Thursday, October 6, 2005

County deals with animal concerns
• Leash ordinance in works

By SUE WATSON
Staff Writer

The Marshall County Board of Supervisors discussed the wording of a new leash law before taking the instrument under advisement to give all supervisors time to study the document.

Bill Bastone with the Humane Society asked for wording changes that would allow dogs on a leash or under voice command for trained ones. He also asked for a clear definition of animal abuse and neglect to be put in the proposed document.

Carmen Marlin discussed vaccination tags saying that the veterinarians who provide vaccinations will keep the tag numbers and pet owners can be tracked down through the vets.

Board attorney Tacey Clark Clayton suggested the owner’s name be engraved on the tag. Marlin said the Humane Society has tried to have the owner’s name etched but those do not hold up to wear. She advised against requiring pet owners to pay for their names to be engraved on tags because of the expense. She said state law does not require it.

Marlin asked for a clear and legal description of what constitutes a nuisance.

IDA news
Bill Renick revealed more about prospects for new industry in the county saying that interest is mounting with most site visits probably to run into next year. The Marshall County Industrial Development Authority has two proposals on the table for Potts Camp, three in Holly Springs, three in Byhalia, and a single proposal that he said if reigned in would “literally triple manufacturing jobs in the county.”

“Marshall County is getting the opportunities every day,” he said.

He invited the board of supervisors to attend the monthly Chickasaw Trails and IDA and Airport Authority board meetings.

Renick also announced a weekend job fair set for November 12 at the IDA building in Holly Springs. The job fair will be to take applications for employment with the new Exel warehousing and distribution at Chickasaw Trails.

On November 9 the Tennessee Valley Authority has scheduled a community preparedness seminar and will provide a site consultant that will advise local governments on how to best prepare for growth. The consultant will review county resources and provide guidance.

“The site consultant will look at the county and say, ‘these are the things you need to do to get better,’ ” Renick said.

Tax Office News
The board of supervisors authorized tax collector Betty Byrd to file judgements against those with taxes on the insolvency list. She said the tax office would look at the possibility of executing judgements at a later date.

Byrd turned over delinquent tax rolls totalling $189,346 on 183 businesses with unpaid personal rolls (taxes on inventory, equipment, furniture, equipment, etc.) for year 2004. As compared to last year, delinquent personal taxes owed by businesses was down with 211 businesses owing a total $203,347 in taxes this time last year.

Delinquent taxes on mobile homes for year 2005 came to $150,991 with 651 mobile homes insolvent on taxes. The 2004 insolvency figures for mobile homes was $178,244 with 720 parcels on the list. Another $456 in mobile home taxes were delinquent for the period November and December 2004.

Overall assessed valuation of properties (real and personal property, and mobile homes and motor vehicles) in the county increased this year by four percent which Byrd said is consistent with a steady annual growth rate of between three and four percent.

“We always have an increase in parcels every year,” Byrd said.

The board approved First State Bank as a county depository for the tax collector’s office.

In other business, the board:

  • authorized expenditure of $10,500 of 2004 fiscal year Homeland Security grant funds to purchase night vision goggles.
  • approved payment of fiscal year 2005-06 allocations to Pop Warner Football League, Marshall County Sports Association and Byhalia Garden Club.
  • authorized the county administrator to advertise for two semi-tractors, four trailers and six dump trucks.
  • executed a lease with Triple A Tower.
  • approved an order for payment of construction at the Bethlehem/Macedonia/Cornersville water well.
  • held executive session to discuss pending litigation and personnel.

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