GTPDD reports on local projects, services

By Ruthie Robison The Webster Progress-Times

WALTHALL — The Webster County Advisory Committee of the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District had its annual meeting July 16 at the Courthouse.

The Webster County Board of Supervisors, Chancery Clerk Russ Turner (chairman), WCAC members and GTPDD staff including Executive Director Rudy Johnson attended. After Turner called the meeting to order and su pervisors’ President Pat Cummings gave the invocation, Turner discussed committee member terms with impending expiration. Turner’s term was coming to end both on the board and as advisory chairman. Nominations were made, seconded and approved for Turner to continue as a member of the board and as advisory chairman.

After the voting, GTPDD staff updated all who attended the public meeting on pending, active and completed projects during 2011-12.

Patsy Patterson, Community Enrichment Division housing specialist, addressed attendees on active projects involving the Mantee water system and the Mantee Depot, and the town of Mathiston’s completed water system project.

Phylis Benson, project analyst of the Economic Planning and Development Division, reviewed a pending project for Mathiston street improvements, and the active projects of Mathiston industrial/ business improvements and the addition for Sly Manufacturing, Mathiston’s Justice Assistance Grant, Maben sewer system improvements and construction of the new Maben City Hall.

District Planner George Crawford discussed these pending projects: Webster County tractor/mower, Cumberland Water Association, Eupora police car and Eupora sidearm mower.

He also mentioned the active projects of Eupora downtown parking, Webster County waste assistance and Hawkeye Glove access road, and the completed projects of Eupora emergency sewer, Webster energy efficiency, Webster County disaster assistance and Eupora sewer improvements.

Spencer Brooks, program coordinator of the Human Services Division, spoke about the pending projects of a Maben tractor/cutter and two Maben police cars.

After the project summaries, a summary of the previous year’s social services provided in Webster County was presented. In-depth reports on monies obligated and clients served in each branch of the social services offered in Webster County were provided to all in attendance.