Pike County supervisors will look into closing Boyd Reeves Road after learning the only county resident on the road does not want to sell a right of way to have its bridge replaced.
Board president Chuck Lambert said there are just two occupied residences on the cut-through road in northeast Pike County — one in Pike and the other in Walthall county. The Pike resident doesn’t want the bridge replaced because the road sees little traffic, and what vehicles do come through are often speeding, Lambert said.
“She’d just as soon we’d not fix the bridge and close the road,” Lambert said.
Meanwhile, adjacent Patsy Hill Road is next on the list for bridge replacement, so Lambert suggested dropping Boyd Reeves Road and using the funds for Patsy Hill. If supervisors do close Boyd Reeves Road, they’ll have to hold a public hearing first, he noted.
Before making a decision, he asked Tax Assessor Laurie Allen for a list of all property owners on Boyd Reeves Road from Patsy Hill Road to the county line.
Holmesville Work Criticized
Supervisors approved Neel-Schaffer invoices for April totaling $28,804, of which $20,988 is paid by state funds for work on the Gateway Industrial Park improvement project.
However, Supervisor Tazwell Bowsky voted against $2,882 for work on the Holmesville Bridge erosion control project.
Bowsky repeated his criticism of the plan, which involves bank stabilization in a bend upstream from the bridge over Bogue Chitto River.
“This drainage problem has nothing to do with what they’re talking about doing,” Bowsky said.
Work needs to be done at the bridge, not upriver, he said.
Lambert countered, “The engineers have indicated to us that the problem starts in the curve, If you don’t get the bank stabilized, the river will cut in behind the bridge.”
Lambert said work will also be done at the bridge itself.
“You do not need this done, I don’t care what you say,” Bowsky responded. “This is a bunch of crap.”
County engineer Chad Toles said the Federal Emergency Management Agency will fund the project, which was originally included in a county bond issue.
“What you’re doing is based on recommendations from the Corps” of Engineers, Toles said.
Chronic water problem
Lambert said the board has sent two letters to the City of Magnolia asking it to do something about water problems behind the courthouse.
He said there’s a leak in a water line, and the storm drain floods when there’s rain. But the city has yet to respond.
“It’s getting progressively worse,” Lambert said, expressing concern it could threaten the parking lot behind the court annex.
Honea suggested taking some sort of legal action, or perhaps make the repairs and charge the city.
“When you get into a municipal water systen, I don’t know that we can legally fix it,” Lambert said.
Supervisors asked board attorney Wayne Dowdy to look into the board’s legal options for getting the problem fixed.
Jack Martin, who moved here from Alabama last November and operates Jack’s Custom Interiors at 1089 McKenzie Road, McComb, posed several questions and comments to the board.
Martin asked about rural rights of way, speed limits, road widths and inconsistent road striping. He said some roads are too narrow to be safe, and said he has seen a school bus speeding in a 35 mph zone.
Lambert said road rights of way extend “back of ditch to back of ditch, or 20 feet from the center line.”
“We don’t have a minimum width that we require,” Lambert said. “We have roads that have been here 100 years.”
As for striping, “we don’t stripe county roads as a general rule unless they’re built as a State Aid project,” Lambert said.
He suggested Martin contact school officials about speeding buses.
Supervisor Faye Hodges said the speed limit on county roads is 45 mph unless posted otherwise. Supervisors agreed to post 35 mph signs on McKenzie Road.
Martin also complained that his vehicle tags are more expensive here than in Cherokee County, Ala., where he lived — $489 here vs. $212 there. And he said his flatbed trailer was valued by the state tax commission at $4,680.
Lambert said he would have to appeal that to the state.
In other business, the board:
• Approved a plat for a subdivision at Highway 51 and Cedar Ridge across from Walgreens in McComb. The plat has two lots, with a clinic on the north lot. Cox presented the plat on behaklf of L.I. Smith & Associates of Paris, Tenn. The McComb city board has approved the plat.
• Approved the purchase of an on-demand printer for absentee ballots from Election Systems & Software for $8,225. “This system will allow us to produce that ballot when that voter comes in,” said Circuit Clerk Roger Graves.
• Approved a utility permit for Cable One, now known as Sparklight, to extend underground TV cable along Fernwood Farm and Biltmore roads and add more cable along County Club Road. Supervisor Gary Honea suggested charging utilities county engineering fees for approving permits, and Lambert said the board can change the policy to that effect if it wishes.
• Noted the rehiring of Donovan Hill as part-time corrections officer at the sheriff’s department.
• Approved travel advances of $324 each for sheriff’s employees Timothe Minceret and Vincent Fernando for lodging at a three-day conference at Southaven in September.
• Approved a request from the Pike County Republican Party to use the court annex for meetings 6 to 8:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. The Democratic Party already meets at the courthouse.
• Learned from civil defense director Richard Coghlan that Summit Fire Department will ahve an open house 6 p.m. Thursday to celebrate its new fire truck and fire district rating.