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Tupelo City Council discuss streets and King's Creek

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Updated: 1/14 10:21 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)-- The proposed capital plan was presented to Tupelo City Council members Tuesday afternoon, and it includes addressing the King's Creek erosion problem.

The future project includes stabilizing the banks on both sides of King's Creek between Gloster Street and Rankin Extended. Debris and rubbish would also be cleared.

The total cost of the project is $1.6 million. The city's portion is more than $550,000, and there's matching dollars with the Army Corps of Engineers.

Mayor Jason Shelton says the money is available, but it's up to council members to agree on the allocation.

"That's the perrogative of the council. We have presented it as part of a budget amendment for the Capital Improvement Plan. It depends on the progress we make as far as amending the Capital Improvement Plan," said Shelton.

The city hopes to have work begin during the late Spring or early Summer.

Also, the council discussed the streets in the Summit Subdivision during the work session.

The private neighborhood in southeast Tupelo was recently annexed, and city council must decide whether the streets should become "city streets."

If that happens, the city must keep up maintenance to the roads in the subdivision.

Mayor Shelton says council members are prepared to vote on the issue next Tuesday, and decide if any requirements must be met by developers.

Residents in the subdivision do pay city taxes.

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