Thursday, August 11, 2004

Citizen protests R.E.S. increase

Staff Writer

Marshall County supervisors heard their first boardroom objection to a $3 a month rate increase for household garbage collection recommended by R.E.S.

Murray Grady, who appeared before the board by personal request, said Monday the proposed hike in garbage collection fees from $9.75 to $12.75 a month is too much. Grady argued that the price of diesel used to fuel the garbage trucks has not gone up enough to justify a $3 rate hike.

Supervisor Eddie Dixon told Grady no action has been taken by the board on the request from R.E.S.

“He (Charles Braddock, R.E.S. president) can ask for a lot of things,” said Dixon. “That does not mean he is going to get it.”

Supervisors took care of numerous items of business before going into a long executive session to discuss potential litigation.

Briefly, the board:

  • approved a permit request from Bell South to bore under county roads to extend telephone cable to new homes in Coldwater Farms subdivision.
  • approved a program to grade, drain and apply soil cement base and overlay to 1.5 miles of Strickland Road. State Aid has to approve the program on Strickland Road, said county engineer Larry Britt. Once it is programmed the segment of road will be ready to overlay by January 2007, he said.
  • heard an update on Tyson Road bridge, a one-lane bridge on a dead-end section of the road. Larry Hall, county road manager, said the bridge (which is not on the state bridge inventory list by oversight) is already being replaced with a steel beam bridge that can accommodate two-way traffic.

    Britt reported that he is trying to get an estimate of how much money the state aid program has available for work in Marshall County this program year.

  • heard a complaint from Terry Robbins about drivers of 18-wheelers living in his subdivision. Robbins alleged that truckers are hauling loads above the weight limit for John Cris Road and are damaging it.

    Robins’ supervisor Keith Taylor begged to differ with Robbins saying the road in question has been repaired and he and two other county officials inspected the road last week. He told Robbins he has spoken with other homeowners in the subdivision and none of them has complaints about trucks being driven in and out of the subdivision.

    Taylor said the board of supervisors would address the condition of Jon Cris Road if they believed there is a problem with excessive road wear from heavy equipment.

  • scheduled a public hearing in early September for several amendments to the county’s zoning ordinances.
  • tabled a complaint to zoning about a landowner who had stuff stored on the back of his property after zoning director Conway Moore argued that the stuff was not visible from adjoining properties.

    Moore said the complaint might have some merit under litter ordinances but she stopped short of asking the board for action.

    “Everybody’s got some stuff,” she said to supervisors. “Y'all do.”

    Board attorney Tacey Clark Clayton said she would review the litter ordinance.

    Supervisor George Zinn III argued that the board should be fair since it has forced some people to clean up their properties.

  • approved naming a private road in a privately developed subdivision.
  • adopted an updated county road map and county road registry.
  • authorized a DeSoto and a Tunica County judge to fill in for County Attorney Fred M. Belk Jr. while he is on medical absence from the bench.
  • approved totalling $41,504 on the mid-month claims docket.
  • authorized a board order extending the walking trail grant completion date to December 31 in order that new picnic tables, benches and playground equipment can be ordered and installed at community centers.
  • approved a resolution in support of Secretary of State Eric Clark’s election machine purchasing proposal.
  • heard a report from Hall that Holly Springs mayor Andre’ DeBerry has agreed to put a request from Marshall County 911 before the Board of Aldermen.
  • received a report from tax assessor Ronnie Johnson. He told the board an Attorney General’s opinion that he requested. Mississippi tax assessors must treat mobile homes as real property as long as they are certified to the land the same day the owner picks up a mobile home registration tag. Property taxes on the mobile home certified to the land will now be handled exactly like new custom-built houses.

Now, real property taxes for 2006 will not be due until February 1, 2007, for either a mobile home certified to the land this year or a new house built in this year.

Previously, mobile homes could not be treated as real property and taxes were levied pro rata starting with the year of purchase, Johnson said.

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