Changes coming for Corinth park

town_corinth_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The Crossroads Regional Park board on Monday approved the bid of Parsons Earthworks of Iuka for clearing and grubbing of 17 acres of park property for expansion.

Parsons was recommended by Cook Coggin Engineers for the work with a bid of $58,000. The project estimate was $50,000 to $70,000, said Cook Coggin President Kent Geno.

Geno opened 11 bids on the project last week, with one bid disqualified due to incomplete paperwork.

The lowest bidder, Volunteer Bridge Construction of Crump, Tenn., withdrew its bid of $38,400.

Other bidders included: Buddy Ayers Construction of Corinth Co. Inc., $65,162; Pittman Construction Co. of Corinth, $68,283; Quinn Contracting Inc. of Falkner, $79,222; Interstate Landscaping of MS of Falkner, $84,018; TLSL Inc. of Walnut, $88,850; Ronald Franks Construction of Savannah, Tenn., $92,017; Ausbern Construction of Okolona, $156,000; and Colom Construction of Ripley, $206,400.

An interlocal agreement among Alcorn County, the city of Corinth, the Crossroads Regional Park board and the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau will make it possible to finance the $5.3 million Crossroads Regional Park expansion project with bond funds available through the Crossroads Arena.

The initial clearing and grubbing work, however, will be completed with current park funds.

Cook Coggin will establish a start date with the contractor, said park board President Butch Carmichael, and the company will have 45 days to complete the work.

Work continues to finalize the plans for the park expansion.

However, park Director Todd Witt, who has promoted a park expansion for many years, is retiring from his position on May 15, after 25 years of service, before he can see his vision for the park expansion realized.

A search is underway for Witt’s replacement, and the park board is accepting until May 1 by mail only, sent to P.O. Box 1372, Corinth, MS 38835.

Interested individuals must have a bachelor’s degree in one of several areas: parks and recreation, health, physical education and recreation, public administration management, business administration, or a closely related field. The position also requires four years of administrative experience in the parks and recreation setting.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com