By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times
The July 1 Board of Supervisors meeting included the annual Webster County Advisory Committee meeting of the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District.
Chancery Clerk Russ Turner was reappointed 2013-14 advisory chairman and Supervisor Paul Crowley (District 4) was reappointed as a GTPDD board member for a four-year term, both by acclamation.
GTPDD staff gave updates on projects for fiscal year 2013. This included reports on pending, active and completed grant applications for this past year.
Programs Director Mitzi Lawrence said the Workforce Investment Act In-School Youth Program worked with 16 youths in the county this year. GIS Manager Toby Sanford said the GIS Department continues to assign all county 911 addresses for the county, and is in the process of updating the county’s road map and road register. He also said the department is working with the Webster County School District on school bus routing.
Loan Officer Jimmy Cole said the Community Enrichment Division did not make any loans in Webster County last year. Bobby Gann, director of aging, discussed services available through the Department of Aging.
In other business last week, the board met in executive session for about 20 minutes with Heather McLemore Box for personnel discussion at her request. She left the boardroom afterwards and no related action was taken in open session. The board voted June 14 to terminate Box as a full-time dispatcher effective immediately at the 911 Center, according to minutes of that meeting.
Justice Court Clerk Janice Brunty presented the bank reconciliation for Justice Court bank accounts. “Our statements are balanced,” she said.
The board accepted Tax Assessor-Collector Barbara Gore’s assessment of real and personal property for 2012-13.
County business handled at previous meetings included these matters, according to the minutes:
In previously unreported business from the June 1 meeting, the board authorized supervisors Robert Hitt, Pat Cummings, Paul Crowley and Doug Burgess to attend the Mississippi Association of Supervisors conference and training in Biloxi, which was June 16-21.
The board also voted then to hire summer workers Will Bowen for District 2, Walter Meek for District 3, and Conner Burton and Nick Knight for District 5, effective June 3.
Tommy Vance, Webster County’s commissioner to Region VII Community Counseling Services , addressed the board on June 14 concerning the agency.
Jimmy McLemore, 911 director, appeared before the board about E911. After meeting with county Engineer Karl Grubb, the board voted to conduct a special bridge inspection of the bridge over Buttermilk Creek upon the advice of the State Aid Office.
Additionally on June 14, the board voted to:
• enter into a memorandum of agreement with the village of Mantee to provide labor to do work on streets of Mantee as necessary to comply with terms of a Small Municipalities, Limited Population Counties Grant through the Mississippi Development Authority.
• reimburse Circuit Clerk Deborah Hood Neal for clerk’s certification training expenses on June 11 in Oxford.
• pay Walter Meek III and Richard Pittman to be bus drivers on June 17 for prospective grand jurors, who were picked up at the Garan parking lot and transported to the Eupora Community Center.
• allow a carnival to be held on county property on Highway 9 South in Eupora July 25-27 for a payment based on income of carnival and contingent upon the board’s approval of insurance coverage of the carnival.
• rescind an order of June 3 concerning the hiring of BK Edwards Fabrication and Welding to take down the radio tower at the sheriff’s office, and to get new quotes from any parties interested in providing that service to be submitted by 9 a.m. June 28.
The former motion stated that BK Edwards was the only source the county had been able to find. The purchase clerk was directed to seek another quote if possible, then hire the party that provided the lowest quote. Glenn Crane & Rigging of Columbus took the tower down on June 28.
• allow Turner to return computer equipment to Madison County that had been loaned to Webster County during the time that the courthouse burned, and to reimburse his expenses for mileage.
• allow Turner to attend an associational convention and seminar June 25-27 in Tupelo.
• enter into a final resolution granting exemption from ad valorem taxes except school district taxes to Plymouth Tube.
• extend the proclamation of the local emergency caused by the courthouse burning by renewing it on June 10.
On June 28, McLemore appeared before the board about 911 issues. Afterwards, supervisors voted to hire Peggy Stuckey as a full-time 911 dispatcher. Stuckey, who has been a part-time dispatcher, is not certified as a full-time dispatcher and the board directed that she shall be so certified by the end of 2013. She will be paid the same rate as all other full-time dispatchers.
The board also voted to hire Lacy Broadhead, Charity Silver, Pam Kelly and Marci Gastineau as part-time 911 dispatchers.
Hitt and Supervisor Randy Rico were absent June 28. Rico, who is recovering from surgery, was also absent July 1.