Corinth Area CVB OKs agreement, awards grants

town_corinth_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau/tourism board voted during its regular meeting Tuesday to join in an interlocal agreement with the city of Corinth, Alcorn County and Crossroads Regional Park board of directors.

The groups have all agreed in principle to support a new bond on the Crossroads Arena that will finance a $5.3 million renovation and expansion of the park.

As they are now, bond payments will be made from the arena’s 1 percent of the 2 percent tourism tax, with any excess going into a “brick and mortar fund” to pay for capital needs and improvements at the arena.

Though the $200,000 the tourism board is contributing for operation of the arena is not part of the interlocal agreement, it is anticipated that the CVB will continue to support arena operations at the same or a substantial level.

Officials have been working on the details for about 18 months of how an arrangement to fund all three entities – the arena, the park and the CVB – could be done using existing funds, but approval of the agreement must come from the attorney general’s office before it can be finalized.

In other business, the CVB approved several grant requests for advertising and promotion of the following events:

• Rienzi Heritage Committee – $1,000 for the May 2, 3 and 4, Battle of Rienzi re-enactment.

• Kiwanis Club of Corinth – $2,000 for the June 7, Leon Frazier Memorial Gospel Singing.

• Crossroads Chili Cook-Off – $1,500 for the April 5, International Chili Festival-sanctioned chili cook-off.

• Friends of the Verandah-Curlee House – $2,000 for the April 4-5, Corinth Home and Garden Tour.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com