The Board of Aldermen recently approved a new fine schedule as recommended by the court clerk along with one new and one increased fee that will be assessed on tickets.
The municipal court fee, which is assessed on each citation, will increase to $40 from $25, and a new “tech fee” of $10 will be added to all traffic citations.
The new fine schedule has a mix of increases and decreases.
“Most of the stuff that I call ‘poor person’s fines,’ which would be no insurance, no tag, no driver’s license, most of those I kept the same or either they went down,” said Court Clerk Zane Elliott.
Fines for some offenses such as stealing and shoplifting increased to be more in line with fines in cities such as Oxford, Tupelo and Starkville, he said, although the fines still run about 30 percent less than those of Tupelo.
In other recent actions:
• The board accepted the lone bid of $819,920 for a new fire truck purchase.
• In property cleanup, the board scheduled new public hearings for 5 p.m. Sept. 17 on seven lots: 1605 Third Street (Alrahami), 1405 Third Street (Griffin), 1510 Meeks Street (Dilworth Estate), 3805 Mathis Road (Evetts), 1408 Second Street East (Witt), 1405 Second Street (Wade and Wade), and 1513 Second Street (Bugg and Williams).
• In zoning matters, the board rejected a request from Kyle Holcombe for a mobile home in the state line area and approved a request from Buzz Plaxico for a large shed at a property on Highway 45, following recommendations by the planning commission/board of adjustment.
• Street Commissioner Philip Verdung informed the board that round two of spraying is in progress to deter growth along the cleaned up creeks. Another component has been added to the mix to curtail the growth of taller grasses such as Johnson grass.
• The board agreed to move forward with a proposed agreement to convey the South Corinth school property to the Easom Outreach Foundation.