Routine housekeeping session for county board

The regular November meeting of the Copiah County Board of Supervisors covered a number of uneventful housekeeping matters, including repairs at the jail and closure of a rural bridge.

Deputy Larry Lee’s scheduled step increase in pay was approved, which is included in the budget.

Sheriff Harold Jones was authorized to purchase a fax machine and a computer for a patrol car using state 911 wireless funds.

The water heater tank at the jail is leaking, reported the sheriff. The board speculated that the water heater was last replaced during the previous administration. The sheriff is getting quotes on tankless water heaters. He advised the board that something will need to be done soon, and this maintenance expense was not budgeted.

The Circuit Court term is scheduled to begin this Thursday. A heavy day of court activity in preparation for the start of term was held last Friday.

The Election Commission was authorized expenses to attend certification training in Philadelphia.

The board approved a letter to Sen. Dean Kirby in appreciation for his assistance to Region 8 Mental Health.

The Copiah County Circuit Court presented their annual report indicating criminal and civil cash reconciliation of $17,934. The court is owed $1,636,290 in unpaid fines ($810,000), fees ($508,000) and trust and restitution ($318,290).

Progress payment of $9,957 was allowed WS Construction for work on the Advance Lane project.

Upcoming holidays set by the state include Wednesday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day; Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26-27, Thanksgiving; Thursday and Friday, Dec. 25 and 25, Christmas; and Thursday and Friday, Dec. 31 and Jan 1, 2010, New Year.

The cities of Hazlehurst and Crystal Springs requested road tax revenue in lieu of county services.  Hazlehurst’s estimated portion will be $93,775 while Crystal Springs will receive $110,644. Georgetown and Beauregard requested services in lieu of revenue. Georgetown’s portion is about $6,000 and Beauregard’s $3500. Wesson has not yet submitted its letter of request.

Supervisors approved the amended budget for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 retroactive to October 31 to bring actual expenditures  in line with budgeted amounts as required by state law.

Claims for additional material for a deck at the Heritage House from a grant were allowed.

The county attorney reported that a claim from a former employee was denied at a Mississippi Department of Employment Security hearing.

Responses were filed by the county attorney to nine complaints filed in Circuit Court by a detention center inmate.

A parcel of property on the courthouse square was offered the officials who took the matter under consideration.

The board directed that the Larry Byrd property on Price-Gilmore Lane be cleaned up and costs added to the tax bill on the property as provided by law.

E911 Director Stevens reported that the power supply on the communications repeater at the detention center has been replaced at a cost of $585 including installation.

The new administrators for the county’s employee benefits plan announced a “benefits fair” to be arranged for all county employees to review their coverage and have access to other vendors authorized to provide benefits.

Reports will be generated summarizing each employee’s program. Date and location will be announced.

The county agreed to haul rip-rap to the Copiah Lincoln Community College golf course to help stem the effects of erosion.

A concert by George Winston and tribute to Robert Johnson to benefit the Robert Johnson birth house restoration project at Belhaven College on November 16 at 7:30 p.m. was announced.

Routine tax roll corrections were made.

Engineer Joe Johnson received approval of subcontractor Greenbriar to provide road and site work in the amount of $69,211 for the Economic Development Administration water well project at the Copiah County Industrial Park. Griner Drilling Service is the primary contractor.

King Road is open again following bridge repairs. The Alford Road project is making progress, the engineer reported, and paperwork is in progress in preparation for the Bobbitt Road project. Bids will be received on November 10 for the St. Paul Road project.

A memorandum of understanding was added to minutes between the Mississippi Crime Lab and the coroners of Mississippi. The Crime Lab has furnished computers for the county coroners to improve record keeping and reporting.

Rickey Smith was reappointed to the Board of Trustees of Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

The board agreed to assist the Truck Crops Experiment Station with road improvements on the station.

S&S Dragline was authorized to repair a bridge on the Warren Hood Road under their annual contract with Copiah County at an estimated cost of $66,200. The bridge was closed following inspection due to damaged pilings.

The county made arrangements to spread topsoil over an area mined for gravel by Copiah under a contract it had with the Blanton family.

Supervisors recessed until Tuesday, November 10, at 9 a.m.

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