Thursday, June 23, 2011
County awaits word on sewage bond
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors and consultant Gary Anderson are closely watching an August 17 bond commission meeting in Jackson to make sure a sewer project bond is in the sale.
A letter of legislative intent has been passed from an attorney to Rep. Kelvin Buck to get to the House Ways and Means Committee and the Mississippi Development Authority, Anderson said.
Larry Hall, county administrator, said he has received acknowledgement that the project is part of some $14 million requested in applications, but only $5 million is in that part of the bond bill.
Marshall County has been struggling for several years to find money to build a new sewer system in the Cayce Road/Highway 72 area. Several subdivisions there are operating on an aging lagoon system that is not handling household sewer water as it should.
Conway Moore, executive director of the zoning department, reported that flood plain ordinances mandated by the Federal and Mississippi Emergency Management Agencies will go into effect soon. The ordinances will be published soon, she said, and go into effect July 4.
Moore requested repair of several pickups being driven by workers at the zoning department, including herself. With a tight budget, Moore said she has insufficient funds to pay for repairs.
“Our budgets are so tight, I can’t shuffle any more,” she said.
Supervisor George Zinn III asked about a clean-up order that has been ignored and recommended zoning pursue a clean-up order with no further extensions.
Supervisor Keith Taylor asked the county to do something about a logger working in his district who has refused to buy a permit or consult with the county on a truck route in and out of property.
“There’s a lot of traffic out there (Cayce Road area) and the loggers need to be routed in and out,” he said.
“Shut ’em down,” said supervisor Willie Flemon.
Taylor said a logger doing work in the Deer Creek Road area has gotten a permit but a second logger company has not.
“Ninety percent of loggers are doing a great job,” he said.
In his report, Chuck Thomas, chancery clerk, said transportation for veterans to the VA Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., has been cut from the budget at Northeast Mississippi Community Services. A number of veterans are without transportation, he said.
Supervisors suggested director Steve Gaines be called to seek remedy of the situation and find out why veterans’ transportation was cut.
Supervisors voted to pass a resolution asking why the service is discontinued and to ask the agency to reconsider.
Airport manager Justin Hall asked the board for $1,500 to match an airport grant. Supervisors were not able to come up with the funds. Hall then said the money would have been in the budget but an unplanned internal audit was required this year because of a large federal grant. The audit pulled money away from money that would have been used to match a grant, he said.
Zinn thanked the board of supervisors for dollars to install soccer goals at the Isaac Chapel Community Center in his district. The goals were recently installed and the feat was celebrated with a game of soccer for the children and a community party, he said.
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