Thursday, December 28, 2006
Supervisors OK adoption of private roads
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt up to five miles of private roads as county roads over a four-year period of rotation.
The motion by supervisor George Zinn III, to allow each supervisor district to add up to one mile every four years to each district, will help private citizens get better access to their homes providing all necessary conditions are met.
The segment of road must be an existing road before it can be paved by the county, and all property owners on adjacent properties must donate rights-of-way.
The road must be brought up to county standards by the private land owners before the county will pave it. Standard width is 30 feet each side of the center line.
Supervisor Willie Flemon said the measure would “open up the flood gates” to requests.
Supervisors agreed that the one-mile limit per district would likely be accomplished by paving two or more private road segments, each under a mile.
Supervisors also approved language for an amendment of the sign ordinances which will allow billboards in commercial (C-1, C-2) and industrial (I-1, I-2) zones by special exception. The language used in the amendments of the signage ordinances is under development by the zoning director.
The Marshall County Cattlemen’s Association asked the board of supervisors to request that beef cattle research be continued at the Mississippi State University Experiment Station in Marshall County.
Steve Elgin, with the association, urged supervisors to ask MSU not to change the land use to timber and pine research.
“I would like to ask the board to consider asking Mississippi State to consider keeping our experiment station as a cattle research facility,” Elgin said.
He said the land is already fenced and barns are there for beef cattle research, but that MSU has begun to plant 80 acres of the land in seedlings.
There are about 200 producers in the Cattleman’s Association and 200 in the Forestry Association, he said, adding that practices commonly combine cattle production with forestry now.
The Experiment Station has been used to develop a rye grass and has been recognized nationally for dairy research, he said.
“We are not opposed to timber or a combination of cattle and timber,” he said.
Ronnie Jones, appearing with Elgin, said he favors putting timber in where the soil type fits for timber and using the rest for cattle research.
“Let forestry and beef cattle go hand in hand,” he said.
Elgin called the Experiment Station “a bright spot in the county,” where it is used for livestock field days and other worthy causes.
In Red Cross news, Brother Hennen Lyle with Catholic Social Services, James Howell with the Oxford Red Cross and Elizabeth Kriss with the Department of Human Services appeared before the board to ask for a county donation to the International Relief Agency.
Lyle said the number of families who’ve lost their homes to fires in Marshall County is up with 19 people homeless in Byhalia due to a fire recently.
The Red Cross Service Center in Oxford operates under the Tupelo Chapter and covers needs in Lafayette, Marshall, Tate, Calhoun, and Yalobusha counties, Howell said.
He said the number of house fires are about three-fold what they were last year going into December, the worst month for house fires.
Other activities conducted by Red Cross include holding health and safety and CPR classes, helping military personnel connect with their families, serving in local and national emergencies, and providing emergency shelter during catastrophic events.
The Oxford Service Center collected $40,000 for Katrina relief and helped about 4,500 people needing financial assistance due to the hurricane, Howell said.
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