By John Davis Oxford Citizen
OXFORD – Slaughter & Associates, owned and operated by Mike Slaughter of Oxford, was the planning firm the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors decided to help with its comprehensive plan on Monday morning.
Nine days after holding a special meeting to hear a final pitch from the firms, the supervisors approved Slaughter & Associates.
“My firm is now a 100 percent planning firm and has been for 15 years, but I do have that background in civil engineering,” Slaughter told the board in that meeting.
Slaughter & Associates was praised by supervisor Chad McLarty, saying the firm was more than qualified to help with whatever was needed.
There was a questioned raised about Slaughter being involved with the city on its annexation study.
Those concerns were looked into by Board of Supervisors attorney David O’Donnell and it was decided that there was no conflict.
Board President Jeff Busby said he even talked with the city about the annexation plan to clarify the matter and eight subdivisions that were in question are not part of that plan. Slaughter addressed those concerns, saying there was no issue and then if the supervisors as a whole was, he would have respected that.
Not an issue
“In reality, it’s not an issue. If I were being hired by the county to oppose Oxford’s annexation, then that would be a conflict because I am working for Oxford on their annexation,” Slaughter said. “It’s a totally separate issue on comprehensive planning. There is not a conflict there.”
Slaughter is originally from Batesville and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, earning a degree in civil engineering. He has lived in Oxford since 1990. Slaughter works all over the state of Mississippi on comprehensive projects, planning, zoning. Any type of ordinances or regulations that county or city governments need, he can help.
Slaughter worked on engineering design in Memphis and in Shelby County, Tennessee, in the mid and late 1980s. He got more into the planning profession once he moved back to Oxford and in the mid 1990s, he went back to graduate school to obtain his degree in city and regional planning. By the time 2000 rolled around, Slaughter was performing urban planning.
The contract needs to be finalized between the county and Slaughter, but he is already working toward their request of a plan. He said he felt like it would take six months to complete, so by August or the first part of September, the plan could be presented.
In other matters Monday, the board:
• Approved a request of $1,200 for video cameras to be installed in the public library to deter any unnecessary activity on the first floor. There are cameras currently located on the second floor, and they have helped cut down on various behavior.
• Kenneth Drewrey, the solid waste manager for the county, updated the board on trash picked off the side of roads and highways locally. With the help of the justice court, trash that escaped from pick-up trucks or vehicles overall were routinely taken care of.
• Denied a request from The Jefferson, located at 365 Highway 6 East, to receive qualified resort status.
• Approved travel for three employees in the tax accessor/collector office to attend education and certification programs in Verona were approved at a cost of $250, plus travel.
• Approved two new jailers to work at the Lafayette County Detention Center at a rate of $12 per hour.