Corinth pursues streetscape projects

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Some projects associated with the list of infrastructure needs included in the Future Fare vote later this month may qualify for a grant through the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
The Corinth Board of Aldermen has given Cook Coggin Engineers the go-ahead to pursue a Transportation Enhancement Grant that, if received, could be used for streetscape projects.
Engineer Johnny Crotts told the board on Tuesday that with an application deadline of Aug. 17, decisions would have to be made quickly on what project to submit so that details and budgets required for the application can be completed. Among the projects included for the city’s Future Fare vote on Aug. 21 are beautification along corridors entering the city, sidewalks and signage.
Eligible grant projects include those that “enhance the state’s travel and tourism efforts.”
Grants are provided through the state from federal funds to a maximum of 80 percent of the project cost and require a 20 percent match from the city.
While city officials say they are hopeful that voters will approve the Future Fare plan, they continue to look for any other funding sources available so they can keep money in the city’s general fund specifically as matching funds for grants.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com