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Board will take closer look at county's bridges

March 8, 2011

Oktibbeha County crews may need some help to address the condition of some of the county's bridges, especially those with bare-steel supports.
Road Manager Victor Collins gave the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors an overview of the problem Monday.
"We've got some bridges in bad shape," he said.
The last one on a critical condition list was being worked on Monday, Collins said, "but we've got some others that are ... just as bad those are but they" had not been brought to officials' attention on a report.
Some need to be dealt with before they get in bad shape, Collins said.
"It takes manpower as well as money to do these things," he said.
The road manager says 80 percent of the bridges the county has now have concrete pilings, adding steel pilings "rust at the water level" and need concrete encasing.
"I've been here 24 years" and some of the "younger ones are in worse shape than some of the old ones," Collins said.
If officials are to get a hand on it, county crews will need some help, he said.
Collins says he'll prioritize the bridges he believes are in "terrible" shape.
"Hopefully we won't build any more without encasing them when" they are built, he said.
In an unrelated matter, county officials heard another plea Monday from resident Herbert Turner, asking the board to enact an animal control ordinance.
On Monday afternoon, Turner says he was attacked by a dog several weeks ago.
"What can you do to get this thing done?," Turner said.
Turner told the board he understands county officials have been attempting to address the matter for four years, a point one supervisor disputed.
"We have not been dealing with this for four years," District 5 Supervisor John Young said. "I didn't say you, I said this board – supervisors," Turner replied. " ... I'm trying to save a child. I'm trying to save a senior citizen," he said.
Supervisors agreed informally to supply Turner with the names of one resident from their districts to form a committee to address the subject.
On Monday afternoon, Turner said: "I'm going to stick with it until there's an ordinance to require the owner to be responsible for whatever animal he owns."
In other matters, the board:
• Voted 4-1 to hold a public hearing on redistricting the county at their March 21 meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m. District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer said he voted against the action because "we're not ready."
• Accepted a number of change orders – totaling around or above $35,000 – on construction at OCH Regional Medical Center. This passed on a 4-1 vote, with Trainer dissenting.
"We made it perfectly clear that the taxpayers were in for only a certain amount," District 3 Supervisor and Board President Marvell Howard said. County Administrator Don Posey estimated there is about $125,000 in a contingency fund.
"(If) they run out of that, they're on their own," District 4 Supervisor Daniel Jackson said.
• Asked Chancery Clerk Monica Banks to look into the possibility of adding surveillance cameras to monitor the county parking lot behind the courthouse after a series of problems, including a number of hit-and-run accidents in the lot.
• Discussed plans to attempt to locate operations for a new drug court in the current Red Cross facility off Lampkin Street. Trainer said after the meeting officials are trying to find another location for the Red Cross operation, possibly the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District office.

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