Thursday, November 22, 2007
Vacant building may be put to use
By SUE WATSON
A building the county claims ownership of in Byhalia is likely to be reclaimed and put to good use, according to Bill Renick with the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority.
The likelihood of the county regaining control of the property is based upon a recent court ruling in the case where the county sued to regain control of the GEM building, said board attorney Kent Smith.
The prior leaseholder, who had control of the building, has several appeals left before the matter will be settled, he said.
Bill Renick with the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority said some individuals have expressed interest in renting the building if the county regains control of the property.
Informal complaints about barking dogs to the zoning department at a location on St. Paul Road and at Moore Plantation were not acted upon by the board of supervisors, November 5.
Zoning director Conway Moore reported she had received several complaints about nerve-wracking barking at the St. Paul Road location between the hours of 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. But on a trip to the site, Moore said all dogs - 13 in one pen - were fed, one with mange was medicated and the pen was clean. No dogs barked when she visited, she said.
The zoning regulations read that if the county cannot verify and the complainant refuses to make a written statement, the matter is considered a civil matter between the parties.
The matter at Moore Plantation should be handled by covenants, she said.
Waterford Fire Department
A landowner has agreed to provide three acres at reasonable cost for the expansion of the Waterford Volunteer Fire Department, according to supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett.
The property is located adjacent to the present fire department building and the county can provide access without having to disturb existing homeowners’ entrance/egress, he said.
The board of supervisors approved a motion by Bennett to study the feasibility of purchasing the property for the expansion needs of the fire department.
Supervisor George Zinn III reported that citizens in the Chulahoma area want to start a volunteer fire department. He motioned for a feasibility study and the board approved it.
Rights-of-way for road improvements on St. Paul Road and the Mt. Carmel Road project are in hand and the county can proceed with efforts to get these projects completed, according to county engineer Larry Britt.
Rumble strips have been applied to a portion of Hernando Road and striping remains before the overlay project will be completed, he said.
The two bridges on O’Dell Road are expected to be completed soon. Gravel will be applied to approaches to the bridges and left to set up over the winter. The approaches will be paved next year, Britt said.
Some dips in the pavement on Bennett Circle and Petty Road are expected to get some attention from the county road department. Supervisor George Zinn III called attention to the problems at the November 5 meeting.
November 12 board actions
Renick reported that a company interested in purchasing the vacant Lighthouse Plastics building in the Holly Springs Industrial Park viewed the property and backed out of the deal.
In zoning matters, the board of supervisors voted to deny a request by a landowner to add a double-wide mobile home on property zoned Residential Estates. Several structures are already on the property.
They also denied a request from a church group that wanted to locate in a subdivision.
A motion by George Zinn III to authorize $60 for the Marshall County Business Development Corporation failed for lack of a second.
The corporation has been operating on funding from Three Rivers Planning and Development District and with office space provided by Rust College.
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