Corinth aldermen made a new appointment to the utilities commission and reappointed the current school board chairman.

The board last week tapped Andrew “Bubba” Labas, the former Ward 1 alderman, to fill a vacancy on the Corinth Public Utilities Commission, in a 5-1 vote.

“I think he would be an excellent candidate to be able to bring some knowledge to them on our side of it,” said Ward 2 Alderman Ben Albarracin, who made the nomination.

The board has had some recent discussion of renewing efforts to have better coordination between the city’s street paving plans and any utility work that would require street cuts.

Labas will complete the term for the seat that was held by John Windsor, who resigned from the board. Windsor is interested in serving as attorney for the utilities commission.

The board also reappointed Chip Peterson to the Corinth School District Board of Trustees for another five-year term beginning March 1. He serves alongside Frank Davis, Dennis Dilworth, Rilla Jones and Jessica Garth.

In other business from the latest session of the city board:

Mayor Tommy Irwin took a moment to recognize some of the numerous members of the community who have died in the last few weeks. A number of them were victims of COVID-19.

“We have lost some outstanding people in our community,” he said, “and the list just keeps going on and on and on. With the help of the Lord, maybe there will be some resolution of this sometime soon. There is a tremendous amount of people who have had corona that have been in the hospital … There’s a lot of families that need prayers.”

License applicants getting approval are Caleb Chandler, plumber; James Gannon, plumber; and Jimmy Buntin, electrician.

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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