I want to commend the Board of Supervisors for their recent decision to renovate and re-purpose the old county jail. As a result of the 2010 flood, FEMA funds were appropriated specifically for this property, and I feel the efforts to refurbish this building as a meeting place for the Board of Supervisors is a beneficial use of these funds.
Renovating this property will produce a number of positive effects. Not only will it provide the Board of Supervisors with additional space for meetings, this move will offer greater ADA accessibility for the handicapped, which the current location, upstairs in the chancery building, does not allow.
Furthermore, this move will benefit small business owners in downtown Corinth. Since parking is limited in the downtown district, the movement of board meetings and staff members to a different location will provide additional parking for customers and clients.
Much like the revitalization of Wick Street and two properties on Fillmore Street that is currently underway, I support the Board of Supervisors’ decision to utilize existing property, as it is a responsible use of resources. As public servants, we are entrusted to make the most prudent decisions in regard to taxpayer monies. I find it refreshing to see the re-purposing of older structures so they may now have a new life. Eliminating the number of unoccupied buildings in this corridor of Corinth will hopefully be the first of many steps toward redeveloping this once vibrant section of our city.
Andrew “Bubba” Labas
Alderman, Ward 1
City of Corinth