Alcorn board approves park bond issue

county_alcorn_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Alcorn County supervisors approved a resolution to proceed with a bond sale to finance as much as $5.75 million to be used for expansion and renovation of Crossroads Regional Park.

The vote came after no formal protests to the bond issue were filed by the Monday deadline.

A formal protest of the bond issue required at least 1,500 qualified electors in Alcorn County to sign a petition.

However, county resident Jon Newcomb lodged a verbal protest during Monday’s county board meeting, saying his views also represented other county taxpayers.

Newcomb said he did not oppose any effort to improve sports and athletic facilities, but felt the amount of the bond issue was too high for approval without being put to a vote, and there were other priorities more important to county taxpayers.

Board attorney Bill Davis said the notice of how voters could protest the bond issue had been properly published in a newspaper legal notice four times and no petitions had been received.

Board of Supervisors President Lowell Hinton, District 1 supervisor, gave Crossroads Regional Parks Director Ray Holloway a chance to respond to some of Newcomb’s concerns.

Holloway said the Corinth park ranks among the lowest in the state – even in the region – for its park budget.

He said there are a number of opportunities the park would have for bringing in more tourism resulting in an economic boost for the city with the park upgrades that are planned.

While the park’s current facilities are geared toward many types of athletic events, Holloway said his goal is to expand park services to include more services for senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Administrative procedures to conduct the bond issue probably mean the bonds would not be sold before early 2015, Davis said.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com