an appeal of Roy Valentine for a zoning variance.
said he wanted to rezone 47 acres that he just
bought but was turned down by the planning
commission. The land is located across Highway
302 facing the Barton Fire Department. He said he
wanted to put in an office for his business.
have lived in Marshall County all my life and
want my business here, he said.
director Conway Moore reported that all five
zoning board members had opposed Valentines
request because the county has just rezoned the
area as Residential Estates. Two people who
attended the zoning meeting were opposed to
Valentine locating a business office there, she
planning commission felt it should be in
Chickasaw Park, Moore said. They felt
it was just rezoned RE and that commercial should
wait a while longer.
Keith Taylor spoke.
spoke to Mr. Valentine on Thursday and told him
overwhelmingly the people who live out there do
not want it, he said. A lot of people
wont come up to meetings (zoning meetings)
but they call me. Thats my job.
said many of his constituents in that area
have sunk every penny they have in
retirement in their properties.
said even if Valentine located his office
somewhere in the back of the property where it
would not be seen, if the land were sold or
transferred to future owners that there is no
guarantee the property would be kept up as nice
as he knows Valentine would keep it.
would like a compromise where both parties would
win, he said. I do work for the
public who lives in District 3, including all
taxpayers in Marshall County. If I ignore their
pleas, I am not doing my job.
asked if his request could be tabled while he
worked out another solution; that his property is
right across the highway from commercial zoning;
and that his property is a half-mile away from
know it is a half-mile, but if it is rezoned it
wont be a neighborhood anymore,
Taylor said. I feel like the board allotted
enough areas for Commercial 1 and 2. I dont
want to take away from the lifestyle of the
people who live out there.
Ronnie Joe Bennett said the area in that section
of the county is experiencing growing pains and
to be fair to everyone he does not think zoning
changes should be made so soon after the county
has adopted a comprehensive zoning plan.
asked if he could get a variance for the office
up to the board, but Ive got the feel of it
that 95 percent of the people were against
it, said Taylor. With that, Taylor motioned
and the board voted unanimously to deny
Valentines appeal for rezoning.
a grant application to the Mississippi Board of
Animal Health I Care For Animals car
tag program on behalf of Marshall County Humane
Society. The funds will be applied to
I Care For Animalsspecialty tag
program raises $25 per tag for animal care and $6
per tag for the Mississippi Burn Center,
according to Sherry Janssen, Marshall County
Humane Society president. The funds the Society
is applying for will go to spay/neuter smaller
dogs and cats, she said.
George Zinn III asked if the Society could do
animal control and Janssen replied that the group
does not have the staffing or facilities for
animal control. The group puts its emphasis on
population reduction as opposed to euthanasia,
words of thanks from W.A. McMillan for installing
a public address system in the board room and for
scheduling one meeting a month at 5 p.m. Evening
meetings are scheduled for the third Monday
evening unless the board has to reschedule one
for the board to be out of town on business.
a concern from Clyde Moore who asked why new
mobile home buyers must pay taxes pro rata on
their new homes while site built home buyers are
not billed pro rata for the year they begin
occupying their new home. Moore, who is retired,
recently sold his home and put a mobile home on
another property. He said mobile home buyers
should not be discriminated against.
County tax assessor Ronnie Johnson told
supervisors that mobile homes must first be
classified as real property and once they are
registered and certified to a land roll then they
are taxed as real property like site built
said the classification procedure is set by state
legislation and the statute reads that mobile
homes are not classified as real property until
January 1 following the year the unit is
would take some legislation to get it
changed, Johnson said. It makes a
hardship on the elderly and low income
an interview Wednesday, Johnson elaborated on
followup research he has done with the Attorney
am going to dig into it and not stop until I get
an answer, he said.
said state law does not stipulate clearly whether
the local tax assessor has discretion in setting
the date of conversion of mobile homes to real
property. After checking with various county tax
assessors some apply the mobile home tax pro rata
and others treat the mobile home tax the same way
a site built home is treated immediately, he
Marshall County has taxed mobile homes pro rata
for all the years he has worked at the tax office
will abide by the law, Johnson said.
If the AG tells me its at my
discretion, I will handle a mobile home like a
house if the buyer registers and declares it as
real property the same day they buy it.
are not getting the same break as a stick built
house. They have paid two tax bills and get their
third bill before the house owner gets the first
Johnson said Moore came to the board having
already paid his tax pro rata but asked only that
the statutes be looked at for the benefit of
others who also could be retired or on a low
called Moores action unselfish.
several cleanup complaints on record at the
of several items from Hugh Hollowell, with the
Emergency Management and Homeland Security
board authorized signatures for the Fire Service
rebate program, approved a fiscal year 2005
Homeland Security agreement and learned about a
new hardware that would link jail management,
fire department, sheriffs case-management
systems to a statewide database by 2009 through
the 911 system.
board approved a bid for equipment to upgrade 911
to improve communications throughout the county.
Hollowell said cost figures are needed to budget
for the project that is desperately needed.
appointments to the new airport board following a
June 13 decision to transfer airport management
from the Marshall County Industrial Authority to
the Board of Supervisors.
are: District 1 - Don Buford; District 2 - Bill
Schneller; District 3 - Lonnie Sproles; District
4 - Al Beck; and District 5 - Danny Tate.
extension of a deadline for completion of fencing
at community center walking trails for 90 days.
The board expects to purchase playground
equipment for the centers with remaining funds in
bids for county road and bridge supplies and
authorized the chancery clerk to pay claims.