County awarded HOME grant

By Daniel Brunty

The Webster Progress-Times


Webster County has been awarded funds to reconstruct dilapidated houses for three county homeowners.

Housing Specialist Patsy Patterson of the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District met with the Board of Supervisors on Monday about the grant.

She presented the board with the contracts regarding a three-grant agreement by the Mississippi Development Authority for the Home Investment Partnership Program, also known as the HOME program. HOME funds are designed to assist low-income homeowners living in substandard conditions and can be used to reconstruct standard housing.

With the board’s unanimous approval, members authorized board President Pat Cummings to sign and enter into the grant agreement on each of the projects.

Patterson also asked for the board’s approval to enter into an administrative contract with the GTPDD on the three HOME projects. Supervisors unanimously authorized the board president and clerk to sign on behalf of the county.

Monday’s meeting included a Justice Court financial report update and status of the county’s old fines. After hearing the report, the supervisors were satisfied with the progress that the Justice Court office was making in collecting old fines, and encouraged the staff to keep up the good work.

Thompson Machinery representative Tom Simmonds discussed options regarding specifications for upcoming new models of motor graders. He also went over options of financing and trade options regarding motor graders already in the county’s possession. Supervisors informed Simmonds they would take his information into consideration.

Sheriff Tim Mitchell informed the board that with permission from the state corrections commissioner, the sheriff’s department would be able to have three to four trustees.

With the inclusion of trustees again, this will relieve the department of legal burdens as well as providing manpower to the county. Mitchell explained the process in detail to the supervisors, who were all in unison that this was a good development.

Other Business

In other news, the board:

• Accepted the resignation of Derek May from the Webster County Sheriff’s Department effective Dec. 1. May, who was a part-time deputy, is now an officer with the Eupora Police Department.

• Approved the Webster County Sheriff’s Department acceptance of a $500 grant from Walmart for law enforcement equipment.

• Approved the Webster County Sheriff’s Department acceptance of $800 from the sale of calendars from Hometown Publishing.

• Accepted a bid from the Bank of Kilmichael to serve as county depository for 2014-15.

• Amended the sheriff’s building budget by creating a line item to pay $3,000 to prisoner-rights attorney Ron Welch for building a fenced-in area for jail trustees.

The Board of Supervisors recessed until Wednesday, Dec. 4.