January 16, 2014
supervisors make reappointments
The board of supervisors voted January 6 to reappoint people in all Marshall County positions and to add Celestine Tucker to head the Veterans Affairs office.
All employees were continued in their present salaries as well.
The board discussed several items of old business before recessing until January 21. They traveled to Jackson to meet with the Legislature Tuesday and Wednesday (of this week).
In road and bridge business, engineer Kevin McLeod, representing Elliott and Britt, reminded supervisors that bids would be opened Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. for the approaches and bridge on Valentine Road. Bids will be opened Monday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. for the wastewater treatment plant at Roxul.
He also advised supervisors that the first week of February is set for a seven-day bid on the Wingo Road extension at Roxul and on the heavy weight road that will be connected to Wingo and to Highway 72.
Bill Mobley, executive director for the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority, said the two projects will be bid on the same day so parties can bid on both projects if they wish on the Wingo and heavy weight road projects.
In county zoning matters, executive director Ken Jones said a developer wants to get approval to sell four lots at Amber Circle. There is a problem with the lots being located in a flood plain and with mud running into the road after rains, he said.
Supervisor Keith Taylor said the matter should be revisited since the developer has waited so long to sell the lots.
County administrator Larry Hall recommended that engineer Larry Britt look at the situation and advise supervisors on what should take place.
Supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett said he does not think it is the county’s business to tell someone where they can build in a flood zone.
Jones explained the owner has to hire a surveyer to shoot the elevation and mark how high the foundation must be raised above the established flood plain elevation. Most surveyors take the responsibility for the measure after he shoots the elevation, he said.
Attorney Kent Smith said the responsibility of the surveyor versus the engineer’s responsibility bothers him.
“You’ve got to have an engineer,” said Hall.
Taylor said former zoning administrator Conway Moore had advised the board that owners have the responsibility of meeting the laws that cover flood plains and they hire their own engineer.
Hall said the county engineer needs to look at it, otherwise the county would not know if a builder was in compliance with the laws.
Smith agreed there have been a lot of changes in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s insurance requirements. The insurance companies pushed the legislation for flood zoning, he said.
“That’s like Big Brother taking care of everything,” Bennett said. “If you wanted to build a shed in a thicket, why not?”
“Unless you are borrowing money, there is nothing to stop you,” Taylor said. “The engineer is just saying he has seen their (surveyor’s or engineer’s) license.”
“If you don’t require all that stuff, the county is responsible,” Hall said.
McLeod said the county engineer just reviews the surveyor’s and engineer’s work to see that it meets certain standards.
Jones said if the county fails to see that an elevation is established, and the county lets someone build a house based on erroneous information, then he (Jones) is responsible for it. He added that zoning is trying to see if the drainage is adequate in the area of these four lots.
He asked the board to authorize Larry Britt to provide advice.
Taylor made a motion to table the matter until Britt looks at it. Smith agreed.
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