CORINTH BOARD ADVANCES PLANS TO ZONE ANNEXED AREA

CATEGORY: Alcorn County

AUTHOR: SUMMER

CORINTH BOARD ADVANCES PLANS TO ZONE ANNEXED AREA

By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The Corinth Board of Aldermen took steps Tuesday night to zone property included in the city’s recent annexation.

Consultant Joseph Lusteck, who was an adviser in the annexation case, was hired to draw up zoning ordinances for the new territory, to redraw voting wards and to update the city’s master plan in the wake of the expansion.

Municipal fire and police protection was extended to residents of Corinth’s newly annexed area last September.

The 16.09-square-mile expansion more than doubled the city’s municipal boundaries from 13.65 square miles to almost 30 square miles. The new territory added 2,109 citizens to the city’s population of 11,693 and added 1,788 households, increasing the number of households from 5,454 to 7,242.

A rough description of the annex territory is as follows: The new boundary on the east is designated by a north-south line along Box Chapel Road, Oakland School Road to U.S. 72 where the city limits would extend to Corinth Ready Mix Products; a small amount of territory was annexed south of the current city limits; the new territory extends north to the Tennessee state line and west to a point on the Corinth-to-Guys, Tenn., Road and includes the Dennis Town community.

In other business, the board tentatively awarded contracts for sewer projects, pending state Department of Environmental Quality approval. Waco Construction Co., with a bid of $2,658,577, was the low bidder on a project to upgrade sewer facilities serving Magnolia Regional Health Center, residents and nursing homes on Alcorn Drive and Norman Road. Colom Construction Co. was the low bidder, at $1.2 million, for work on the project to upgrade services in the South Industrial Park.

The board also voted to proceed with plans to widen Harper Road from U.S. 72 south to the city limits. City Planner Alton Thompson said $374,000 in Federal Urban System funds designated for the project by the last administration must be used before the end of the fiscal year or the money will be lost. The total cost of the project, which involves adding a turn lane, is about $900,000, Thompson said. The board will decide later how much of the project to complete.

Also, Downtown Association President Jim Price gave the board an update on the association’s activities for 1995. Price said seven new businesses located downtown last year and three closed, for a net gain of four businesses. There are two new businesses in the pipeline, including a restaurant and a graphics design business, Price said.

There were 12 jobs created in the downtown area and five jobs lost for a net gain of seven jobs, Price said. A total of $330,500 was invested in property downtown as a result of five rehabilitation projects, he said.

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