The City of Corinth and Alcorn County are close to signing a final agreement with the Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter for the organization to make its move to a renovated state prison system building on Norman Road.
The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors on Monday again delayed final approval of the lease agreement and contract for services after Supervisor Steve Glidewell requested a few revisions on behalf of the shelter, which will operate as the Doris Baker Animal Rescue Center at its new home.
The lease as presented did not include an intake fee for animals accepted by the shelter. Glidewell said the shelter runs on a tight budget as it is, and this change would only worsen that situation and potentially cause the county to need to increase its budget contribution.
He also asked the board to reconsider the provision in the lease that says the shelter cannot refuse to accept an animal. Glidewell said he believes the current policy, which requires animals to be taken in certain situations, is sufficient. Animals are always accepted from law enforcement and animal control officers.
“We’ve been operating like that for nine years, and it seems to work very well,” said Charlotte Doehner, the volunteer shelter director.
She is also seeking a change to the length of the lease in order to help the shelter pursue grant opportunities.
The board will likely revisit the lease with those revisions at its next meeting in a couple of weeks. An agreement with the city is also pending. The city has overseen renovations of the former Mississippi Department of Corrections Community Work Center building.
In other business:
The supervisors opened the new year with a light agenda that included selection of the board attorney for the year. Bill Davis will continue to serve in that position.
Davis said he had checked the minutes and found he was first appointed exactly 10 years earlier on Jan. 3, 2012. He thanked the board and said it has been an honor and a privilege to serve.
The board gave approval for Circuit Clerk Crystal Starling to make a server purchase with grant funding for a standalone machine for downloading and uploading all election databases and results.
Because of the MLK holiday on Jan. 17, the next regular board meeting will move to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18.