Supes conduct varied business
by Rory Doyle
Jul 02, 2013 | 1950 views | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bolivar County Board of Supervisors held its first July meeting Monday to discuss a number of county projects and plans.

Port of Rosedale Director Robert Maxwell came before the board to report positive news from the riverfront.

"We've been busy trying to bring a few businesses to the port," said Maxwell, adding that one company has an option on a piece of property and there are active discussions with another business.

"It's good and it's bad — we're starting to run out of room," joked Maxwell.

The port recently received grant money from the Mississippi Department of Transportation to repair the access road due to its heavy truck traffic.

Another MDOT grant was awarded to help clean up the railroad line that still exists on port property.

The port commission, which operates under the envelope of the board, has advocated reconstructing the rail line for years.

"We're on board to do whatever it takes to get it going," said Maxwell. "Hopefully the two new businesses will help add to that."

District 2 Supervisor Donny Whitten said the board has always been in favor of revamping the line.

"The board is of the position that it never should have been abandoned," said Whitten.

Nancy Havens, Bolivar County tax assessor/collector, was also in attendance to remind citizens that county tax rolls opened Monday.

"The tax rolls are open to the public for inspection during the month of July," said Havens. "That time is the only time you can make protest as to the value of your property. Call the Bolivar County Tax Assessor’s office to check the value we have on your property.

"We will explain how we arrived at that designated figure, making sure there are no calculation errors."

Those with questions, concerns or objections are urged to call 662-843-3926.

In other county news, Sheriff Kelvin Williams is starting a campaign to post proper signs in response to the new "Open Carry" gun law that was set to kick in Monday, before it was held up by an injunction issued Friday by Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd.

While most of the state was gearing up for the new open holster law, Attorney General Jim Hood pleaded with the Supreme Court Monday to overturn the injunction.

The law clarifies that Mississippians don't need any kind of state-issued permit to carry a holstered gun that is not concealed.

Kidd set a July 8 hearing to decide whether to extend his order.

"We want to put up signs that say no firearms or weapons allowed on this property," said Williams, in reference to county courthouses and county buildings. "We want to be proactive in the situation, even though the law is being held up right now."

The supervisors supported a resolution Monday for Williams and County Administrator Will Hooker to collaborate and create signs of the proper size to be placed at the entrances of all county buildings.

The board wants these signs to be big, weatherproof and clearly warn the public that weapons are not allowed on site.

The Bolivar Commercial will have more information on the gun law debate as it becomes available.