Prospective courthouse architects visit board

By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times

Representatives of an architectural firm interested in providing design services for the new courthouse in Webster County visited the Board of Supervisors on Monday.
Managing partner Carl Franco and architect intern Adam Haver with JH&H Architects of Jackson met with the board. Franco said the firm, which has designed a number of public buildings and churches, is still interested is working with the county on the courthouse project.
“We wanted to visit and see if you had any questions,” Franco said.
JH&H prepared architectural “request for qualifications” for the courthouse project and was one of four firms submitting qualification packages, which the board took under advisement June 2. Franco and JH&H partner Paul Bagley also met with the board on May 7.
None of the supervisors had any questions Monday and no action was taken. However, board President Pat Cummings told Franco the firm had been highly recommended.

Other Business

In other business Monday, the board voted to:

  • allow Eupora First Baptist Church to use the county-owned property on Veterans Memorial Boulevard South by the Department of Human Services building for a Vacation Bible School kickoff registration celebration Saturday afternoon. Students Minister Kevin Barnett made the request.
  • enter into an interlocal agreement with Mantee to provide labor and equipment if the village receives a Small Municipalities Grant for street improvements.
  • Patsy Patterson of the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District met with the board about the matter. The Mississippi Development Authorities plans to fund only one such grant for each of the state’s 10 PDDs.
  • spread upon the minutes a letter from the Mississippi Department of Revenue allowing the county a 60-day extension for submitting the 2014 tax roll because of last year’s courthouse fire.
  • allow Deputy Circuit Clerk Sherry Henderson to attend a Statewide Election Management System seminar July 17 in Jackson.
  • spread upon the minutes a list of the 11 (out of 17) voting precincts that receive rent from the county.
  • spread upon the minutes a copy of the grand jury reported dated June 17.

County Engineer Karl Grubb and Sheriff Tim Mitchell were also at the meeting. The board recessed until 8:30 a.m. Monday.