Thursday, March 17, 2011
Portion of 78 to honor Minor
By SUE WATSON
The local delegation, including Sen. Bill Stone and Rep. Tommy Woods, have asked the Marshall County Board of Supervisors for a resolution to name a section of Highway 78 the Bill Minor Memorial Highway.
Supervisors recently approved a motion and the resolution will seek to rename the section of highway from the DeSoto County line to the Benton County line in memory of the late transportation commissioner who died last year. Minor was from Marshall County.
In other board business, Bill Mobley, executive director of the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority, advised supervisors that Telepak plans to upgrade its MegaPOP (point of presence) in Marshall County. The company plans to extend its current network in a loop from Oxford, to Ripley, Walnut and Corinth and back to New Albany and Tupelo.
A main fiber optics trunk line already comes through Holly Springs and provides highspeed Internet to Rust College, he said. Telepak has to move a main trunk line on Highway 302, he said, and will visit the board of supervisors.
“We are trying to get people like Telepak and AT&T,” Mobley said. “People want backup, redundance. We need two providers – AT&T and Telepak at the industrial park. You’ve got the main line in the area and need to get those extended out to point of presence in rural areas. That last leg is getting it to the rural areas. We are working with Telepak and MegaPOP to try to get that line.”
The board discussed new standards under consideration in a mental health bill – SB2836 and HB1277 – the 2001 Mississippi Mental Health Reform Act, said county administrator Larry Hall. Both bills were referred to the Public Health and Welfare appropriations. The measures set standards for all communities to have access to mental health services and specify what types of services will be rendered and how they will be rendered.
Currently, the chancery court is sending clients to the state facilities in Corinth and Tupelo, said Chuck Thomas, chancery clerk. And Communicare helps clients receive services locally.
The board heard a report from attorney Kent Smith on the lease of the Lighthouse Plastics building. A free-standing building on the property was approved by the board for removal and transfer to the county road department site.
The board approved financing of a used trackhoe from Tunica County, upon the recommendation of the county road manager.
Supervisors heard a request from St. Paul Church on the legalities of counties paving parking lots at churches. Carlotta Hunt, speaking on behalf of the church, presented an old statute that read under certain conditions supervisors can pave a parking lot at a church. She justified the need of paving the lot to the back of the church in front of the activity building because the building is used for a voting precinct.
Supervisors presented the state statutes regarding paving of church parking lots which states that a county cannot go beyond 150 feet of the center line into a property to pave. The county can maintain the gravel in the parking lot, according to county administrator Larry Hall, since the voting precinct is in the back.
After reading the statute and presenting an opinion from the Attorney General, attorney Kent Smith advised the supervisors that paving would be illegal.
Bringing the meeting to a close, zoning director Conway Moore said the Flood Plain Maps have arrived at the zoning office.
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