Thursday, December 1, 2005
Supervisors discuss space needs
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors will put a new roof on the old jail in downtown Holly Springs for the short-term space benefits for four agencies, but wants to put together a plan to either build or use another county-owned facility for long-term uses.
Plumbing problems at the aging facility would require too much investment for the dollar, long-term, supervisors said.
Supervisors Keith Taylor and Willie Flemon agreed that the building would cost more to upgrade than it is worth.
“I’m pretty much like Mr. Willie, I hate to throw money into it,” Taylor said.
The building provides space for Youth Services, probation and Veteran’s Affairs officers and school training officers, according to Larry Hall, county administrator.
Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said the facility can be kept at minimal use, as it is, without repairing plumbing in one of the bathrooms. The pipes are rusted out in that one, he said.
The old Colonial Building, which housed the extension service offices and several other agencies was closed last year because of a bad roof. The board is renting other office space for the extension and forestry offices and a driver’s license test administration office for the highway patrol.
Dickerson said the two probation officers sometimes need space to accommodate 60 people or more. “I just don’t have space for them,” he said.
Taylor said the county also needs space for the county superintendent’s offices. The administration has been occupying an old house on College Street.
In other business the board:
The next regular meeting of the board of supervisors is set for Monday, December 5 at 9 a.m. in the county boardroom.
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