Final meeting set on rubbish pit

The decision will be made soon on whether or not the county will amend its solid waste plan to allow a private rubbish pit to operate near Crystal Springs.

The Copiah County Board of Supervisors plans to meet with Billy Traxler this week to visit the site of his proposed private rubbish pit.

The board set a public meeting for Tuesday, March 10, at 6 p.m. in the circuit courtroom to discuss the rubbish pit plans with citizens.

In other business handled during Monday’s recessed session,  the board met with an engineer from Airport Development Group to approve paperwork on the airport project. The board did not vote on the compatible land use agreement the engineers requested. Board members cited their concerns about some of the terms in the agreement and its restrictions on a wider area surrounding the airport than they expected. The land use agreement is not mandatory, but the FAA looks

favorably on the adoption of such a policy, the environmental assessment engineer told the board at a previous meeting.

Emergency director Randle Drane received authorization to fly a burn ban flag provided by the State Forestry Commission whenever necessary. Burn bans are not common, but occasionally dry weather makes burning dangerous. The flag will fly from the courthouse square whenever burning is banned in the county.

The board amended the multijurisdictional hazard mitigation plan to include Wesson so the town can apply for mitigation grant funds.

One bid was received on a surplus 1998 Crown Victoria from Jimmy Dale White for $300.

Sheriff Harold Jones advised the board that Deputy David Drum recently responded to a 911 medical call and used CPR to revive a citizen who had ceased breathing. Drum was patrolling in the Dentville area and heard the medical call paged out, and he was able to respond to the scene before the ambulance could get there from town. Jones credited the sheriff’s department’s new radios which scan the frequencies used by other emergency agencies for allowing Drum to assist in time.

The board authorized registration for various officials to attend spring and summer workshops and conferences.

County engineer Joe Johnson discussed paperwork on various road projects with the board. The Broome Road project was closed out. The State Aid department has approved the county’s request to remove the rumble strip requirement from a pending county project, but it is still awaiting the approval of the federal highway department. The county is also awaiting approval from the state to pick up the shortfall of $380,000 on the project from STP funds. If the extra funds come from the state, the county can award the bid and take out the rumble strip requirement later if the feds approve, Johnson told the board.

The county hopes the stimulus package will provide enough funds for the county to complete the 34 mile overlay project which was previously bid and rejected. About half the roads in that project are not on the federal aid system, Johnson pointed out, so they won’t get help from the stimulus on those roads. But the roads in the project that are not on the federal system are on the State Aid system, so it is possible the county can get funds from MDOT’s portion of the stimulus to help with  those.

A salary change for a road department employee was approved to reflect a position change from mechanic to truck driver.

The National Guard unit in Crystal Springs will deploy on March 5 at 10 a.m., the board was told.

Dr. Janet Schriver updated the board on projects at the Heritage House.

The board discussed litigation and economic development in executive session but no action was taken.

A letter of support was approved on behalf of DG Foods. The industry is attempting to restructure a loan to reflect the economic climate.

The board recessed for the quarterly jail inspection before adjourning for the month. The supervisors will meet again on Monday, March 2, at 9 a.m.

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