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New garbage rates in effect Nov. 1

The Copiah County Board of Supervisors on Monday officially voted to raise the solid waste collection fees effective November 1.

Citizens living outside the city limits whose garbage is collected by the county’s contractor will pay $42 for the current quarter – this breaks down to $12 for October and $15 each for November and December. The new regularly quarterly rate of $45 will be reflected in the next billing cycle in January.

In other business handled in Monday’s regular monthly session, the board met briefly with Mike Monk of the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District who told the board his agency is ready to begin work on a comprehensive plan for the county. Supervisors took no action on the proposal. Monk explained that the process will take at least a year.

A grant was accepted from the Department of Public Safety for a young mothers program.

Maintenance issues and a planned concert at the Heritage House were discussed.

Bids were opened for the moving of the Robert Johnson birthplace home to Hazlehurst. One bid was received and taken under advisement.

Susannah Jones of the Department of Human Services brought her staff’s security concerns to the supervisors. A client threatened staff in September, leaving the staff shaken but unhurt. Jones commended the sheriff’s department and police department for their quick response and handling of the situation. The agency deals with family and children issues that rouse strong feelings in their clients, Jones explained. Several security options were discussed.

The board discussed personnel in a lengthy executive session, announcing that the resignation of Dwight Brown from the 911 office had been accepted but no other action was taken in the closed session although several other personnel matters were discussed.

A new lane off Stegall Road will be added to the road registry as Old South Lane for 911 addressing purposes.

The board agreed to join a pilot program with the state to allow the county to recoup 75 percent of labor costs for storm cleanup.

Sheriff Harold Jones reported 4,760 meals served in October. Jail population Monday was 62 with 15 of those being state inmates.

A progress payment of $80,000 was authorized to Huntington Lumber on the courthouse renovations.

First quarter budget allocations were authorized: $360,056.50 for sheriff administration; $260,801.75 for jail operations; $62,449.25 for the tax collector’s office; and $61,205.25 for reappraisal and maintenance.

A legal notice was authorized to run in the Meteor amending the county’s solid waste management plan. A developer proposes opening a new rubbish pit near Crystal Springs.

The board recessed until Friday, October 10, at 9 a.m.

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