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Weather sirens to be placed at schools

Emergency Management Director Randle Drane received approval to go ahead with the installation of $80,000 worth of weather alert sirens at six schools in the county. Mitigation grant funding has been reduced to a five percent match by participating counties allowing Copiah to participate at a total cost of $4,000. The sirens will be activated from the emergency management office.

The grand jury will utilize space in the Human Resource Agency during its June 3 term while the courthouse is under restoration.

A change order was approved to increase the contract for courthouse restoration by $18,759 to cover increased cost of windows required by the Department of Archives and History which the department funded.

A resolution was adopted accepting the invitation of the City of Hazlehurst to the memorial railroad crossing dedication on Monticello Street on May 17 at 2 p.m. Ten or more persons have lost their lives at the crossing.

An invoice for $2,500 was approved from Central Mississippi Planning & Development District for technical assistance outside the scope of the ongoing contract.

Routine tax roll corrections were made on recommendation of Assessor Todd Mooney.

Lack of response to a dilapidated property notice on Damascus Circle was noted.

Officials voted to continue their present cafeteria plan administered by Aflac because the alternate proposal included various administration fees that had to be paid by the county.

Progress payments totaling $4195 to the engineering firm and $50,207 to the contractor on the improvements at the Copiah County Airport were authorized and Airport Development was authorized to seek a multimodal grant for additional T-hangars in the next round of funding. The present T-hangar project is expected to be completed for July occupancy. Resealing of the airport runway was discussed.

A 1994 Ford used by the emergency management office was surplused for auction.

A pumper truck for the Bethel Volunteer Fire Department was purchased from the low bidder, Southern Fire Equipment for a total of $188,879.64.

Supervisors were advised of a provision in state legislation to take effect July 1 that allows delinquent solid waste bills to be added to property tax of for nonresidents.

Proposal for furnishing one or more 2715 Bush Hog batwing clippers to the county was accepted from the low bidder, Devinney at a cost of $10,250 plus $450 for double row chains.

Copiah Economic Development District Director Honan reported that the Community Development Block Grant for additional work on the Gallman Industrial Park made possible by Advance Auto Parts’ expansion proposal has been reviewed. The county has received $150,000 for park improvement and the grant application is for an additional $650,000 to widen the drive, provide improved signage and improve the entrance to the park. He reported that the present tenant at the former Universal building may request a lease extension.

The board authorized completion of paperwork for participation in the beaver control program noting that state law limits county expenditures to $4,000 a year for this purpose and additional funding must become available to provide any amount above the limit.

Engineer Johnson reported on various road and bridge programs under construction and in the planning stage. State Aid will view the plans for a large overlay project “on the ground” next week.

Supervisors authorized observance of Memorial Day May 26.

Claims totaling $1,604,985 were approved as supervisors recessed until May 19 at 9 a.m

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