Supervisors set HOME hearing, open bids

By Ruthie Robison The Webster Progress-Times

WALTHALL — During a recessed meeting Monday, Webster County officials were addressed by Terry Westmoreland of Boston Mutual Insurance, Deputy Casey Henderson, county Fire Coordinator/Emergency Management Director Barry Rushing and Housing Specialist Patsy Patterson of the Golden Triangle Planning and Developing District.

Westmoreland addressed the Board of Supervisors about the role of life insurance to employees and about the many options Boston Mutual had for county employees. The board decided to allow Westmoreland to attend the open enrollment day for county employees in March.

Henderson spoke next to the board about donating the services of his dog, Ava, to the Sheriff’s Department, with compensation, and entering her into service release. The board voted in favor of acquiring the services of Henderson’s dog for the county and Sheriff’s Department.

Rushing appeared before the Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Tim Mitchell to discuss a dispute that occurred Friday after a fire department was not dispatched to the scene of wreck with injuries. Rushing said fire departments need to be dispatched to a scene whenever injuries are involved.

Mitchell stated that since enough people were at the scene of the wreck and measures had been taken to ensure the safety of everyone at the scene and prevent any signs of fire, adding more people to the scene would be a liability rather than helpful. The board approved a motion for Rushing and Mitchell to each check with their manuals of procedure to find out for future reference what the appropriate course of action for dispatching fire departments at the scene of a wreck.

HOME Project Patterson appeared before the board to discuss the 2012-13 HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which provides decent housing to eligible low-income homeowners. She outlined what consists of a good candidate for this project.

Patterson said that because of budget cuts, funding decreased for Webster County this year. However, she said she did feel that deserving and good candidates would qualify for the project this year.

The board voted to apply for the 2012-13 HOME grants, adopt a resolution authorizing the GTPDD to submit them on behalf of the county and to adopt the selection process. The board set the HOME public hearing for Aug. 10 at 10 a.m.

Open Bids The Board of Supervisors received bids for limestone and delivery, and for the purchase of a tractor for the county.

After reviewing each bid received for the purchase of limestone, supervisors accepted the bid of Rogers Group as the county’s source for all limestone without delivery and Limestone Redbay as alternate source for all limestone. The unofficial minutes state that Limestone Redbay had slightly better prices, but is an unreliable source because it has only occasional availability.

After reviewing the three bids for the purchase of a tractor from Scruggs Farm Supply of Saltillo, Hood Equipment of Calhoun City and Wade John Deere of Columbus, the board decided to take all bids under advisement.

Other Action In other action during Monday’s meeting, the supervisors voted to: • Allow and direct the board president, Chancery Clerk, and/or Board attorney to sign a document cancelling the bond of Webster County Development Corp. in that the WCDC is dissolved and no longer functioning. WCDC was dissolved on March 1. • Hire Tyrone J. Smith as a temporary road hand for District 5, effective July 16, to expire July 31 at 5 p.m. paying at a rate of $8 an hour. • Delete the homestead tax exemption of William Clark Hunter and Grace F. Hunter in that both are deceased and authorize the chancery clerk to sign on behalf of the county. • Enter into the annual contract with North Mississippi EMS Authority to participate in the 2013 authority district, and to pay $7,587 for the county’s share of the authority’s expenses and for training of Webster County EMS personnel.