Board receives courthouse insurance claim update

By Daniel Brunty

The Webster Progress-Times


The Webster County Board of Supervisors received an update on the courthouse fire insurance claim from a previously hired public appraiser during its first monthly meeting Monday.

The board entered into a contract with public adjuster Scott M. Favre during on Aug. 26. With the assistance of Favre the county looks to his firm in assistance in receiving an increase in the amount of the insurance settlement for the fire-damaged courthouse.

Favre addressed the board with an update on the insurance claim he and his team had composed. Favre informed the board of an estimate they created for building a brand new structure, instead of rebuilding from the remains of the courthouse.

“We feel real comfortable with this estimate,” he said during his presentation.

Favre says that he feels confident that once all the information is presented to the insurance carrier, the county should receive an increase in the settlement. The board members are hoping that this will accelerate the process of resolving the settlement with the insurance carrier.

Favre also requested from the board to have permission to begin to prepare a proof of loss, which is a sworn statement that usually must be furnished by the insured to an insurer before any loss under a policy may be paid, for different entities regarding the courthouse claim. The board unanimously voted to allow Favre to proceed with the proof of loss forms.

Board members were satisfied with the presentation Favre made, and indicated they felt confident that progress regarding rebuilding the courthouse was heading in the right direction. Favre agreed to work with the board members in the next few days in completing the proof of loss forms to be sent in.

Eupora Mayor Dan Burchfield then addressed the board. He began by officially thanking Webster County Sheriff Tim Mitchell and his staff for their support and hard work shown after the Oct. 23 death of city Officer Keith Crenshaw while trying to stop three fleeing suspects’ car. Then Burchfield gave the supervisors an update on economic progress in the county.

The board members then opened bids for a motor grader that the board voted to purchase for District 3 during its Oct. 7 meeting. The board received a lone bid from Thompson Machinery. The bid was for a Caterpillar Model 12M2 for $207,000. Thompson Machinery representative Tom Simmonds was on hand to explain the options regarding the financing and lease options available to the county if it should purchase the motor grader from the company.

After supervisors discussed the details with Simmonds, a motion was made to accept the bid, which the board unanimously approved.

In other news, the board:

• Approved a motion to allow Justice Court to refund Ryan Newborn $125 for overpayment on a court case.

• Approved the hiring of Bradley Frost and Lloyd Denning as part-time deputies at the Webster County Sheriff’s Office, effective Nov. 4, working at the same pay rate as the part-time deputies already on staff.

Oct. 31 Meeting

Minutes of the board’s reflect that the board:

• Approved a motion to hire Mississippi Warrant Network to collect delinquent justice court fines beginning Jan. 1 and terminate the county’s contract with Mississippi Court Collections, the current collection agency.

• Accepted the resignation of Carolyn Lane as a full-time employee in the tax assessor’s office as of Oct. 1. She will be retained as a part-time worker with the office and be paid a rate of $8.50 per hour.

• Accepted solid waste assistance from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality in the amount of $10,320 for 2014 and agreed to enter into a formal agreement with MDEQ.

• Approved an order verifying the designation of the county Emergency Management Agency and appointing the director.

• Approved submission to the Office of State Aid information regarding a Local System Bridge Project on Bowen Road for installation of a box culvert.

• Approved payment of an undated bill from John Mitchell for $2,800 for helping blacktop. The purchase order was for $1,500 but the services rendered turned out to be $2,800. The board feels that the value was received, according to the minutes.

• Approved payment of a July 30 invoice from A&H Electrical & Refrigeration of West Point for $156, even though no purchase order was created. The bill, which must be paid, was for services rendered at the Health Department.

• Approved payment of an invoice for $48.72 from Verizon dated Oct. 24 even though no purchase order was created. Services were rendered and the bill must be paid. This was for the Webster County Emergency Management Agency.

• Approved advertisement for sale of a 1986 International Truck by posting notices in public places. Bids will be opened Nov. 29.