New changes being drafted for County ordinances

Published 5:15 pm Monday, October 16, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Lincoln County is working to draft a new ordinance and an amendment to an ordinance ahead of the next regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting in November. One ordinance will regulate subdivisions while the amendment to an ordinance will create a new enforcement position. 

The newest subdivision project in Lincoln County is on Timberlane Road and Sunset Road north of Lake Lincoln. Lincoln County Engineer Ryan Holmes said he told Family First Land, the company creating the subdivision, to get all of their approvals from the state before the county would review it. Family First is subdividing the land to 24 lots. 

Holmes told the board of supervisors Monday he was close to finishing a draft of an ordinance to regulate the creation of subdivisions. He said the ordinance would make the process more uniform for subdivisions to be created. 

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“I took a couple of good things from other places and added to it. It is fairly simple,” Holmes said. 

Holmes requested the board to approve a moratorium on the founding of subdivisions until they can get the ordinance passed. Supervisors voted to enact a 60 day moratorium on any new subdivisions. A draft of an ordinance should be ready by the next board meeting in November. 

County patrol officer

Supervisors additionally discussed the creation of a new patrol officer position. Lincoln County Board Attorney Greg Malta said he hopes to have an amendment drafted to include the authorization for the county to hire a County Road Patrol officer. 

The position would help Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office enforce the weight limits in the county. Copiah and Warren Counties have road patrol officers with mobile scales to weigh overweight trucks and enforce the posted weight limits. 

Lincoln County Administrator Daniel Calcote said there is room in the budget to hire a road patrol officer. District 4 Supervisor Eddie Brown pointed out that Lincoln County is so big they might need two road patrol officers. Calcote said they should start with one and go from there.