Thursday, April 27, 2006
Aldermen OK gospel fest, Acme’s temp office
By SUE WATSON
Kevin Thomas was given permission by Holly Springs aldermen to block off Alderson Street beside Stixs-N-Tones for a gospel music fest set for Saturday, May 13.
The show, set for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., will have a lineup of five to six gospel groups singing southern and bluegrass tunes.
The city agreed to provide some barricade strips for public safety along Van Dorn. Some vendors will set up for the music fest. Those will have to purchase permits from the city clerk’s office, according to Mayor Andre’ DeBerry.
Industrial plant concerns
Acme Brick plant manager Jay Isenhour was granted an emergency permit to set up a mobile office building at the plant for temporary use while the brick plant rebuilds its office building that burned several weeks ago.
Isenhour said the plant had two fires in a period of three weeks, the office building being the last one.
He said the plant staff are working in temporary quarters and have not had to close down production due to the fires. Alderman Nancy Hutchens motioned to give Acme permission to set up a portable office at the site for one year while Acme rebuilds.
Representatives with K-P Building Products, formerly L-P Vinyl in Holly Springs, was granted permission for a 10-year ad valorem tax exemption by the Board of Aldermen.
K-P has 120 existing jobs and hopes to double that in time as the company expands its building products market in the South, the representative said.
K-P is a Canadian based company that specializes in the extrusion of vinyl siding and other products for construction.
911 equipment agreement
Aldermen voted to sign an interlocal agreement between the City and Marshall County with respect to the use of communication equipment obtained from a Firefighter Program Grant recently. The county has already approved the agreement.
Under terms of the agreement, Holly Springs Fire Department will have ultimate ownership of the equipment which will be used at Marshall County Enhanced 911 Center. The equipment will improve communications between first responders, fire stations, emergency responders and law enforcement throughout the county.
Football field maintenance
Coopwood Park football field is set for a new underground water sprinkler system that will make it easier for the Building and Grounds Department to maintain the field for fall games.
Holly Springs School District is paying for the system with is expected to cost $12,500. The city will install the system which is being purchased from Landscape Solutions.
Sam Coopwood Park
Barry Burleson, representing Holly Springs Dizzy Dean, thanked city officials for the use of Sam Coopwood Park for the Marshall County Dizzy Dean Preseason Baseball and Softball Tournament.
He remarked at the beauty of the park and said the tourney brought out-of-town visitors from Byhalia and Potts Camp to the city which also means business sales.
“It’s the most people I’ve seen in the park since I’ve been here,” Burleson said.
He thanked the electric department for helping with the lighting, Landy Hurdle with building and grounds for keeping the fields in top notch shape and the city police for patrolling the area.
“That park has so much potential,” Burleson said. “It is a beautiful park, and it’s good to see it alive this week.”
He invited the board and mayor to visit the park during the games.
Junk car ordinance
Board attorney Ki Jones explained the junk car ordinance which has drawn criticism from at least one Holly Springs resident who said the ordinance is not being enforced.
Cars are supposed to be operable, tagged and with a current inspection sticker, Jones said in an interview two weeks ago. Mississippi Highway Patrol enforces the inspection sticker requirement, while local police officers are able to write citations for expired tags, provided the vehicle is moving.
“A car on blocks, sitting there with an out-of-date tag and inspection is not an operable car,” he said. “It is just a permanent fixture in the yard.”
It is the responsibility of the code enforcer or police officer to sign an affidavit of violation of the junk car ordinance; warrants are served by police officers.
If a citation is issued the matter goes to first appearance at Municipal Court, he said.
“Because the city is more interested in neatness than fines, the court is lenient in allowing time for compliance,” Jones said.
If the property owner moves the junk vehicles or makes them compliant with respect to tags, stickers and operability, the citizen should notify the code enforcer of the compliance. If incompliant, the court sets a trial date.
Jones said each case is looked at individually.
The case may be dismissed because of technicalities or if the problem is corrected or the defendant may be granted a continuance for many reasons, he said.
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