Thursday, March 25, 2010
Cemetery fee structure still undecided
By SUE WATSON
The cost of burial plots in Hill Crest Cemetery may be raised further than was recommended several weeks ago at a meeting of the mayor and board of aldermen in Holly Springs.
Last week, while discussing the promise of getting the formal entrance gate repaired, aldermen again discussed the proposed increases in charges for burial plots.
After a motion by alderman Johnnie Bagley to approve the recommended fee schedule, alderman Russell Johnson suggested that the fees for burial plots recommended by building and grounds supervisor Larry Miller might not be high enough.
Alderman Harvey Payne said it would be prudent to raise the fees just once now rather than have to raise them again.
Aldermen said some of the rates Miller had recommended were still below what it costs for plots at Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs.
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry concurred and the matter was tabled until further consideration.
Aldermen and the mayor discussed when work could proceed on repair of the front gate post. DeBerry said he was instructed to submit a quote to repair the columns with one quote in hand that would accomplish the work for $8,000. Alderman Garrie Colhoun expressed concern that the quote was too high since the city will have to pay for it.
DeBerry said no work could proceed until he gets a letter to do so from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
In other business, the board of aldermen:
• authorized the city to proceed in discussions on the formation of a partnership with local governments and state agencies to establish a WIN Job Center in Holly Springs.
• approved a public hearing to revise ordinances concerning the length of time special events signs can be left up by businesses. The board also considered charges for code inspections on a second call-out and the use of new or revised variance forms and rezoning application forms.
• accepted three vendors for the purchase of uniforms to be worn by Holly Springs Utility Department employees.
• amended a motion to purchase a Chevy Tahoe for use in out-of-town travel by employees with the fire department. Chief Kenny Holbrook asked the board to authorize purchase of a 2009 Tahoe sitting on a lot in Brandon at a cost of $24,364 under state contract prices.
• authorized an agreement with N-Court to collect fines due at municipal court. The collection service is paid for by a fee to the individual and municipal court pays nothing to have the service.
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