Thursday, March 1, 2007
Supervisors consider facility needs
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors discussed the need of expanded facilities at the courthouse and jail last week.
The board approved an agreement with architect Belinda Stewart to develop a rendering for a new wing at the courthouse. Stewart will also help find sources of agency funding for the project.
Supervisors also discussed cost of expansion of the jail. Supervisor George Zinn III asked the board to also consider the cost of renovating the old jail in downtown Holly Springs before the board makes a final decision on jail space.
The old jail is currently being used for office space for two or three agencies. The board would have to find another location for the Veterans’ Affairs and the Adolescent Offenders Program offices if the old jail were put back into operation, according to chancery clerk Chuck Thomas.
The county is also remodeling the Miller Building downtown for use as additional courtroom space.
In road and bridge matters, bids were opened for the overlay of 1.584 miles of Strickland Road. Lehman Roberts Construction Company was awarded the contract with the lowest bid at $119,740. Standard Construction bid $142,126 and APAC Tennessee bid $148,559.
At the recommendation of engineer Larry Britt, the board voted to close a section of Old Highway 7 South until a bridge south of Frazier’s store is repaired or replaced. The bridge is located between Robert Ford Road and Highway 310 on Old Highway 7 South.
Britt recommended the road be closed off at the bridge because wood pilings were rotted out.
Supervisors also approved a board order to obtain field dirt from a landowner to fill a washout on Laws Hill Road south of Hardin Road.
The board approved a resolution to send to the Mississippi Legislature that could free up money to buy a vacant lot for expansion of the Marshall County Library.
County Administrator/Road Manager Larry Hall said he was advised by Sen. Ralph Doxey that a legislative appropriation could be made to the Mississippi Library Commission that would specify the funds be channeled through the state commission to Marshall County for the purchase of the lot south of the existing library.
The board also considered the materials to be used to renovate the Miller Building for courtroom space. The board opted for ceramic tiles for the four bathroom floors and for the splash wall around the water fixtures and lavatories.
The facade will be made to look like concrete. Man-made stone or natural stone will not be used - a cost-saving measure.
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