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Restaurant Seeks County Property For Expansion

Victoria Gonzalas of El Charritos talks with Board Attorney John Crow. – Photo by David Howell

By David Howell

COFFEEVILLE – A Water Valley restaurant seeking to purchase county property for an expansion received preliminary approval from supervisors at Tuesday’s  meeting in Coffeeville.

    Victoria Gonzalas told supervisors that El Charritos needed a small slice of land on the north side of the Mexican restaurant to expand the business.

    “We want to buy enough (property) where we can add to the restaurant,” Gonzalas explained.

    “We don’t utilize that property and never have for anything,” District Three Supervisor M.H. “Butch” Surrette said. “I think it is something we can consider.”

    “They need the parking there,” District One Supervisor Tommy Vaughn added.

    Surrette added he would be in favor of selling the county property located on the west side of Town Creek to the business.

    “Does that sound reasonable to the rest of y’all?” Surrette asked.

    “Yes,” District Five Supervisor Frank “Bubba” Tillman and Vaughn answered.

    Board Attorney John Crow advised supervisors that the preliminary steps in the process would be to get a survey and appraisal of the property.

    Other business discussed at the meeting included:

    • Approved Pamela Redwine as the requisition person at the Multi-purpose building. The appointment comes after the retirement of Steve Cummings last month.

    • Approved a request from North Central Planning and Development District to appoint Bob Tyler to its Small Business Loan Review Committee.

    • Approved an application from Timberland Harvesters, LLC, to exceed the posted weight limit on County 90 and 227 while logging.

    • Approved the preliminary version of the flood ordinance. The ordinance will set 12 inches as the minimum elevation above the flood level for structures in the county. The ordinance will also include a penalty of up to 30 days in jail and a $100 fine as the penalties imposed if someone is in violation of the ordinance. The ordinance will be sent to Mississippi Emergency Management Agency for review before it is officially adopted.

    • Entered executive session to discuss a pending lawsuit filed against the county by Cecil Harrison.

    • Set a recessed board meeting for July 20.

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