Supes finish a variety of issues
by Rory Doyle
Apr 16, 2013 | 2285 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Bolivar County Board of Supervisors covered a number of topics at Monday's second meeting of the month scheduled in Rosedale.

Attorney Arnold Luciano requested from the board, on behalf of Port of Rosedale director Robert Maxwell, that Maxwell be allowed to enter contracts and agreements as necessary for port business.

He also sought an executive option agreement giving Maxwell the ability to lease out certain lands at the port.

Maxwell received unanimous support from the supervisors on both matters.

Rosedale also moved closer to establishing two storm warning siren systems for the riverside town, oftentimes the first spot in the county to be impacted by severe weather.

Bolivar County Emergency Management Agency Director Bill Quinton supported the equipment-only bid of $26,221 from Federal Signal Corporation of Oak Brook, Ill.

Robinson Electric of Cleveland was the only company to bid on the electrical installation, and was approved for the job at a cost of $12,500.

A majority of the system's cost will be supported by grant funding from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

The EMA will also unveil its new 78-foot boom fire truck at 10 a.m. Monday at the Bolivar County EOC in downtown Cleveland.

The E-ONE quint aerial boom truck will be housed at the center but used throughout the county for emergencies.

An E-ONE Custom A truck was also purchased recently and will be designated for Benoit's Battalion 6 of the Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department.

The vehicles will cost the county about $670,000. Around $212,000 from rebate funding was already set-aside in anticipation.

"We can pay off these two trucks in five years at about $142,000 per year," said Quinton in a March board meeting.

Quinton said the new trucks will benefit citizens from a service standpoint and are also taxpayer money well spent.

"These are what we call custom trucks, meaning with proper upkeep, they can last for about 25 years as opposed to the 15-year limit of our previous trucks," said Quinton.

In engineering news, Bolivar County Engineer Bob Eley received approval from the board to carry out an extensive structural analysis on the entire Bolivar County Expo Center.

His findings will be forwarded to the Stennis Institute at Mississippi State University, which is partnering with the county to determine if the building needs to undergo revitalization strategies.

Bolivar County Administrator Will Hooker announced in January that the county had been successful in receiving a 70/30 grant to offset the expense of the study, with a total grant value of $70,000.

Board attorney Linda F. Coleman also provided and update on a memorandum of understanding that was formed with the Cleveland School District in reference to leasing 16th Section land in Cleveland.

Discussions had been ongoing for a few weeks about renegotiating costs associated with the county maintenance shop located on shared property on Sharpe Avenue.

Supervisor James McBride, for whom the county building is named, met with district representatives to form a 10-year agreement in which the county will pay $1,200 annually to rent the smaller of the two buildings on site.

The district uses the larger building for bus repairs.

Coleman confirmed McBride's meeting with the school district and that Bolivar County will additionally pay for separate utilities and insurance costs on its building.

Finally, District 5 Supervisor Larry King said he has been communicating with Sen. Willie Simmons and the Mississippi Department of Transportation to further improve traffic safety at the intersection of U.S. Highway 61 and Miss. Highway 450 in Choctaw.

This is the site of the tragic accident in April 2011 between a Shaw School District bus and a gravel truck.