Story and photos by Pat Lightcap
June 1, 2011 at approximately 9:15 PM
Madison Fire/Rescue responded to a report of a
brush fire at Byrd and Coleman. They found multiple
piles of leaves smoldering and burning near a vacant
house that had a “for rent” sign on it. The burn was unattended
and was a danger to the home and surrounding property.
The burn piles were quickly watered down. No injuries were
reported. With the hot weather of today (99 in Madison) and the
low himidity burning should be avoided until conditions improve.
Archive for June 2011
Story and photos by Pat Lightcap
Discussed so far at county commission meeting today was a request for a variance to allow a registered sex offender to live within 2,500 feet of a bus stop. Commission will talk to the sheriff about it.
The Road Department will look at paving or milling Farm Road, between Madison and Lee. Residents complained of neighbors being on oxygen and needing relief from the dust. Commissioner Roy Ellis will look into it.
By consensus, Russell Williams of Action Photos will be allowed to take free photos of county employees.
Mickie Salter and Paige Peavy from the Livestock Association asked for permission to use agriculture building. Board is looking at leasing old ag. building from Dept. of State.
Property Appraiser Leigh Barfield said that her office is certifying tax assessments today. They are down one percent, which is better than she had projected.
Consent agenda approved.
Jerome Wyche discussing paving collection sites at Rocky Ford Road and the Industrial Park. Would like to get quotes from other providers other than Apek. Wants to look at amounts to see what the other companies offer. Wyche is the Solid Waste Director. Solid Waste will also receive a grant of over $70K.
Public Works Director Red Henderson discussing paving and milling SW Casselberry Trail, SW Happy Street and SW Georgia Street. Henderson said he would estimate a cost of 90-95K dollars to pave and mill Farm Road. $61,098 to pave Brookwood and other streets. Commissioner Martin made motion, seconded by Commissioner Vickers. Passed unanimously.
Work also going on at Delphinium and Fellowship Roads.
Chamber asking permission to use old senior citizens building. Someone wants to lease a small office, someone wants to lease the kitchen. Chamber Executive Director Cindy Vees is addressing the board. County will get any rent from any sublets in the building. Paying $900 currently for rent. Would pay to the county to offset costs. Vees is bringing building into move-in conidtion. No obvious leaks during recent rain. Commissioner Roy Ellis said it needs to be put to the staff and attorney for a proposal of the lease agreement. Commissioner Alfred Martin said he agrees. Attorney Tom Reeves said they will have to look at advertising for a longterm lease. Ellis motion, Martin second for board to look at working out a lease agreement for the building. Commissioner Wayne Vickers asked if would use for a business incubator. Vees said yes. Motion carried 4-1 Parrish opposed.
Videotaping meetings discussed. Payment of meetings? Hamrick and Ellis said they felt anyone could come in and videotape meetings. Martin said anyone could do it also. Reeves said staff was ordered to meet with agency requesting it. Tommy Greene speaking on behalf of Emerald Greene. Highly opposed to buying and selling news. Offered the service free. Technology of this kind has come about in the last few years. Opposed to anyone wanting to buy or sell news. Leaves it wide open to tainted “stories.” Emerald Greene was unable to attend. Greene Publishing offering videotaping for free. Marianne Green spokes about access by the individual. Ellis motion not to do a contract with anyone. Do not need to get in the advertising business or the news business. Seconded by Commissioner Hamrick. 4-1, Parrish voted against motion.
Board voted to name a resting area on the Four Freedoms Bike Trail after the late Deputy Sheriff Marcus Jones.
Red Henderson talking about paving Farm Road. Estimate $28K for milling. Ellis made a motion to continue considering paving Farm Road. Second by Commissioner Martin. County Coordinator Cherry ask if it would come under Dusty Roads program. Passed 5-0 to pave road. Martin motions to mill Casselberry Trail. Second by Commissioner Hamrick. 5-0 vote.
Talking about boat limit on Cherry Lake. Re-agenda till next meeting.
The board voted to allow expenditure of special assessments funds to pay for volunteer firefighter training.
Lee Mayor Eddie Bell discussed a two-day Independence Day celebration in Lee.