Thursday, January 15, 2009
Supervisors salute community service of Winfield
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors honored Joe Winfield Monday by dedicating the meeting in his memory.
Winfield, 79, died at his home in Byhalia Friday. He served as a volunteer firefighter for 40 years, 15 with the Cayce Fire Department. He was a 911 commissioner for Marshall County.
His funeral service was held Tuesday at Memorial Park Funeral Home on Poplar Avenue in Memphis, Tenn.
Supervisors opened the meeting Monday with a moment of silence. Winfield was a regular at board meetings.
“He was a good guy, and he meant a lot to our county,” said Ronnie Joe Bennett, president of the board of supervisors. “He was a great asset to us.”
Supervisors passed a resolution commemorating the service of Winfield to the citizens of Marshall County and his outstanding community leadership. A copy of the resolution was to be delivered to his wife, Mauvlene.
The resolution refers to Winfield’s “distinguished service” in improving the lives of his fellow citizens.
“The Marshall County Board of Supervisors has voted to recognize Joseph Winfield, as a community leader in Marshall County, for his efforts and contributions to the community and citizens of Marshall County in making our community a better place to live,” the resolution states.
In other business Monday morning, Bennett brought up a concern in his district about too many dogs being housed in too small an area – about 15 in what appeared to be a 10x10 pen.
“I have a lot of problems with that,” he said.
He said the board needs to revisit the ordinance.
“Each dog needs a certain amount of space for himself,” Bennett said.
He said such overcrowding in a small pen also creates an unbearable smell.
Supervisors told Conway Moore, zoning administrator, to check the ordinance and also contact a veterinarian to get advice on the amount of space needed for each dog.
Bennett also asked Moore to check out another location in his district where there are a lot of dogs in a pen and a lot in the yard.
“They’re running into the neighbor’s yard,” he said.
Larry Hall, county administrator, said Sen. Bill Stone had told him the same.
Hall said he would get with board attorney Kent Smith, who will be providing the needed information for the legislators.
Mobley also said he recently attended a meeting of the Potts Camp Board of Aldermen to request an appointee to the IDA board.
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