By Daniel Brunty
The Webster Progress-Times
The Webster County Board of Supervisors made a decision regarding county employee uniforms and met with representatives of collection agencies during its meeting on Monday.
After bringing the meeting into session the supervisors met with Mike Nolan, a representative of G&K Services. Nolan had previously met with the supervisors during their Oct. 7 meeting, with Nolan agreeing to return to show them examples of what uniforms were available. Nolan had also agreed to provide the supervisors with G&K’s rates on uniforms, as well as insurance and contract options.
Nolan began his presentation by allowing the supervisors to look at sets of uniforms that would meet the requirements they had given him in the previous meeting. Nolan also gave them pricing on the uniforms compared to what the county is paying now. Nolan also said he could offer the county a three-year agreement; upon completion of the third year the county could renegotiate the agreement.
Board President Pat Cummings stated that Nolan and his company were offering the better deal overall in regard to the uniforms and thought the supervisors should vote to take on G&K’s business.
With the board in a previous agreement with another entity, supervisors would need to review their options in regard to dissolving the county’s partnership. With a motion made to switch its business over to G&K Services, the board unanimously voted to do so.
Next the board met briefly with Tom Simmons, a representative from Thompson Machinery. Simmons had previously met with supervisors during their Oct. 7 meeting, in which they discussed options in regard to purchasing and selling motor graders for the county. Simmons informed the board about an option to possibly rent a motor grader for use with District 3 looking to purchase one in the near future.
Simmons also discussed the best way for the county to get the most money from its used motor graders. Simmons said he would provide the board members with specifications for some of the company’s latest equipment for review, and give them an idea of what they might want to purchase in the future.
After Simmons exited the meeting, the supervisors met with Tanna Turner Coleman of Mississippi Warrant Network. With the board having concerns in the past months regarding the amount of money collected by the county’s current collection agency, it agreed to meet with Coleman to see if her company would be a better fit for the county.
Coleman explained how her company was different than other collection agencies in that it does not handle any monies regarding the fines, but that collections are paid directly to the justice court. She also discussed MWN’s process and how it works directly with the justice court staff to accomplish its job.
The board explained to Coleman that the county is still under contract with its current collection agency but is in the process of seeking options out of that agreement. The board asked Coleman if she could review the county’s fines and records so she would be familiar with its records if supervisors decide to choose her agency.
The board also met with Deborah Sivira of American Municipal Services. She provided the details of how the collection agency works, as well as how its fees are handled. The board also informed her of its situation, and that it would contact her when a decision was made.
In other news, the board:
• Approved Webster County EMA Director Barry Rushing’s attendance at the Mississippi Civil Defense/Emergency Management Association’s 2013 Mid-Winter Education Conference, which will be Nov. 11-13 at the Golden Moon Convention Center in Choctaw, and to repay his expenses as necessary and to reimburse his expenses to the extent allowed by law.
• Approved an application for the EMSOF grant from Mississippi Department of Health to fund the training of emergency personnel.
• Voted to designate and maintain the driveway of Melissa Pittman, 4043 N. Sapa Road, as a school bus turnaround for the remainder of the school year. The county School Board designated her property as a turnaround on Oct. 7.
• Voted to modify a purchase requisition dated Oct. 8 for District 1 backhoe repairs. The requisition was originally not to exceed $3,000, but when repairs were made, additional repairs were needed and eventually $12,000 was spent. The requisition was modified to that amount.
• Approved budget amendments for the purchase of two Motorola radios ( one mobile, one handheld) for the Webster County Emergency Management Agency to use.
The Board of Supervisors recessed until 8:30 a.m. Oct. 31.
Clarification: A sentence in an Oct. 3 article about the Board of Supervisors’ Sept. 30 meeting should have read that the board accepted the resignation of Adam Contreras as a full-time deputy and changed his employment status from full time to part time.