Industries report on job creation

Wanda Christian, with Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District, presented several pay requests to the Marshall County Board of Supervisors and reported on jobs created.

A pay request from AMG Construction of $96,604 was approved, and Yancey Brothers' Construction's request for payment on work done at Cooper Tire was also approved. Christian said $81,562 was taken from grant monies and $8,192 from local funds to pay Yancey Brothers.

Three new industries submitted jobs reports. They include Hearthside Foods, which pledged to create 275 jobs and so far has created 250. Pay at Hearthside is between $16-$18 an hour, she said.

Amazon pledged 500 jobs and has created 614, Christian said. Amazon pays a minimum wage of $15 an hour, Christian said.

Cooper Tire pledged 98 jobs and has created 95 to date, she said. Pay at Coopertires is between $15-$16 an hour, Christian said.

All three are located in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park.

Engineer's report

County engineer Larry Britt advised the board that the Mississippi Department of Transportation has approved about 180 free signs to be posted along State Aid roadways. The agreement with MDOT requires the county to put the signs up. Some of the roads included Marianna, Hernando, Bicycle, South Red Banks, Cayce, and Hernando roads and Dortch Circle. The board approved a motion to accept the signs and put them up. Supervisors approved a sewer upgrade of a lift station permit in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park. A bore under Highway 302 where the sewer line crosses will be required. Bore permits were also approved under John Cris Road and Cayce Road, and at Norfolk Southern Way and North Del Stover Road. The upgrade to the Wilson Golden Road project was closed out. Britt said he is waiting on the state of Mississippi to provide an estimate of what funds will be provided to the county for roads and bridge work.

Fairgrounds report Ken Jones, director of Zoning and Fairgrounds, submitted a rezoning request for a parcel on Highway 7 South from RE to C-1 for a billboard. The zoning commission unanimously approved the rezoning. Supervisors approved the measure. Two subdivisions were also considered. One, located on Cayce Road, was submitted by Jonathan Thweatt. Another subdivision off Cedar Cove, 49 lots of less than 1.5 acres each, was requested by John Porter. The subdivision will get water and sewer services from the industrial park. Alliance Work Development LLC, on Marianna Road, asked for a property to be rezoned from commercial to residential. Eighty lots are proposed. In Marshall County Fairgrounds business, Jones said the electric bill has been fluctuating since July. The Holly Springs Utility Department helped clear up the discrepancies.

Hay ground bids on 93.5 acres of open land were discussed. The contract to the best quote will include an agreement to cut the hay twice a year, mow around the edge of the field twice a year, do soil testing yearly, and apply lime and fertilizer every year.

Supervisors said when the hay is bid it will follow the years remaining in the current board of supervisors' terms. Both the county and the farmer will be given an out from the contract upon request.

The fairgrounds board also wanted to increase the rental price for the stock barn from $200 to $400. The county board of supervisors approved the measure.

Blocks of stalls were considered where the rent would be reduced upon rental of a block of over 25 stalls for $15 a stall and $5 a stall for shavings.

District 5 supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett opposed the measure, saying someone would rent a block then rent them back out at higher prices than they paid.

"We need to rent the stall for what the county needs to make," said District 4 supervisor George Zinn III.

The board of supervisors then unanimously approved a motion to keep the rent at $20 per stall and $5 for shavings.

Supervisors remarked about how clean the fairgrounds property is being kept.

Jones said a three-ring circus is coming to put on two shows.

In other business, the board of supervisors:

· discussed a Byhalia Garden Club and Chamber Main Street request for Blue Star Memorial Monuments. Active servicemen and women have their names listed on the monument and their names come off after they come out of the service.

· approved $500 for the Northwest District Livestock Show.

· approved distribution to the Marshall County Sports Association. · took bids for installation of a five-ton

heating and five-ton air unit for the Health Department building. American Heating and Air bid $7,000 and Colston Refrigeration $7,290. The board approved the bid of American Heating and Air.

· opened bids for five dumpsters. Team Waste won the bid at $565. RES bid $625 and Waste Connections bid $730.

· approved signatures for an application for a waste tire grant with the Department of Environmental Quality for $30,000.

· discussed the electrical design and lighting review at the courthouse. Supervisors also discussed a new sound system for the courtroom.

County administrator Larry Hall said the design is needed to make sure there is no bad wiring in the courthouse. Since the courthouse is listed on the Historic Register, everything usable must be salvaged and reused, Hall said. If something has to be replaced, it must look closely like what is taken out that is rotted.

· approved an application for payment to Progressive Construction of $51,217 for work on the courthouse roof.

· heard a quote for a cardiac defibrillator for the ambulance service. Master Medical Equipment bid $48,000 plus trade-in of old units. Zoll Medical Group bid $42,273 for two units.

· discussed language for a new contract with Mississippi Justice Court Collections. Board attorney Kent Smith is working on the language for the new contract.

· discussed reverse auctions. Smith said reverse auctions are not required for construction but are required for bids on commodities.

"Lots of counties want reverse auctions to be done away with," Smith said.

Hall said bids can be made separate for commodities and services.

Reverse auctions involve online bidding where bidders can come in and underbid a higher bid until the lowest bid is made.

"It would be similar to the tax sale," Smith said.

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