County wants out of Canton election
Removing Madison County from the tangled Canton elections controversy is what supervisors have asked their board attorney to investigate following a judge’s order to oversee the vote.
A special election was ordered last week by a special judge presiding over a case brought by three Democrat incumbent aldermen who lost their seats in this year’s primaries.
Special Judge Jeff Weill Sr., last week vacated Canton’s April 6 primary results and ordered an Aug. 17 re-do in primary aldermen races for the city’s Wards 2 and 5 in which incumbent Ward 2 Alderman Fred Esco Jr., lost to challenger Renee Truss and incumbent Ward 5 Alderman Tim C. Taylor lost to challenger John E. Brown.
Weill’s July 1 order states that “to the fullest extent allowed by Mississippi law, the special elections should be conducted by the Madison County Election Commission and Madison County Circuit Clerk and that, to authorize such conduct of the special election by the Madison County Election Commission and Madison County Circuit Clerk, the Court hereby directs the Madison County Election Commission and Madison County Circuit Clerk to conduct the special elections to the fullest extent authorized by Mississippi law.”
During Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, supervisors unanimously passed a motion acknowledging receipt of Weill’s judgment and to “order and to authorize the county attorney to investigate and take any and all actions to remove the Madison County Circuit Clerk, the Madison County Election Commission and the Madison County Board of Supervisors from any and all obligations and or duties under said order.”
In other matters during Tuesday’s meeting, the board:
• Passed a motion to acknowledge the bankruptcy of Purdue Pharma as part of the county’s participation in class-action opioid litigation.
• Voted to accept the 2021 Real and Personal Property Tax Rolls, as presented by Tax Assessor Norman Cannady.
• Approved the final plat for the Heron’s Bay of Caroline. The Development is approximately 31 acres with 84 lots.
• Approved and awarded the McCullough Road Bridge Rehabilitation contract to the lowest bidder, Key, LLC. for $146,197.50.
• Approved hiring Neel Schaffer to assist the County in conducting a transportation study to help prioritize roadway improvements for $43,500.
• Rezoned the northwest corner of Highway 17 and Sulphur Springs Road from A-1 (agricultural) to C-2 (commercial) at the request of the Madison County Economic Development Authority, (MCEDA).
• Approved a site plan and a rezoning request from R-1 (residential) to SU-2 (special use) of land near Highway 463 at the request of the Madison County School District.
• Approved hiring Dale Partners Architects for architectural services for the Madison County shooting range that will be located on Mount Leopard Road.