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Neighbors wary of future shelter home

By Jebb Johnston


Some residents of Norman Road are uneasy about the Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter becoming a future neighbor.

Steve Thompson, Glenda Wilburn and several others attended the Tuesday meeting of the Corinth Board of Mayor and Aldermen to make their feelings known.

"We just wanted to voice our concerns about the noise and smell that may be introduced to our neighborhood," said Thompson.

His door is 700 feet from the facility, he said.

The Board of Aldermen and the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors both recently voted to proceed with leasing the former Mississippi Department of Corrections Community Work Center building off Norman Road to the animal shelter, whose Proper Street building is failing. The vacant MDOC building recently returned to joint city and county ownership after the state agency declared it no longer had a use for it.

Thompson said the neighbors are concerned about "what kind of rules, regulations and so forth are going to be enforced to ensure that our neighborhood is not degraded with the smell and noise of dogs and cats and so forth."

He said they would definitely object to any animals being housed outside the facility.

Alderman Michael McFall visited the area with Thompson earlier on Tuesday.

"I do understand the concern from the neighbors," he said.

It is hoped that those points can be addressed in the terms of the lease agreement. City Attorney Wendell Trapp said the process is just getting started, and the city is taking note of the neighbor's concerns.

Significant work is expected to be done on the 8,000-square-foot building at 2407 Norman Road before the shelter relocates.

Several members of the city and county boards have said the building is ideal, with its ample space and grounds, to house the animal shelter. Funds are available from the Doris Baker estate to pay for the needed renovations and modifications to the building.