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Supervisors study budget concerns
by Jebb Johnston
Feb 08, 2016 | 181 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
County supervisors spent a couple of hours Monday afternoon taking a look at current budget challenges, with the recurring themes of 911 and garbage again coming to the fore. Along with the budget concerns, the board and Sheriff Ben Caldwell discussed some of the logistical issues at the justice center. “I’m unhappy with the fact that my office closes at 5 o’clock,” said Caldwell, who would like to explore ways to change that. It’s one of the complaints he heard frequently on the campaign trail. With 33 percent of the budget year elapsed, the board had a look at where each department stands relative to that percentage. “Everything is running pretty good except a few key areas,” such as 911 and garbage collection, said Chancery Clerk Greg Younger. The board wants to get the 911 committee back to meeting regularly and for those members to make some recommendations on how to address the problems with 911 funding. A request for a meeting with city leaders may follow. More details to follow in the DC print and online editions.
Housing development set for Bradley Road
by Jebb Johnston
Feb 08, 2016 | 180 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
New lease-to-own residences targeted at middle-income families are planned for Bradley Road. The Corinth Board of Mayor and Aldermen recently approved an agreement with Eagle Residential Development, LLC, which guarantees the city a certain amount of property tax revenue. The city will issue a letter supporting the project, which involves Mississippi housing tax credits. The site includes property that formerly housed a mobile home park. “What I like about it is it’s not your typical Section 42 or Section 8 housing,” said Mayor Tommy Irwin. “They really look nice.” City Attorney Wendell Trapp said the developer plans to build 40 units consisting of 10 buildings with four units each. With about 1,400 square feet each, the residences will have three bedrooms, two bathrooms and garages. Building Inspector Greg Tyson said the developers seek locations such as the Bradley Road site that need redevelopment. His office has not yet received a site plan for the project. Trapp said the contract signed by the city ensures a certain amount of tax revenue over a period of years. Zoning for the property changed from MH for mobile homes to R-3 for multi-family units three years ago when a different project for the property was in the works. According to information presented to the city by the developer, the homes target families making up to $50,000 annually. Residents pay rent of $500 to $600 monthly, with dollars paid treated as down payments toward purchase. The development will have on-site management. The company has done similar properties in Holly Springs and Bolivar, Tennessee, as well as other locations in the South.
Two bus loads of inmates from the Rankin County facility arrive at the Alcorn County Correctional facility. / Staff photo by Mark Boehler
Two bus loads of inmates from the Rankin County facility arrive at the Alcorn County Correctional facility. / Staff photo by Mark Boehler
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Two bus loads of inmates from the Rankin County facility arrive at the Alcorn County Correctional facility last week. / Staff photo by Mark Boehler
Two bus loads of inmates from the Rankin County facility arrive at the Alcorn County Correctional facility last week. / Staff photo by Mark Boehler
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Inmate number returns to 240
by Jebb Johnston
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Two bus loads of inmates from the Rankin County facility arrive at the Alcorn County Correctional facility. / Staff photo by Mark Boehler
Two bus loads of inmates from the Rankin County facility arrive at the Alcorn County Correctional facility. / Staff photo by Mark Boehler
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With the return of state inmates to Alcorn County, the Mississippi Department of Corrections credits new leadership as the sole reason it happened. Commissioner Marshall Fisher issued a statement about the inmates’ return on Monday. “I want to be crystal clear that the only reason I agreed to put back inmates and make the county whole again is because of my respect for new Sheriff Ben Caldwell,” he said. State inmates began to return early last week, and the number was back to 240 by Monday. Caldwell previously worked for Fisher as an agent of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. The county hired him to take over management of the jail before he took office as sheriff. On Oct. 29, in a joint investigation with the Mississippi State Auditor’s Office, MDOC removed all state inmates amid allegations that inmates were allowed to change uniforms disguising their custody status, work on personal vehicles and go across state lines. MDOC suspended its contract with Alcorn County and required the county to submit a written plan of action to avoid future security breaches. Caldwell has met all of the conditions, Fisher said. The state inmate population of 240 is the minimum 80 percent occupancy required in the contract with MDOC. The agency has been in the process of reducing the state inmate population at the county regional jails. On Friday, MDOC said it was removing 602 inmates from 13 of the 15 regional facilities. "We have places to put the inmates that have been housed above what the contracts require, and a significant amount of money will be reinvested in the Mississippi Department of Corrections,” said Fisher. “We are determined to live within our budget.” The regional facilities receive reimbursement of $29.74 per inmate per day.
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