Thursday, April 15, 2010
Board OKs application for light
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors approved a request from the City of Holly Springs for an application for State Aid Program funds to install an intersection and traffic signal at J.M. Ash Drive and Craft Street.
The project is estimated to cost $752,000 and will be paid for with federal earmark dollars, according to Don Hollingsworth, utility manager with the city.
He said the project is similar to the North Holly Springs Bypass in which the county is the conduit for the dollars, due to the way State Aid highway monies come through counties.
While visiting with supervisors Monday, Hollingsworth reported on other projects of the Holly Springs Utility Department and fielded some questions.
He said the Coldwater Substation in Mt. Pleasant is helping provide reliable power for the area undergoing development in the northern portion of the county. The utility will improve cleanup of trimmed limbs on rights-of-way to make the communities look better. And this summer, construction should begin on a water storage tank, well and treatment plant at North Holly Springs Bypass and water extensions into the Marianna area, he said.
In the works is water extension to Brown Road and Jeffries Road, he said.
Supervisors asked what it would take to get the county’s five utilities to add the county garbage bills for residents to their monthly statements as a way of collecting the bills.
Hollingsworth said the idea may have some promise and supervisors should start setting up talks with utilities if the board wants them to handle the billing, which contributes a huge share to the cost of providing service. Supervisor Keith Taylor said several hundred thousand dollars a year could be saved in millage if the county did the billing itself through utilities.
“It’s something to look at with utilities and do interlocal agreements,” Hollingsworth said.
Tax assessor Juanita Dillard, who brought some homestead matters to the board, agreed to look at how ad valorem taxes are applied to grain bins. The matter was brought up by supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett, who said some of his constituents wanted to know why they pay taxes on equipment that they may use only two months out of a year or less.
Dillard said the tax office sees the grain bin as a structure, rather than equipment.
Bennett asked Dillard to call tax assessors in the Delta to see how they handle grain bins and driers and blowers that are attached.
“Farmers put the bins up and hold grain until the prices rise,” he said. “I just want to be able to answer their questions. The farmers feed the world. That is what makes the United States.”
Paul Summers, a Tennessee attorney for Norfolk Southern, was introduced to the board of supervisors by Bill Mobley, director of the Industrial Development Authority. Summers expressed appreciation for cooperation from Marshall County in working together with developers on common goals connected with the Memphis Intermodal Yard construction in Fayette County, Tenn.
“I think it is going to be a boon to South Tennessee and also Marshall County,” he said.
Supervisors reappointed Ray Von Autry to the 911 commission; approved mid-month claims totaling $180,219.68; authorized travel; and learned that Powell Chapel Road is now officially a county road and on the county register.
Spring Cleanup countywide is set for April 19 through May 1. Roll-off dumpsters will be set out in usual places at community centers, fire departments, and polling precincts. See page 1 for specific listings and other information.
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