take steps to finish Commons
By SUE WATSON
Actions were taken by the Holly Springs
Board of Aldermen last week that open the door for the next phase of work
to create what is becoming known as Holly Springs Commons.
Several public hearings drew no public
comment during the meeting and were followed by motions to, in essence,
develop the area.
Aldermen unanimously approved the following
to authorize issuance of negotiable
bonds totalling $571,900 for the extension, improvement and repair
of water and sewer works.
to adopt a resolution determining
a necessity for a Tax Increment Financing Plan for the City of Holly
Springs and to adopt a resolution approving the issuance of $5,830,000
to adopt a resolution to accept
rights-of-way deeds from two property developers in the Holly Springs
Commons area. The rights-of-way open the door for the city to construct
and to maintain three streets - Mary Rahe Drive, Crescent Meadow and
West Boundary Extended - crucial to flow of traffic in and through
the development area.
The board then took up agenda items with
The board approved travel for
Chief Patricia Selman to attend the Mississippi Association of Police
Chiefs summer educational conference.
In recreation, the board discussed
a contract offer from Pepsi to provide scoreboards for the baseball
fields at Sam Coopwood Park in exchange for Pepsi being sole vendor
for soft drinks for the city.
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry suggested talking to
the city school district who has a contract with Coke, to see if the
two entities could broker a deal by using one vendor.
Information technology director
Ken Robinson said his department is ready to issue identification
badges and e-mail addresses to city employees, by department. He proposed
with the mayor to solicit bids for a unified communication vendor
for the city to consolidate services and possibly save money.
The board authorized the bid, which
Robinson said is needed before the board of aldermen takes up the
2006-07 budget in late summer and early fall.
DeBerry said some service providers
can track dropped or missed calls due to busy signals, valuable information
that could monitor the quality of service delivery.
- Aldermen voted to grant a variance for the front
yard setbacks on two houses on Martin Street. Aldermen heard a request
for a rezoning of property connected with the old Holly Springs Rehab
Center and referred the matter back to the planning commission.
- Alderman Tim Liddy reported on new tax credits
for properties listed in the National Register of Historic Districts
which now includes homeowners who live in historic districts. Liddy
suggested expanding Historic Preservation Districts in Holly Springs
to give more homeowners an opportunity to participate.
- A resident living in the area of Shadowlane Drive
and Moss Avenue complained to the board and mayor that a neighbor in
the area has not cut his grass and has lots of junk on his porch. The
resident said this is the second year for them to register a complaint
with the board regarding the matter.
- Channel 97 on the Vista Media III cable network
is filming meetings of the Holly Springs Board of Aldermen. One hour
of the meeting runs on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. following the prior Tuesday
night board meeting. Other community news from Union, Tippah, Benton
and Marshall counties is aired on Channel 97.
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