Higgins provides industrial park ‘playbook' to supes

Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins discusses the industrial park "playbook" to the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors during their meeting on Monday. These documents provide the board with information on everything in regards to sewers, roadways, water, budgets and contracts. (Photo by Logan Kirkland, SDN)
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LOGAN KIRKLAND
Staff Writer

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors received a thorough report from Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins to provide an update on the industrial park during their meeting on Monday.

Higgins distributed to the board a "playbook," which provides a timeline of when and what is happening with the development. These documents provide the board with information on everything in regards to sewers, roadways, water, budgets and contracts.

"Our plan is to come back to y'all every quarter and if there are any changes that need to be amended to this, we will do it at that time," Higgins said.

Higgins said the documents provide a "checks and balance" where it shows when funds come from the city and when the funds will come from the county. He said both city and county administration will have live updates of what funds are due and when.

"We don't want to get down to the end of the project and not have any money or not know what money we have left," Higgins said.

After a recent Board of Adjustments and Appeals meeting, Higgins said he and representatives will be meeting with the Starkville Board of Aldermen to discuss their recommendations on how they should approach curbing.

Higgins said curbing is costly and thinks a 24-foot road, which includes two 12-foot lanes, and a prepared shoulder to allow trucks to pull over, is a better option for the industrial park.

"You don't want somebody to have a flat or a truck break down and pull off over on the other side of the curb where it's not prepared to handle the weight of the truck," Higgins said. "That could be a problem."

Higgins said as of right now, there is a good schedule for the development. He said there will be partial marketing in June 2019 and full marketing by December 2019.

"All in all we like where we are," Higgins said.

OTHER BUSINESS

• The board approved a cable television franchise agreement. It could provide the county with $30,000 in funds from franchise fees if the board collects the entire 5 percent it is eligible to receive.

• The board approved an RFP to search for a new company to be responsible for the waste of Oktibbeha County. The board discussed problems they are currently having with Golden Triangle Waste Services.

• The board approved to provide handicapped door access to the Oktibbeha County court house.

• The board approved a proclamation for both East Mississippi Central Community College and Starkville Academy to congratulate them on their recent accomplishments with athletics.

• A Unity Park Committee member presented the board with two names to honor at Unity Park. Those two people were Rosa Stewart and Sadye Wier.

• The board approved to advertise for management and construction for the new safe room project.

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