OUR OPINION: Persistence resolves pesky civic problems

By NEMS Daily Journal

Pesky municipal problems usually require persistent – sometimes long-term – work to find solutions, but clear vision and innovation place the goals in reach, as has happened in Corinth and Oxford, where officials and leaders have taken necessary action.
In Corinth and Alcorn County, funding and plans are in hand to fix vexing flooding issues that plagued some areas for years.
In 2010, flooding in a south Corinth neighborhood shut down schools, businesses and residences, causing millions in damages. That deluge and inundation spurred the city and others to work toward a long-lasting plan and infrastructure work to control floods on creeks and ditches in Ward 4.
Now, the city has received $900,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for work that is supposed to control the problem. The 90 percent/10 percent federal /city match could be further supplemented if the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency matches half the 10 percent local match requirement.
Work is still months away, but the plan is in hand, along with the needed money.
Flood plain control and stability is essential in the affected area because of extensive development.
In Oxford, city leaders have wrestled for months with what to do about parking on the iconic Oxford Square and in the downtown area.
Now, a decision has been made, and the thousands every week who want to enjoy the intensely developed and historic city center will have to obey stricter parking regulations, with potentially costly consequences for not obeying the rules – and malingering. It’s for the good of the colorful downtown district and the enjoyment of all.
Oxford, unlike some downtowns in the area’s county seat hubs, is jammed with retail, restaurants and professional services. It is an essential cog in the city’s sales tax revenue structure, and smooth shopper/driver/pedestrian flow is paramount. The new ticketing rules will discourage long-term parking with fines that will climb as high as $75, which is expensive convenience. After that, cars will be booted.
The first ticket is free – a warning – the second offense is $10, then $25, then $50 and up.
Cities doing what’s necessary can sustain their strengths and well-being.