Thursday, January 24, 2008
County puts fireworks stands on hold
By SUE WATSON
No more fireworks stand permits will be permitted in Marshall County until the zoning board has time to get ordinances on the books. The moratorium will not affect already permitted stands and is expected to last three months.
The matter was brought up before the board of supervisors by zoning director Conway Moore, who said fireworks stands are spreading eastward from Olive Branch to Marshall County into the Highway 72 and Cayce Road areas.
Safety is the main concern, said supervisor Eddie Dixon, particularly when stands are located in a high traffic area.
Moore agreed, citing incidents where fireworks stands have exploded and injured people.
The language on the books is not specific regarding permitting of fireworks stands. The county has permitted fireworks stands on commercial property but does not permit them on private property, Moore said. She said no fireworks stand applications should be affected by the moratorium because the ordinance should be spelled out before the next holiday season (July 4).
In other zoning matters, Moore said the zoning board is considering a hardship case where an individual wants permission to live in a travel trailer behind someone’s house.
The zoning ordinances do permit hardship situations by exception, she said.
Moore reported that several littered sites have been cleaned up – illegal dumping on county right-of-way on McClure Road and debris left on South Red Banks Road.
Supervisors moved the agenda along by discussing how heavy trucks can damage roads, particularly heavy logging trucks which now can haul up to 84,000 pounds.
Supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett said state law allows loggers to haul timber from the field to the mill under the agricultural commodities and products statutes.
The board of supervisors cannot require loggers to put up a bond in case they damage county roads with their heavy loads, he said. But supervisors can suggest the logger take a certain route.
The particular logging concern is located on Wilson Golden Road in District 4.
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