Thursday, August 6, 2009
Car tag program helps ‘care for animals’; city asks county for help with water project
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Humane Society was able to subsidize over 100 spay/neuter operations last year by participating in the Mississippi Car Tag’s Spay/Neuter program.
Whenever a person purchases an “I care for animals” vanity license plate, money is added to the car tag fund, according to Carlin Marlin with the society.
She asked the board of supervisors to approve a grant application through the Mississippi Board of Health for $3,750 - all funds to go to help provide low-income households with cheaper spay/neuter and vaccination services. The money would fund about 120 operations, she said.
“Stopping these litters is where we can get the most for the money,” she said.
Marshall County provides free clinic space for the surgeries in Byhalia.
In other business last week, Don Hollingsworth, public works director with the city of Holly Springs, asked the board of supervisors to work with the city to extend water service under the bypass at Lake Center to 16 households on Jeffries Road. Getting the service under the bypass is expensive - about $60,000 - but local governments can’t justify applying for such a small bond, he said. He asked supervisors to apply for a public facilities grant to go with a funding request from Rural Development.
It will take a year to put funding together for the extension, which is estimated to cost about $150,000, he said.
Supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett said lots of private wells were going bad in the Lake Center area, causing increased interest in the public water supply.
“The geology is not good for wells there,” said Hollingsworth, adding that New Albany supplies water for Lake Center.
The public works director asked the board of supervisors for help in removing silt from a property that joins Highway 178 at the new bypass road under construction.
He said silt from the bypass construction filled a property owner’s pond and the city cannot remove the silt without breaking the levee.
County administrator Larry Hall said the road and bridge department would have to look at it to see if a trackhoe would handle the job.
The board approved a request from tax assessor Juanita Dillard to advertise the public viewing of the tax rolls which close in August prior to the tax sale. The board also approved a refund to a tax buyer for a cemetery on a property that should not have been assessed ad valorem tax.
Dillard said the lot that contained the cemetery was purchased and the buyer and the county did not know that a cemetery was on the property. The 2.6-acre public cemetery should not have been assessed a tax.
Minister Johnny Dailey asked the board for permission to hold church-related type services temporarily on Sunday at the Chulahoma Community Center until his new congregation finds a home. He said the center is not in use on Sundays.
He previously provided a ministry for the inner city in Wisconsin, he said. Citing the depressed economy and temptation for individuals to set aside moral values to make money, he said the ministry would focus on education and change of life, citing a faith-based ministry potential.
Board attorney Kent Smith said he would research the law and use policies of the county, after asking the board to table the request until further study.
Smith also advised the board he sent a letter asking for a cease and desist compliance to a resident who has let dogs be kept in a cemetery on private property.
The board also discussed paying to renew insurance on the hospital facility which was to be due for renewal July 24.
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