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Lafayette County Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission join forces to discuss regulations

The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors and the Lafayette County Planning Commission held a joint work session Thursday morning at the Chancery Building to discuss revising wording in subdivision regulations, as well as give county work crews permission to begin site work where a new county multi-complex will be located.

Officials backed off on the idea of regulating times contractors are allowed to work on Sunday and also discussed when a project may begin after clear cutting land.

Public hearings will have to be held on the matters before county officials can take action.

“It was a real good meeting,” supervisors president Jeff Busby said. “We all came to an agreement on things and decided to change some of the wording in a few of the regulations.

“For the most part it was a good meeting and a much-needed meeting amongst the two boards. We work together but we never really work together.

“We both work for the county and hardly ever get together as a group and I think it was a good thing to do. I hope we do more of it in the future.”

The main result of the meeting was giving county engineer Larry Britt and county work crews permission to do site plan work and grading on County Road 406.

“It still has a long ways to go, but this was the first step,” Busby said. “It will probably be March or April before we ever put it out to bid.”

Supervisors also met with Mike Slaughter who is in the process of updating the county’s comprehensive plan.

A topic of interest was relocating the coroner’s office in the proposed multi-complex facility that will house several other county agencies on County Road 406, including the Mississippi Highway Patrol office, justice court and department of human services.

The county and the state are apparently trying to work out an agreement where autopsies can be performed at the new coroner’s office.

“We would like to do that, but that’s a long range goal to do in north Mississippi,” Busby said. “That is something long range that we’d like to look into and maybe go in that direction if that’s possible.”

Supervisors will next meet for their regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 19 at 8 a.m.