By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal
The Winston County Board of Supervisors made fairly quick work of the short agenda in the Oct. 1 meeting.
Board President Michael Peterson in addition to covering the agenda also gave opportunities to several citizens to address the board on matters of concern.
“We feel like we work for all the folks,” noted Peterson as he offered the floor to new East Central Community College President Dr. Billy Stewart. Stewart reminded the supervisors that the college would have a big announcement Oct.9.
“Believe it to be one of the biggest announcements in ECCC history,” said Stewart.
The board also reviewed and approved the Circuit Court Grand Jury report which had a large docket for the court calendar. The grand jury handled 121 reported violations and returned 100 true bills with five matters receiving a no bills or indictments and nine remanded to a lower court and seven sent back for further investigation.
In other business, the supervisors: • Approved of Sept. 17 and Sept. 27 minutes. • Had Homestead reinstated for two residents. • Approved $800 for indexing system for board minutes on the computer system. • Listened to an update from County Engineer Jimmy Kemp. Kemp reviewed ongoing road projects in the county. Kemp noted that the Lobutcha projected was finalized in District 4. He explained that the Sims Road project was in the final cleanup stages in District 5.Kemp noted that the Bevill Hill project in District was working on and hoped to wrap up quickly. He added that two other projects in District 3, BethEden project and Yellow Creek Road project were out for bid with bid opens upcoming. • Discussed the roof repair at the Teters Building with ECCC president Stewart since ECCC Workforce Training classes are also hosted in parts of the building. • Approved and discussed Sixteen Section Property leases. Supervisor Luke Parkes questioned how the school district can use Weir,MS as a comparable for value on leases in Winston County. Peterson recused himself from the discussion and vote. • Peterson requested that removing computer items from the maintenance contract be examined quickly before next payment. The county may be able to save up to $20,000 by removing unnecessary items from the contract. • Approved the monthly expense summary. • Acknowledge agreement with City of Louisville to collect school taxes and motor vehicle taxes. • Discussed work being done to collect old fines in the Justice Court. • Discussed start of Absentee balloting for November election and last day to register to vote is Oct. 6. The circuit clerk’s office will be open until 7 p.m. all week to get last minute registering voters and will be open Oct. 6 until noon. • Discussed the redistricting of county lines that will be implemented when the county is removed from the litigation by the NAACP in the state. The county plan has received approval from the Department of Justice and has filed to be removed from the lawsuit. The new county lines are suppose to go in affect for 2014. • Discussed tornado preparedness day drill on Oct. 24 by Winston County EMA. • Discussed with Tax Assessor Larry Woodard acknowledge hold on car tags and mobile home deliquent taxes. The Tax office filed 203 tax liens this year. •Acknowledge receipt of DUI grant for the Winston County Sheriff’s office.
The next regular meeting is set for Oct. 15.