Thursday, January 13, 2011
County closer to deal on recycling
By SUE WATSON
Although three parties are involved in a contract offer to a recycling company that wants to lease a county building, the deal may be getting closer.
A state and federal agency is ready to consider a joint contract with J.W. Norton, who is proposing to open a recycling center in a building owned by Marshall County in the Holly Springs area.
Norton, who has 25 years in the recycling business, said he wants to start out small and grow his business over the next year or so. He plans to buy cans, bottles, cardboard boxes, and scrap metals. Norton said he will process metals and materials for the county as well and the county will get credit from the federal government to keep recyclables out of the landfill.
Norton installed sorting equipment for several major companies and said he understands the recycling business.
If the contract with Norton passes muster, the county will require him to pay rent and he will likely be offered the right of first refusal in a lease/purchase type agreement, according to Bill Mobley, executive director of the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority.
In other business January 4, the board of supervisors:
• passed a motion to reappoint all employees and other appointments to boards and committees. Employees will be reappointed to their same positions at their same pay.
• discussed freeport warehouse exemptions for 2011 and tabled the matter until further study.
• approved a contract with Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District to provide administrative services on a grant to improve heating and air systems at the courthouse. The grant is through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will require strict audits of the work.
• discussed renewal of the county’s Wings program which provides air transportation for any county employee at no additional charge other than what an individual’s insurance provides. Two county employees have used the service. For a $10 fee, anyone who lives in the county can have their entire household covered, said Chuck Thomas, chancery clerk.
• discussed requesting the Legislature to allow Marshall County to extend its candidate qualifying deadline to June 1.
• received an update on the situation at the Old Mississippi Brick building which is being turned back over to the county.
• heard an update on several projects being worked on by board attorney Kent Smith. Several ARRA projects are coming up for audit - the Mt. Carmel Road project and North Holly Springs Bypass.
A small property, which is being referred to as the Bishop property, has been acquired by the airport which makes possible the receipt of Federal Aviation grants.
Two preliminary injunctions filed by the county have been set on the chancery court docket. One involves a complaint about a property owner who has operated a paint shop without a permit at his lot in a subdivision. The other involved complaints by neighbors that a family has kept a horse in too small an enclosure and without shelter.
Smith said the car shop owner has offered to clean up his property and that the horse owner has been given 30 days to build a larger enclosure and shed for the horse.
• opened bids for one year for a county depository. Three local banks offered bids, Merchants and Farmers Bank, First State Bank and Bank of Holly Springs. One bank will be selected as lead bank and the others as additional sources.
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