Main Street group to seek council support

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association’s executive board is seeking the City Council’s approval to move forward with an improvement project that calls for sidewalk beautification and the three-laning of the major artery.
At its board meeting Tuesday, the members unanimously passed a resolution asking the City Council to support the DTMSA as it moves ahead with the design phase of the project.
The resolution does not include construction, said DTMSA Executive Director Debbie Brangenberg.
She said the council must back the group’s efforts before she can continue seeking funds from the state Department of Transportation.
Brangenberg said she hopes to get the resolution before the council at its next meeting. Council president Fred Pitts – who was at the meeting along with three other council members, the mayor and other city officials – advised a work session before the main meeting, plus a list of the downtown business that are in favor of the plan.
Brangenberg added that DTMSA will coordinate public meetings about the plans over the next few weeks.
The project has been in the works in various stages for four years. The most recent additions – restriping a three-block section of Main Street to two lanes, plus adding bike lanes, a turning lane and parallel parking – were unveiled late last year.
Brangenberg and Jon Milstead, the planning director at the Community Development Foundation who also spoke in favor of the project at the meeting, said if the plan is implemented, it will make the downtown area safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and automobiles. The ultimate goal is to make it a destination for shoppers, diners, tourists and cyclists.

Contact Carlie Kollath at (662) 678-1598 or carlie.kollath@djournal.com.