Easements finalized for drainage work

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The last few easements have been acquired to allow drainage projects for the last three Corinth drainage projects to be scheduled.
Drainage Commissioner Milton Sandy said he had received the final signature last week from one of the 65 landowners along Corinth’s drainage canals.
“I was quite pleased to get that,” Sandy said. “There was no particular problem getting any of the easements, only people’s time and their priorities.”
The final landowner from whom Sandy was awaiting the easement approval lives in New Jersey, and Sandy speculates that Hurricane Sandy may have been the prod that got him thinking about flooding issues and pushed signing the papers for Corinth to the top of his priority list.
“It took a while to get him on board,” Sandy said.
Next step
The process of processing the appropriate paperwork through the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors is the next step before sending it to the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District. TRVWMD has already approved the drainage district’s five projects and has completed two of them.
Sandy expects to present the paperwork at the county board meeting next week.
65 land owners
This completes acquisition of easements from all 65 property owners representing each parcel of property adjoining both sides of approximately five miles of Bridge, Phillips and Elam Creeks, he said.
“I’m hoping by early spring or maybe within a few months TVRMDD will be working to get these cleaned out,” Sandy said. “Meanwhile the city has done a lot of good work to get these cleaned out and make it easier for them, but they have highly trained personnel and just the right equipment for the job.”
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com