Thursday, June 23, 2011
Bids come in on Ash/7 intersection
By SUE WATSON
Four construction companies proffered bids for the construction of the intersection at J.M. Ash Drive at Highway 7 South near U.S. 78. One company failed to complete the application and the bid was not read.
Other bids, opened at the Marshall County Board of Supervisors meeting June 13, included the low bid of $822,998.21 from Union Construction Company at Etta; mid-range bid of $829,530.64 from Bain & Sons in Holly Springs; and a high bid of $911,618.49 from Endevco of Oxford.
State engineering estimate for the job was $851,182.38.
The project is being bid with state funds coming from the Mississippi Development Authority and the Mississippi Department of Transportation earmarks. Bids were taken by the board of supervisors, which serves as a conduit for the funds since the city cannot apply for these monies directly.
Jerome Lesueur was introduced as a new director of the board of the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority. He was appointed by supervisor Willie Flemon from District 1. The vacancy came available due to the death of William York.
Supervisors discussed an expected request for a beer permit from Dollar General in Barton. Supervisor Keith Taylor said he is 100 percent opposed to the permit because there are enough convenience stores already selling beer and because Dollar General is thought of as a family store. He said many citizens in Barton have called him voicing opposition to letting Dollar General have a permit. He said if citizens had known when Dollar General asked to locate in Barton that the store would come back later and want to sell beer, they would have opposed the store in the community.
“Dollar General is a great asset to the community up there, but if I had known they were going to sell beer, I would have opposed it,” he said. “There are plenty of convenience stores to buy beer.”
Supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett concurred with Taylor, saying it was brought to his attention that Dollar General in Potts Camp wants to put beer on its shelves.
“It’s more of a family-oriented store,” Bennett said. “We’ve got five or six beer stores in Potts Camp and don’t need another one.”
Supervisors moved on to garbage collection service to discuss how people who paid in advance for collection to R.E.S. would request a refund. County administrator Larry Hall said the county would continue to flag tags on delinquent accounts.
Service is to be taken over by Waste Connections Friday, July 1, and the company will run its regular Monday route on July 4, its first week of full service.
Customers will receive a three-month garbage bill prior to the beginning of each quarter of service. They may send in a payment for the full $36 for three month’s service or a payment of $12 a month until the quarter is up.
The customer will continue to pay $12 monthly if they do not opt to pay the full three months in one payment. The first quarter of service will cover the months of July, August and September. Customers will receive a bill in September for the months of October, November and December.
Alternatively, customers who have been dropping off payments for garbage bills at the county administrator’s office may continue to drop off their payment of $12 monthly and payment will be forwarded to Waste Connections.
Customers may also continue to pay delinquent bills owed R.E.S. at the county administrator’s office.
Anyone who had damage to their home in recent storms may qualify for a safe room or storm shelter, Hall said. The granting agency will pay up to 75 percent of the cost of a safe room with the total construction cost not to exceed $4,000. That is, the person who qualifies may be able to receive up to $3,000 toward the cost of a $4,000 safe room.
Safe rooms must meet state and federal specifications. July 1 is the first day persons who had damage to their homes in recent storms may apply. Supervisor Bennett said those who had damage to their homes in recent storms will be considered for shelter grants first. If any money is left in the fund, others who did not have damage may be considered.
Hall reported work to replace bridges on Jamison Road and Callicutt Road is ongoing.
New flood plain ordinances will be changed to meet new federal and state regulations, according to Conway Moore with zoning. Regulations for putting in mobile homes and driveways in flood plains will be raised to the same standards as required for homes.
Zoning will be required to inform those installing a mobile home in a flood plain that their driveways must be raised to the same elevation as required for the mobile home. The county will not be responsible when a homeowner does not follow the regulations, then complains they must wade water or take a boat to get to their homes, supervisors said.
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