Thursday, April 12, 2012
Groups seek more listings for WIN Center
By SUE WATSON
The long-term success of the Marshall-Benton Area WIN Job Center in Holly Springs depends on employers to list their jobs with the Holly Springs office, said Clencie Cotton, with the Rust College Community Development Corporation.
Cotton presented details of a non-financial agreement with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security and RCCDC to the Marshall County Board of Supervisors. The agreement includes shared responsibilities to improve workforce training opportunities and workforce services to residents of the two counties.
Cotton said two full-time volunteers from VISTA at the University of Mississippi will help out locally in training and testing using a web-based program for training.
The two groups are trying to get more businesses to list jobs with the local WIN Center, he said. The Beckley Center is a hot spot for Internet access, he said. RCCDC will help prospective employees get online and learn how to use the Internet for job applications, posting resumes with employers and responding to online messages, he said.
Dream City Initiative
Holly Springs Mayor Andre’ DeBerry approached the board seeking county support for the Dream City Initiative. Supervisor George Zinn III asked DeBerry to make brief statements seeking support for the initiative, with a goal of bringing about the realization of the Declaration of Independence for all humans.
“We have to learn how to solve our own problems and to develop a model,” DeBerry said. “Some issues are too big to tackle because we haven't learned how to work together. We deal with small issues first.”
The Holly Springs Board of Aldermen endorsed the idea with a resolution, he said. Following DeBerry’s appearance, the board of supervisors OK’d a resolution endorsing the effort.
Supervisors then focused on cleanup orders in some troubling illegal dumping spots. Those who dump and refuse to clean up their messes are in danger of receiving citations. Supervisors passed a motion to extend time for cleanup of a burned-out house site in the Waterford community and properties in District 2 and District 3, as long as progress is being made at cleaning up those properties.
This brought up prospects of establishing community-based cleanup roadside days such as has been an annual event in the Hudsonville Road community for a number of years. Supervisor Eddie Dixon has helped spearhead this effort in Hudsonville and said he is willing to assist any community in the county that wishes to get started on cleanup of roadsides and ditches.
“As citizens of the county, we need other communities to do the same thing,” Dixon said. “Litter is getting bad in the county.”
Supervisor Charles Terry reported on a town hall meeting with constituents of District 1. A main concern was clarification on how to get started with cleanup.
“Litter is a concern for them,” Terry said.
Supervisor Keith Taylor said he believes the twice-a-year, communitywide cleanup effort sponsored by the county keeps a lot of stuff from being thrown in the ditches. County administrator Larry Hall said most of what is going on the roadsides proper is food containers.
Hall announced that Product Stewardship Institute representatives have offered to come to Marshall and Tippah counties to see what can be done to return containers to the manufacturers. The manufacturers will pay for the return of containers if they are a member, he said.
The group promotes recycling. It puts recycling bins in schools and teaches children to bring recyclables to the school from home, he said. The group will meet April 11 at the Capitol in Jackson.
Hall said the county is applying for a solid waste grant that will pay for half the salary of solid waste enforcement officers. He wants the grant dollars to go to cleaning up existing illegal dumping sites in the county. A meeting at Three Rivers Planning and Development District, April 13 in Pontotoc at 11 a.m., will help counties organize for the grant, he said.
“If you get a person complaining to go to the meeting, that would be a good ‘spark plug,’ ” Hall said of the Spark Plug grant.
The board voted to apply for the Spark Plug grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.
Anyone who wishes to support this program by going to the meeting is urged to call the county administrator’s office at 662-252-7903. Or call a county supervisor to ask how to organize a community cleanup.
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