Hearing held by aldermen before regular meeting

By Daniel Brunty
Winston County Journal

The Louisville Board of Aldermen held a public hearing for the proposed Winston County Hazard Mitigation Plan before their regular meeting on Jan. 20 at City Hall.

The hearing was scheduled at 5 p.m., and was followed by the board’s regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. The hearing was held as a requirement to receive federal FEMA grants prior to begin work on the property.
Later in the regular meeting, Mayor Will Hill would make a motion to adopt the resolution for the Hazard Mitigation Plan, dated January 20, 2015, on behalf of the City of Louisville. The motion was passed unanimously by the board.

After the hearing was officially closed, the board began their regular meeting. After the approval of last meeting’s minutes, the first order of business regarded a recommendation of the City Zoning Board on a Petition to grant a variance of the Zoning Ordinance at 401 Pontotoc Street to allow a daycare by Billy Joe White and Lee O. Mays of Trustees and Faith Tabernacle Church of Christ and Genesis Learning Center, LLC.

Mayor Will Hill informed the board of the recommendation of the committee in regards to the petition. “The Recommendation Committee felt there was a lack of sufficient property parking; dropping and picking up children while having that outside of recreational areas where children are attending,” Hill reported. “The committee voted to reject this petition and present this recommendation to the Board of Alderman.”

Alderman-at-Large Frances Ball made a motion to accept the committee’s recommendation to reject the petition to grant a variance. The motion was seconded, and was passed unanimously by the board members.

The board was also given the Annual Animal Control Report from Louisville Code Enforcement Officer Jody Fulton. The report gives statistics on various areas of animal control, including the number of total animals picked up, adoption & adoption rate, and the number of animal put under euthanasia. “We got close to 6,000 animals we have picked up in nine years of animal control,” Fulton told the board members.

The report shows the following statistics:
Total Animals (picked up): 373
Euthanasia: 71
Adoptions: 249
Reclaims: 20
Adoption Rate: 67 percent

The statistics reflect that there was a slight decrease in the number of total animals picked up (375 in 2013), a slight decrease in euthanasia (75 in 2013), a decrease in adoptions (266 in 2013, an increase in reclaims (12 in 2013), and a slight decrease in adoption rate (71 percent in 2013).

Mayor Hill also asked the board members to approve a motion to authorize him to execute a revised lease with Winston Plywood. “In principal, it is the same thing, but there was a lot of language that needed to be worked out to their satisfaction for financing purposes,” Hill informed the board members.

After a brief question and answer session among the board members with board attorney Taylor Tucker explaining the changes, Alderwoman Judy McLeod made a motion to authorize the mayor to execute the revised lease. The motion was passed unanimously by the board.

McLeod also brought a special request to the board from the family of tornado victim Tyler Tucker. The family recently had a news story on a local news channel regarding how second graders from Tyler’s school planted sunflowers in honor of him, as well as all the victims of the April 28 tornado. The family is requesting the City of Louisville name the sunflower the official flower of the city.

After McLeod made the motion, it was seconded by Alderwoman Gwenita Mays and passed unanimously by the board.
In other news, the board:

Accepted a Petition to rezone property from R-2 to R-3, located at 508 North Columbus, owned by Henry M. Hudspeth, set hearing for Monday, February 16, at 6 p.m. before the Zoning Board, and give notice of the hearing

Authorized annual payment of support to the Airport Board from $7,500

Approved appointment to the Airport Board for Joey Partridge, 5 year term beginning Feb. 1, 2015 through 2020

Authorized payment to Pryor and Morrow for $78,348 for application #3 (Winston Plywood Project)

Accepted recommendation of committee to accept the Administrative Proposals on the 2015 ARC projects from Sample, Hicks and Associates

Accepted recommendation of committee to accept the Engineering Proposals on the 2015 ARC projects from Calvert-Spradling Engineering

Approved to set hearing for Feb. 17 to determine if property is unclean at 576 East Main Street, owned by Elmer Hindman

Approved to set hearing for Feb. 17 to determine if property is unclean at 158 Eiland Avenue, owned by Rosie Burnside

Approved to set hearing for Feb. 17 to determine if property is unclean at 158 Richardson Road, owned by Burr Warner

Approved to set hearing for Feb. 17 to determine if property is unclean at 143 Richardson Road, owned by Benjamin Tucker

Approved to set hearing for Feb. 17 to determine if property is unclean at 137 Richardson Road, owned by East MS Forest Products

Discussed scope of work plans
The Louisville Board of Aldermen will hold their next regular meeting on Feb. 3 at City Hall.

Local leaders from Winston County visited the Mississippi State Capitol this week. They met with legislators to discuss tornado related issues regarding Winston County Medical Center, City of Louisville and Winston County.   Photo (L-R): Gerald Mills, Executive Director for the Winston County Economic Development Partnership; Louisville Mayor Will Hill, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn; Paul Black, Winston Medical Center;  Rep. Joey Hood (R-Ackerman); and Rep. Michael T. Evans (D-Preston).

Local leaders from Winston County visited the Mississippi State Capitol this week. They met with legislators to discuss tornado related issues regarding Winston County Medical Center, City of Louisville and Winston County.  
Photo (L-R): Gerald Mills, Executive Director for the Winston County Economic Development Partnership; Louisville Mayor Will Hill, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn; Paul Black, Winston Medical Center;  Rep. Joey Hood (R-Ackerman); and Rep. Michael T. Evans (D-Preston).