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Supervisors hone budget at recessed session

Copiah supervisors continued their work on formulating the 2009-10 fiscal year budget at their recessed session September 10.

An insurance firm made a presentation on assuming responsibility for the county’s cafeteria benefit plan and the matter was taken under advisement.

A tax roll correction was approved.

The availability of global positioning coordinates when 911 calls come in to the emergency operations center was discussed. Copiah is receiving the GPS coordinates but there is no automatic match to an actual location. E911 Director Stevens advised the board that the only way to achieve this at the present is manual matchup which would take a long time to accomplish.

Naming of the J. M. Hall Drive running east off the T. W. King Drive was clarified as a private drive.

Supervisors were advised that the letter reserving funding for the $3 million storm shelter has been sent and Randle Drane was appointed contact person for the project.

Supervisors approved the low quotation of Precision Communication to purchase an emergency warning siren to be located on the Copiah Academy campus for the Gallman area. The siren will be paid from grant funds with no direct cost to Copiah County.

Vests for county road workers working in traffic areas have arrived and were distributed.

The completion of election commissioner training by Commissioner Kitty Jackson was noted and reflected on the minutes.

The bid of Berry & Munn to furnish legal services for securing right of way for the Dentville-Jack Road project was accepted utilizing a rating system.

The permit sought by AT&T for moving communication cable along Perritt Road for a distance of 600 feet was approved.

An executive session for personnel was held and upon returning to open session, the attorney reported that no action had been taken.

Problems of caulking needed and deterioration of mortar on the courthouse were discussed and a quotation for repairs is being sought.

Claims totaling $2,399,169 for the month were approved. This included extraordinary items for grants, airport, Advance Lane project, state aid projects and tax settlements to the schools.

Supervisors recessed to September 15 and continued a work session on budget formulation.

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