Courthouse property survey planned

By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times

WALTHALL — Webster County supervisors have agreed to have the property around the county Courthouse surveyed. Board members gave the go-ahead for the survey after engineer Karl Grubb of Willis Engineering met with them April 16. The board voted to hire the firm to perform a survey around the building and advise the board in general regarding in-kind work by the county as a match for improvements to the Courthouse grounds. The village of Walthall has received grants from the Mississippi Department of Transportation (about $340,000) and the Mississippi Development Authority ($100,000) for the project. The county has agreed to provide in-kind services valued at $70,000. Walthall Mayor Belinda Stewart said the project will involve reconfiguring the retaining wall on two sides, widening roads and “tweaking” the parking areas, adding sidewalks, redoing the stairs on the south side, landscaping and drainage. The county will doing excavation work using its equipment, she said Access Road After meeting with John Freeman of Calvert-Spradling Engineers, supervisors approved a board order authorizing the transfer of an additional $51,250 in Appalachian Regional Commission grant funds to the State Aid fund to complete the Ansell Hawkeye industrial access road project. The board voted March 30 to request that MDA extend the time for completion of the project because unknown utility lines were encountered, along with unsuitable material in the subgrade. Freeman said stabilization didn’t work and an “undercut” was necessary. Other Business In other business, the board voted to: • approve homestead roll adjustments. • enter into modification agreement No. 2 on the energy efficiency grant at the Department of Human Services building and authorized the signing of a change order to reflect changes in lobby lighting in the DHS building as part of the project. • allow the District 5 road crew to dig out a beaver dam on Pepper Road. • to disband the Webster County Advisory Board to the Tombigbee Regional Library System upon the request of the TRLS director. • allow Tax Assessor-Collector Barbara Gore to attend a recertification course that was April 17 in Verona. • allow the purchasing and receiving clerks to attend a recertification meeting in Oxford on June 6. • allow 911 Director Jimmy McLemore and one more 911 Center employee to attend a workshop; the cost is reimbursable. • approve Tom Booth and Charity Silver as part-time 911 dispatchers. • terminate the employment of sheriff’s office dispatcher Amy Hart as of April 12 and to hire Franche Shay Fields as a full-time dispatcher effective April 15. The next board meeting is at 8:30 a.m. April 30.