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Head Start requests former school property
by Jebb Johnston
May 07, 2014 | 435 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mississippi Action for Progress on Tuesday submitted a written request for the vacant East Corinth Elementary School to the Board of Aldermen, and the city is preparing to re-advertise for bids on the West Corinth school property due to an irregularity in the bid process.

MAP’s request to use the East campus for a combined Head Start facility is the only one currently on the table for that campus. MAP is asking the city to consider donating the facility as it is to the organization.

“However, we are willing to negotiate other options for your consideration,” states the letter from MAP CEO Bobby E. Brown. “We are willing to enter into a procurement agreement such as the one that was negotiated and approved for the [South] Elementary school.”

Regional Manager Deborah Cooper presented the letter.

“We are still very interested in the property,” she said.

MAP wants to bring the Corinth and Kendrick head start centers to the building. The cost of getting the building ready for that use is expected to be substantial.

The board voted to re-advertise for bids for the West Corinth school property after previously accepting the Siege & Battle of Corinth Commission’s bid. City Clerk Vickie Roach said the bid notice should have been advertised one additional time, so the process is starting over.

In other business:

• The board reappointed Frank Berry to the Corinth Public Utilities Commission and reappointed Judy Glenn to the Corinth Library Commission.

• In property cleanup, the Anderson property in the Magnolia Subdivision was continued to June 3; the Wren property at 1718 Droke was continued to July 3; 1207 Meigg was continued to June 3; and action was dismissed against the Byrd property in the Walker Addition because the owner demolished the structure.

• Aldermen approved accepting a $25,000 Department of Homeland Security grant with no match for the purchase of handheld radios compatible with the Mississippi Wireless Integrated Network. The police department also got approval to apply for a 50 percent matching grant for the purchase of bulletproof vests.

• Aldermen approved a business license for Crossroads Trolley as a vehicle for hire, pending an insurance issue getting corrected.

• In zoning matters, the board approved First Presbyterian Church’s request to use property across from the church on Eighth Street for church purposes and approved the preliminary plat for Northfield Subdivision. The board continued the Margaret Bradley zoning variance request to June 3.

• The board retained Rebecca Coleman Phipps for legal services on the Economic Development Administration grant.
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