County awards bid to reroof building

By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times

WALTHALL — Webster County officials have awarded a bid to reroof the Doss Building in Eupora.

The Board of Supervisors voted July 31 to accept the bid of Dixie Roofing of Winona to repair the Mississippi Landmark’s roof. This included the base bid of $82,795 and an alternative bid of $60,675

Supervisors opened three bids for the project, including associated repairs such as interior demolition, on June 29 but took them under advisement.

The state Department of Archives has awarded a $117,000 project grant to the county, which has agreed to provide a 20 percent match. Also on July 31, the county board voted to pay Belinda Stewart Architects $13,119 in full payment to date of services rendered on the Doss Building restoration project.

Supervisors also handled these matters at previous meetings, which includes information from the official minutes:

July 2, 25 Tax Assessor-Collector Barbara Gore presented the 2012 tax roll on July 2, and the board passed an order to proceed to equalize the county’s real and personal assessment rolls.

Barry Rushing, EMA director/fire coordinator, and Allen Gho discussed the purchase of a new fire truck.

County 911 Director Jimmy McLemore also addressed supervisors on that date. Afterwards, records show, the board voted to remove Charity Silver as a part-time dispatcher and to add Mitch Jackson as a part- time dispatcher for E-911.

However, minutes reflect that after McLemore again met with supervisors on July 25, the board voted to hire Silver as a part-time dispatcher effective that day at the same rate of pay as other part- time dispatchers.

July 16 On July 16, the board accepted the bid of Scruggs Farm of Saltillo for $59,600 for the purchase of a tractor.

Hood Equipment of Bruce submitted the low bid but it was not the best bid, according to the minutes, because the resale value of a used John Deere, when time comes to sell the tractor, will greatly exceed the resale value of a Case tractor by more than $600. Also all supervisors’ experience is that John Deere equipment is superior in quality to Case.

The board voted to enter into a final order to grant Plymouth Tube a 10-year ad valorem tax exemption as previously approved and as ratified by the state Department of Revenue. The same was also done for Ansell Hawkeye for a continuation of exemption enjoyed by Hawkeye Glove, and for a new 10-year tax exemption.

Additionally, supervisors voted to apply to state Department of Revenue for permission to disburse the reappraisal compliance mill, and to spread upon the minutes certification received from the department indicating it has received the current copy of real and personal assessment rolls.

Supervisors accepted auction results from Thomas Auction and Real Estate for county equipment sold on June 30 and deleted the same from county inventory. The board entered into a contract with Deputy Sheriff Casey Henderson to provide services of his dog, Ava, to the county and Sheriff’s Department without compensation.

Chris McIntire, president of the Choctaw County Board of Supervisors, was present at the meeting, the minutes show. He and Pat Cummings, president of the Webster County board, updated the Eupora Board of Aldermen that day about a potential economic development alliance between Webster, Choctaw and Montgomery counties.

July 20 On July 20, Larry Knotts of Amory addressed the board about his building in Mathiston — the former Red Kap and Front Line Apparel Group building.

July 23 Rushing appeared before the board on July 23 to discuss the 2012-13 budget for the county Emergency Management Agency. The board voted to accept the FY2012 Emergency Management Performance Grant of $18,176.

The closing of various funds was approved with any remaining balances transferred to the general fund.

July 26 The board voted July 26 to hire Macon Mapping to maintain the property ownership maps for tax roll years of 2013 through 2016 for $14,400 a year and to enter into the state of Mississippi Uniform Property Map Maintenance Contract.

Supervisors voted to continue to work Tyrone Smith as a road employee for District 5 to replace Mitchell Russell, who is ill. The board hired Smith on a temporary basis on July 16.

Superintendent Jack Treloar and Business Manager Heidi Young appeared before the board to discuss the county school district’s budget request for 2012-13. Treloar had told supervisors on June 25 that he had proposed that the School Board ask the county for $100,000 more in local funding than the previous year to pay for needs such as new buses, assistant teachers and substitute teachers. The School Board adopted the school district’s budget on June 28.

“Our intention was never to put the county into any type of financial bind,” Treloar told supervisors last week, and called the funding request a win-win situation for both boards. Treloar said this would basically be a 1-mill increase, based upon his request for the county to allow a shortfall note that is coming off to revert back to the school district. The county had levied 2.01 mills to cover that shortfall, according to the discussion, and another shortfall note will come off next year.

“I’m satisfied with the budget. This is doable,” Paul Crowley (District 4) said.

July 31 Rushing and McLemore were at the July 31 meeting, when the board voted to apply for a grant from Homeland Security to buy a “sentinel patriot system” at a cost of about $125,000.

Additionally, supervisors voted to transfer $126,482 remaining in the Tornado Disaster 2011 Fund to the five road funds equally. All debt incurred from the disaster has been repaid but road districts have not been reimbursed from the expenses and man-hours in cleanup operation, records state.

The board voted to note on the record that Deputy Chad Tedder has resigned as a full-time deputy effective Aug. 15, and to hire Justin Brown as a full-time deputy effective Aug. 1. Tedder will remain as a part-time deputy.

Monday Phylis Benson of the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District met with the board Monday to discuss the Sly Manufacturing expansion project. Afterwards, supervisors voted to pay the town of Mathiston $5,000 for the county’s share of the cost of the project.

A public hearing on the county’s HOME grant application will be at 10 a.m. Friday.