Friday, May 28, 2010

Canton Junta at it again

This message was sent by Mike Kent, Superintendent of Madison County Schools, last night:
"I am sure that most of you are aware that the City of Canton Zoning Board is scheduled to hear a request from local developers on TUESDAY, JUNE 1 at 3:00 p.m. to rezone approximately 26 acres at the intersection of Old Jackson and Sowell Roads to allow for construction of 300 apartment units.

Although this area has been annexed into the city limits of Canton, there is case law from the Mississippi Supreme Court that distinguishes between city limit boundaries and school district boundaries. If apartments are built on this site, the Madison County School District will have the responsibility of educating children who reside there.

In recent years, all of the District’s planning, demographic studies, bond issues, etc. have been based upon numbers consistent with zoning regulations in Madison County which currently favor single family residences. With that as a rationale, the Madison County School District opposes the construction of apartment complexes and any other high density residential complexes.

We have attempted to gain permission to speak at the meeting on Tuesday, but have been told that the deadline to be placed on the agenda has passed and that we will not be allowed to address the zoning board about our concerns. This makes it all the more imperative that we have as many citizens as possible attend the meeting to show the board that we oppose this zoning request.

We will keep you updated on any new developments in this matter; but I strongly encourage you to plan to attend the zoning meeting on Tuesday, June 1 at 3:00 p.m. at the Canton City Hall.

Thanks for all you do to support our schools!

Mike"

I wonder if Karl Banks will call the Canton Mayor and Aldermen "cowardly". Kent shouldn't be too surprised. This is the same bunch that throws citizens in jail if they show up at city hall meetings with video cameras or protects thugs like Escobedo or whatever his name is.

Note: By the way, citizens of Madison County: You not only have no say-so on this matter, you also are going to be paying for it as well: $3 million in TIF bonds.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Isn't the area of Old Jackson rd and Sowell rd in the Canton Seperate School District?

Anonymous said...

What about this paragraph didn't you understand:

Although this area has been annexed into the city limits of Canton, there is case law from the Mississippi Supreme Court that distinguishes between city limit boundaries and school district boundaries. If apartments are built on this site, the Madison County School District will have the responsibility of educating children who reside there.

Anonymous said...

Oh the humanity! Kids of non-homeowners might end up in the Madison County Schools. The District will have to revise its "planning [and] demographic studies" and possibly revisit the sufficiency of recent "bond issues." Apartment-dwelling kids could end up in the same classrooms as kids with superficial, image-conscious, keeping-up-with-the-Joneses parents. Madison County School District parents will have to pay actual tuition to get the private school experience. Can't somebody stop this tragedy?

Kingfish said...

Well, well, well. Two substitute of trustee notices have been recently filed against Mr. Sartain and his wife by Bankplus. Another Steve Bryan?

Kingfish said...

Get over yourself. I watched up close apartments ruin NE Jackson. Chatham Village and its neighbors turned into hell holes. Section 8 tenants, drunks, thugs, oh, and lets not forget the Danny's strippers and all their cokehead friends.

Don't blame them one bit for fighting this. Apartments are harming Byram and Ridgeland has suffered from its apartment splurge years ago when it was just happy to get anyone from Jackson.

Anonymous said...

Can't blame Canton for their attempt. They make $ on taxes & don't have to educate the kids. Economic windfall for them.
Can't blame Madison for fighting it, either. Should be an interesting battle.
I'm pulling for the school system.

Anonymous said...

is kent accurate about Mississippi case law? it seems to me that annexation of an area would mean taking on education as well as police, fire and utility services. What logic would govern any case that says different?

thanks in advance if anyone knows this without doing a lot of legal research.

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:56

That is about as idiotic a remark and conclusion as saying the President of the United States is responsible for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Plain garbage. In other words, Zero relevance. You may not agree with Mike Kent but you would be better served in understanding his position when you see the current education budget, the forcast of revenues to support the budgest and growth plan for Madison County Schools.

Their are many children that live in apartments that are enrolled in Madison County Schools. Ridgeland has many apartment dwellers with children. Those children who are enrolled in public schools go to Madison County Schools. This said the pettiness of your writing displays a hint of jealousy and/or envy with a touch of contempt. I have been a great supporter of Madison County Public Schools for many years. I have two graduates from the system. Each with a first rate education that has led them to college and graduate schools of the highest caliber. One more about to enter 9th grade and he is doing well too.

One more thing. What makes Madison County so attactive to large companies to locate here and why Madison County continues to weather the economic storm better than other counties is the public education system of Madison County. If you doubt it, google it or call Dr. Phil Pepper, State Economist.

Anonymous said...

10:50 AM Is Madison or Rankin fairing better? R/E wise, I think Rankin is, but just curious your thoughts. I'm thinking Lost Rabbit, but then we have Arbor Landing.

Anonymous said...

apartments causes "drunks, thugs, oh, and lets not forget the Danny's strippers and all their cokehead friends"? Hahahahahaha. Way to show your ignorance, KF. I thought you were a freakin lawyer, dude? You're supposed to be able to understand the concept of causation.

Anonymous said...

Apartments simply bring in an element of folks with little connection to the overall community. SAY NO TO APARTMENTS! We did over here on the Rez!

Anonymous said...

11:05, I'm sure some regret your causation.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:58

My comments were not expressing superiority of one county over another but one of defending Madison County public school system and pushing back the idiotic knee jerk remarks of Anon 9:56.

Rankin County has a very good public school system and economic development in the county is robust. With a little research, it would not be difficult to discern which county is fairing better through the economic storm. A more interesting question would be why Rankin County continues to grow during this dismal recovery. (If we are really in economic recovery.)

Anonymous said...

12.26 PM...my sentiments exactly. While the recession hit jobs pretty hard, MS is the type of place folks will make due. I don't really think beyond the jobs issue, Rankin/Madison really suffered. Expansion slowed, yes, but I believe that this area has shown a resilience and it has almost convinced me to stick around.

BTW, did not take your comments as superiority, was looking for an honest assessment of the situation.

Also, Rankin is not growing its tax base through apartments. Its growing it through business and through expanding residential single family homes. Just don't tell the strippers about it.

Anonymous said...

The school district and the germantown/panther creek residents don't want commercial development (water park/amphitheatre) and now they do not want residential development? What happened to free enterprise and capitalism?

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