O’Neil Creek Road will not be closed to the public.
District 1 Supervisor Caleb Rivers said he has gotten many calls from residents objecting to the request to close the road made by private landowners during the previous Yazoo County Board of Supervisors meeting.
A landowner asked the county to close the road to the public, stating that illegal dumping and hunting were a problem. Rivers said Friday that many residents contacted him explaining that they frequently use the road.
Requests to close county roads are not uncommon, but those requests are usually met by public opposition. A request to close a portion of Eagle Bend Road was recently withdrawn by property owners.
During the Friday meeting, board attorney Jay Barbour said the county needs to consider changing the procedure so that the individuals making requests incur the costs. The county is require to publish legal advertisements providing public notice before abandoning a public road.
When those notices are published, there is usually enough public opposition to persuade board members to keep the road open.
In the future the county will require residents making requests to pay for the public notices.
In other business during Friday’s meeting:
* Frank Howell gave the board an overview of projects Delta Council is working on.
Howell praised the county’s efforts to improve workforce development through the creation of the Workforce Development Division of the Yazoo County Economic Development District.
“If all of the communities in our area took workforce development as serious al y’all do, we’d be a lot better off,” Howell said. “That is exactly what it’s going to take to compete for the jobs of the future.”
* Dale Lakes, a candidate for District 4 Supervisor, complained that he was only given three minutes during the previous meeting to discuss his complaints about the county’s redistricting process.
Board President Cobie Collins said Lakes was allowed to share his concerns, but the board has to move on.
“You had a question about rezoning,” Collins said. “Our lawyer gave you an answer, but it might not have been the answer that you wanted to hear.”
Lakes said he wants Yazoo County Circuit Clerk Robert Coleman to be present for the next meeting to “clear this up.”
* The board approved a request by Michael Alexander to help sponsor Carl Tart to American Legion Boy’s State.