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Natural gas storage project seeks permission from MDEQ to proceed

The Copiah County Board of Supervisors was notified at their recessed meeting June 24 that Copiah Storage LLC, Copiah Natural Gas Storage Facility located at Ferguson Lane in Hazlehurst, has applied to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality for permitting that will enable the company to proceed with creating a natural gas storage facility in a salt dome in western Copiah County.

The project has been in various stages of development for several years with the qualification that it would be built when economically feasible. Copiah County has agreed to a modified tax structure for the facility and officials are encouraged that the income from the enterprise will be significant for Copiah County.

Documents concerning this project are on file at Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Office of Pollution Control at 515 East Amite Street in Jackson, Ms. 39201 and at the George W. Covington Memorial Library at 223 South Extension Street in Hazlehurst. Citizens wishing to comment upon or object should contact Montie Hardaway Glenn at the Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit Board, P. O. Box 2261, Jackson, Ms. 39225 or telephone 601-961-5171 by July 21.

Other Matters

Approval was received for MMI of Mississippi’s tax exemption of property valued at $2,998,194 under the county’s five year exemption policy with the option of an additional five if employment targets, etc. are met. Road, bridge, fire, school taxes etc. are not exempt under the county’s policy.

Veterans Service Officer Ron Evans reported that benefits may be available to some Viet Nam Veterans under the Agent Orange provisions that they may not be aware of and asked that the information be passed along to anyone eligible.

Routine homestead chargebacks and tax roll corrections were approved.

The resignation of Amy Morris as a part time dispatcher in the E911 office was accepted and Sedena Neill was employed as a part time dispatcher.

Emergency Management Director Drane reported on a joint training exercise with Simpson County centering around school security.

Upon the recommendation of Sheriff Jones, a step increase was approved for Investigator Jerry Spell. After an executive session, the resignation of Robert McGowan as Deputy Sheriff was accepted.

Luther Davis who is installing the telephone, internet and other electronic services in the section of the Copiah County Courthouse under restoration asked the supervisors to secure additional conduit for the services he is installing. The walls have been closed in and special arrangements will have to be made for the additional conduit. The architect was asked to work with Davis and County Administrator Barlow to solve the problem.

Wooden windows specified for the courthouse restoration have arrived and were being installed in the building June 24.

The proposal of Contech for supplying culverts to Copiah County was accepted as the sole bidder.

A surplus roping chute at the county fairgrounds was sold to Terrell Ramsey, the highest bidder. A surplus and obsolete deleafer from the tax assessor’s office was authorized to be junked.

Engineer Johnson reported to the supervisors the reinstatement of Federal Aid to Highway Funds enabling Copiah to proceed with its overlay project. The date for advertisement for bids has not been set. Telepak was issued a permit to install cable along Lilly Road from East Gallman Road.

The Independence Day Holiday July 4 was authorized.

An “engagement letter” was approved with Accountants Windham and Lacy to prepare financial statements for the county which had been provided in the audit process previously.

Hinds County notified Copiah as required by law of an amendment to its solid waste plan.

A modification of The Juvenile Accountability Block Grant totaling $70,000 was authorized retroactive to April 1.

Approval was given for membership of the county prosecutor in her state organization.

Officials toured the courthouse restoration project and inspected the Copiah Detention Center before adjourning for the month

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