New Corinth banners wait on details

CORINTH – Plans to install new banners on light poles downtown will be slightly delayed while program details are worked out.
Fred Nickels, who owns the sign company that provided the existing banners for Main Street Corinth, proposed last month that they be replaced at no cost to the city.
The cost, Nickels said, would be paid by businesses that advertised on some of the banners. Other banners would be installed with messages promoting the city of Corinth.
After examining the issue for the board, city attorney Bill Odom recommended that Main Street Corinth administer the program rather than it becoming an independent business venture.
Odom also suggested that a fee be charged for use of each pole, since the city pays Alcorn Electric Power Association for each streetlight monthly.
“I don’t know exactly what it would be, but it’s a small amount,” Odom said.
Banners containing messages to “shop,” “explore,” “live” and experience other aspects of downtown have hung from light poles in 82 locations throughout the city for several years.
In a recent assessment of each light pole, Nickels’ employees found 14 poles have no brackets to hang the banners or the brackets are broken, 20 have brackets but no banners and 48 are intact with brackets and banners.
Administering the program will not pose any problems for Main Street Corinth, said Executive Director Kelly Rinehart.
But because questions remain, it’s uncertain how soon the program can be implemented, she said.

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.

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