Tupelo will decide subdivision's status

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Residents of Winfield Subdivision want to form their own neighborhood association, but it’s unclear if the city will allow it.
Dozens of homeowners in the west Tupelo subdivision signed a petition asking the City Council for approval. The council has yet to vote on it, but its members already have voiced concerns about the neighborhood’s small size and its eligibility for annual grants.
Winfield has 68 homes and currently is part of the larger Wilemon Acres Neighborhood Association, which encompasses several adjoining subdivisions.
But Winfield residents say their subdivision has unique qualities and challenges that set it apart from the others. They could accomplish more if they were on their own.
“There are a lot of issues that have gone on in the Winfield Subdivision, most notably flooding,” said homeowner Braden Bishop. “And they have been addressed for the most part, but had we been our own neighborhood association they probably would have been addressed more individually.”
Bishop and two of his neighbors spoke before the council Tuesday, each urging the elected officials to accept their request.
If allowed to become a separate association, Winfield would gain eligibility to the city’s neighborhood association grant program. Each year, Tupelo makes available $3,000 in grants to each group for a variety of projects.
Winfield likely wouldn’t qualify this budget year, but it would next year.
Council members on Monday had said Tupelo needs guidelines all neighborhoods must meet before becoming associations. Included in those requirements likely would be a minimum number of households; most of the city’s roughly one dozen associations claim more than 100 homes, if not hundreds.
The council is expected to discuss the issue at a work session next week and could vote on the request by Aug. 24.
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.