Thursday, July 14, 2011
County asks to wait on bridge work
The replacement of two bridges on Callicutt Road may be put off until after farmers get their crops out of the fields, according to the Marshall County Board of Supervisors.
First, the job, which could have begun in April, was postponed while a special span was ordered for one of the bridges. Now it is getting too close to harvest time to start demolition and replacement of bridges.
Supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett was adamant about putting off the bridge replacement because farmers would have to drive all the way to Waterford in order to haul their cotton to Oxford to the gin, he said. That would cost farmers, who are having a hard time financially as it is, too much time and gas, he said.
The board asked Larry Britt to ask the state to postpone the project and let the county stabilize one of the bridges in time to get crops harvested. The bridge replacements could begin after that, he said.
Britt asked the board to approve inspections for five or six bridges on the State Aid system in order to assure bridges meet federal requirements for “fracture critical,” a term used in bridge design to address engineering concerns that make bridges more vulnerable to collapse.
Zoning director Conway Moore explained new federal flood plain regulations. Subdivisions or homes put in a flood plain must be raised 18 inches above the flood plain and the drives also must be elevated. Britt said all manholes in flood plains also have to be raised 18 inches above the flood plain.
Moore said two homes flooded this year qualified for federal money to raise the elevation of the homes.
County school board plans meeting Tuesday
The Marshall County School Board will hold its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 19.
The meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Marshall County Board of Supervisors’ board room located at 103B Market Street in Holly Springs.
Byhalia police officer respond to 34 calls
The Byhalia Police Department responded to 34 calls during the past week.
Chief Gary Looney released the following report – alarm calls, 9; miscellaneous, 5; escorts, 6; juveniles, 1; thefts, 1; disturbances, 1; domestic calls, 1; assists, 2; motor vehicle accidents, 2; medical calls, 6.
Byhalia police officers also made three arrests during the past week.
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