HED:Corinth aldermen take up budget requests from agencies

CATEGORY: Alcorn County

AUTHOR: SUMMER

HED:Corinth aldermen take up budget requests from agencies

By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Budget requests from agencies took up the bulk of the agenda at the Corinth Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday night.

Aldermen heard requests from the Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission, the Alliance, Main Street Corinth, Curlee House, Historic Preservation Commission and the Corinth/Alcorn County Airport.

Rosemary Williams, chairman of the Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission requested the city contribute $25,000 toward the commission’s 2000 budget of $50,000. The county is being asked for a like amount.

The commission has been responsible for securing grants and private foundation contributions totaling $3.9 million for historic preservation and interpretation projects, including a 20-mile hiking/biking trail that will link many Civil War sites throughout the county. Grants totaling $725,000 are expected to be announced this fall, Williams said.

The commission has also been successful in promoting the location of a National Park Service interpretative center in Corinth. The $9 million Department of Interior project has been authorized by Congress and is in the planning stages.

Alliance update

Alliance CEO-elect Dick Wood and Alliance Director Charles Gulotta asked the city leaders to continue supporting the economic development agency with $80,000 for 1999-2000, the same as this year. Gulotta also asked the city to fund a beautification project again with a $5,000 contribution.

The Alliance has about 600 members, including 360 businesses, Gulotta said.

“The Alliance is made up of volunteers who want to make Corinth and Alcorn County a better place to live and work by extending and creating economic development opportunities for the people who live here,” Wood said.

Main Street board member Thom Floyd and Main Street Director Emily Stokes appealed to the board to continue supporting the downtown program with a $25,000 contribution to their budget, the same as this year.

The 1999 funds were used to assist with landscaping, advertising and promotion of downtown businesses, sponsorship of the Christmas parade and downtown holiday decorations. The group also bought and erected 75 ornamental iron street signs for the downtown historic district.

Main Street sponsored the 12th Slugburger Festival in July, which brought in $15,000 this year, Stokes said. A portion of those proceeds will be used to buy new banners for downtown, Stokes said.

Sonny Boatman, chairman of the Curlee House Board of Trustees, asked the board to contribute $37,000 for operation and maintenance of the National Historic Landmark owned by the city.

Several improvements were accomplished with the help of last year’s assistance from the city including a new roof and paint on the Civil War Interpretative Center which is temporarily housed in the Curlee guest house. A former garage on the property was converted into handicapped-accessible restrooms.

Boatman also requested city funds for the Historic Preservation Commission. He asked that the $2,000 granted this year be approved again for the year 2000 for preservation efforts by the city-appointed panel.

Airport Manager Glenn Goddard requested an increase in the city-county owned airport to assist with the replacement of some equipment. The budget request for 2000 is $123,000. The city contributed $80,000 to the airport’s budget this fiscal year.

The board went into executive session to discuss personnel matters in the street department.