Commercial zoning for a number of homes in an east Corinth neighborhood may soon come to an end.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Tuesday set a public hearing for the next regular meeting at 5 p.m. on Oct. 20 on the rezoning of Franklin Drive properties.

The request to rezone the neighborhood – a residential loop off of Highway 72 – comes from the city itself with the intent of protecting property values and the residential character of the street. As recommended by the planning commission, the proposed rezoning from C-2 commercial to R-1 single-family residential would exclude the properties that front on the highway.

When the planning commission took up the issue in its Sept. 28 meeting, Scotty Casabella, who owns some of the property fronting on the highway, expressed concern about the change, and the commission agreed it was reasonable to exclude those from the rezoning.

A property at 15 Franklin Drive has been on the city’s cleanup agenda and was the motivator for making the zoning change. It is in the process of changing hands, according to the code enforcement officer, and received a 30-day continuance to allow time for that transaction to wrap up.

In other business from the meeting:

The replacement of driveway culverts is coming up on Hickory Road, except for a small number that have already been replaced, along with upgrading the drainage ditch. The low quote for materials was $8,169.32, and Pittman Construction will do the work at a cost of $48,000.

The board gave approval for the police department to order three Chevrolet Tahoes for patrol vehicles as budgeted for 2021. The department is also equipping a Ford Explorer just received through the community policing hotspot grant. The board also approved two pickup purchases for the sewer department and one for the solid waste department.

The board approved applying for a state loan for sewer main improvements described as an extension of the Wenasoga Road sewer project that is getting underway.

Main Street Corinth got approval for a beer permit for a festival event at the CARE Garden on Oct. 24. Director Angela Avent said the festival is in lieu of the Downtown Throwdown, which is normally held in March. Merchants are interested in seeing an activity, she said.

Nicholas Moore and Adam Price got approval for electrical licenses.

The board again tabled the Hawkins Street closure request.

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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