The Corinth Board of Aldermen Tuesday evening approved applying for a $1.5 million Economic Development Administration grant to fund the extension of a water line from the Clifford G. Worsham Surface Water Treatment Facility to Burnsville. The treatment plant, which taps the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway as a water source, is located seven miles west of Corinth.
Burnsville’s water supply is being stretched by the needs of the Mississippi Silicon factory, which began production late in 2015. The manufacturer is using about 270,000 gallons of water daily.
The water treatment plant was conceived as a regional supplier. If funded, this would be the first delivery of water from the plant to another community.
The city of Corinth will serve as the grant applicant but have no financial stake in the estimated $3 million project, which would involve 23,500 linear feet of 18-inch pipe.
Funding commitments of $500,000 each are being made by the town of Burnsville, the Yellow Creek Port and the Corinth Public Utilities Commission.
In other business, the board is setting in motion a zoning change on South Tate Street generally between Turner Creek and the railroad. The change from industrial to commercial zoning will go to the city’s planning commission for discussion.
“It has come to my attention that we’ve got an area along Tate street, which is considered to be one of the primary entrances to the downtown, that was left to be I-2, or heavy manufacturing,” said Dave Huwe, director of community development and planning. “That’s the area between Corinth Threatre-Arts and the railroad. On either side of that, you have C-2 general commercial.”