Thursday, January 17, 2008
Bennett new president, Zinn VP
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors elected Ronnie Joe Bennett president last week. George Zinn III is vice president for the four-year term of 2008-2011. The two were elected by a vote of 3 to 2.
Following the election of officers, the board unanimously approved the reappointment of all lead staff positions, which included – Bill Renick, director of Marshall County Industrial Development Authority; Larry Hall, county administrator/road manager; Kent Smith (Smith Whaley Law Firm), board attorney and public defender; Elliott and Britt, county engineering consultants; Susie Hill, county comptroller; Jimmye Dale Green, E-911 coordinator; Monet Autry, justice court clerk; Conway Moore, zoning director; Etherlene Jones, veterans coordinator; Hugh Hollowell, fire coordinator/emergency management director; Terry Jackson, purchasing clerk; Renea Reed, receiving clerk; Tracy Jeffries, arson investigator; and Gary Anderson, legislative consultant.
All employees were retained at their current positions and pay rates as in the budget.
Afterward, the board proceeded with a full agenda.
Supervisors approved Meadows Construction Company’s bid of $53,158 for work on the Mt. Carmel Road water line relocation project.
Larry Hall suggested that Elliott and Britt be authorized to examine some subdivision roads.
“If not, the county will end up inheriting problems (with the roads) in the future,” he said.
The board approved payment of a bill for lot cleanup at Lee’s Crossing. Cost of the cleanup will be attached to the owner’s tax roll.
Bill Renick reported on several economic development projects around the county that Marshall County IDA is working on.
Those include some prospective buyers or lessees for the Holly Springs Plastics building; two new projects in Chickasaw Trails Industrial Park; two projects in Byhalia; and a possible lease agreement for the use of the GEM building in Byhalia.
Consultant Gary Anderson reported on the progress in Jackson in getting a drug and alcohol treatment facility in Marshall County. Current developments indicate a 25-bed facility is likely the one on the drawing board.
The facility will also be able to take mentally ill clients who otherwise would be kept in the county jail after they have undergone evaluation, he said.
In chancery clerk’s office business, Chuck Thomas asked for approval of several requests: to spread the 2007 Road and Bridge Inspection on the minutes; to approve renewal of all 2008 freeport warehouse exemption requests; to purchase $4,000 in postage; to approve compensation for circuit and chancery clerks for the year; to authorize a person in each county department to sign purchase requisitions; to authorize disbursement of the second quarter budget for the tax offices; to authorize compensatory time for three people in the sheriff’s office; and to approve the claims for $732,714 requested in December.
County administrator Larry Hall reported Mississippi Development Authority approval of DIP funds for the Exel Project; a letter to proceed with elevator installation at the Marshall County Historical Museum; the illegal dumping of thirty 55-gallon drums near a creek on Union Valley Road; progress on bridge construction on Whitten Road and Shipp Road; and debris removal on South Red Banks Road.
Attorney Kent Smith presented three resolutions pertinent to Local and Private Bills the county will submit to the 2008 Mississippi Legislature. Supervisors approved a resolution to fund ICS Head Start up to $50,000 a year for the next four years; up to $20,000 to support New Hope Village shelter for the homeless this year; and up to $150,000 a year for four years to support Northeast Mississippi Community Services.
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