Alcorn approves start on two drainage projects

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – A year after Alcorn County reactivated three drainage districts, commissioners brought a cake and gift to Monday’s regular supervisor meeting to mark the occasion.
Milton Sandy, commissioner for the Elam Creek Drainage District, also asked the board to approve an intergovernmental agreement between the county and the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District to begin work on two priority projects.
Additional easements from property owners along the two-mile stretch of the projects have been acquired, Sandy said.
“The first project will begin at the County Road 402 bridge over Bridge Creek and proceed approximately one mile east to the junction of Bridge and Elam Creeks,” Sandy said. “The second project will begin at Elam Creek at its junction with Bridge Creek and proceed approximately one mile north to Highway 72.”
About six more easements are needed for the final three projects prioritized by the drainage commissioners, Sandy said. They estimated the value of the five projects which TRVWMD is being asked to complete at $400,000.
Sandy noted the significance of four government entities – the drainage districts, TRVWMD, Corinth and Alcorn County – working cooperatively to repair the area’s drainage problems.
He invited supervisors to join them for cake to celebrate the milestone, and presented them a kaiser blade to symbolize the work done to clear overgrown drainage ditches.