Subdivision plan offered to officials

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, October 6, 2004

Town officials got a sneak preview of a subdivision to beconstructed soon at Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the mayor andboard of aldermen.

Mike Graham, owner and developer of Oak Grove Subdivision, andJeff Knight, an engineer with engineering firm Williford, Gearhartand Knight Inc., presented the board with a layout of thesubdivision.

The subdivision, containing six patio homes for lease, will bebuilt in the area of Cotton Street and Eighth Street near thefuture home of Saint Ambrose Leadership College, said Graham.

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“My intentions are to develop a nice subdivision to complementthat area,” he said.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes will be rented forapproximately $650-700 a month, he estimated.

“My intentions are to lease them and keep possession of theproperties,” said Graham. “At some point in time, I’m sure I’llsell them down the road.”

Oak Grove will have strict covenants that will supersede thetown’s ordinances, similar to the policies of other localsubdivisions.

Graham said the idea for the subdivision came when his wife,Sandra, who is a teacher at Wesson Attendance Center, heard peopletalking about the need for more quality rental properties inWesson.

Aldermen were pleased with plans for the new development andwelcomed the expected start of construction this month.

“I think there’s a big need for it,” said Alderman RobertDerrick.

The demolition of faculty housing at Copiah-Lincoln CommunityCollege in recent years, along with an increase of about threepercent annually in the town’s population, were among reasons givenfor the need for rental property.

The subdivision will only require one tap into the town’swater/sewer system and developers meet all the requirements of thetown’s ordinances, said town officials.

Aldermen told Graham and Knight they “appreciated” theirconsidering Wesson for the project.

In other matters, aldermen expressed frustration with the town’scable television provider, Bailey’s Cablevision.

Derrick asked the board to write a letter demanding betterservice and figures showing how many customers were in Wesson,adding the town has requested such information previously with nosuccess.

“This is ridiculous. This has been going on for months andmonths,” said Derrick. “You’re paying for service, and you’re notgetting it.”

He proposed the town cancel its agreement with Bailey’sCablevision if the town did not see results in 30 days.

Rather than writing a letter, Mayor Alton Shaw said he wouldcall the company about problems with reception.

The board held an executive session to discuss personnel andemerged with two decisions. They voted to set a rate of $400 persession for judges who serve in the town’s municipal court and topay the town clerk an hourly rate rather than a salary.