Supervisors rehire employees

By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times

WALTHALL — Supervisors rehired all Webster County employees at their first meeting of 2013, but two were rehired with conditions attached.

The Board of Supervisors voted Jan. 7 to rehire all county employees on the same terms and conditions except Justice Court Clerk Janice Brunty and Deputy Clerk Lisa Dean.

The motion included a separate provision to rehire Brunty and Dean on the same terms and conditions, but their positions will be reviewed pending the results of the 2010-11 county audit. Brunty met with supervisors in executive session on June 29 and Dec. 3.

The rehiring motion also authorized the board president to sign contracts on behalf of the county with Chancery Clerk Russ Turner to serve as board clerk and Buchanan Meek Jr. to serve as board attorney.

Other Business Additionally, supervisors hired Lisa M. Stephenson, Cynthia Hill, Richard Stuckey and Landon Griffin as part-time dispatchers for the Sheriff’s Department, and Tony Hibbler and Justin Livingston as part- time deputies.

The board voted to allow all supervisors, chancery clerk and board attorney to attend the Mississippi Association of Supervisors’ Midwinter Conference Jan. 7-9. The Sapa Water Association was permission to construct a 1-inch service line to James Justice’s house along or across Ticky Bend Road.

The board opened bids for two state aid projects and a Local System Bridge Project, and accepted the lowest bids after taking them under advisement for engineers’ review.

Dec. 15 On Dec 15, minutes reflect that the board voted to: • advertise for the purchase of up to five cab tractors; bids were to be opened Jan. 10. • designate the driveway of Melanie Warn at Mathiston as a school bus turnaround and maintain it throughout the remainder of the school year. • allow the election commissioners to attend annual certification training and associational convention at Choctaw on Jan. 23-25. Daphne McKibben and Joyce James, newly elected commissioners, will attend. • allow the county coroner to attend a conference in Jackson on Jan. 9-11. • accept the Certificate of Substantial Completion of the Doss Building renovation project from Dixie Roofing. • direct the clerk to issue special checks of $17,210 to Estabrook Motor Co. for the purchase of a 2013 Ford pickup and of $641.76 to pay jurors. • hire Eric Jones of Tupelo to take down the radio tower at the jail and to pay him for his services by giving him the tower itself. Randy Myers of Sea Wall Co. appeared before the board with a presentation about aerial photography for the county as required by the state. County Engineer Karl Grubb also appeared before the board.

Dec. 28 The Board of Supervisors voted Dec. 28 to hire Bonnie Fulgham as a part-time worker in the tax office effective Jan. 1. Additionally, according to the minutes, the board voted to pay the county’s matching part of retirement on part-time employees Heather Box, Amy Broadhead, Justin Brown, Casey Henderson and Mitch Jackson; and to pay the interest on the employee’s part because the interest was caused by the county’s error in failing to collect the retirement when due for Box, Broadhead and Henderson. Each of the employees will be responsible for his or her own part of the uncollected employee’s portion of the retirement.