervisors last week he has met on multiple occasions with DPS and has shown them existing buildings owned by the county. 

“To best provide for their request, we need to construct a building,” Vance said, before asking supervisors if that is the direction they wish to proceed. 

“In my opinion we need them here in Madison County,” District 4 Supervisor David Bishop said. “We need them in Canton. Work with them the best we can and do what we have to do.”

Vance said they have been provided a copy of their minimum qualifications but he said they should look at building something that conforms to future growth. 

“What we’re wanting is something that will carry us into 2030 or beyond,” he said. 

Vance asked to engage with Dale and Associates Architects on designs for a testing facility.

“This is something we’ve been trying to get them to come along for many years,” District 3 Supervisor Gerald Steen said. “We need to do what we must to bring them to Madison County.”

District 2 Supervisor Trey Baxter asked if DPS was only looking in Canton or if they would be open to something in Madison or Ridgeland. 

Vance said DPS wants to be in the Canton area as it would serve more than just Madison County. He said over 100 people a day are estimated to come through the building. 

Supervisors unanimously approved moving forward with architectural plans.