Thursday, May 7, 2009
Supervisors support upgrading Hwy. 4 West
By SUE WATSON
It will take about $150 million to upgrade Highway 4 West from I-55 in Senatobia to Highway 7 south of Holly Springs, according to county administrator Larry Hall.
He attended a meeting several weeks ago with Tate County and state officials to look at what can be done to take the dangerous curves out of the narrow highway.
But the plan to upgrade will likely cover only a portion of the highway - the curvy portion that starts near Galena School in Marshall County and goes to Highway 305 in Tate County, Hall said. That portion is estimated to cost $60 million and would involve creating a new, two-lane section and building bridges to cross creeks.
The proposal which will be passed on to the local delegations of the two counties, would construct a new two-lane section of highway that is regulated for 80,000 pound load limits.
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously, Monday, to send a resolution in support of the Highway 4 upgrade to the local delegation.
Board consultant Gary Anderson advised supervisors that the Mississippi Legislature goes back into session Wednesday this week. The Legislature will be taking up all revenue bills that were in place when the Legislature recessed in April, as well as any appropriation bills, he said. Of particular interest to supervisors is a bill in support of a sewer project in the northwest corner of the county along Highway 72.
In other business, the board of supervisors:
• approved a motion recommended by chancery clerk Chuck Thomas that would ask the Legislature for money collected in local courts on filing fees that would pay for computer system management and upgrades in the counties. Thomas asked that the board request the $5 assessed to the $90 filing fee be given to Three-Rivers Planning and Development District to be spent to keep computers operating in the 14 counties in the Three Rivers PDD.
• heard concerns about roof leaks at the tax office. The roof was replaced just several weeks ago, said tax assessor Juanita Dillard.
“My roof leaks, too,” said Betty Byrd, tax collector.
• approved a one-week extension on a lot clean-up order on the Dozier property. The extension was requested by zoning director Conway Moore who said most of the clean-up was completed last week.
“It looks really good,” she said.
• authorized travel for four 911 employees to a seminar in Biloxi, for Moore to attend Flood Plain 101 class in Batesville and for emergency management director Hugh Hollowell to attend a “Mass Fatality Conference” in Biloxi.
• spread on the minutes that Del Stover was certified for training received for election commissioners.
• approved advertising for bids for two HAZMAT generators.
• heard a request from Hollowell and Holly Springs Fire Chief Kenny Holbrook to authorize application for a $500,000 Fire Act grant.
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