Downtown, Fairpark granted federal money

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Stimulus-funded work is scheduled to start this month on a sewage project that will prepare for growth in Fairpark and the rest of the downtown district.
Johnny Timmons, director of Tupelo Water amp& Light, said Friday that the city was granted $466,449.49 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to increase the sewage outfall or sewer transmission line to a 24-inch pipe.
The line services Fairpark and the central business district in downtown.
Timmons said it is a “sweetheart deal” because the city is out only $116,050 for the work.
“We saved ourselves a lot of money by not doing it on the front end,” Timmons said.
Debbie Brangenberg, executive director of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, said the early planners of the Fairpark District knew the sewage capacity would have to be increased. But, Timmons said, they waited to see if grant money was available before doing the work.
Brangenberg said, “Until full build-out, it’s not necessary.”
The federally funded project will increase the sewage capacity to fully handle the expected growth in downtown and Fairpark, she said.
Arkansas-based S& J Construction is the contractor. The company is slated to start work Jan. 25, and Timmons said workers already have begun unloading pipes.
S& J Construction, which did a phase of the Toyota Mississippi construction work, has 150 days to complete the sewage project.
Contact Carlie Kollath at (662) 678-1598 or carlie.kollath@djournal.com.