Thursday, January 25, 2007
Supervisors extend bypass deadline
By SUE WATSON
There will be a four- to five-week delay in getting the present phase of the North Holly Springs bypass project finished, according to county engineer Larry Britt.
The board of supervisors approved a supplemental agreement to extend the construction time of contractors at Britt’s recommendation. He said state engineers had missed a rock shelf that cost extra time in sinking the pilings for the overpass at the railroad track at North Holly Springs exit.
This phase of the work should be finished in late spring or early summer, Britt said.
So far money has not been secured for the overlaying of that section of the bypass.
In other business, the board of supervisors approved an amendment to the layout of six lots in Kirkwood Estates requested by builder George Lee.
The builder asked for a special exception to make the pavement of an alley and turn-around less than standard width in the covenants so homeowners could back up their garages to the alley instead of opening to the street.
Other road projects supervisors are moving forward include plans to overlay Strickland Road using state aid program funds, improvements on St. Paul Road and improvements on Mason Road.
Supervisors denied a request by Matt Martin with Sullivan Associates that the zoning department hold permits for residential construction until the company could check blueprints for copyright infringement.
The board approved reinstatement of a grandfather clause on property owned by Scott Foster.
Foster said the parts business was a family business which closed about four months for expansion purposes. The business has been paying commercial taxes but property was rezoned as Residential Estates when the county overhauled its zoning districts.
Conway Moore, zoning director, advised the board that grandfather clauses do not stop as long as a business is not shut down for more than 90 days and as long as the owners continue operating the same type of business.
Foster said he will continue selling automotive parts but will seek to get the property rezoned commercial.
Supervisors were advised by Larry Hall that Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District will offer county participation in the home investment partnership program again this year.
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