Justice court facility on go

J.P. Corporation was selected as the contractor for new justice court expansion at the Marshall County Jail.

J.P.'s bid, second lowest, was $2.115 million, with Castle Black Construction's bid of $2 million withdrawn voluntarily due to a calculation error, according to county engineer Larry Britt.

Eleven additional companies bid on the contract as follows:

• Wagner General Contractors - $2.148 million.

• CIG Contractors - $2.1949 million.

• C&M Builders, Inc. - $2.213 million.

• Barnes and Brower, Inc. - $2.2649 million.

• Worsham Brothers Construction - $2.287 million.

• Standard Builders, Inc. - $2.299 million.

• TDL Contractors - $2.305 million.

• Flagstar Construction Company, Inc. - $2.319 million.

• Murphy & Sons, Inc. - $2.33 million.

• Hooker Construction, Inc. - $2.36 million.

• Smith-Doyle Contractors, Inc. - $2.6358 million.

Dean and Dean Associates Architects is overseeing the project.

The project calls for a free-standing, 8,700-square-foot justice court building that will share a parking lot with the current facility, according to county administrator Larry Hall.

E-911 will expand partly or all into the current justice court office space, he said. Some of that space may be shared by the sheriff's department.

No jail space is included in this bid but will be dealt with in a forthcoming bid, Hall said. In other business, the board heard a

suggestion from chancery clerk Chuck Thomas that the county provide an office for Kent Smith, newly-appointed circuit court judge for the Third Judicial District of Mississippi.

Smith thanked the board for offering office space, saying he will have to keep his office separate from Smith Whaley as he will no longer be practicing law with the firm. He said he has until the end of the year to conclude work with his part of the practice.

In other business, the board approved payment of claims. Belinda Stewart Architects billed $784 for architectural services, and payment of $48,045 to Progressive Construction was authorized.

The board also authorized $15,000 local payment on a CAP Loan of $1.25 million for new fire trucks. The board approved a motion to draw the $15,000 local match from a 4 percent fee on land sales in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park.

Smith said he is working with Hall on a plan to create a county COVID-19 policy.

The county will have companies bid for the disposal of material that could go into the Quad County landfill. Currently Team Waste is disposing material from the county garbage collection in a landfill in Walnut.

Team Waste was recently certified to accept solid household waste in its Quad County landfill, he said.

When the next solid waste collection contract is let, the disposal in Quad County will come with a tipping fee paid to Marshall County.

Several concerns relating to old mobile homes which owners wanted moved were brought up by zoning director Ken Jones.

Supervisors opposed moving two old units, saying they will fall apart if moved. One mobile home needed remodeling in order to be permitted for occupancy.

And there are several problems with metal buildings going up in subdivisions where they are being used for both housing and for operating a business, against subdivision ordinances. Supervisors recommended issuing stop-work orders.

"I want you to know what people are trying to do with these metal buildings," Jones said.

The August 3 meeting was dedicated to the memory of Pam Hall, wife of county administrator Larry Hall. Her father, the late Joe Cooper, once served as supervisor of Marshall County.

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