Corinth aldermen are opting to work with ACE Power on a conversion of street lights in the city to LED rather than hiring an outside firm.

After numerous discussions, the Board of Aldermen voted last week to rescind a previous action to solicit proposals from parties interested in taking on the lighting project. Alderman Chris Wilson, who wanted to have competing proposals on the table, voted against undoing the previous action.

The Path Company vigorously lobbied the city for the opportunity.

“I think we can sit down with ACE and get them to sharpen their pencil some, and we can walk away with LED lights that don’t cost us anything more out of our pockets right now,” said Ward 2 Alderman Ben Albarracin.

He said the talk of LED lighting has sparked some excitement in the community.

It is anticipated that ACE will gradually change out the lights over time, whereas Path would have done an inventory and redesigned the street lighting system.

Several aldermen said they feel more comfortable working with the local power cooperative and would prefer to use the expenditure that would have been required with Path on other projects such as street paving.

In other business:

The board awarded a roof repair job for the Corinth Coliseum to Roberts Builders of Ripley at a cost of $155,000. A $116,000 Mississippi Department of Archives and History grant is in hand for the project.

MDAH announced another grant this week of $236,234 for the coliseum for roof repair and ADA upgrades. It is among 18 awarded through the Community Heritage Preservation Grant program.

The board is concerned about an increase in litter in the city and is looking at increasing the street department’s efforts to clean it up.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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