Supervisors questioned about Multi-Use Facility fees

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Supervisors Monday faced their first pricing question on rentalfees for the Lincoln County Multi-Use Facility since taking soleownership of the building in May.

After a brief debate, the board elected to keep previouspolicies in place until new ones could be determined by thecommission.

Mike Byrne, Alcorn State University agricultural agent, said hisoffice has scheduled a Goat Field Day at the facility from 6:30 to8:30 p.m. June 29, and he was unsure if the agency would be chargedfor the facility’s use.

In the past, the agency had been able to host the field day forfree, he said. However, he understood the May withdrawal of theBrookhaven Recreation and Parks Department and the City ofBrookhaven from the management of the facility had initiated somepolicy changes and didn’t know how that would affect the extensionservice.

Supervisors have been struggling since last month to determinehow best to govern the facility. Late last month, the board decidedto establish a county Recreation and Parks Commission to manage thefacility.

The county will not relinquish control to the commission,though, until its appointed members have met with the board toauthor operational bylaws.

In a separate matter, Ronnie Durr, county litter coordinator,said the April Keep Lincoln County Beautiful annual spring cleanupcampaign went well, with more nearly 218 tons of trash, litter anddebris collected.

“It was a little more this year because some of what we pickedup was hurricane related,” he said.

Durr said he also heard reports of residents of neighboringcounties dumping at the sites. Although he appreciated theirefforts, Durr said those counties have similar programs.

“They have the same access to funds that we do, and they cantake care of that themselves,” he said.

The cleanup effort also yielded 29.4 tons of white goods,including old appliances, such as stoves and refrigerators, Durrsaid. In addition, more than 2,100 tires and 80 batteries werecollected.