County approves agreement with MDAH

[news] County approves agreement with MDAH By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times

WALTHALL — Supervisors have approved an agreement with a state agency regarding Webster County’s grant match to refurbish a local historic building.
The Board of Supervisors voted March 5 to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History to refurbish the Doss Building in Eupora by Dec. 1, 2014, at a cost to the county of $29,250. Paul Crowley (District 4) voted nay.
Supervisors had voted Dec. 20 to accept a Community Heritage Preservation Grant of $117,000 from MDAH to restore the building, which is now a Mississippi Landmark, and to commit the aforementioned county local match.
Also last week, the board voted upon the request of Barry Rushing, county emergency management director, to renew the county’s Statewide Mutual Aid Compact agreement with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.
Board President Pat Cummings called MEMA Director Robert Latham during the meeting to discuss pending state and federal aid to the county for debris cleanup from last April’s tornado. The discussion was in relation to the county’s outstanding line of credit with Regions Bank for money borrowed to clean up debris.
Additionally, the board approved Sheriff Tim Mitchell’s recommendation for Dr. Jack Huffman to serve as a part-time unpaid deputy.
James “Pop” Woodard, along with cousins Carolyn McKinley and Linda Woodard, met with supervisors regarding an issue with mapping of family property.
Feb. 21
Minutes show the board voted Feb. 21 to allow the supervisors, chancery clerk and board attorney to attend the Mississippi Association of Supervisors convention June 17-21 in Biloxi
The board also accepted the donation of an automobile from the town of Mathiston to Webster County at no cost to the county. The 2002 Crown Victoria will be inventoried at the Sheriff’s Department.
Feb. 29
Karen McGregor of Affordable Employee Benefits addressed the board Feb. 29 about the county’s health insurance renewal.
Records of that meeting also show that supervisors entered into a four-year lease with Betty Cummings to lease the premises of the District 3 county barn at Tomnolen for $300 a month, retroactive to Feb. 1.
David Ellison, county veterans service officer, appeared before the board, which voted to allow him to attend workshops May 9-11 in Tupelo and Oct. 10-12 in Flowood.
Tax Assessor Barbara Gore addressed the board about notification of taxpayers with tornado damage.
Karl Grubb of Willis Engineering met with supervisors to discuss Local System Bridge Program bridges. The board voted to approve the LSBP program for a bridge in District 1.
The board accepted the resignation of Mark Burton as a District 3 road employee effective Feb. 29 and voted to hire Andy Dean as a District 3 road employee.
The next meeting of the county board is at 8:30 a.m. Monday.