By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times
Eupora aldermen took action Monday night after hearing safety concerns about loaded log trucks on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in the city limits.
Junior Shaw (Ward 1) said he was concerned about loaded log trucks damaging the section of that street inside the city limits and the danger to children walking in the neighborhood if a log was to fall off.
Curtis Ford and Robert Lee Yates, who both live on MLK, also addressed the board with similar concerns. They said the trucks need to slow down and not come through the area loaded.
“We are concerned very much,” said Ford, who later added, “We can tolerate unloaded trucks.”
Following the discussion, the Board of Aldermen voted to erect “No Trucks” signs at South Allen Street and Hall Road, and to declare the area in-between a “No Truck” zone. Board members also asked Mayor Dan Burchfield to contact Weyerhaeuser’s office in Columbus and make it aware of the situation.
In another street safety issue, the board discussed the possibility of putting speed bumps on South Dunn just north of the Cedar Street intersection, about midway of West Clark Street and possibly on other streets. The matter was tabled until the board’s Oct. 21 meeting.
Burchfield introduced Beau Powell, who has agreed to serve as interim park director. The board appointed him to the position through Dec. 31 at the same salary as the former director.
Powell said the youth football season is in progress and that soccer practice starts next week.
“Everything’s going good,” he told aldermen.
Additionally, Burchfield said 33 people have applied for a deputy clerk position. Although the job vacancy was advertised as part time, the board authorized the mayor to begin setting up interviews to hire a full-term deputy water clerk at $8 an hour, who after a 90-day probationary period will be paid $8.50 an hour.
Burchfield, who serves as volunteer economic developer for the county, gave an economic development update Monday night.
“We’re looking at a possible megasite,” he said. Potential locations are on U.S. 82 just east of the Mississippi 9 bypass, according to Burchfield.
He also said a group of local investors/businessmen are joining together to try to develop industries here.
In other business, the board voted to:
• allow the area chapter of the Academy of Model Aeronautics to use the city airport upon reservation and notification to City Hall.
• table indefinitely a donation request from the American Red Cross.
• accept Milinda Norwood’s certificate of court clerk training attendance.
• add Jason Medders and Michael Johnson to the list of volunteer firefighters upon the recommendation of Fire Chief Richard Love and pending background checks.
Jerry Gary (at large) was absent Monday because of the death of his father.