Thursday, March 22, 2012
Land for rail spur approved
By SUE WATSON
A public hearing on the use of about 58 acres, south of the intermodal yard in Tennessee for use for a rail spur to the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park, was held last week at Marshall County Zoning.
Three residents of Linderman Road appeared to ask for clarifications.
Charlie Kilpatrick and his wife Janice built a home on the road about 12 years ago. They are concerned about disruption of their lifestyle with possible traffic or noise pollution.
He asked no industrial traffic be allowed on the single lane road. Children and mothers come out for riding lessons in the area, he said.
Bill Mobley, executive director of the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority, said there would be no industrial traffic on the road. The entrance of Linderman Road at Highway 72 could be moved, he said, but the only change to the neighborhood would be a rail spur located on the property west of Linderman Road that would come down to Highway 72 and eventually into the heart of the industrial park. The 58 acres of property is owned by developer Bill Adair of Senatobia.
Homeowner Tom Preston also expressed concern about protecting both the road and the neighborhood.
“The rail spur sometimes is a selling point (to prospective companies),” Mobley said. “We hope to get the spur in five years to be able to offer to prospective customers.”
He said manufacturing often requires rail access.
With that discussion, Joe Hurdle motioned to approve the permit for a rail spur with stipulations that Linderman Road will not be an access road, and that a buffer is put in place, where needed, using shrubs, trees or a fence.
The motion passed unanimously by a vote of 4-0 with zoning director Flick Ash absent.
In other business, the zoning board:
• held an audience with Rufus Pennington on his desire to place a ready-mix plant on property along Highway 309 North. The property is zoned Residential Estates.
• held an audience with Earl M. Pasco who asked to locate a double-wide mobile home on his Meadowview Circle property, zoned R-2. The request was approved.
• approved the location of a single-wide mobile home on a property in the Lee Drive area.
• approved a second double-wide dwelling to be placed on a lot in Watson Farms subdivision, zoned R-2.
• approved a permit to locate a 375-foot radio communications tower on property owned by Bill Fitch on Yarbrough Road.
• approved the division of a property on Quinn Road at Quinn Road Estates. The board approved subdivision and cutting out one and a half acres of the lot for construction of a stick-built home or location of a modular home. The property is zoned R-E.
• approved a hardship case for a single-wide replacement of an already existing single-wide on a lot in the Miss-Tenn Farms subdivision. Property owners said they could not afford a double-wide and the home they were living in was covered in mildew and mold, making a child sick.
• discussed a request for a daycare to be built on property on Seldon Road. The owners were referred to the Small Business Institute at Ole Miss for expert direction in constructing a business plan.
• approved the sale of one acre of property to a neighbor at a lot in Victoria Farms subdivision.
• approved placement of a camper trailer for hunting on a property zoned agricultural on White Road. The camper would be moved on and off the property. Owner wanted to have an electricity hookup.
• approved use of a one-acre lot on Wilson Golden Road for a house or mobile home. The lot did not meet standard 150 feet minimal frontage requirements.
• approved a subdivision of 4.5 acres at Countrywood Farms subdivision. Owner did not want to put up entire acreage into new home mortgage.
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