By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times
The Eupora Board of Aldermen has accepted housing contractor bids for two houses involved in the city’s Homeowner Rehabilitation Grant.
The city has received a grant from the Mississippi Development Authority to demolish three substandard houses and build new ones for the homeowners. The board opened bids for the three houses involved on May 13 and took them under advisement to await recommendations from the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District.
Upon the recommendation of District Planner George Crawford on June 3, aldermen accepted low bids from two contractors for demolition and reconstruction: $98,794 from K&T Construction of Durant for Linda Joliff’s house at 335 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and $107,380.40 from Gladney Construction of Eupora for Denise Perkins’ house at 120 W. Clark St.
All contractor bids for one of the houses, that of Alma Ford at 278 Dunlap, were rejected because they were over the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development limit and budget. That project has been readvertised and bids will be opened at 5:30 p.m. July 1.
In other business , consultant Dianne Dyar presented her monthly business development report to the board last week.
Dyar said she has continued interviews with residents, merchants and area Main Street Mississippi directors, adding that the Main Street program appears to be the most viable structure for Eupora. She will present her final report in July.
Additionally, the Board of Aldermen voted to: • add $50 to the amount that was previously budgeted to clean up public property on Adams Avenue.
In April, the board authorized the mayor to spend up to $300 to clean up property that, according to the minutes, included a bothersome hedge along the fence line on the city right-of-way on Adams Avenue. The owner agreed to pay 75 percent if the city paid 25 percent to clean it up. Mayor Tommy Lott said the area has been cleaned up and looks much better.
• erect a sign at the sidewalk entrance for the handicapped at West Roane Avenue and Marie Lane reading “Handicapped Ramp Do Not Block.” The sign is now in place.
• approve the addition of Jay Howard Hurdle as a backup public defender.
• approve attendance of some Eupora Fire Department members at a three-day training conference in Vicksburg.
• authorize Stone Adams Financial Partners to apply for a $50,000 USDA Rural Development grant on the city’s behalf to conduct a market feasibility study for the former Garan Manufacturing property on Highway 9 South. Dan Burchfield (at-large) said the grant, which requires no local match, would also benefit all of Webster County because the entire county could use results of the survey.
• revise the city water ordinance as adopted Nov. 4, 1980, to reflect that water bills will be mailed on the 15th of each month or the next business day.