Thursday, December 15, 2011
Alderman discusses land swap with county
By SUE WATSON
Holly Springs alderman Harvey Payne visited the board of supervisors recently to discuss a possible property swap.
He said the county could take over the city shop and technology center as a road and bridge depot and the city could assume the county’s road and bridge property located at 1261 West Woodward. That would solve the destruction of West Woodward by county trucks hauling materials, he said. And the city shop would be close to entrances to highways going east and west and north and south.
Aldermen have complained about West Woodward not holding up due to hauling heavy loads in and out of the supply yard.
Supervisors asked Payne what the city plans to do with its delapidated streets.
“Does the city have plans to fix the streets?” asked supervisor Willie Flemon, who lives in The Meadows.
“Yes,” Payne said. “But we were not satisfied with the mayor’s particular plan and the board asked for another plan.”
With that, the board of supervisors passed a motion to consider the land swap.
Afterward, Bob Cato, who has property on Martin Luther King Drive that backs up to the new north bypass road, asked the board of supervisors to finish repairing a silting problem that developed when the bypass was under construction.
The city and county split the cost to remove silt that was infiltrating one of Cato’s ponds, but there is more silt, he said.
The board said the project was about to be closed out and turned over to the city.
“I ain’t ready for it to be closed out,” he said. “My property has not been properly corrected. When it rains, silt is passing back (under the driveway pipe) into my pond.”
Supervisor Keith Taylor wanted the city and county to work together to solve the problem.
Larry Hall, county road and bridge manager, said the new silting is caused by a box culvert under the railroad that is too small. Water is washing and swirling during heavy downpours, causing silting and affecting another property, also, he said.
Larry Britt, county engineer, said he thinks the box culvert under the railroad is developing a blow hole and washing and swirling and backing up in Cato’s pipe.
Discussion ended with a motion to have Britt meet with the city of Holly Springs and with Cato to solve the problem.
The board approved a motion for combining two contracts to cover equipment at E-911. The board also approved an agreement with Jennifer McMinn (FNP) and Tina Joyner (FNP) to schedule visits to provide medical care to the jail inmates.
Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said having the practitioners come to the jail is working very well and cuts down on expensive trips to doctors using patrolling officers.
Next, the board approved expenditure of $60,000 in software licensing for equipment that will be installed in patrol cars.
Attorney Kent Smith reported a meeting with developers of three or four subdivisions to make a plan for paving subdivision roads. Smith also submitted claims for his office for handling mediation with Resourceful Environmental Solutions and a claim for handling tobacco litigation.
He said title work on the Piggly Wiggly property has been completed and it is time to work on closing the deal on the property.
Then bids were opened on repair of the Slayden Road blowout and another pipe on Hernando Road, federally funded projects. The state engineer’s estimate for the two projects came to $247,774.
Low bidder was Union Construction Inc., Etta, at $249,946. Other bids were as follows: Endevco, Oxford, $268,701; Jamar Construction, Oxford, $290,450; ERS Inc., Jackson, $524,322; and Cronin Construction, Cantonment, Fla., $1,100,949.
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