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New jail management system planned

Copiah Supervisors in their recessed meeting December 10 agreed to continue development of a jail management system which will allow deputies access to identification, court records and information exchange needed in the field through computers in the patrol vehicles.

Computers have been purchased primarily from drug funds and the sheriff was authorized to proceed with securing other hardware needed at a cost of $17,819. Maurice Cammack and Billy Saul will develop the custom software needed to supplement the system bringing the total cost to approximately $61,169. Funding is coming from drug funds, grants, supplemental financing from the county and revenues from process serving and fine revenue.

The sheriff was authorized to declare a number of vehicles surplus and an auction has been arranged in January by Midsouth. Proceeds from this may be applied to the computer system.

Airport Matters

Airport Commission Member Gerry Mosley tendered his resignation which was accepted. After checking with the State Ethics Commission, the board determined that it would be acceptable for Mosley to submit his application to the supervisors to become the contract operator of the airport provided no recommendation had come from the commission upon which he formerly served. Details of a proposed contract are being negotiated.

The board heard a report from Airport Development concerning the T-hangars project. An independent engineer has said that the foundation and anchor bolts are inadequate for the structures. The contractor was ordered to stop work on the project and present a plan from his engineer that would be acceptable to the county for correcting the problem.

Plans were made to seek a grant for overlay of the new parking lot and drive into the airport under a program with a Feb. 10 deadline. The supervisors were reminded that the hearing on the airport expansion has been postponed until Jan. 14.

Supervisors were asked to seek replacement for the vacancies on the Airport Commission as soon as possible

Other Matters

Copiah has received approval by the State Tax Commission of the tax rolls. Total assessed value of land and structures is $93,598,355. Total assessed value of personal property is $62,893,519. Total acreage in Copiah is approximately 498,000.

Installation of a new security door at the Department of Human Services was authorized at a cost of $1695. Quotations are still being sought for keypad and lock installations on other exterior doors for security.

Major leaks in several county buildings were noted and an insurance adjuster will assess the situation.

Completion of the courthouse restoration project was discussed and the architect and contractor were advised of concerns on the punchlist.

Problems with garbage bills on rented trailer homes were discussed and a method will be sought to assess owners for unpaid bills.

The supervisors were reminded of the retirement of Chancery Court Reporter Ola Berry on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Claims were approved totaling $1,398,109 for November.

Don Bales of the Forestry Commission explained funds to be received by Copiah County from sale of timber in federal forests and the alternatives available for complying with a 15 percent set-aside. The county opted to contract with the Forestry Commission for administering a wildfire education program that would comply with the federal regulations.

Engineer Joe Johnson reported on the ongoing road inspection. He said safety funding is available and the county asked him to apply for $100,000 of road striping. The county listed a water well, 34 miles of road overlay and phase one of the Dentville/Jack Road as their requests for funding under the economic stimulus proposals. These three programs could be underway in the 120 days required. Mandates under the bridge inspection program were also considered.

County Attorney Elise Munn reported that Billy Traxler has submitted additional information on his proposal to amend the county’s solid waste ordinance to allow him to establish a Class 1 Rubbish Pit on Coor Springs Road in Crystal Springs. Supervisors requested additional information and Department of Environmental Quality participation in consideration of the petition. Upon receipt of a business plan and a detailed site with distances plainly marked the board indicated that they would set another hearing in 2009.

The county agreed to amend its personnel policy in line with legislative action that will allow county employees to donate sick leave within certain limits to another employee who has a catastrophic injury.

Supervisors recessed until Dec. 22 at 9 a.m.

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