Thursday, September 28, 2006
Solid Waste Authority adopts plan
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Solid Waste Authority board adopted a comprehensive solid waste management plan and said it will send the plan on to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).
County consultant Jim McNaughton, with Environmental Business Services in Brentwood, Tenn., said the plan would be at MDEQ as of Monday this week.
MDEQ will review the plan and send it back for the solid waste authority to correct any deficiencies, if there are any. If no deficiencies are found, MDEQ may give preliminary approval of the plan. After MDEQ approves the plan, it will not go into effect until after a 30-day waiting period unless the public asks to appeal during that waiting period.
After a public hearing, the solid waste authority pulled out of the plan two items objected to by the public - a solid waste transfer station and a 68-acre site that had been proposed for use as a sanitary landfill, rubbish site, and transfer station. The plan was adopted unanimously by the solid waste board Monday, Sept. 18.
Board of Supervisors
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors met the same day and took care of several items of business, some of which is reported in other articles in this issue.
Board president Eddie Dixon signed a deed giving the Tuttle Park to the Town of Byhalia.
Sheriff Kenny Dickerson announced his department was successful this year in getting a COPS grant. The grant will provide $125,574 over a two-year period to defray costs of school resource officers.
“We are fortunate to get that,” he said. “It will be a good help for us.”
Dickerson said deputy Cathy Elliott had worked four years trying to get COPS grant money to pay for school resource officers but to no avail until this year.
“It will help with security, resources and support schools and the teaching environment,” he said.
Three deputies provide security in the county schools - Shane Goode, Elliott, and Tamara Jeffries.
County Engineer Larry Britt reported that paving on Hernando Road is ongoing and that the bridge pilings and some dirt work are being done on Coldwater River Bridge on Red Banks Road. A portion of the road is still blocked for through traffic and drivers must detour.
Supervisor George Zinn III asked the board to schedule a ribbon cutting for two new bridges recently replaced on South Red Banks Road at Hawks Feed Mill. He said citizens often do not know where the money comes from to pay for projects.
Britt said he would arrange to have officials with the State Aid program to come for the ribbon cutting. The bridge work was paid for out of state funds.
Britt said he hopes contractors will begin overlaying Cayce Road by October 1.
Jack Shaffer, Steve Pannell and Dave Seldon with the Fairgrounds committee asked supervisors to chip and seal the driveway at the county fairgrounds to cut down on dust.
Seldon said the dust from one vehicle drastically reduces visibility for other drivers.
The board authorized the request by a 4-1 vote, with Zinn voting against the measure.
“In my area, I have over 100 miles in gravel road,” Zinn said. “I need every dollar to appropriate toward my roads first.”
Supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett said he agreed with Zinn, saying his district was in the same shape, but that the conditions at the fairgrounds reflect on the entire county.
“But at the same time you can’t ignore folks who have been living in dirt and mud for years,” Zinn said, and added he is not opposed to the work at the fairgrounds.
County administrator Larry Hall said it would cost about $20,000 to fix the drive at the fairgrounds. The fairgrounds committee asked for the upgrading of the road last year.
“I agree with Zinn taking care of his people, but I look at it as a maintenance thing,” supervisor Keith Taylor said.
“This is a nice facility and an asset to the county and state,” said Shaffer. “I appreciate the help we can get from y’all.”
Tom Moody asked supervisors to consider purchasing law books online instead of bound copies with monies that are already set aside from filing fees for law libraries.
Board attorney Tacey Clark Clayton advised that inmates are entitled to have access to law books and most would not be computer literate. She requested the board table the matter until she confers with the sheriff about inmate needs.
Circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter asked board members to meet with the grand jury to discuss courtroom space.
Taylor and chancery clerk Chuck Thomas suggested that another speaker be placed in the rear of the courtroom so the audience can hear clearly - that the speakers should not be put off until remodeling work is done at the courthouse.
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