Thursday, February 10, 2005

City, county to replace Chulahoma Ave. bridge
Staff Writer

The City of Holly Springs and Marshall County are partnering to replace the bridge at Chulahoma Avenue.

The bridge was closed Thursday by order of the Holly Springs Board of Aldermen. It is located in the city limits, but the road is a main thoroughfare for traffic going to and from the city.

Work is expected to take 30 to 45 days to complete as opposed to six months if the project was bid out, according to Larry Hall, county road manager and administrator.

County and city leaders opted to team up and fix the bridge now at the local governments’ expense.

The bridge was scheduled and approved as a project in the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s state-aid fund, but federal, and therefore state dollars, are coming in at a trickle, according to Larry Britt, county engineer, causing the postponement of funding from MDOT.

The board of supervisors passed three motions – to clear the way for county road department crews to mobilize manpower to do drainage and site work; to pass a local and private bill between the two governments declaring the job an emergency; and to give county administrators authority to use county crews to demolish the old structure and realign the creek with the road.

The city will have a contractor come in and drive steel pilings and lay pre-cut cement surface slabs, Hall said.

The board also discussed setting up detour signs in the county roads feeding into Chulahoma Street from the west. Supervisors may post weight limits for large trucks on Peyton Road to keep heavy truck traffic from tearing up that road. Peyton, Marianna and Bicycle Road will be alternate routes for school buses and other traffic.

Other county road work is going slow due to weather, according to Hall. Repairs of potholes caused by snow and ice and other means will pick up as weather allows.

In other business taken up Monday, the board:

  • discussed a zoning board decision concerning the use of a property zoned residential as a lot for the storage and sale of used vehicles. The property is located on Goodman Road.

    Supervisors Keith Taylor and Willie Flemon were opposed to allowing the action of the zoning board to allow the continued use of the property for a business purpose without proper permitting. Flemon argued that zoning and land use controls should be fairly and equitably enforced. The board approved a cease and desist (stop selling) order to be sent by letter to the property owner while the board considers whether to uphold the zoning board’s decision in the matter.

  • read and approved the claims docket. Chancery Clerk Chuck Thomas said the county spent 24.5 percent of its budget in the first quarter of the fiscal year.

    County expenditures in January totalled $530,000 with $142,000 of that going to purchase a fire truck. The fire truck expenditures will be reimbursed from fire grant monies.

  • authorized application for a solid waste cleanup grant of $11,920. Hall said the money will be used to clean up existing and future trash dumps, to establish a collection center for white goods, and other clean-up needs.
  • recessed until February 14 at 9 a.m. The board meets at 103b Market Street on the first, second and fourth Monday of each month, unless a meeting is rescheduled.

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