Mayor Tommy Irwin and City of Corinth staff gave audience to West Corinth area concerns Wednesday morning.

“We’re trying to take care of our neighborhood where people didn’t take interest in it before, and now they are,” said Terri O’Connell, representing a concerned citizens group that has been meeting regularly to address issues including crime and declining properties in the area.

O’Connell is also planning to meet with the police chief to discuss drug activity in the neighborhood. Generally from Linden Street in the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center area to Shiloh Road is their area of focus.

She said the neighborhood has suffered over time from situations such as property owners passing away and the children who inherit the properties selling them “to whomever,” resulting in less desirable residents.

O’Connell believes a little bit of effort “can get this community stabilized.”

“I have some investment partners that we’re looking to maybe purchase some of that property and turn it into middle class housing,” she said.

Sharp Street is one major area of concern.

“There’s like three houses in there that need to be condemned and torn down,” she said.

Building Inspector Greg Tyson suggested the group might want to look into forming a homeowners association. Neighborhoods that have such groups do not have some of the issues that have been raised, he said.

Irwin said the area will get more street paving, and “by the spring of ’23, West Corinth will be a different place.”

Some of the issues that were discussed include:

Sewer problems. Public Works Director Clayton Mills asked that the people having those issues report them to the city so they can be investigated.

Broken and falling down street signs. Mills said the city is aware of issues with street signs throughout the city and is working to address them. It is taking time to catch up from prior years of neglect, he said.

Mowing needed on a vacant lot at the corner of School Street and Fourth Street. Code Enforcement Officer Kim Ratliff said it is an abandoned, repossessed property that the city has had to get mowed previously through adjudication.

Tall grass in the old West Corinth Elementary School area. Ashley Berry, representing the National Park Service, said parts of the property are owned by different entities.

A person living in a travel trailer. Ratliff said that situation is being addressed.

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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