Supervisors receive economic update

By Russell Hood

The Webster Progress-Times


Eupora Mayor Dan Burchfield gave an update on economic development to the Webster County Board of Supervisors on Monday.

Burchfield, who serves as volunteer economic developer for the county, gave his last update to the board in June. He said much had been going on regarding industrial prospects but “we’ve signed nothing on the bottom line.”

Burchfield said he has shown vacant buildings to prospects and worked on various inquiries. Stating that he said was excited about the Regional Economic Partnership of Mississippi that Webster has entered into with Choctaw and Montgomery counties, Burchfield said he plans to give all contact information he has on prospects to the partnership when it is organized.

“The quicker we can get it set up the better for everybody,” he told supervisors.

Also Monday, Billy Kerstetter and other employees of Mid-South Pump & Valve in Columbus appeared before the board to discuss the company’s services. Circuit Clerk Deborah Hood Neal met with the board about computer software needs for her office.

In other action, the Board of Supervisors voted to:

• accept the resignation of Adam Contreras as a full-time deputy and hire Justin Livingston as a full-time deputy (from part time), at the request of Sheriff Tim Mitchell.

• enter a board allowing the Mississippi Association of Supervisors to collect information on the county’s insurance and spread the order on the minutes.

• change the name of Kelly Road in District 4 to “Col. Kelly Road.”

• enter into an interlocal agreement with Clay County, which its board previously adopted, to assist Clay County in paving about 6 miles of roads. The agreement expires May 31.

• allow District 2 to buy a Ford-New Holland 6640 tractor with boom mower from Clay County District 3 for $5,000.

• refund to the taxpayer the full amount on 29 parcels that sold at the July tax sale although the taxes had been paid, after evidence was presented they were paid.

The board meets again at 8:30 a.m. Monday.