Alcorn County sells site held for rubbish landfill

county_alcorn_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Alcorn supervisors on Monday quietly approved the sale of 129 acres of county property previously held for a future rubbish land fill.

The high bidder for the property was Corinth cardiologist Dr. John Prather, at $1,100 per acre for “125 acres more or less.”

The only other bid on the property was $101,000 for 129 acres, submitted by Lester Strickland.

In a split 3-2 vote, board president and District 1 Supervisor Lowell Hinton made a motion, seconded by District 3 Supervisor Tim Mitchell and voted in favor of by District 2 Supervisor Dal Nelms, to accept Prather’s high bid.

District 5 Supervisor Jimmy Tate Walden and District 4 Supervisor Gary Ross voted against the motion.

They had said in a previous meeting that the county needed a contingency plan if it should need to assume responsibility for rubbish disposal in the future.

The county has owned the 129-acre property on Forrest School Road for almost 20 years as the site of a possible rubbish disposal site.

A 10-year garbage and rubbish disposal agreement signed last year with Waste Connection of Walnut is expected to realize savings in rubbish disposal and bring the operation within budget over time and renders the property surplus, Hinton and Mitchell have said.

As part of the 10-year agreement, Waste Connections – which operates the Northeast Mississippi Regional Landfill in Walnut – also operates the Alcorn County transfer station and transports the county’s rubbish.

The $141,900 from the property sale likely will be put in the rubbish and garbage disposal account to help reduce the deficit in that account, Hinton said.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com