CATEGORY: SUP Lee Board of SupervisorsMOULDE


By Philip Moulden

Daily Journal

Lee County supervisors Monday welcomed sunny skies as the county-backed spring fair and rodeo emerged from a soggy weekend with weak attendance figures.

The fair, which opened Friday night, drew a turnout estimated at about 30 percent of the opening weekend for last year’s late summer fair, a county official said. Exact gate counts weren’t available Monday.

“It’s been a rough start to get it going,” county Agri-Center and fair director Frank Swanger told supervisors. “If we can get the sunshine to stay with us, I think things will be good from now on.”

It is the county’s first spring fair, an event generally designed to mirror the late summer Northeast Mississippi Fair & Livestock Show begun in 1994. The success of the first two summer fairs spurred the spring fair trial, which officials hope will become an annual event.

“I think before it’s all over with we’re going to have a good spring fair,” Swanger said.

In other action, supervisors approved boosts in court costs for criminal convictions in Justice Court to help fund the county’s anti-drug D.A.R.E. program for schoolchildren. Under terms of a local and private legislative act approved this year, people convicted of alcohol and drug-related offenses will pay an extra $50 in court costs while all other offenders will pay an additional $5.

The program will cover the Lee County School District and school districts in Baldwyn and Nettleton, which cross county lines.

County officials said they had been trying to get the Legislature’s approval of the court cost increase for three years.

Board members also ordered traffic counts on Palmetto Road at County Road 261 to determine what changes are needed, if any, at the intersection to reduce accidents.

District 4 Supervisor Tommie Lee Ivy said the intersection is very dangerous and he asked fellow supervisors to approve installation of a yellow flashing light to warn motorists.

“There’s a lot of accidents there,” Ivy said.

But other board members said the $5,000-plus estimated cost of installation plus ongoing power fees may not be justified.

“We need some criteria …,” said District 2 Supervisor Everett Swann, who voiced concerns that the light would set a precedent for many similar requests. “If you come up with $5,000 at every intersection (in the county), then we’re in trouble.”

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