Thursday, May 11, 2005

Supervisors talk about office building locations

Staff Writer

Supervisor Keith Taylor is pushing his fellow board members to plan for a Marshall County office building.

“We have it in the budget to do it and I want to get someone in charge,” he said.

Taylor said new office space is needed for Mississippi State Extension Service, the county school district administration and other offices.

“I want to get someone in charge of a plan,” he told the supervisors at the May 2 meeting of the board.

County administrator Larry Hall suggested the board start by hiring an architect.

“We need to decide where we want to put it first,” Taylor said. “The location is the main thing, either outside of town or the old zoning office site.”

Supervisor George Zinn III asked about prior plans to demolish the old Colonial Building on Highway 178 east and rebuild.

Taylor said the school district needs a place for offices and to hold board meetings. He suggested other potential building sites including land at the county jail location, the old Wal-Mart site.

“My personal opinion is offices should be where the growth is,” he said.

Some office tenants would want to be in walking distance to downtown Holly Springs while others would not.

“I think we should ride and look,” he said.

“It’s time to talk about demolition of the site (old Colonial Building),” Zinn said.

“There’s the old Coke building, too,” said Flemon.

Roads and Bridges
The board discussed road and bridge construction plans with county engineer Larry Britt.

Britt provided estimates to replace two bridges on east Odell Road, a 140 foot and 120 foot bridge. The estimated cost to replace the old bridges with concrete ones and to gravel the approaches and a 1,000 foot section of road between the bridges was about $610,000. A second project to repair and overlay a portion of Clear Creek Road in District 2 and a portion of Victoria and Cayce Road was estimated to cost $450,000.

“After programming these two projects we need to program about 25 miles of reseal - about five or six miles per district,” Britt said. He said projects should be programmed and put on the state aid project list due to a funding squeeze at Mississippi Department of Transportation.

The board authorized that the two projects be programmed.

Bid openings for construction of Highway 4 Bypass Road and bridges near Hawks Feed Mill are set to be opened in May and June.

Employee Health Insurance
Supervisors discussed county employee health insurance products after opening three bids and took them under advisement. The premium with the present carrier was up 8.7 percent.

Homestead Exemption
The board authorized letters be sent to seven homestead exemption applicants stating they have not provided all the documents required by the state Tax Commission.

Philadelphia Cemetery
Hall apprised the board of a letter from the state department of archives and history that Old Philadelphia Cemetery has been certified as a site of historical significance. He asked the board for authority to clean the cemetery located off Rabbit Ridge Road. The cemetery was established in 1847 and contains about 40 markers. The last burial was dated in 1889, Hall said.

Spring Cleanup
May 16-31 in Marshall County is spring cleanup week. Dumpsters will be set out for residents to place worn out furniture and other stuff. No household garbage, brush or chemicals of any kind should be placed in the dumpsters.

Collection bins will be placed at community centers at Chulahoma Laws Hill, Early Grove, Slayden, Waterford, Watson and Bethlehem and Victoria; at fire departments at Red Banks, Byhalia, Cayce and Potts Camp; at voting precincts at Matthews Corner, Marianna and Bethlehem, and Wall Hill; and at the Gin in Mt. Pleasant and at D and D Grocery, and at Lake Estates on Scotts Drive.

The Marshall County Rubbish Pit and White Goods Collection site off U.S. Highway 78 at the North Holly Springs Exit is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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