COUNTY TO TRIM LIST OF ARCHITECTS FOR CENTER PROJECT

CATEGORY: Alcorn County

AUTHOR: SUMMER

COUNTY TO TRIM LIST OF ARCHITECTS FOR CENTER PROJECT

By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The committee charged with planning a multipurpose/agriculture building for Alcorn County will meet next Monday to narrow a list of four architects interested in the working on the project.

Representatives of three of the four firms – George Thomason of Memphis, Johnson and Associates of Tupelo and TLM Associates of Jackson -appeared before a joint meeting of the Alcorn County Supervisors and Corinth Board of Aldermen Monday. The fourth firm, PSI of Memphis, submitted a written proposal.

Alcorn County has received $500,000 in grant money from the state for the project. Half of the proceeds of a 2 percent tourism tax on restaurants and lodgings in Corinth will be used to finance planning, construction, furnishing and maintenance of the joint facility.

The project will be constructed on a 110-acre tract of land adjacent to the West Hills subdivision. Bill Strickland, chairman of a planning committee, said a fairgrounds facility will be included in the project. Other members of the committee include supervisors Ely Mitchell and Travis Drewery, Corinth Mayor Jerry Latch and Alderman Billy Smith.

Thomason presented several sketches of a proposed complex, including a 5,200-seat arena facility, a warm-up building, 180-stall stable, pavilion, recreational vehicle hookup, landscaping, fencing and paving. He estimated the cost of the project at $3.5 million to $4 million.

Jimmy Johnson said his firm would associate with architect Bob Moody, who has experience in designing convention buildings. Corinth native Doug Thornton would be project director, he said.

Equipment barn

In other action, the board approved a request from Third District Supervisor and Board President Ely Mitchell for the county to purchase 2.7 acres of property to relocate the Third District equipment barn. The property, located on U.S. Highway 45 in Biggersville, includes an old gin building that will be used as a storage barn. The cost of the acquisition and fencing is expected to be about $15,000. The Third District barn is currently on Mitchell’s private property.

In other business, the board received a petition from officers of a newly formed animal control committee and humane society committee. Appearing before the board for the seventh time on the issue of animal control, Jimmy Spain introduced Wayne Lamberth, adviser to the two panels and Charlotte Barnes-Watts, chairman of the humane society committee. Tom Pullen, chairman of the animal control committee could not attend, Spain said.

Lamberth presented a petition to the board urging the county to obtain at least a part-time animal control officer to work under the jurisdiction of the sheriff’s department and to enact an ordinance requiring that pets be inoculated against rabies. Lamberth commended Spain for his “tenacity in dealing with a subject that is not very popular.”

In other business, the board adopted a State Aid resealing project that will completed by midsummer. The roads to be resealed include 2.1 miles on Kendrick Road, 2.5 miles on Farmington Road, 4.8 miles on Wheeler Grove Road, 4.4 miles on Mathis Store Road, 4.5 miles on Hinkle Road, .16 miles on Old Highway 72 & Tippah County Road and 6.6 miles on Mitchell Hill Road.

County engineer Red Jones said the estimated cost of the reseal project is $487,200 or about $18,000 per mile. The funds will come from $2.5 million allocated from State Aid funds for Alcorn County over the next four years. Each district receives an equal share of the funding.

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