Thursday, March 3, 2011
County seeks sewer funding
By SUE WATSON
A plan to lay a new sewer system in the Cayce Road/Highway 72 area, that has been languishing for lack of funding, may be getting a new foothold.
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors passed a motion last week to ask the Mississippi Legislature for a bond bill of $1,130,400.
County administrator Larry Hall said the bond would go with $900,000 already in sight to help build the much needed system. Funding for the sewer seemed in hand last year but fell through the fingers like sand due to a tight economy and other state agency funding priorities. But the county is determined to find funding for the sewer, which would replace an old and now effete lagoon system built for the area years ago.
“We are fishing in every hole there is a minnow in for funding and I would like this bond bill in,” Hall said.
He also asked and the board approved an order allowing county employees to go on a private property to clean out garbage from a ditch on Alberson Road. The garbage has blocked the opening of a culvert so water was backing up, Hall said.
Supervisors discussed a chancery court order to stop a man from painting cars on Lot 22 of Moore Plantation subdivision, Moore Crossing South. Zoning director Conway Moore said her office has not had any recent complaints but supervisor Keith Taylor said he had. Moore said her office would go out and check on the matter again.
In other business, supervisors:
• approved a motion by Taylor to put the property recently vacated by NorthCentral Electric Power Association back on the tax roll.
• approved payment of liability insurance premiums - $44,973 for the sheriff’s office and $52,643 for public officials. The board authorized chancery clerk Chuck Thomas to amend the budget as needed to protect cash flow during tight financial times.
• authorized $500 to support the H.W. Byers girls basketball team’s travel expenses to the state playoffs in Jackson.
• learned Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley will hold a meeting March 7 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Presley is seeking information from the public on where the dead spots for cell phone reception are in the county.
• discussed spring clean-up dates to be set for two weeks in April.
• heard that SB 2253 is on the floor to raise Mississippi Supreme Court justices from $113,000 a year to $160,000, a 35 percent increase, Hall said. The measure would cause a trickle-down effect to all lower courts except justice courts, he said, and would be paid for by increasing filing fees and fines. The measure passed the Senate Feb. 9 and failed in the House Feb. 24, but a motion to reconsider in the House was entered Feb. 24. In some cases the additional compensation is connected to expansion of the duties of justices, appeals judges, district attorneys, and chancery and circuit judges.
• approved signature of a lease of the Lighthouse Plastics buildings at the Holly Springs Industial Park to a company that will offer recycling of paper, metal and other solid wastes.
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