Equipment demo draws community interest in Corinth

CORINTH – Monday’s machinery demonstration, which showcased part of a possible solution to Corinth and Alcorn County’s drainage woes, drew a few dozen early morning spectators from the community and various agencies.
The demonstration was arranged and publicized in less than a week’s time to drainage districts and others on the local drainage commissioners’ contact list, said Milton Sandy Jr., chairman of the Elam Creek Drainage District.
Sandy saw the trackhoe with a mulching head operated at the Morgan Brake National Wildlife Refuge earlier this month and wanted others concerned about Alcorn County’s problems to see it as well.
“I think (this equipment) could be useful in our continuing efforts to find solutions to our repetitive flooding problems in Corinth and Alcorn County,” Sandy said in announcing the demonstration.
The costs of bringing the equipment to Corinth for the demonstration, earlier estimated at about $2,000, have been paid by donations from people and businesses interested in finding solutions, Sandy said.
However, if the equipment and the company that operates it – JPV Mulching of Bonaire, Ga. – are deemed what Corinth and Alcorn County’s situation needs, sources of funding must be found.
Sandy reported Friday that he has approached all of the potential government funding entities that he is aware of – Federal Emergency Management Agency, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – and all have turned down the project for immediate funding.
Officials with some of those agencies implied to Sandy that after required study, approvals and appropriations, which could take four to five years, the project might be eligible for some type of government support.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.

Lena Mitchell / NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau