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City gets overall excellence award
by Jebb Johnston
Jul 17, 2013 | 64 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BILOXI — The City of Corinth took top honors in the excellence awards handed out Wednesday by the Mississippi Municipal League.

During the annual conference at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi, Corinth received the overall excellence award for the Clifford G. Worsham Surface Water Treatment Facility, which greatly expanded the city’s water capacity by tapping the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway as a water source.

“I feel so much pride for the city today,” said a jubilant Mayor Tommy Irwin. “That project started probably 30 years ago, and it took a lot of people along the way to make it happen.”

Awards are given to cities in the areas of public safety, planning and economic development and city spirit. A committee of judges outside of the MML selects the winners, recognizing cities and towns for innovative problem solving, excellence in management, citizen participation and striving to provide a higher level of service.

Irwin and members of the Board of Aldermen were among the 3,000 in Biloxi attending classes and networking with other municipal leaders at the three-day conference.

The recently completed water project is now in operation.

“Not only does this help us in our water needs, it also enhances our economic development,” said Irwin. “When you have companies that need a lot of water, you’re there. It also has the ability to help other communities like Prentiss and Tishomingo.”

The $50 million facility located off U.S. Highway 72 east of Glen is designed to provide a dependable, longterm water supply capable of handling future growth. It has the capacity to withdraw 10 million gallons a day, and the Corinth Public Utilities Commission holds a permit for up to 16.5 million.
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