Thursday, June 16, 2005

County gets check

Staff Writer

GEO (Marshall County Corrections) presented the county a check for $80,000 at the Monday board of supervisors meeting.

Warden Lepher Jenkins appeared in person to present the check which is normally mailed to the chancery clerk’s office, according to Chuck Thomas. He said GEO, under an agreement with the county, does not pay taxes but pays the fee in lieu of taxes.

In other business the board voted to give J.M. “Flick” Ash an ingress/egress easement to property Ash owns near the Solid Waste Collection site at the North Exit to Holly Springs.

The easement will be attached to the property and is a permanent easement, Thomas said. Ash paid the county for the easement and for an appraisal for the easement which allows the owner of that property to use the road through the rubbish collection facility to access the property. Ash also agreed to keep up the road and maintain his portion through the area. The road is not listed as an county road on the Official County Road Map.

In other matters, Glen Johnson asked the board for permission to use the community center in District 4 for meetings with senior citizens. Johnson also alleged that District 4 roads are not getting the attention they deserve. He asked supervisors to monitor the conditions and needs of the roads in the district closer.

Johnson also asked for clarification of a garbage bill he received from RES, which he alleged was sent to him during a time when his residence was not inhabited while repairs were being done on the structure.

Supervisors authorized a request from John Bomar, pastor of Brookside Baptist Church, for a variance to build a new sanctuary at the intersection of Goodman and Bailey roads. Bomar said his church membership is moving “south of the border.”

The church originated in the Capleville area, migrated to the Collierville area and is now creeping further away from Memphis, he said.

Beth Overall, with the Marshall County Fairgrounds, reported that the first tractor pull at the facility was a “huge success.” She said the group wants to come back next year.

Overall handed out a monthly financial statement to the board and announced that a county fair is scheduled for the last week in July at the Fairgrounds.

She thanked supervisors lending their help during the tractor pull.

At the request of George Lee and with the recommendation of tax assessor Ronnie Johnson, the board accepted an offer from Lee to provide the software necessary to print copies of the new county maps. Lee said he has requested copies for six weeks and would donate the software in exchange for the maps.

The maps will be made available by request once the software is installed.

In other business, the board:

  • approved travel requests.
  • approved mid-month claims totalling $30,979.
  • opened bids for county supplies.
  • heard a accident report from Ruth Vanlandingham and Joe Winfield on the problems at the intersection of Cayce and Goodman roads. They asked supervisors to get a traffic light placed at the intersection.

    Vanlandingham said Cayce Road is the third most travelled road in Marshall County behind Highway 72 and Highway 78.

    She said she had two near misses at the intersection in the last few weeks and reported 28 accidents at the intersection and four deaths from auto accidents. She said more may have died after airlifting but that data is not readily available.

  • Transportation director Bill Minor made an appearance at the board and has offered to help with the project.

  • heard an update of developments at Chickasaw Trails from Del Stover, interim director of Marshall County Industrial Authority.
  • announced that work will be contracted by the state aid program to commence paving of Strickland Road from Highway 309 to the DeSoto County line.
  • Supervisor Keith Taylor said the two miles of asphalting of Strickland Road should begin in 30 to 45 days after the state bids the project.

    The county will pave Lynette Road this year. When those two jobs are completed all roads in District 3 south of U.S. 78 will be paved, Taylor said.

Next meeting changed

The Marshall County Board of Supervisors will not meet June 20 because of a state convention of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors.

The next meeting is set for June 27 at 5 p.m. at the Court Room, 103b Market Street, Holly Springs.

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