By Daniel Brunty
The Webster Progress-Times
The Board of Supervisors discussed uniforms for Webster County employees and received an update about the county’s 911 service during its monthly meeting Monday.
The supervisors, who are looking at all options regarding county employee uniforms, invited Mike Nolan of G&K Services to come and make a presentation. He began by addressing his concerns with the current contract that the county uses in regard to uniforms. From there, Nolan explained what options his company could provide in regard to prices, designs and insurance coverage for uniforms.
After a few questions addressed to Nolan by board members, they all agreed to meet with him again during their next meeting Oct. 21. During that time, Nolan will present the county with examples of the uniforms that his company provides, as well as options regarding the contract and price.
The board then went into executive session to discuss a personnel matter; no action was taken.
Afterwards, 911 Director Jimmy McLemore gave supervisors an update on the status of 911 service in the county. In August, they told him they were having complaints regarding 911 service, including dispatchers not being able to properly give out directions to emergency responders.
Supervisors told McLemore to address the issues with his employees and report back. He reported last month that various personnel and policy changes were being implemented. On Monday, McLemore informed the board that training sessions had been implemented and well received by employees. He also said he has set up more training and plans to have others come speak who are known in their field of expertise.
Board members complimented McLemore, saying that since he has made the changes, they see progress being made by the employees. They also complimented him on his decision to take calls, and stated that this will have a positive effect on the whole staff.
Supervisors thanked McLemore for the update and said they hoped this upward trend will continue with his department.
Up next was a report on court collections from Justice Court Clerk Janice Brunty. The board has had concerns in the past months regarding the amount of money collected by the county’s current collection agency.
After discussing all the possibilities and issues regarding collections, the board decided that it may need to move on to another collection agency to see the desired results. Supervisors later voted to hire a different agency to collect past-due Justice Court fines: American Municipal Services. A representative of the company addressed the board in July.
Last to address the board was Tom Simmons, a representative from Thompson Machinery. He gave the board detailed information about motor graders that are available from the company. Simmons also educated the board members about the worth of their used motor graders as well as the best times and the best offers for purchasing a new one.
After hearing his presentation, the board approved a motion for District 3 to buy a motor grader, as well as to get quotes on lease-purchase financing.
In other news, the board:
• approved McLemore’s attendance at the 2013 Mississippi Training Seminar at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, with expenses to be reimbursed as necessary.
• voted to apply for a Justice Assistance Grant of $4,000 from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety to install cameras on the cars of full-time sheriff’s deputies. The county will initially pay the $4,000, with the grant to reimburse the county $3,000. The initial payment will come out of drug-seized money from the sheriff’s office.