Alcorn County to sell contentious property

county_alcorn_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors will sell a 129-acre piece of property it has held for almost 20 years as the site of a possible rubbish disposal site.

In a 3-2 vote, the board voted to declare the Forrest School Road property as surplus and request sealed bids to purchase it.

Voting in favor of the move were Board President and District 1 Supervisor Lowell Hinton, District 3 Supervisor Tim Mitchell and District 2 Supervisor Dal Nelms.

District 5 Supervisor Jimmy Tate Walden and District 4 Supervisor Gary Ross spoke against disposing of the property, saying the county needed a contingency plan if it should need to assume responsibility for rubbish disposal at some time in the future.

The county entered into an agreement last year with Waste Connection of Walnut, which also operates the regional landfill there, to manage the Alcorn County transfer station and transport rubbish.

Alcorn County signed a 10-year contract with Waste Connection last summer, which is expected to realize savings in rubbish disposal and bring the operation within budget over time.

Hinton and Mitchell said they feel confident about the current arrangement, and would like to see the property bring income for the county and help reduce the deficit in the rubbish and garbage disposal account.

Tax Collector Larry Ross and Hinton engaged in a heated exchange when the board president denied Ross the chance to speak to the issue.

Ross did, however, note that sale of the property at $25,000 per acre, if that were its assessed value, would yield sales revenue of about $322,000, and annual tax income from the property would be about $5,000.

Before his election to the board, Hinton was an outspoken member of a group of opponents to the board of supervisors’ effort in 2009-2010 to relocate the county’s rubbish landfill from Farmington Road to the Forrest School Road property.

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