Tupelo gets $150,000 grant for Fairpark sewer work

BY ANDY KANENGISER

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Sewer improvements for Tupelo's Fairpark District will begin immediately, thanks to a $150,000 grant.

Wednesday, Mayor Ed Neelly announced final approval an Appalachian Regional Commission grant to benefit the district in the heart of downtown. “We're very grateful,'' he said after a planning meeting with the City Council.

The grant will help Tupelo finish the third phase of Fairpark, a growing section of residential and commercial buildings surrounding City Hall.

First District U.S. Rep. Roger Wicker, R-Tupelo, helped secure funding for the ARC grant, said Johnny Timmons, manager of the Tupelo Water & Light Department.

Timmons said the sewer work will take a couple of weeks followed by a few months of labor on curb and gutter projects.

The bulk of the sewer work will be done, he said, in the area between the Idea Center and City Hall. The sewer improvements will provide a boost to new businesses like Oby's restaurant that will locate in Fairpark.

Contact Daily Journal reporter Andy Kanengiser at 678-1590 or andy.kanengiser@djournal.com

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