Thursday, June 9, 2005

Board approves sewer for Chickasaw

Staff Writer

Pending review by the attorney, the board of supervisors gave its approval to transfer a half million dollars to get work started on the Chickasaw Trails sewer project.

Del Stover, interim executive director for the Industrial Development Authority, told supervisors Monday he needs the funds by June 15 so the contractor can buy pipe and other supplies.

Money to lay the $1.5 million sewer project (two miles of lines from Mt. Carmel Road to Dogwood Road and installation of a water treatment facility) will come from a variety of sources - $206,000 IDA will raise, $240,000 from Mississippi Development Authority and another million from low interest loans, Stover said.

Several industries have an interest in locating in the park. Representatives from one interested party toured the park last Thursday and another group will tour this week, Stover said.

Supervisors opened bids Monday for two projects, a bridge project on Marianna Road/Taska Road near Hawks Feed Mill and a state aid project for overlay of about two miles on Cayce Road - a segment between Goodman Road and Highway 72.

Talbot Brothers Contracting Co. of Nesbit, low bidder on the bridge project at $813,593, was awarded the bridge contract. The contract calls for the replacement of two bridges and preparation of the approaches. Other bids were Harper Construction Co. of Paducah, Ky., at $920,226; Endebco Inc. of Oxford at $949,417; T.L. Wallace Construction Inc. of Columbus at $ 975,606; Union Construction Co. of Etta at $975,715; and Hill Brothers at $1,110,726. Engineering estimates put the cost of construction at $773,144. State engineers recommended accepting Talbot’s bid, saying a 10 percent overrun of the estimated cost is acceptable under state law.

Lehman Roberts Construction of Memphis won the overlay contract at bid price of $188,361. Other bidders included Grisham Asphalt and Paving in Ripley at $236,899; APAC of Tennessee at $256,605; and W.G. Construction Inc. of New Albany at $257,964. State engineers estimated the paving to cost $196,852.

Supervisors were advised by Larry Britt, county engineer, to turn in the names of any roads they want to add to the county’s four-year road plan.

Post commander of the local VFW, Bill Janssen, reviewed the Collins-Hurdle (Post 5697) club’s non-profit status and operational details at the request of tax assessor Ronnie Johnson.

Questions arose about the operations of the expanded section of the post - a social room in the back.

“We are charity all the way,” Janssen said.

Johnson said the post is a 501 (c)3 and most of the money does go to charity.

“They have never not met the requirements,” he said. “All the profits go to the VFW and are spent on community projects.”

The VFW motto: Honor the dead by helping the living, is reflected in the community service programs and projects undertaken by the Collins-Hurdle Post. They include upkeep of the flags on the town square, and support for the homeless shelter, the JrROTC program, Christmas parades, the Clydesdale Christmas fund, upkeep of the Veterans Memorial in downtown and purchase of benches, youth sports programs, placement of flags on veterans’ graves, Christmas and Thanksgiving baskets for the needy, assistance for the low income housing complex, care packages and support for the troops in Iraq, support to the Veterans’ Hospital and state veterans’ homes, contributions to the Mississippi Burn Center and National Home for children.

Members of the post serve on local committees - Crime Stoppers, the homeless shelter, the Humane Society, Benton County board of supervisors, the Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce.

Janssen said the back room is regulated by the ABC and bingo by the Mississippi Gaming Commission.

Johnson said there was a question of whether the social room was entirely tax free.

“I think it does qualify, but want to make sure,” he said.

Janssen said the varied VFW project funds never exceed $5,000 individually and money is disbursed on community projects as it comes in. The VFW reports to the state, he said.

Board attorney Tacey Clark Clayton explained that the secretary of state’s office handles reporting requirements for the VFW, and the board of supervisors has no authority in the matter anyway.

“We were going to exempt their inventory and fixtures,” said Johnson. “It’s eligible to be exempt in my mind, but I’d rather have y’all’s blessing.”

The board authorized its “blessing” pending a review of inventory of property by the attorney.

In other business, the board of supervisors:

  • authorized the tax collector to sign a contract with Mississippi One Stop. County membership will make it possible for individuals to pay for titles and registration tags over the Internet.
  • approved a request from the county school district to use the county’s bid system to advertise for paving at H.W. Byers school.
  • heard a reading of the claims docket totalling $387,675.
  • authorized a single source quote for repair of a dump truck engine.
  • read a letter of thanks from the City of Holly Springs for the county’s participation in construction of the Chulahoma Avenue bridge.
  • discussed a policy for use of the walking tracks at community centers following a report that someone had used a track for horseback riding.
  • heard a report from the county administrator on road and bridge work and other projects.

    Several used heating and air units will be removed from the Old Colonial Building and installed at the county museum.

    A bridge is scheduled for replacement on McClatchy Road. A bridge on Sloan Road was just completed and a bridge was replaced with an 8-foot pipe last week on Dogwood Ranch Circle.

    Paving is underway on portions of Atway Road and Kimbrough Chapel Road.

  • signed a two-year extension of the Workforce Investment Act agreement with Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development Corporation.

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