Speed sign

Through grant funding, the Corinth Police Department will purchase a speed radar sign to encourage motorists to slow down.

The Corinth Police Department is getting ready to put speeders in the spotlight.

Grant funding will bring a portable speed radar sign to the city, and the sign will be placed at various places to remind motorists to ease off the accelerator. It will show the speed limit along with the speed of passing motorists.

“What we are trying to do is just get people to slow down on some of these roads,” said Police Chief Ralph Dance. “We’re so busy that we don’t run a lot of radar anymore. This will give everybody the opportunity to know that they are speeding and they need to slow down. It might save somebody a speeding ticket.”

The Board of Aldermen formally accepted the Justice Assistance Grant funding Tuesday evening. It is a program that can help local police departments with basic equipment needs. The grant is also funding the purchase of a couple of radar guns to monitor speed and three sets of stop sticks, which may be used to stop fleeing drivers. Each car on patrol will now be equipped with stop sticks.

Some will recall the police department used a similar radar sign around 20 years ago, and it got a lot of attention.

“There have been several fatalities in Alcorn County this past few weeks,” said Dance. “We want everybody to be safe, and we want them to slow down and pay attention. It’s another way for us to get their attention without writing tickets.”

In other business:

In property cleanup matters, the board voted to adjudicate property at 805 Confederate Street, where a burned house has stood for some time, said Code Enforcement Officer Kim Ratliff. The board also scheduled a public hearing for the May 18 meeting for 103 Oakland School Road.

With the continuing focus on West Corinth, the city is looking at a couple of situations where people are said to be living in outdoor storage sheds.

Ratliff reported about 15 to 20 properties are being handled through the municipal court with affidavits just having been filed.

The board approved a zoning variance request at 205 Linden Street for a rear yard setback reduction from 35 feet to 10 feet to accommodate construction of a 16 feet by 24 feet garage that will accompany renovation of the home.

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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