By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times
Construction on new houses for three Webster County homeowners can now begin after supervisors accepted bids on their behalf last week.
The Board of Supervisors opened bids from four housing contractors May 19 for demolition and reconstruction of three preselected houses. Representatives of the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District were present for the bid opening.
The county was awarded a grant from the Mississippi Development Authority, Community Services Division, through funding made available by HUD’s HOME Investment Partnership Program. HOME funds are designed to assist low-income homeowners living in substandard conditions and can be used to build standard housing.
After first taking them under advisement, the board accepted these low bids for the respective houses listed:
- Gladney Construction of Eupora, $91,632.05 on House No. 1: Sallie Cotton of 47 Morris Road, Eupora.
- K&T Construction of Durant, $87,000 on House No. 2: Dennis Ross of 1305 County Line Road, Maben.
- K&T Construction, $89,500 on House No. 3: Nannie Suggs of 2282 N. Sapa Road, Eupora.
The new houses must be completed within 180 working days.
After Eupora Mayor Dan Burchfield met with the board, supervisors voted to enter into an interlocal agreement with the city to repave part of Waterworks Road and remove trees behind the Whites Creek Lake levee (maintenance area) in return for cash payment to the county. The agreement is subject to approval of the attorney general.
Burchfield also gave an economic development report in which he said calls had been received from two prospects in the last month, including a furniture manufacturer.
Ray Evins, county administrator at Community Counseling Services, and county Commissioner Tommie Vance presented the annual CCS update to the board. They thanked the board for its support, but Vance said an increase in funding from the county would be appreciated.
The board passed a resolution recognizing and commending Eupora High School’s baseball team and East Webster High School’s fastpitch softball team
Eupora won the Class 2A North State baseball championship series on May 16 and East Webster won the Class 2A fastpitch state championship series on May 17 in Ridgeland. The EHS baseball team advanced to last week’s state championship series in Pearl, in which it was the Class 2A state runner-up to Taylorsville.
In other business May 19, the board voted to:
- accept a quote from Kirk Auto of $26,400 for the sale of a Ford F150 pickup to the sheriff’s office. This was the lower of two quotes received. Also accepted was a related financing quote of 2.24 percent from BancorpSouth, which was the lower of two received.
- pay a bill from Mid-South Machinery of $2,673.44; the charge slightly exceeded the purchase order.
- accept the resignation of Jeff Marlow, assistant receiving clerk and District 2 road hand, effective May 27.
- allow District 5 to tear brick off the old Clarkson Baptist Church and blocks off an old house on the property of Betty Johnson in exchange for donation of materials to the county for use as riprap.
The board recessed until this Friday.