County takes bids under advisement

By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times

WALTHALL — Webster County supervisors have taken bids for repair of the roof on the Doss Building in Eupora and associated repairs under advisement.

The Board of Supervisors voted to take them under advisement after opening bids for the work on June 29. The state Department of Archives and History has awarded the county a $117,000 grant to refurbish the Mississippi Landmark, which requires a 20 percent match.

Dixie Roofing, Marchbanks Specialty Co., Parker Contracting Services and Sam Oswalt & Son submitted bids. Chancery Clerk Russ Turner said the board did not award a bid when it last met July 2.

In related action on June 15, the board voted to hire Hays Stephens to survey the county-owned Doss property.

EWP project Supervisors also opened four bids June 29 for an emergency watershed protection/bank stabilization project on Hatcher Road.

After taking them under advisement, the board voted later in the meeting to accept the low bid of Double S Inc. of $29,675 on the condition that the bid completely checks out when examined in detail by the county engineer. If the bid does not pass scrutiny, the engineer will report that fact for further action by the board, according to the minutes.

Executive session Records of that meeting show the board voted to go into executive session to discuss personnel matters with Justice Court Clerk Janice Brunty. No official action was taken while in executive session, the minutes reflect.

On June 25, supervisors approved a motion directing the board attorney to write a letter to Brunty instructing her to appear before the Board of Supervisors at its June 29 meeting and to inform her that she would be immediately terminated if she failed to appear. The board order directed the sheriff to personally serve the letter on her no later than June 27 at noon. Brunty was to bring proof of clearing account and bond account.

Other business Also on June 29, Patty Tucker of the Red Cross appeared before the board and presented information about Red Cross activities in the county.

After meeting with county Engineer Karl Grubb, the board adopted the program, agreement and project order for the 2013 fiscal year bridge inspection as proposed by Grubb.

Supervisors voted to contract with Thomas Auction and Real Estate Co. of Kosciusko to sell some county equipment at public auction and pay the company an auctioneer’s fee of 7 percent.

June 15 Records of the board’s June 15 meeting show it voted to direct the clerk to pay a $300 invoice dated Feb. 18, 2010, from the city of Columbus. The invoice was lost and had not been paid by the county, according to the minutes.

The invoice, which was included as an exhibit, was billed to the Sheriff’s Department and indicates it was for forensic lab services for January 2010 (fingerprint analysis, chemical substance analysis, video analysis, computer analysis, expert testimony fee and urine screen).

Other motions were approved to enter into a one-year contract with Premise Inc. for hardware maintenance of an IBM computer network server at the Courthouse., adopt a resolution supporting a 2012 special legislative session to fund programs essential to counties and readvertise for limestone products to be opened Monday.

Additionally, supervisors set the county mileage reimbursement rate at 55.5 cents a mile effective June 1.

EMA/Fire Coordinator Barry Rushing addressed the board concerning an Assistance to Firefighters Grant for county fire departments.

County repays bank loan for disaster recovery On June 25, supervisors commemorated in the minutes that on June 18, the county received $303,202.11 from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. This was the state’s 12.5 percent share of the total amount the county spent on disaster recovery from the April 2011 tornado.

On June 22, Turner paid $276,856.29 to Regions Bank to completely pay off the funds borrowed from Regions to pay for the tornado recovery work done in Webster County.

Related to this, the county school district received a $500,000 appropriation in the 2012 legislative session to offset costs it incurred by the tornado.

After meeting with Rushing on June 25, the Board of Supervisors voted to pay $100 to the Mississippi Forestry Commission to buy a used International tanker truck. The money will be come from the General County fund and the truck will be placed on inventory for the Emergency Management Agency.

Board members voted to pay a $701.53 invoice to Wade Inc. even though the work was begun before the issuance of a purchase order on June 21, minutes state, and the original amount of the purchase order was less because the cost of the parts was underestimated.

After meeting with George Crawford of the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District, the board adopted a resolution authorizing the PDD to submit a USDA Rural Development application for District 3 machinery (new tractor and mower) retroactive to May 31, when a related public hearing was held.

Robert Hitt (District 1), who had knee replacement surgery in May, was unable to attend all but the June 29 meeting last month.