Contractor: plant progressing rapidly

Jesco, Inc.’s senior vice president delivered good news about the future home of Schulz Extruded Products to the Tunica County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 15.
Jerry Maxcy gave a brief overview on construction progress at the site since Jesco was named general contractor in late August. He said things are “really moving” on the project and “everything is going as well as it possibly can.”
He estimated that work was over 90 percent complete on the cold mill portion and concrete panels all along the complex. Work began on the blue skin and metal siding around a week ago.

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Maxcy said things were also progressing on the area for the horizontal extruder. The foundation has been laid and is in the curing phase. The facility’s first piece of significant equipment will be placed there once it is complete.
Work on the hot mill is continuing and trucks are “flocking in” with stone for the base of the facility’s perimeter.
Maxcy said the mechanical, electrical and plumbing packages for the project are ready to go out to bidders. He noted that Entergy has also been an asset.
The board thanked Maxcy for the update and approved several Schulz items during their session.
Board attorney Andy Dulaney told officials that a grant secured by North Delta with help from the Mississippi Development Authority had been awarded to the county. The funds,  totalling $210,000, are provided by a grant from the Delta Regional Authority. They will be used for the Schulz project and receipt of the grant was unanimously approved by board members.
Also receiving a nod from supervisors was a request for a transfer of 1.3 acres from the county to Tunica County Utility District. Dulaney explained that the tract is being used to provide water and sewer services.
Following that item, the board received and ratified a series of contracts relating to Schulz. Dulaney explained they were a hybrid of subcontractors who were working with Jesco. They include: Ellis Steel, Jay-Ton Construction, Century Construction, T. Gene Edward, Magnolia Underground, L &T Construction, Jolly Roofing, Burton Construction, Lunday and Association, ConSteel Co. and Southern Metal Fabricators.
Construction is set to take place through the next several months as Schulz plans to manufacture pipe by the first quarter of 2011.
In other business, the board:
• learned that South Delta Planning and Development District will be turning over Aging Services at the end of the month.
SDPDD head Billy Haney said North Delta will resume those services on Dec 1 following a request to the Mississippi Department of Human Services from SDPDD.
“As time went along, we were well received in some places and not well received in other places,” Haney said.
Service provided to area seniors, such as the Meals on Wheels program, was never discontinued, Haney reported.
Supervisor James Dunn asked if former employees of North Delta associated with aging would be hired back.
Haney said he was not certain and suggested that NDPDD head James Curcio could answer that question.
• considered a request from the Tunica County School District.
The school board requested that parking lots for all schools, including the Tunica Vo-Tech Center, be re-paved. The board authorized Road Manager to look at the places in question. Dunn said he would also like to inspect the areas. The board will make a decision at their next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 30.

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