Thursday, January 6, 2005

Board re-elects Dixon president

Staff Writer

The Marshall County Board of Supervisors re-elected Eddie Dixon president and Keith Taylor vice president in 3-2 votes by ballot Tuesday in the first meeting of the new year.

All appointments were also renewed, keeping Larry Britt as engineer, Tacey Clark Clayton as attorney, Larry Hall as county administrator/road manager, Javon Atkins as fire investigator, Hugh Hollowell as emergency management coordinator and Conway Moore as zoning and planning commission director. The reappointments were by unanimous votes of the board, taken individually.

Supervisor George Zinn III and Willie Flemon received one vote each for president. Flemon and Ronnie Joe Bennett received one vote each for vice-president.

The board also voted unanimously to keep all personnel currently employed in their positions and at budgeted salaries.

In other business, the board discussed holding a public hearing in February on recommendations from a new zoning study and resulting changes in subdivision ordinances. New county road maps will be available for display at the hearing, probably to be scheduled for an evening meeting in late February. The study is being prepared by Britt’s engineering firm.

The board voted to uphold the denial of homestead exemption for two property owners who had either failed to register all their vehicles in the county or failed to comply with requirements in other ways.

Tax assessor Ronnie Johnson reviewed the two applications before the board and said, “If they (property owners who do not comply) were paying their fair share, everybody else would have to pay a little bit less (in ad valorem taxes).”

Hall reported on road damage and repair following the Christmas week ice storm and freeze, while praising road and bridge workers who got out in the dangerous weather to spread salt on roads, clear roads of trees, and handle other emergencies.

He asked supervisors to report any road damage that shows up as either pot holes or soft spots in county roads. These areas will be temporarily patched up with cold mix and pot holes will get the attention they need with the pot-hole patching machine as crews can get to them. (Call the county administrator’s office to report dangerous pavement situations that cropped up on county roads following the ice storm.)

Hall said he wants to purchase three more rock salt spreaders to treat inclines and bridges when roads are iced. The one on hand at the department worked well, he said, and fit in the back end of a pickup truck.

Some soft spots in roads will not be worked until the firm up, he said.

The board approved a request from the Circuit Court Judge Henry L. Lackey for a $2 special assessment on each complaint filed by attorneys in circuit court. Lackey requested the special assessment to help defray shortfalls in funds to pay the salaries and insurance costs of two court administrators assigned to work with the two court judges.

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