Thursday, October 1, 2009
Supervisor Bennett requests water extension
By SUE WATSON
A double handful of residents living on Brown Road and Evangel Road off Highway 178 East just outside the city limits of Holly Springs want to be connected to the city’s water system.
Supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett said the area was missed when the water supply was being built in the Higdon Road and other areas.
He asked county engineer Larry Britt to look for funds to build about a one-half mile extension to get water service to Brown Road and possibly Evangel Road.
The area was missed because there was not enough money in the original projects to provide service, Bennett said.
Additional matters were discussed at the September 21 meeting of the board of supervisors.
Britt said the paving of the North Holly Springs bypass road was not begun as hoped. Other projects and overlay work throughout the county are nearing completion, he said.
Supervisors heard a report that chancellor Ed Roberts signed off on a request to remove South Warsaw Farms from a subdivision plat. The property is located off Cooper Road, according to zoning director Conway Moore. She said the zoning board did not take up the matter since the concern was brought by a private party before the chancery court for an answer.
“It is no longer a subdivision,” Moore said. “No comments were ever filed or adopted (before the zoning board). They vacated it.”
Moore said the residents of the subdivision, for the most part, joined with a party to take the lots out of the subdivision.
“They bypassed zoning and went straight to the judge,” she said.
Supervisors expressed worry about a possible trend catching hold.
“How is this going to make it (the empty lots) more marketable?” asked supervisor Eddie Dixon.
“It could be he will sell larger land tracks,” said supervisor Keith Taylor.
“What you say is that any of these subdivisions could do the same and pull out and pay less tax (property tax)?” asked Bennett.
“The judge has already ruled,” said supervisor George Zinn III.
“Attorney J.D. Woods handled it,” said Moore.
After spending time in executive session, Dixon said some residents in his district who live near the Homer Shields cemetery want their road named and put on the county register. The county has been keeping the road up but has failed to name it as it was considered a part of Isom Chapel Road, he said. Residents want to name the road Will Evans Drive, he said.
Chancery clerk Chuck Thomas asked the board to accept two grants for the sheriff’s department - one for $104,000 for sheriff’s cars and another for $499,698 for investigations.
County administrator Larry Hall reported that computer network support would be cutback voluntarily by the contractor who said less hours are needed to maintain the county’s network.
He presented grant papers for signing that will provide $150,000 to fund the Exel Road project in Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park.
Hall said road improvements have been on hold while heavy rains pounded the county for several weeks in September.
“We have a lot to do yet and all we need is some sunshine,” he said.
The next meeting of the Marshall County Board of Supervisors is set for Monday, Oct. 5. The board meets the first three Mondays of the month at 9 a.m. in the courtroom adjacent to the tax office in Holly Springs.
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