The city appears to have had their final straw with the owners of SASE Apartments. The owner, Senator Samson Jackson from the Meridian area, said it is management’s intention to do whatever the city wants them to do to comply with city regulations.
Samson is reported to be related to a Dr. Bridges from Simpson County.
The apartments, which were identified as being government subsidized, are on Highway 541 in Magee. Jackson said the apartments are not subsidized and that it was his intention to comply. Jackson has said this many times before, however, ant it seems to be a ploy to get officials off his back.
At last week’s meeting of the Magee Board of Aldermen, Alderman Lane Steele stated that the fire department had to respond to a fire at the apartments in which furniture and tires were burning. Board members estimated that it would take over 12 trailer trucks to remove all the materials that had been dumped at the apartments.
In addition to materials not disposed of properly discussion mentioned black mold and previous fire damage.
The board discussed having an outside agency that subsidizes the property come in and see its condition. Steele said if the owner does not show up at the meeting and comply, it is his intention to have the property closed and the residents relocated.
Results of the complaints to the board about speeders in the community resulted in Central Mississippi Planning and Development District placing road monitors. One vehicle was clocked at 70 miles per hour and about ten at 50 miles per hour. The results were shared with the Magee Police Department.
Good news was reported by Brett Duncan, representing Charles Prince CPA. He reported that the city’s bank statements have been balanced through January 2021.
The board discussed Magee applying for a Central Mississippi Development Block Grant, CDBG, for their sewer lagoon project. At a previous meeting the board approved providing funding for $150,000 but rescinded that action and increased it to $300,000. The project is expected to come in between $600 to $900 thousand.
Duncan also told the board that sales tax collections are up $160 year to date. While the city had only budget $2.2 million it appears as though they will reach $2.5 million.
Duncan told the board they need to be concerned about funding the city was slated to receive from the Federal Government as related to Covid. He said the guidelines are changing and it would be safe to bank on not getting the funds and qualifying than to budget and find out they do not meet criteria.
The board held a hearing to hear from Mrs. Joanne Higgins about the condition of her property. The board agreed to allow Higgins 14 days before the city cleans the property and assesses cost as well as potential penalties.
Sue Honea, who serves on the Magee Zoning Board relinquished her position on the board and Alderman at Large Angel Brister appointed Roma Windham to fulfill the existing term. Honea will move into the position of alderman at large in June.
There was a split on voting to rehire Walter Burkett as a police officer for the city. Alderman Patrick Brown stated that he had left in questionable circumstances. Brister, Baker and Hickman voted in favor Brown and Steele abstain from the vote.
Public works reported they are down the number of trustees as well as four full-time employees. Public Works Director, Hugh Dilmore, reported they are behind in bushhogging and street repair. He said they are working to make repairs to leaks all over town. He said the dog catcher has been busy and collected 60 dogs since he started working.