By Robbie Ward
TUPELO – The Tupelo City Council will decide today whether to approve $863,500 for additional capital projects through September, slightly less than what Mayor Jason Shelton proposed a few weeks ago.
New funding will support six projects not already covered in the city’s big-ticket capital projects fund, money resulting from leftover tax dollars from fiscal year 2013.
Cut from the mayor’s list for projects this year is a splash pad at City Park in the Joyner Neighborhood. Shelton said the $400,000 for the water feature will be budgeted for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins on Oct. 1, since the project likely couldn’t start then.
The splash park will help fill the void of a swimming pool at the park set for demolition in coming months, closed after the $12 million aquatic center opened at Veterans Memorial Park in December.
If approved, part of the new money will fund projects that also require ongoing private support, such as $100,000 for a walking trail planned at the Elvis Presley birthplace and $150,000 for a smaller replica of the Vietnam War Memorial at Veterans Park.
Shelton’s plan also funds $555,000 toward a Kings Creek drainage project expected to receive about $1 million in federal funding.
“All the things being submitted are what I consider for public health, public safety or economic development,” Shelton told council members Monday during a work session.
Funding voted on today also includes support for neighborhood beautification projects, a new police dog and two traffic light mast arms.