Site proposed for animal shelter

By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times

WALTHALL — Webster County supervisors plan to address a request concerning a proposed site for an animal shelter when they meet next week. Cheryl Scroggin of the Webster County Animal Rescue Foundation told the Board of Supervisors on March 19 that Carolyn Sherrill had offered the non-profit organization some land for an animal rescue. The property is the site of Sherrill’s former home that burned last year on Highway 403 north of Mathiston in District 4. Her dog died in the house fire. Scroggin asked for the county’s help in clearing and bush hogging the property for construction of a building. She said Sherrill has offered to lease the property for a $1 a year. Questions arose about the legality of the county helping clean the property, whether the building would be owned by the foundation or the county and insurance issues. Scroggin was told that, normally, a county cannot put a building on leased land. Board attorney Buchanan Meek Jr. was to check with the state auditor’s office about these issues and Scroggin is to meet back with supervisors on Monday. Jimmy McLemore, 911 director, met with the board about bid specifications for a generator for the 911 Center. Bids are to be opened April 30. The board voted to allow Barry Rushing, county emergency management agency director, to attend an associational convention June 3-6 in Gulfport. The cost is reimbursable to the county. Supervisors accepted a proposal for engineering services from Willis Engineering for the Natural Resources Conservation Service bank stabilization project on Hatcher Road. Willis was the only firm to submit a proposal. The board accepted the lone bid received for the lease-purchase of a new tandem-axle truck, which was $114,898 from Tri-State Mack, and the quote of Regions Bank for the lease-purchase financing of the truck at 1.4 percent interest. The motion also included acceptance of $70,200 from Tri-State for the sale of a 2010 Mack Truck being returned to the lessor and its removal from county inventory. Any of the $70,200 left after paying off the 2010 truck will be disbursed in three equal amounts to districts 3, 4 and 5. The board approved a motion for District 1to buy 50 percent interest in a 2006 Mack truck and a 2005 Palmer trailer belonging to District 2, which will be jointly owned by both districts. Supervisors also voted to hire Junior Simpson as a full-time driver for the truck, effective April 1. He remains on part-time status for both districts until then. Related budget amendments were also approved. After meeting with Sheriff Tim Mitchell, the board approved a motion regarding Sheriff’s Department personnel. Supervisors accepted the resignation of Ken Wicha as a part-time deputy and chief fire investigator, effective March 16; appointed Richard Love as fire investigator and Casey Henderson as deputy fire investigator; and hired Jeremy Brown as a part-time deputy, effective April 1. Insurance Money on Doss Building The board discussed receiving additional insurance money for roof damage at the Doss Building. The county previously received $40,000 from its insurance carrier for roof damage during one storm, according to the discussion, but the roof was damaged again in another storm In related action March 5, the board entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History to refurbish the building at a cost of $29,250. The board had previously committed the local match after being awarded a $117,000 Community Heritage Preservation Grant from MDAH to restore the Mississippi Landmark.