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Multiple Eagle Lake issues discussed at supervisors’ work session

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County Engineer Keith O'Keefe addresses the Board while Kimble Slayton looks on. (photo by Thomas Parker).

The Warren County Board of Supervisors discussed several recurring Eagle Lake matters during Monday’s work session.

County Engineer Keith O’Keefe informed supervisors that he has several projects about to go out for bid including one to make repairs to Eagle Lake Shore Road. This project was shelved in 2019 due to flooding in the area. O’Keefe said he was working through some easement issues before putting the project out for bids, which he hopes will be in September.

O’Keefe then brought Kimble Slayton, president of CTSI Land Surveying, into the discussion about Shell Beach Road. Slayton presented the board with an extremely detailed presentation on the area. Slayton has researched property deeds and descriptions dating back to the 1940’s attempting to determine exactly what the county owns and has maintained through the years. Both men used the term “prescriptive roadway” in their discussion, a term defining the actual road and any property tied to it that a government entity assumes responsibility for maintaining.

In the case of Shell Beach Road, the road runs between property owner’s homes and the rest of their lake front land. One group of owners has approached the board hoping to get the road abandoned. Another has presented the board with a petition hoping to get it repaired.

O’Keefe has secured funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make the repairs.

If the opposing homeowners refuse to grant necessary easements to make repairs, an eminent domain process to seize the property could be in the works. Board Attorney Blake Teller said it could take up to 90 days; however, he did point out that there could be an emergency clause invoked as these repairs need to be made expeditiously.

District 5 Supervisor Kellie Banks brought up the water management agreement in the area and a recent conversation she had with Ann Dahl in reference to the drawdown at Eagle Lake. Eagle Lake property owners are lobbying to have the lake drawn down further to facilitate repairs to banks, docks and structures near the lake. Dahl appeared before the board in June requesting that the 2000 agreement and its outdated language be addressed due to flooding in recent years. District 4 Supervisor Jeff Holland pointed out that officials that need to be involved from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are on the annual low water inspection tour of waterways.

All were in agreement that a meeting with the six entities with jurisdiction need to be scheduled as soon as possible to get a resolution for property owners. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, along with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have regulatory authority over the waterway. In addition, the USACE, Warren County, Madison Parish and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service all have some form of jurisdiction over the lake.

“I am against a bunch of one offs, we need to get everyone to the table and see if we can get something done,” said District 1 Supervisor Edward Herring.

The next regular meeting of the board is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8.

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18-wheeler in wreck on 61 South in Warren County

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(photo by Thomas Parker)

An 18-wheeler was involved in a single vehicle crash around 6 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 61 South approximately 1 mile north of the Claiborne-Warren County line.

The truck left the roadway on the northbound side of the highway for unknown reasons.

The driver was transported to Claiborne County Hospital by private vehicle before law enforcement arrived on the scene. His condition is not known at this time.

Traffic has not been affected, but use caution in the area to allow investigators to do their jobs safely.

Warren County deputies Daniel Thomas and Ron Kinard are on the scene, and a trooper from the Mississippi State Police is on the way and will be in charge of the investigation.

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Vicksburg named Water Treatment Plant of the Year for second consecutive year

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For the second year in a row, the City of Vicksburg has received the 2020 Water Treatment Plant of the Year Award from the American Water Works Association. The award cites overall water quality, plant improvements, energy efficiency and regulatory conformance as criteria for the selection.

“Having the best water treatment plant in the State of Mississippi for two years in a row is just one more reason why people should move to Vicksburg,” said Mayor George Flaggs Jr. in a statement. “Our philosophy is to provide the best quality service at the least cost to the taxpayers. Today, we’re continuing to deliver on that promise.”

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen hired ESG Operations, Inc. in 2016 to manage and operate the city’s water treatment plant on Haining Road. The plant has received a five-star rating from the State Department of Health for the past four years and has been in 100% compliance with all regulatory agencies.

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VPD reports auto theft and business burglary for Tuesday

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The Vicksburg Police Department reports an auto theft and a business burglary occurred Tuesday, Oct. 13.

At 5:34 a.m. officers responded to a residence in the 3100 block of Washington Street in reference to a stolen vehicle. The complainant reported that someone stole a 2015 Chrysler 200.

The Days Inn at 90 Warrenton Road was the site of a business burglary Tuesday. Officers responded to the motel at 9:09 a.m. where the victims stated that someone kicked a room door in and stole a Dewalt paint sprayer, two Magnavox paint sprayers, a Minolta hand sander and a Milwaukee reciprocating saw. Two other saws of unknown brands were also taken. The total value of the missing equipment is estimated at $5,500.

If you have information on either of these incidents, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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