Supes urge helping sheriff’s dept.
by Paisley Boston
Nov 05, 2013 | 2102 views | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Josh McPherson (left), engineer project manager; Will Hooker, county administrator; Supervisor Preston Billings and County Engineer Robert Eley in conference.
Josh McPherson (left), engineer project manager; Will Hooker, county administrator; Supervisor Preston Billings and County Engineer Robert Eley in conference.
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Bolivar County's unsolved crimes and the SAFETEA-LU projects were two hot topics during the Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday.

Emotions seemed to soar high before Sheriff Kelvin Williams presented the board with various orders for approval.

"We had a very busy weekend, we had some shootings. There was one in Pace and three or four in Duncan. We are looking for assistance from citizens to try to help us find the people that were shooting. Fortunately, no one was killed. All of the shootings pretty much occurred around the same time. We just want the people to realize that we have crime stoppers and they are more than welcomed to help us in bringing these criminals to justice," said Sheriff Williams.

One of the shootings seemed to really 'hit home' for Supervisor Preston Billings.

"Some of the individuals who shot were my former students. Once again, I would like to urge upon the citizens to help the sheriff. It's your Christian duty," said Billings.

As the meeting continued, County Engineer Robert Eley delivered his report to the board about the ongoing projects within the county.

According to Eley, there are currently three projects that are underway and all of the projects were originally scheduled for completion within 180 days.

"We have pretty much completed the SAFETEA-LU project. Things will be moving on quickly from this point on. The Noblin project is moving on very well and from my understanding, there was a crew in Stanton. We are trying to jump on these projects in a hurry," said Eley.

Although Eley seemed to offer some good news for the county, Billings was not very pleased with the report.

"I have questions coming from all over the county but I am very concerned about Mound Bayou. I was honest enough and fair enough to wait on you guys to go forward with the other projects within the county. I have been vey patient with you guys about my project," said Billings.

According to Billings, funding for the sewage project in Mound Bayou was approved before the projects in Noblin and Stanton, but the project in Mound Bayou has not begun.

"My project was ready to begin at least one year before any of the other projects

"I am held accountable for what goes on in my district. Someone needs to tell the contractor to come up to Mound Bayou and get busy," added Billings.

At the end of the meeting, County Administrator Will Hooker announced that the annual Supervisors Luncheon is scheduled to take place Nov. 18, beginning at noon at the Bolivar County Agriculture Center.

Hooker also announced two upcoming career fairs at Mound Bayou Public Schools for fifth and sixth graders on Nov. 15 at the I.T. Montgomery Elementary School and a second career fair is set to take place on January 9 at John F. Kennedy High School.

Members of the board also went into executive session to discuss personnel concerns with warden, Ora Starks and potential litigation.