Business as usual for county
by Paisley Boston
Mar 04, 2014 | 2506 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mound Bayou has began its cleanup project and according to Bolivar County Road Manager James Pritchett, the city is requesting county assistance.

"During the cleanup project, bins are needed to separate debris. Mound Bayou is seeking assistance to purchase bins. They need a total of four bins," said Pritchett.

According to Bolivar County Supervisor James McBride, the county does not aid in the purchase of the bins but members of the board are more than willing to assist them in removing debris after it is collected.

"The city of Mound Bayou is requesting us to do several things to help with the cleanup. They want us to clean out ditches in east Mound Bayou and they also want us to cleanup west Main Street," added Pritchett.

After Pritchett gave his report, Supervisor Preston Billings requested that he aid him in appeasing a concerned farmer in Shelby.

"First of all I would like to say that your road crew has been doing a very good job. I received a phone call from a farmer and he informed me that some of the roads in Shelby are in terrible condition. We need to do something about this because farmers need access to certain roads," said Billings.

"The road crew needs to get on this as soon as possible – there are pot holes and rough patches in this road that are in need of some immediate attention," he added.

According to Pritchett, the road crew is in the process of contacting the necessary entities to remedy this issue but he is trying to wait until farmers are done hauling grain.

South Group Insurance representative Ned Mitchell gave an update on recent policy renewal for Bolivar County employees.

"Competition has returned in the insurance marketplace and we need to take advantage of that. This year our company went out into the marketplace and shopped for insurance for Bolivar County," said Mitchell.

"The cost for coverage now is cheaper than it has been since 2007. Insurance plans for county employees were renewed on March 1," he added.

Members of the board approved Mitchell's report and his request for insurance renewal.

After Mitchell gave an extensive report, Project Manager Josh McPherson presented the engineer's report.

"There have been no major changes to ongoing projects within the county. We just completed our annual bridge inspection. We generated a list of signs that need to be taken down. Before removing the signs, we have to take pictures of them and send them down to state aid for approval," said McPherson.

"We are about 50 percent complete with the Issac Daniel's sewer project, 80 percent for Noblin and 50 percent for Stanton – things are moving along very well. All of the tanks have been ordered and should be in place soon," he added.

McBride said that he is asking that citizens please remain patient with the ongoing county projects because the weather has been harsh.

"We are still trying to get the Eastgate project underway. In our last meeting we did finalize plans to begin. The county is going to assist with the first phase of the project. I want it to make it a one shot deal," said Billings.

"I want to try to get these snakes off of these people before it gets warm," he added.

McPherson assured Billings that he would get to the Eastgate project as soon as he receives easements from the property owner.

Emergency Management Director Bill Quinton began his report by saying," I want to thank representative Linda Coleman for assistance with House Bill 1433."

"For the past three or four years we have been trying to get this bill passed – it deals with emergency personnel being added to the death penalty for the police and fire department. She assisted us with getting the bill passed," said Quinton.

After he delivered praises to Coleman, Quinton presented an order to spend over $10,000 for the electrical wiring of the Merigold storm shelter generator.

"The shelter can be used for any and all individuals during emergency situations," said McBride.

Quinton also presented an order to approve travel to Meridian for search and rescue training in June.

Pritchett and Sheriff Kelvin Williams reserved executive session for matters of personnel.

Members of the board also went into executive session to discuss possible litigation for the Bolivar County Exposition Center.