Thursday, August 23, 2012
New weight limits posted on Cayce
By SUE WATSON
New weight limits have been posted on Cayce Road from the segment at Highway 178 to Highway 302.
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors clarified that the new weight limits – 57,650 pounds – do not apply to vehicles carrying agricultural products harvested in the county and taken to market, according to state law. Nor will the limits be applied to Cayce Road beyond Highway 302 which feeds into the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park.
The weight limits have been posted on Cayce Road, North Red Banks, South Slayden Road, Waterford/Potts Camp Road and St. Paul Road.
Supervisors lamented the destruction of paved county roads by trucks hauling dirt, gravel, or other products, when they can route these loads around county roads to state roads that are built to withstand heavier loads. Haulers should check with the county administrator to determine the best route to travel when leaving fields or dirt mines or moving loads on county roads.
Supervisors discussed writing citations for vehicles running illegally on Cayce Road. Larry Hall, county road manager, said even though limits have been posted, Cayce Road is still getting over 100 loads a day. He wants portable scales taken to the road to prove weight limits have been exceeded when writing citations. He also said he believes the company in violation will cease using the road for illegal hauling once the word is out to hauling companies.
Beale Road is another county road taking a beating from heavy truck traffic, Hall said.
County engineer Larry Britt advised that the contractor should be asked to help.
“If you sit down with any contractor before, during or after a bid, they say they have a right to get to the job,” he said.
Supervisor Keith Taylor lamented that it will take $50,000 to repair a road that is damaged because a bridge is being replaced or repaired. He said the cost of repairing the damage to the road by a contractor should be added to the bid specifications by the state.
“State Aid won’t do it,” Britt said.
“The state rerouted traffic to Graves Road and ruined it,” said supervisor George Zinn III.
Unpaid garbage bills
Supervisors took up the matter of collecting unpaid garbage bills and the problem of people not enrolling in the program.
Zoning director Conway Moore reported that the solid waste contractor has picked up the cans of about 500 to 600 customers who refused to pay their bills.
“We have that many people out of compliance,” she said. “We are set up to flag a mobile home without a container, but not a house.”
Hall recommended the board give the director permission to deny a permit for a new house until the person has opened an account with the solid waste company.
“They need to be notified they are out of compliance, then follow the next step, like a citation,” Hall said.
Next up, circuit clerk Chuck Thomas suggested the board of supervisors advertise for property and casualty insurance proposals. He said he is getting lots of calls from vendors about property and casualty and health and medical insurance as well.
The board approved advertising for requests for proposals for insurance.
Hall provided a report of the county administrator’s activities and recommendations. He suggested the county seek federal highway dollars to build a walkway over the railroad at Potts Camp High School to the new ball field. He said safety is a factor for children who would otherwise have to cross the tracks. The walkway would be covered and likely made handicapped accessible.
Hall recommended and the board authorized maintaining the Coleman Bridge on Wall Hill Road.
Tax assessor Juanita Dillard provided a copy of the 2012 property tax rolls to the board.
David Cook, fire chief for the Potts Camp/Bethlehem Fire Department, asked the board for help in writing a legal description of a boundary for a new fire grading district. He said there are three water supplies to the district (Holly Springs, Potts Camp and Bethlehem).
The rural fire department has drawn up a proposed map of the area but must have a legal description, he said. The fire department hopes to go from an insurance rating of Level 10 to a Level 8, which will decrease fire insurance rates in the district. Potts Camp Fire Department is following the lead of Cayce and Barton fire departments who improved their ratings. The district will be outside the Potts Camp city limits, Cook said.
The board approved a motion to assist the fire department.
Afterward, Hugh Hollowell, emergency management coordinator for the county, asked the board to sign a contract to join four other counties and the Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District in the Code Red emergency notification system.
The system, which will cost the county about $16,542 a year, will provide weather alerts from NOAA and the county’s 911 system can also send out hazmat spill alerts.
Attorney Kent Smith said the Union County 911 used the Red Alert when a bank robbery took place in New Albany recently. Union and Lafayette counties are both signed up for Code Red, he said.
Hollowell said the county can have five users listed. The main one would be 911.
But water associations and utilities could sign up and provide information on outages, Bennett said.
Discussion ended, and the board voted unanimously to enroll the county in Code Red.
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