Supes handle many issues
by Rory Doyle
Jan 23, 2013 | 2238 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A substantial number of issues was on the agenda Tuesday at the second January meeting of the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors.

Bolivar County Emergency Management Agency Director Bill Quinton reported on getting closer to installing storm sirens in Rosedale, often times the first town in the county to be impacted by major weather.

Quinton continues to pursue grant funding and is hopeful a decision will be made soon.

"We'll be able to move forward once we get approval from the state," said Quinton.

The EMA also received good news about purchasing a generator for the maintenance shop as a backup power supply.

Quinton said a 25/75 percent agreement was approved by MEMA to back acquisition costs.

Bolivar County would be responsible for about $16,000, while MEMA and FEMA would provide the remaining 75 percent.

The board unanimously supported Quinton's request to advertise for bids on the generator.

Finally, Quinton received board approval to advertise for acquiring a new county ambulance.

"Using EMS grant money given to us, we are eligible to purchase a new ambulance every three years," said Quinton. "We've already got the money in the bank."

EMS funding fluctuates on a yearly basis and Quinton said the county might still be responsible for about $6,000 when a purchase is made.

County Engineer Bob Eley also provided updates on a number of projects in his report to the supervisors.

Eley said the county would be in position to advertise for bids in February for ruts and pothole repairs to Davis Street in Mound Bayou. Construction could begin by late April or early May.

Eley is also working hard on remodeling plans to the culvert close to the intersection of Yale Street and Bishop Road just outside of Cleveland.

Drainage after heavy rains has become a serious issue to the surrounding area, and an overhaul would require installation of two pipes that are 70 feet long and eight feet in diameter.

Lastly, Eley confirmed a cost estimate of $1.4 million to improve curbs, gutters, drainage and pavement in the Eastgate subdivision.

"Going after grant funds" would be crucial to this project, said Eley.

Board Attorney Linda F. Coleman informed the board of ongoing discussions with the Cleveland School District in reference to leasing 16th Section land.

Upcoming adjustments to the lease will be considered based on the amount of acreage the county uses.

Both the Bolivar County Expo Center and the District 4 road and bus barns are on the leased land.

Supervisor Preston Billings also brought up two areas of concern for the board to pursue in more detail.

"I'm very concerned about human life because of the dangerous deer with large antlers crossing the road (U.S. Highway 61) between the Mound Bayou Head Start and Mr. Moore's auto shop."

Billings requested assistance from Road Manager James Pritchett in putting up deer crossing signs to prevent accidents.

Pritchett said he has been in touch with the Mississippi Department of Transportation to resolve the issue.

"I'm concerned about others," added Billings. "I love prevention — not intervention."

Billings also requested an investigation into drainage problems that wreaked havoc in Renova following recent heavy rains.

The next supervisors meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Feb. 4 at the First Judicial District Courthouse in Rosedale.

Renovation projects at the historic building are nearing completion and a reopening ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. on the same day.