Thursday, December 1, 2005

Supervisors discuss space needs

Staff Writer

The Marshall County Board of Supervisors will put a new roof on the old jail in downtown Holly Springs for the short-term space benefits for four agencies, but wants to put together a plan to either build or use another county-owned facility for long-term uses.

Plumbing problems at the aging facility would require too much investment for the dollar, long-term, supervisors said.

Supervisors Keith Taylor and Willie Flemon agreed that the building would cost more to upgrade than it is worth.

“I’m pretty much like Mr. Willie, I hate to throw money into it,” Taylor said.

The building provides space for Youth Services, probation and Veteran’s Affairs officers and school training officers, according to Larry Hall, county administrator.

Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said the facility can be kept at minimal use, as it is, without repairing plumbing in one of the bathrooms. The pipes are rusted out in that one, he said.

The old Colonial Building, which housed the extension service offices and several other agencies was closed last year because of a bad roof. The board is renting other office space for the extension and forestry offices and a driver’s license test administration office for the highway patrol.

Dickerson said the two probation officers sometimes need space to accommodate 60 people or more. “I just don’t have space for them,” he said.

Taylor said the county also needs space for the county superintendent’s offices. The administration has been occupying an old house on College Street.

In other business the board:

  • approved an advertisement for a lot cleanup.
  • authorized purchase of a motorgrader, backhoe and power broom.
  • approved a quote for portable dog kennel construction materials.
  • authorized a resolution for a local and private bill at the recommendation of chancery clerk Chuck Thomas. The legislation would allow the county to donate up to $20,000 a year to support the New Hope Village homeless shelter.
    • If the legislation is passed in the 2006 term, donations to the shelter could begin in the 2007 fiscal year budget, Thomas said.
  • authorized payment of $199,000 to the contractor for restoration and repair of the Marshall County Historical Museum. About $21,000 remains in the budget for trim work and door finishing, Hall said. The $300,965 grant to restore the museum is from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Hall said the county will now apply for a grant to install an elevator at the three-story facility.

The next regular meeting of the board of supervisors is set for Monday, December 5 at 9 a.m. in the county boardroom.

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