CATEGORY: Alcorn County



By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Fresh from swearing-in ceremonies, the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors began Tuesday mapping strategy for the new year.

Board President Ely Mitchell and Vice-President Lamar Fields were re-elected as officers of the board. After thanking his fellow members for their votes of confidence, Mitchell said the selection doesn’t have to be for the four-year term. The appointment is like all others for county commissions and boards and can be changed at any time, Mitchell said.

The entire board was re-elected to office.

Mitchell said 1995 was a good year but he was disappointed with industrial recruitment. “I think we need to continue the plans that we have, but if things don’t turn around I think we need to look at some changes,” he said.

The city and county will be working together on a multipurpose building this year, Mitchell said. The county has already purchased 100-plus acres for the facility and received a $400,000 grant for construction from the state.

Mitchell said there have been indications that some city officials thought the county was leaving the city out of plans for the multipurpose building. “There were never any intentions to leave the city out,” Mitchell said.

Only the county could apply for funds from the state Department of Agriculture. That’s why the county went ahead and bought land for the site, a prerequisite for applying for the grant, he said.

Tourism will be at the top of the county agenda, Mitchell said. “Tourism is going to be mighty important in the next four years,” he said.

District 5 Supervisor Travis Drewery was appointed to a search committee that will interview applicants for tourism director. The current director, Nancy Plesnarski, will be leaving at the end of May.

The county will also try to work with the city on a joint jail venture this year, Mitchell said. The county also needs to move forward on a juvenile detention center, another joint project with the city.

“We need to look at the $150,000 to $200,000 in unpaid fines,” Mitchell said. Board attorney Wendell Trapp suggested the county consider hiring an agent to collect the old fines on a commission basis.

In other action at Tuesday’s meeting, Alliance Executive Director Charles Gulotta invited board members to meet with industrial prospects today. The state of Mississippi is bringing a prospect to look at the building vacated by Dana last year. The company, which has requested confidentiality, would be hiring metal workers, Gulotta said.

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