Thursday, February 17, 2011
Some county zoning concerns may clear
By SUE WATSON
A man who operated a body shop on his lot in Moore Plantation subdivision has agreed to cease painting and clean up his lot.
Amanda Whaley Smith, substituting for Kent Smith at a recent board of supervisors meeting, said a court order was approved by the businessman for Judge Glen Alderson to sign.
That settles one community’s complaint about the activities of a neighbor, but a second complaint about a horse that was alleged to have been kept in close quarters on another subdivision lot has not been resolved.
Zoning director Conway Moore said neighbors who lodged a complaint about the small quarters that a horse was being held in at a subdivision on Shinault Road are still not satisfied. The horse has been taken from the residence to a secure facility where sheriff’s department employees are taking care of the feeding while zoning awaits a decision on the final resolution of the complaint.
Supervisors approved a motion for a resolution to ask the Legislature for a bill to name the stretch of Highway 78 from the DeSoto County line to the Benton County line the Bill Minor Memorial Highway. Sen. Bill Stone and Rep. Tommy Woods have submitted bills.
The board also approved a resolution commending Johnny Shell, Rural Development director for District 5, for his 42 years and six months service to the county. The resolution will be presented to Shell at a retirement reception scheduled in February at the Oxford Convention and Visitors Bureau center.
Supervisors opened bids for replacing two bridges on Callicutt Road on the south end of the county. Rutledge Construction Inc. of Tupelo was awarded the bid at $618,636.40. Other bids were Prairie Construction, Tupelo ($683,802); Buddy Ayers Construction Inc., Corinth ($712,509.40); and Union Construction Inc., Etta ($714,711.70). A state engineer’s estimate for the costs of replacing the two bridges was $540,703.46.
In other business, the board:
• approved a claims docket of $75,879.
“I don’t remember it ever being that small,” said supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett.
“No, but it still needs to be smaller,” said chancery clerk Chuck Thomas.
The board has been penny pinching while awaiting receipts of property taxes at the tax collector’s office.
• tabled a discussion of a maintenance contract for some equipment at the E-911 office. The equipment concerned costs about a half-million dollars, according to 911 director Stacy Reed.
Supervisor Willie Flemon motioned to table the discussion until money could be found in the budget to pay for the contract.
• heard a request from the City of Holly Springs to resolve a tax sale issue on the old Williams Clinic that was purchased by the city for a police department complex. City attorney Ki Jones said the city had not received the bill to pay the 2009 taxes on the property in time to note that there was a tax lien on the property when the city bought it. The board passed a motion to have the attorneys for the city and the county to meet and bring back advice to the board on how much the city owes in back taxes on the property.
• approved an easement request from the Holly Springs Utility Department for a Phase II gas project. Some roads to get natural gas service are Brisco, Liles, Red Banks, Gardner, Humphrey and McAlexander roads.
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