Alcorn board OKs funds for arena fixes

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Funds for a permanent fix to problems with the foundation at the Crossroads Arena were approved by Alcorn County supervisors Monday.
The county board authorized the Arena board to tap bond payment funds, which also may be used for capital improvements of about $355,000.
The Arena board has selected Buddy Ayers Construction of Corinth, with a low bid of $335,572, to complete the major storm drainage repair work. The additional funds will cover the cost of engineering and administration.
In August the Arena board requested and received approval to spend more than $40,000 for work on the foundation, which was undercut by floodwaters that overran parts of Corinth in May 2010.
An additional expenditure of more than $20,000 was approved in September for emergency repairs, adding piers to stabilize the foundation.
This major project should address all of the ongoing problems, said county engineer Ricky Newcomb.
Supervisors Jimmy Tate Waldon, District 5, Jeff Patterson, District 2, and Gary Ross, District 4, voted in favor of using the bond payment funds, which are collected from the arena’s 1 percent share of the county tourism tax. District 3 Supervisor Jeff Rencher voted against the move, saying an alternate funding source should be explored further, and District 1 Supervisor Keith Fields was absent from the meeting.
Contact Lena Mitchell at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@journalinc.com.