Thursday, February 14, 2008
Renick reports on progress
By SUE WATSON
Marshall County is growing with new industry and warehousing projects in the cities and at the large Chickasaw Trails Industrial Park in the north of the county.
Bill Renick, director of the Industrial Development Authority, reported on progress on several projects at the February 5 meeting of the board of supervisors.
He said new expansion at Thomas & Betts in Byhalia will include some road improvements in the area to carry truck traffic.
One more project could push the county to the $50 million mark, then Marshall would qualify for an economic package to put toward improving infrastructure that will attract more industry and commercial growth.
One party is interested in putting in some spec buildings at Chickasaw Trails, which would be a boon to the already growing manufacturing and warehousing businesses in that area, he said.
After Renick, consultant Gary Anderson spent a few minutes updating supervisors on the current legislative session. He said the session is shaping up to be a tight year for appropriation bills - that he expects the Legislature to be hit with lots of requests for bond bills. Deadline for submission of bond bills is March 12.
Supervisor George Zinn III asked Anderson where the voter reform proposal might go in this session.
Anderson said he does not think it will pass the House.
“The House does not have the appetite to make all these changes everybody wants,” he said. “I think this year will be a learning year for the Legislature.”
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