Supervisors apply for grant, change roles

From staff reports

The Winston County Supervisors covered a numerous business in the first meeting in July.

County applies for Waste Tire Grant

Louisville City Engineer Kenny Morris requested the board apply for a waste tire grant for the landfill with hopes of helping clean up tires in the county.

The board approved the grant application and support for it noting that the road crews could now pickup tires from ditches and other areas and recycle at the landfill if they received the grant.

Funding for waste tire grants is provided by a waste tire account funded from a fee charged on the wholesale sale of every new motor vehicle tire sold in Mississippi. This fee provides the funds to ensure and encourage the proper management and disposal of waste tires in the state.

Information about this grant program and other solid waste initiatives and programs is available at www.deq.state.ms.us/solidwaste.

In other business, the board: • Approved Mike Peterson as President and Luke Parkes as Vice President after Larry Duran stepped down as president for medical reasons. • Received In Lieu tax funds from the Noxubee Refuge in the amount of $79,101. • Approved the June minutes. • Discussed previous vote of keeping Whitten Road in District 4 open after a public hearing in November 2011. Harry Bryant expressed his problem with the road remaining a public road and requested another hearing. The board declined another hearing request and supported the previous decision. Attorney High Hathorn noted that unless a significant change in circumstances occurred that no additional public hearing should be held. • Discussed the HOME program and upcoming state meeting on the program. Supervisors noted that many had benefitted from the program in previous years. “It is unreal how the program has helped some in the county,’ said Peterson. “Citizens have gotten nice homes from the program.” • Discussed several bridge projects in the county with County engineer Jimmy Kemp. See next week’s edition for more information on the bridges. • Discussed Scenic byways program for the county. See next week’s edition for more information. • Approved grant for the airport to complete a turnaround at the airport. The Supervisors pay 1.5 percent of the total cost which is about $1704. • Approved a burn ban. See the July 4 article for more details. • Discussed issues with 911 calling at First Responders trained in the area. • Corrected a negative balance in fire department budget after discovering a budgeting error.

The next meeting of the board is set for July 16 at 9 a.m. in the board room at the court house.