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State money could fund splash pad

BY ZACK STEEN

zsteen@dailycorinthian.com

Rep. Nick Bain is starting the process.

The two-term Democrat state legislator has authored a bill during the first week of session that would provide funds to construct a splash pad at Crossroads Regional Park.

"It doesn't necessarily mean it's going to happen quickly "" it's a process that I am starting," Bain told the Daily Corinthian. "If it doesn't happen this year, then I'll keep trying."

Bain is asking for $300,000 to assist the Corinth-Alcorn County Recreation Commission in paying costs associated with construction and development of a splash pad and related recreation area and facilities. According to the park commission, $300,000 is the amount needed to fund such a project.

Bain said the money would come from the state's general obligation bond, which happens each year and normally funds more than 100 different construction projects around the state. Each project is meant to somehow benefit a community or the state in a effort to improve quality of life.

Last year Corinth and Farmington each received $500,000 for infrasture improvements. This money was orginally part of the general obligation bond, but was later moved to the special projects bond funded by the BP oil disaster settlement.

In 2017, Bain was the author of a bill that was part of that session's general obligation bond.

It provided $50,000 to the Alcorn School District to repair lighting at the recent state championship Kossuth Aggies baseball field.

Sen. Rita Potts Parks, a Republican, also secured $400,000 from the bond that year for continued development of RailHub South, while Republican Rep. Lester "Bubba" Carpenter secured $300,000 for the construction of a new Tishomingo County Agri-Center.

"These are things that the state can help out with that can really be helpful for the people we serve," said Bain. "A splash pad is something I've been contacted about by many Alcorn County residents. It is something that will bring people to the park and, hopefully, increase Corinth's tax revenues from people traveling from surrounding cities, counties and states."

Bain said it may be late March before he learns if the splash pad will be funded this session.