Thursday, July 12, 2007
Red Banks Road bridge opening soon
By SUE WATSON
The Coldwater River Bridge project will be open after the paving cures and the new construction is striped, according to county engineer Larry Britt, who reported to the Marshall County Board of Supervisors last week.
Paving of the approaches to the bridge on Red Banks Road was expected to begin last week pending approval of the mix design from the lab, Britt said. After that the area will be striped and the bridge opened, he said.
Construction on the bridge on Highway 7 South below Waterford is scheduled to start July 9, pending the delivery of bridge spans, according to Britt. Bridge replacement is expected to take from four to six weeks once work begins, he said.
Supervisors discussed constructing a detour around the two bridges on O’Dell Road in District 4 that have been closed for about a month.
The State-Aid program that is paying for the replacement of the two bridges will not pay for the detour, but the board of supervisors can construct a temporary detour if there is money in the county funds to do it, Britt said. Bids for the two bridge replacements will be opened July 16. Construction of the O’Dell Road bridges will likely take six months or more, depending on weather.
Overlay of a portion of Hernando Road in District 1 won’t begin until all the paperwork is back from State-Aid, Britt said.
Whitley Cocke made an appearance at the June 2 board meeting to voice his appreciation for the work in the Duck Pond Road area.
“I want to thank y’all for what you’ve done on Duck Pond,” Cocke said. “I thank the board of supervisors, the sheriff for patrolling Duck Pond and Larry Hall. Y’all did a great job. The storm blew down a tree on Atway Road and Larry Hall came out after hours and took care of it.”
The board signed copies of a Federal Aviation Administration grant application for $130,000, presented to the board by Bill Renick, director of the Industrial Development Authority. The grant for $130,000 will be used for long-term planning and finishing the airport fencing. The next phase of construction at the airport will involve a runway widening project, Renick said.
In IDA’s workforce investment project, Renick said Three Rivers Planning and Development District has awarded $50,000 to Marshall County to continue the workforce training project for one year. Last funding cycle, Three Rivers partnered with the county, Rust College, and the City of Holly Springs to the level of $30,000 to fund workforce training after the Mississippi Department of Employment Services closed its part-time office in Holly Springs.
Renick said workforce training “is a good tool to have in the arsenal for Marshall County.”
Crisis Center Report
Gary Anderson, Kelvin Buck, David Anderson with the State Bureau of Building and Grounds, and Paul Callens, director of North Mississippi State Hospital in Tupelo, discussed the funding for construction of a 16-bed Crisis Intervention Center in Marshall County. The cost of construction of the facility has increased since a $1.5 million bond bill was requested from the Legislature. The cost to build the facility is now near $3.5 million, according to David Anderson.
The local delegation is likely to seek further state bonds to finance the facility.
A separate report on this discussion is to be published.
Lucy Carpenter, circuit clerk, ask the board of supervisors to approve a raise for poll workers if the money can be found.
Poll workers have been paid $10 an hour for up to eight hours of training and were paid $75 a day for poll work.
Carpenter asked the board to increase the hourly rate for training to $12 an hour and poll workers $100 or $125 a day, depending on what the maximum pay the law provides.
“I felt $100 a day would be enough to allow people to take off from their job to work at the polls,” Carpenter said. “I have people who have worked a long time (as poll workers) for not enough.”
The primary election requires about 160 poll workers to manage the 24 voting precincts in Marshall County, she said.
Carpenter agreed that if insufficient funds are available for the raise, she will ask poll workers to wait until next budget year - October 1, 2007 - to be paid.
An increase from $75 to $100 a day would cost the county an extra $4,000 and an increase to $125 would cost an extra $8,000 to run the primary elections, Carpenter said.
Supervisor Keith Taylor motioned to pay the maximum allowed by law if the money could be found. Supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett seconded. The motion passed by a unanimous vote of the board.
In other business, the board of supervisors:
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