Corinth pursues runoff, drainage grants

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The Corinth board on Monday authorized submitting an application to the Appalachian Regional Commission and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency for grants to evaluate weaknesses in the city’s drainage and storm water runoff systems.
Applications to the ARC for $114,000 and to MEMA for a Hazard Mitigation Grant of $193,000 are being reviewed by the Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District, Cook Coggin Engineers President Kent Geno told board members.
Pending legal review and approval by city attorney Wendell Trapp, the board approved a resolution permitting Cook Coggin to submit the applications and committing up to $150,000 in matching funds – 33 percent – if the applications are approved.
The scope of the work, Geno said, includes:
• An analysis of pipes throughout the city and the cost of needed replacements.
• Developing flow calculations to determine how much water is entering and exiting the existing storm water/drainage systems.
• Putting the system on a GIS system so city departments can more easily locate the site when problems arise.
The source of potential matching funds will be examined during upcoming fiscal year 2012 budget planning.

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