County to grade roads in annexed area
The city of Ridgeland will cut grass along some county roads in a newly-annexed area west of I-55 and Madison County will in turn grade some gravel roads.
The move comes after the Madison County Board of Supervisors approved a Memorandum of Understanding to enter into an interlocal agreement with the city of Ridgeland during their Monday meeting.
District 3 Supervisor Gerald Steen made the request in the form of a motion for the board to enter into the agreement, saying the city of Ridgeland asked for help grading some gravel roads in an area recently annexed by the city.
“The city of Ridgeland came and asked in the annexed area … and they asked us to grade those roads,” Steen said. “The more we got to talking we did some swapping out. They are going to do some grass cutting on Lake Castle and North Livingston to offset the grading.”
Steen said Ridgeland does not own a grader.
Board Attorney Mike Espy said, “Basically, the city of Ridgeland will agree to cut some grass and pick up litter along the county roads, and in consideration the county will dredge some of the areas in the city especially after it rains.”
Supervisors unanimously approved the motion.
In other matters during Monday’s meeting, the board:
• Supervisors adopted a resolution honoring the life of Melvin Ray, the former Madison County Schools superintendent, who died June 24 at the age of 82.
The resolution reads in part: “The Madison County Board of Supervisors approves, authorizes and passes a resolution honoring the life of the ‘citizen servant,’ Clarence Melvin Ray, who served as county school superintendent, and in other capacities within the county school system of Madison County for over thirty (30) years, and, in doing so, he blessed the lives of future generations, and of everyone who came to know him,” states in part the resolution.
Supervisors unanimously adopted the resolution and agreed to send a copy to Ray’s family.
• Agreed to allow Ruby White, a resident of Lincoln Street in the Magnolia Heights subdivision in the county, to close off a portion of Lincoln Street between Center Street and Madison Street from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 21 for a block party to celebrate her birthday.
• Acknowledged receiving a 2020 fiscal year audit report from Dr. Mary Sims-Johnson, Madison County Citizens Services Agency. The independent audit report had no adverse findings.
• Heard a report from Heath Hall of Strategic Marketing Group, LLC on the county’s Facebook page that now has 4,994 followers and an update on the county’s app that now has 534 users.
• Authorized a summary change order and project closeout on an onsite water and sewer utilities project with a total cost of $1,419,980.
• Approved claims and payroll dockets, wedding reports and Fleetcor dockets as well as budget amendments and inter-fund cash transfers.
• Went into executive session in which they:
• Made two administrative adjustments and condemned one property on Bozeman Road;
• Hired a traffic engineer for a cost not to exceed $10,000 on the Bozeman Road project;
• Established just compensation for four parcels of property on the Reunion Phase II project as well as state aid project;
• Began establishment of the Madison County Megasite Fire District board that will be composed of the members of the board of supervisors and retained the services of Watkins & Eager law firm to assist the county attorney in the creation of the fire district.
• Set a special budget workshop meeting for 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 27.