Resident says stop sign gets ignored

By MARK ROGERS,

A dog hit by a car that ran a stop sign prompted a Foxworth man to approach county supervisors about improving safety at a spot he says is dangerous.

Kenneth Hebert addressed the Marion County Board of Supervisors Monday about the intersection of Shiloh Firetower Road and Old Mississippi 24.

“People are always running the stop signs,” he said. “My kids catch the bus there, my grandkids, and people will run the stop while we’re standing out there. My dog got hit six feet in front of the stop sign. The guy was not intending to stop at all at the stop sign. When you’re six feet in front of a stop sign and you’re intending to stop you would miss the dog. I know it’s just a dog, my grandson’s dog, but that could have been my grandson.”

District 3 Supervisor Tony Morgan said his crews had cut limbs away from the stop sign in an attempt to increase visibility.

“Before you moved there we were going to cut them and the property owner wouldn’t allow us to,” he said. “We trimmed them back a little bit last year. We’ve even had the law sit out there and write a few tickets, but people still don’t stop at that stop sign.”

Hebert asked the county to install “stop ahead” signs, flashing lights on signs or speed bumps. Morgan said he would have another sign installed further up the road warning of the stop.

District 1 Supervisor Randy Dyess said the problem of people disregarding stop signs was countywide.  Morgan said crews would also remove bushes that impede the sign.

In other business to begin the year Monday, the board:

• Appointed District 2 Supervisor Terry Broome as president and District 3 Supervisor Tony Morgan as vice president.

• Accepted the bid of Citizens Bank to be the county depository.  Citizens will pay 2.75 percent interest on accounts. The other bid opened was from State Bank.

• Voted to raise the fee for using the Marion County Activity Center on Mississippi 13 South to $100 per day with a $50 deposit.

• Paid bills associated with tax sales held last fall.

• Reappointed Comptroller Susan Bridges, County Engineer Jeff Dungan and Fire Coordinator Aaron Greer and appointed Drew Foxworth as board attorney, replacing his law partner Joe Shepard, who retired at the end of 2018. 

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