Thursday, September 8, 2011
Buck pushes summer jobs
By SUE WATSON
State Rep. Kelvin Buck is at work on a plan to provide summer jobs for students in 2012.
He unveiled his plan for public/private partnerships before the Marshall County Board of Supervisors in early August. He said if the county set aside $70,000 in the 2011-12 budget, about 30 students could earn up to $2,320 in two months to help their families with money to go back to school. Overall, he hopes to find money for 100 students by asking other entities such as Holly Springs, Potts Camp and Byhalia to include money in their budgets.
“It’s not a whole lot of jobs,” he told supervisors. “We want to work through the WIN Job Center to hire for the summer jobs and to teach work ethics. This is something I wish each county and municipality would think about and the private sector as well.”
During discussions with the county engineer’s assistant Kevin McLeod, supervisors reviewed the situation with construction not started on the Callicutt Road bridges. Supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett said there is “no way” Rutledge Construction could tear out the bridges and have them rebuilt before ginning season.
With that, he motioned for a stop-work order on the bridges until after harvest to provide the shortest route from field to the gin in Lafayette County. His motion passed unanimously.
Then recently, the board of supervisors lifted the stop-work order, and the contractor is free to go to work.
Supervisor George Zinn III asked McLeod about the status of Beale Road bridge.
Larry Hall, road and bridge manager, said engineer Brooks Miller, with the Mississippi Department of Transportation, will adjust the specifications for the bridge replacement and the county will rebid the project. The original bid which would address seismic concerns overran the budget figure by about $700,000. The project will be advertised and rebid under a revised scope of the work to make the project fit more closely with the money available for the bridge work.
Barton Fire Department
Captain Michael Edmon and assistant chief Grant Martin, with the Barton Fire Department, visited with supervisors to garner support for an application for a new fire grading district.
The boundaries of the new fire district were adjusted to fit an area north of the Coldwater River where a water system with hydrants is already in place.
Martin said redrawing the boundaries will increase chances of getting a new grading. The district is currently a 10, and the revised boundaries and other considerations could bring the district down to a level 9. If a level 9 is obtained, insurance rates in the district could drop as much as 20 - 40 percent, he said.
The board voted to pass a resolution of intent to apply for the fire grading district. A public hearing was held during the September 6 board meeting.
Supervisors praised the county’s volunteer fire departments for their service to the community.
“I thank all of you all-volunteer fire departments – you don’t get paid for this. People don’t realize you volunteer your time for their safety,” said Bennett. “People drop what they are doing to go to a fire. We are all proud of our fire departments and we appreciate it.”
After passing a motion from supervisor Eddie Dixon to name a portion of an existing road – Dortch Circle – Briggs Cove, chancery clerk Chuck Thomas asked the board to dedicate the August 1 meeting to 102-year-old Melinda Johnson, who used to live on Highway 309 in Keith Taylor’s district. Johnson now lives at Christopher’s. The board passed the motion.
Supervisors then moved to support the installation of a blues trail marker in Byhalia honoring the Myers brothers.
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