Thursday, July 6, 2006
Board honors 79-year-old Fitts for keeping community clean
By SUE WATSON
Supervisors undertook a short agenda at the June 19 meeting, recognizing a lady from the Matthews Corner community who has picked up trash on the roadsides for years and learning that a new van and mini-van are in at Community Services.
Supervisor George Zinn introduced 79-year-old Pauline Fitts, who has been picking up trash on the roadside for many years. Now she has help with it from her grandchildren during the summer months and sometimes from her son.
Fitts said she was suffering from arthritis and the road was looking so bad, she began picking up trash when she didn’t have babysitting duties.
She picks up trash once a week from Matthews Corner Store to King Road - about three miles of road.
In a day’s work she gathers two to three bags full, she said.
“I thank you for the good work you’re doing and keep up the good work,” said George Zinn III, Fitts’ supervisor. “She’s been doing that for probably 20 years.”
Zinn then read from a plaque prepared for Fitts which said, “This certifies that Pauline Fitts having exceptional service and has obtained special recognition for excellence in keeping her community clean.”
Community Services vans
Steve Gains with Northeast Mississippi Community Services announced the arrival of a brand new 17-passenger vehicle for transporting dialysis clients and veterans. The van was purchased with funds from the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
Gains said Marshall County is the largest one in his district and the van will be used most here. He thanked supervisors for a recent appropriation of $2,500, that will provide public transportation free to veterans to the V.A. hospital and clinics in Memphis on Wednesday and Friday, back-up day. The van will provide transport for dialysis clients on Tuesday and Thursday.
Gains said his agency will try to get veterans to schedule their visits to the V.A. clinics on Wednesdays if at all possible to maximize the services. A smaller mini-van will be used when there are only a few who need transportation, to cut down gasoline costs.
The seven-passenger van comes equipped with a roll-out ramp and tie down for clients who use wheelchairs.
The Community Services office phone number is 662-252-2713 for anyone who wants to ask about transportation.
Gains said clients are carried to their physician’s appointments and grocery shopping for a small fee.
Supervisor Zinn asked Gains if there is money for weatherization of homes this year.
“Marshall County is our largest and usually gets four or five houses weatherized in the county a year,” Gains said.
Supervisors, engineer’s report
Engineer Larry Britt consulted the board about paving priorities, reminding the board that it is time to decide how State Aid funds are going to be spent.
“Two roads keep coming up, from Holly Springs to Lee’s Crossing and the road from Pigeon Roost Bottom to where Red Banks Road meets Marianna Store,” he said.
STP funds may be used to match State Aid monies to overlay about 3.8 miles on Lee’s Crossing and about 3.5 miles from Red Banks to Marianna Road intersection. Britt said enough money may be left over to pave about one mile in District 5.
Overlaying on these projects will not likely take place until next spring, he said.
Other projects still working include Coldwater Bridge, Strickland Road, Odell Road bridge.
Supervisors approved replacing three regulation signs at a three-way stop on Wingo Road at a cost of $122 each.
The county road department will also do some paving but the amount of work they can finish depends on the cost of asphalt, according to Larry Hall, administrator and road manager. Prices have jumped $100 a ton since April, he said. With oil based products climbing, Hall said as much paving as possible should be done as soon as possible.
Hall said portions of McClatchy Road have been primed and paving will be undertaken soon. Road crews are grading, sloping, ditching and laying pipe on Wilkins Chapel Road.
The board took under advisement two claims from Environmental Business Services for consulting work on the county’s RFP for letting a garbage service contract (for about $18,000) and for the completion of a Solid Waste Management Plan (for about $20,000).
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