Thursday, August 27, 2009
Byhalia considers park land proposal
By SUE WATSON
The board of aldermen and mayor of the town of Byhalia were presented with an alternate proposal for land for a park at last week’s meeting.
Debbie House and Kathy Worthy offered to sell the city about 150 acres of property which they said would be better land for a park than the 160 acres the town bought on Stonewall Road.
Mayor Phil Malone said the town took out a bond in 2005 to pay for the 160 acres on Stonewall that would be developed for a park. Plans call for baseball and softball fields, a wildlife lookout, a swinging bridge, covered arena, picnic tables and much more.
Worthy and House presented some points, he said, including that their land was a good location for a park, has natural barriers or buffers from the incoming I-69 and has several means of ingress and egress between Highway 309 and Shinault Road.
The board voted to take the matter under advisement.
Byhalia High School’s FFA made an appearance before the board. The group won competition at the state level which means advancement to Indiana, in October.
Malone, who is also a farmer, said the group reported that the average age of today’s American farmer is between 57 and 60. At 50, Malone said the topic presentation by the FFA was close to his heart.
Byhalia Town Hall was packed with bidders who attended a bid opening for the relocation of gas lines in Chickasaw Industrial Park areas that are affected by the incoming I-69. Twelve bidders, including a company from Dallas, Texas, and Illinois, submitted bids, Malone said. The high bid was in the $490,000 range and the low bid was in the $188,000 range. The board took the bids under advisement. Malone said the Mississippi Department of Transportation is paying for the relocation of lines.
The town of Byhalia is working on some municipal grant applications, he said, some for street improvements, Malone said.
The town just completed installation of a cathodic protection deepwell anode at the water tower, he said. The anode will help protect metal pipes from corrosion, he said.
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