Copiah County supervisors in recessed session January 10 agreed to advertise for bids on a new vacuum pumper for the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department. The new pumper will be paid for with grant funds.
A public hearing was held on correcting documents concerning the Allen and Hopewell Fire Rating Districts. No one appeared to participate in the proceeding and the boundary corrections were adopted.
Rates were established for the deputy county arson investigator to be the same as deputy coroners at $85 per call with no mileage allowance. The arson investigator will be paid from sheriff department funds.
The state tax commission issued an order adopting Copiah’s total land assessment on 463,364 acres at a valuation of $89,789,053 with $2,097,711 exempt from local taxes but subject to state and school taxes. Personal tax assessment of Copiah was listed at $57,409,612 of which $5,065,630 are exempt from local taxes but subject to state and school taxes.
The official road registry for Copiah was adopted for the year.
Corrections were made to two tax refunds and a firm with a dumpster was authorized to close their garbage account with the county. Waste Management was notified to delete the billing for that account pickup.
Justice Court requested a computer upgrade costing $2670 and was authorized to seek funding from the Department of Public Safety from assessments paid to the state.
A towing bill for pulling an impounded vehicle from Lake Lincoln was put on hold to determine the outcome of a legal proceeding.
The county attorney updated supervisors on litigation challenging the action of the Democratic Executive Committee. The committee would be reconstituted through the precinct, district, county and state caucuses beginning in February.
The property owner at 1007 Damascus Circle was put on notice of a hearing March 3 to determine if his property is creating a public health problem. He is to be notified by registered mail.
Engineer Joe Johnson distributed copies of revised state aid road projects previously discussed. The method of funding the St. Paul Bridge, Dentville Road and Mt. Zion project was revised. The Pat Harrison Drive box culvert project in Crystal Springs remains the same except that plans for a turn lane have been dropped. Time can become a problem on the Pat Harrison Drive project as right of way requirements have not been finally determined and the clearing of utilities for the project is the responsibility of the City of Crystal Springs.
Advertisement was set for the Broome Road bridge project with bids to be received on February 15 at 10 a.m.
The Martin Luther King/Robert E. Lee birthday holiday was approved for January 21.
A public hearing was held on abandonment of a portion of Haley Lane north of Fennel Lane because of no public usage and benefit to the property owner. The action was approved.
Routine tax roll corrections were made and supervisors discussed changes in the way the state plans to tax chicken houses two years hence.
Supervisors plan to look into charges made for assessing and collecting taxes for three municipalities in Copiah. Present fees were established before the offices of assessor and collector were separated.
An executive session for personnel was held but upon emerging from the secret session, it was announced that no action had been taken.
Claims totaling $1,838, 493 including several extraordinary items such as the road resurfacing program were approved as supervisors recessed until January 22 at 9 a.m.