City applying for street repairs grant

By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times

The city plans to apply for a competitive grant that will be used for street improvements if awarded. The Eupora Board of Aldermen voted to do so during a special-called meeting June 19.
The state Legislature has authorized $1.5 million in general obligation bonds to be issued for the Mississippi Development Authority’s 2014 Small Municipalities and Limited Population Counties Grant Program.
Eligible activities are limited to public building improvements, downtown improvements and streets. The maximum grant amount is $150,000 and MDA anticipates funding only one grant for each of the state’s 10 planning and development districts.
Mayor Dan Burchfield and Planner George Crawford of the seven-county Golden Triangle Planning and Development District discussed the grant availability with aldermen during last week’s meeting. They authorized the GTPDD to apply for the grant on behalf of the city and adopted a related resolution to start the application process.
Aldermen agreed to use the grant, if awarded, to continue the repaving of Waterworks Road. The board previously voted to use the 1 mill designated annually for street improvements to repave part of Waterworks from East Walnut south. That project, which is to be completed through an interlocal agreement with the county, has not yet started.
Burchfield plans to contact Calvert-Spradling Engineers to estimate how much more of Waterworks Road could be resurfaced with grant and proposed matching funds. He is to report back July 7, when the board plans to formally approve the grant application and specifics. MDA’S Community Service Division is accepting applications for the program through July 31.
Financial Summary
Last week’s meeting also included a financial summary and review with CPA Chris Turnipseed of Watkins, Ward & Stafford, AccuFund consultant Tony Thompson of Starkville and City Clerk Gail Newton.
WWS is the city’s auditing firm, and AccuServ provides the city’s financial reporting and accounting software.
The discussion focused on ledger problems and better understanding of monthly financial information. Thompson agreed to tweak computer software formatting to give a more summarized and meaningful report.
As recommended, the board voted to set up a designated checking account in the Water and Sewer Fund to hold customer deposits.