Thursday, July 26, 2007
Property owners curious about I-69
By SUE WATSON
District 3 Supervisor Keith Taylor reported at the July 16 board meeting that individuals in his district have begun to ask for a contact number to call regarding I-69.
County engineer Larry Britt said he has a number people can call.
“They want to know, is it coming through my yard or my land?” Britt said.
Landowners can contact Taylor if they need to get in touch with someone at the Mississippi Department of Transportation office.
Britt said he didn’t have much new business, so supervisors took turns asking about specific State Aid projects in their districts.
Supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett, District 5, asked that the road be blocked well back on each side of the bridge below Waterford on Highway 7 South once construction begins.
The dredging and cleaning work will be done first before the bridge is torn out and the new one built.
Supervisor George Zinn III, District 4, asked Britt to remark the corners of a property since the right-of-way was deeded to the county by a property owner on St. Paul Road.
Supervisor Eddie Dixon, District 2, requested a ribbon cutting with State Aid officials when the Coldwater River bridge on Red Banks Road officially opens. The bridge is in the final stages of completion with striping and curing of the paved approaches remaining.
“We have to wait 14 days before we stripe the paving and then we can get State Aid up here,” he said.
In other business, Patrick Vaughn asked for a permit to construct a 496-foot radio tower on Highway 4 West at Chulahoma.
The tower will serve American Family Radio, WMSB at 88.9 FM.
Other towers in the area are not tall enough for the signal to cover the Federal Communications Commission approved coverage area which stretches from Pontotoc to Memphis, Vaughn said. If they put their antenna on existing towers in the area, the coverage area would be reduced by one-half, he said.
American Family Radio is a non-profit organization and will be tax-exempt with regard to the tower unless the station leases space. In that case the company would pay tax on the lease income, Vaughn said.
Supervisors unanimously approved the construction permit by vote of 4-0.
Emergency Management director Hugh Hollowell recommended the board remove the burn ban subject to approval by the Mississippi Forestry Commission. The board approved the action.
“We may have to address it again later if it gets dry again,” he said.
Supervisors also approved disbursement of state insurance rebate allotments to the fire departments up to half the allotted millage. Each fire station will get $5,000 in this disbursement.
Supervisors concluded this brief meeting with the opening and approval of bids for replacement of two bridges on O’Dell Road.
Low bidder, Endevco, of Oxford, was awarded the bid at $547,647, which came in at 9.01 percent below state engineers’ estimate of $601,869.
Other bids included Talbot Brothers, Nesbit, at $640,393; Prairie Construction, Tupelo, at $628,978; Union Construction at $559,049; W & W Contractors, Sardis, at $635,151; Hall Construction, New Albany, at $683,992; and Colom Construction, Ripley, $1,065,714.
The next meeting of the board of supervisors is August 6 at 9 a.m. at the boardroom at 103B Market Street, Holly Springs.
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