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/Wednesday, March 17, 2010 INSIDE 00eport , ......... Page 8 Wiggins, Miss. Vol. 95, No. 11 75 USPS 522-300 Your Hometown Newspaper Since 1916 County adopts redevelopment plan City to address issd Tuesday meeting By Jody O'Hara Staff Writer The Stone County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday to adopt a redevelop- ment plan for the county which could pave the way for job cre- ation. The Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment Plan, Stone County, Mississippi, 2OLO, pro- vides the county and the City of Wiggins with alway to offer incentives to developers of com- mercial property. Tax Increment Financing (TIF) allows a governmental body to float bonds which can repay those developers for the cost of installing infrastructure neces- sary to development. In a nutshell, a TIF takes into account the ad valorem value of a property before development and provides for any increase in that value, once development has taken place, to be utilized in bond form to reimburse the developer. The county was imdted by the City of Wiggins to take part in the plan, which would ultimately require an interlocal agreement between the two governments. The city could finance a TIF through the increased salles tax a developmenlt may produce. The Wiggims Board of Aldermen was scheduled to address the ]matter at its Tuesday meeting. "According; to Jimmy Gouras' office, morethan lOO cities and counties in lWlississippi have taken advanltage of TIFs," said Board of Supervisors President Dale Bond. Bond stressed that the county would not bee interested in utiliz- ing a TIF for: residential develop- ment, but ornly in instances where permanent jobs would result. "This is for where jobs going to be cre- ated," he -said. "The coumy is at no risk, this just covers , us if a : devel- oper comes along and we want to help them with this as an incentive." Alderman-at-Large Joel Miles is in favor of the plan, calling it a way to raise revenue for all involved. "It's a way to encourage devel- opment and job creation," he said. "It should raise sales tax revenue and property tax rev- enue. I don't think there's any negative about it to the city or the county." Stone County Tax Assessor/Collector Charles Williams Jr. told the Board of Please see,JOBS page 15 Half pound of marijuana seized Narcotics task force staying busy By Jody O'Hara Staff Writer The Stone/Wiggins Narcotics Task Force had a busy week tak- ing drugs and dealers off the streets. On Sunday, police observed Robin McCray in a car in Wiggins and initiated a stop because of an outstanding war- rant for his arrest. Travelling on College Avenue with a passenger, McCray pulled into the driveway at 625 College Ave. E. and fled on foot. While officer Greg Daniels gave chase, Capt. Jay Green detained a passenger in the vehicle, 28- year-old Latondray Marshall of Gulfport. "I walked up to the car and she was holding a bag of marijuana in her hand," Green said. Daniels, aided by other officers, eventually subdued McCray, a 25-year-old Wiggins resident, and both were charged with pos- session with intent to distribute marijuana. The marijuana, packaged in eight separate bags, weighed half a pound.. Marshall was placed on hold by the Mississippi Department of Corrections because of a proba- tion violation and is being held without bond at the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility. MeCray is being held at SCRCF on a $20,500 bond. Marshall's attorney produced an affidavit signed by McCray saying all the drugs in the car belonged to him. That wouldn't be much help to McCray Marshall Marshall according to Stone County Sheriff Mike Farmer. "It doesn't matter who the dope belongs to, if you're holding it in your hand, that's possession," he said. Christopher Avery, a 36-year- old Wiggins resident was arrest- ed Monday and charged with possession of crack cocaine and child endangerment. Green said Avery was observed engaging in illegal activity and a warrant was obtained and exe- cuted at Avery's apartment on Magnolia Drive. Police found two grams of crack cocaine. During surveillance, Avery was observed leaving a 6-month-old child alone in his residence. The child has been placed in the cus- tody of the Department of Please see, DRUGS, page 15 Barbara Heckhaus and her pets enjoy a ride along the city's new bike path. JODY O'HARA I ENTERPRISE Bike path ready to roll By Jody O'1-Iara Staff Writer The Wiggiins bike path has reached a stage of substantial eompletionL and is ready to guide cyclists through the recre- ational opportunities the city has to offer. Beginning at the corner of Third Street and Pine Avenue and running all the way to Flint Creek Water Park, the path cov- ers nearly flaree quarters of a mile. "I think the main deal was to connect the recreational desti- nations in the city," said Ryan Tiee, who designed the bike path. "You can now go from Flint Creek: Water Park to Reynolds Ffield and then to Blaylock Paark on one path." The $354,000 bike path was paid for witth an 80/20 Transportaltion Enhancement Grant from the Mississippi Department of Transportation. That made the city's cost $70,800. The path, which ends at a gate leading to the maintenance area of the water park, will extend another 906 feet into the park, leading cyclists to the road around the reservoir. That portion is being jointly funded by the Pat Harrison Waterway District and the Stone County Economic Development Partnership. Tiee is designing the extension and believes it could be com- plete by the end of June. More of the Transportation Enhancement Grants could be made available to extend the path southward, possibly con- necting it to Stone High School as well as Stone Middle School. "I think that's an unstated goal," Tice said. "It would be / nice to have a path from the city to the schools so it would be feasible for students to once again walk to school." The only section of the trail where bicycles are prohibited is the switchbacks which descend the hill overlooking Reynolds Field. Cyclists are directed to follow, the streets south and east of Reynolds Field. "That is really a liability thing," Tice said. "Someone could conceivably get hurt try- ing to negotiate those switch- backs." Tiee encouraged residents to get out and experience the path and the health benefits it offers. "You can walk on this trail or ride your bike on it," he said. "It's a nice way to get some exercise." 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