City buildings plagued with leaks

With very wet late winter weather, leaking roofs are popping up everywhere.

The Holly Springs Board of Aldermen approved a measure to seek quotes on fixing leaks in four or five buildings.

They include the Eddie Lee Smith Multi-Purpose Center, the old Sims gymnasium and Frazier I, II, and III, and some new leaks at the Holly Springs Utility Department.

"This spring is wearing us out," said mayor Kelvin Buck.

Some of these leaks are minor and others may require replacing a roof.

The costs for each job will vary. Buck said the Multi-Purpose Center leak could run from $12,000 down to $6,000. City Hall roof repair would run from $2,000 to $5,000. Sims gym is the biggest project that could run anywhere from $22,000 to $37,000, Buck said.

Quotes are being sought from three roofing contractors.

With the city's annexation plan still in the works, aldermen authorized hiring an attorney to assist the city in developing the language for the plan.

The board also approved the reappointment of Lemon Phelps to the Holly Springs School District Board of Trustees.

The board approved the auctioning off of a list of surplus equipment.

"We will get everything out of the junkyard and auction it off," Buck said.

City clerk business The board of aldermen approved the following:

• payment of $49,268 to KS State Bank to pay lease agreement for MS WIN Digital Radio Communications System. The fire departments use this product.

• payment of $217,007 to First Security Bank for payment on police station bond. • travel for the mayor, board of aldermen, city clerks, city attorney and the HSUD general manager to attend the 89th Annual MML Conference in June/July.

• reimbursement of $4,000 to Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation for grant funds not expended on a $50,000 Healthy Home Hero project in the school district.

• memorandum of understanding between the City of Holly Springs and Mississippi Department of Archives and History for the old Water and Light Building renovation and restoration project.

• payment of $2,495 to Commerce Bank to pay credit card bill.

HSUD business The board of aldermen approved the hiring of Theresa Bishop, a long-time Marshall County resident, as accounts payable bookkeeper for the Holly Springs Utility Department. "I've been doing the same thing at the Collierville Police Department for 20-plus years," Bishop said. "I want something closer to home." Bishop who retired with the Collierville, Tenn., Police Department, has lived in the Mt. Pleasant area for more than 50 years. The board also authorized Chris Rounds to attend the Tennessee Valley PPA Apprentice Lineman Lab IV in March.

Steve Reed and Larry Whisenant were approved to attend the TVPPA purchasing and materials management conference in April in Alabama.

The board also approved advertising to fill a vacancy for lineman in the Electric Department. Public Works Department

The board of aldermen approved the following:

• a change order to add $8,254 to control erosion and drainage on the slope of a project on Market Street. The work includes addition of riprap to the slope, line slope and an erosion control blanket, to add wattles at the top of the slope, to install a hydrostatic pressure relief drain above the pipe and add 50 additional loads of dirt to build out the slope of the embankment.

• a payment of $26,254 to Jon Woods Construction as pay application No. 1 and final on the Market Street Drainage and Slope Repair Project.

• a payment of $74,953 to Phillips Construction on pay application No. 5 on the Safe Routes To School Project on Maury Street. Stamping and coloring of crosswalks remains to be done on the project.

• release of A2H to acquire quotes for asbestos and hazardous material survey on the Fire Station No. 1 renovation project.

• authorization of Mills & Mills Architects to acquire quotes for Asbestos & Hazardous Materials Survey to be completed on the Old Water and Light Building renovation project.

• authorization of bids on Springs Industrial Park Improvements project that adds water and sewer to the area along Highway 178 and to Tribble Road.

• change order No. 2 on the downtown green space project in the additive amount of $9,632 to replace existing curb island separating Memphis Street.

• payment of $532 to Jon Woods Construction to repair an exposed water main on Gardner Road off South Red Banks Road.

• payment of $1,130 to Jon Woods Construction for providing equipment and personnel to assist with the removal of a sewer force main crossing Highway 4 West.

• hiring of Corine Jamison part-time in the Buildings and Grounds and Street Departments.

Police department

The board accepted the resignation of officer Jessica Peterson. The board approved travel of Det. Justin Holpe to attend the Reid Technique of Investigation Interviewing and Advanced Interrogation in May. The board approved travel for police chief Dwight Harris to attend the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police in Cleveland in March. He was also approved to attend the Liability of Supervisors Training in Birmingham, Ala., in April.

Fire department

The board authorized travel of Jerry Birmingham and Christopher McMillen to qualify to get into the state Fire Academy.

Chief Rodney Crain and assistant Leland Reed will attend the Mississippi Fire Investigators Spring Seminar in Oxford. They will also attend the 83rd Mississippi Fire Chiefs and Firefighters Conference in Tupelo.

Leron Weeks, Chris McMillen, Marvin Bruce, Dorothy Bean, John Turner and Jeff Burk will attend the conference for the Firemen Rodeo Challenge in Tupelo.

The board accepted the resignation of firefighter Tarondal Phillips.

Holly Springs South Reporter

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