faces wetlands challenge
By SUE WATSON
If Marshall County is to get funding
for the bridge replacement on Old Highway 7 South below Waterford, the
board of supervisors will have to find a way to mitigate wetlands that
may be threatened on the east side of the highway, according to engineer
He told the board of supervisors January
8 that the Local System Bridge Replacement funds cannot be tapped unless
some agency can guarantee the wetland will be maintained.
“We’ll have to find
some place in the county to create some wetlands or purchase some, otherwise
we’ll never get that project off the ground,” he said.
The segment of Highway 7 South is the
main watershed for spring water runoff from Wall Doxey State Park and
provides wetland habitat for wildlife that thrives in cypress swamps.
County administrator Larry Hall suggested
that some wetland could be set aside in Coldwater bottom through agreement
with the Audubon Society.
In other business the board:
- prepared to spend the better part of last week in Jackson meeting
with the legislators in Mid-Winter Conference.
- approved travel expenditures for the chancery clerk, the justice
court clerk and employees and the circuit clerk to attend winter
- heard a discussion of the redesign of the Miller building on
the downtown Holly Springs square for court space.
- Judges and clerks will meet this week to discuss the needs
and their vision of how the space will be designed, he said.
- The upstairs area is likely to be used to store voting equipment
which will free up the room currently used at the courthouse
for use as witness rooms and attorney client conferences, he
- discussed a purchase agreement for six new dump trucks and three
tractor truck rigs.
- heard a report from Hall that recent rainstorms have created
some minor erosion problems throughout the county with work crews
concentrating this winter on dressing up the shoulders of roads
in the districts.
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