Tupelo council confirms ESI

By Emily Le Coz

TUPELO – Engineering Solutions Inc. will handle the next phase of the Major Thoroughfare Program after a unanimous vote Tuesday by the City Council.

Its decision affirmed the recommendation of the MTP Committee, which had picked ESI from a field of four firms during a lengthy selection process that ended earlier this month.

With their vote, the council skirted the weeks-long debacle that had plagued the same decision five years ago – when the previous council had rejected the engineering recommendation of the MTP Committee.

The committee had picked ESI that time, too, but most council members wanted Cook Coggin Engineers instead. After much debate and gridlock, the council eventually split the phase between the two firms.