By Daniel Brunty
The Winston County Journal
The Louisville Board of Aldermen discussed community recovery and airport business during their regular meeting
held on July 15 at City Hall.
After opening the meeting with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, the board approved the minutes of the previous meeting. Next, the board met with Louisville/Winston County Airport Board President Mike Forster. Forster informed the board that the new terminal will be occupied within the next two weeks, as well as the Grand Opening of the terminal to be held on September 27. Forster says the event will be attended by the Governor and other state dignitaries as well.
Forster also informed the board that the theme of the Grand Opening will be World War II with war planes on the premises. Forster would like for as many people to attend as possible, and to expose the county to the joys of aviation.
Next, Forster informed the board that the city will receive 385,544 on airport improvement funding, which is two and a half times more than what the city usually receives for improvements. Most of these funds will be used to expand the ramp area and provide room for a new hangar. This will allow for airport officials to have access to the north side of the current ramp area, which falls in line with plans for long term expansion in the future.
Forster informed the board that they had also received a grant from MDOT for the second consecutive year. The grant is in the amount of $334,000, which Forster states will pay for 50 percent of the brand new hangar. The hangar is being built to accommodate Taylor Machines Works jet airplane. Taylor is committing to a 20-year lease of the hangar, and they will match the funds for the creation of the hangar as part of the lease agreement. Construction is expected to begin in October, with the expected time of completion to be in the late spring of 2015.
In addition, Taylor is committed to having another airplane in a hangar at the airport, which will have a positive economic affect on the county. Also, Forster stated that MDOT matches their federal grant 5 percent, while the city & county match the other 5 percent, with a 21,419 grant from MDOT to equal the 5 percent.
Forster then presented the board with two work orders to start the work on the ramp area and hangar, both coming from engineering firm Clearwater Consulting out of Starkville for around $100,000 for all of their services. Forster then informed the board that they had already take bids for the ramp area, landfill, and the pre-construction work. They received a bid of $345,860.30 from Davidson Hauling of Meridian. Forster stated the next closest bid was $40,000 higher, and asked the board to award the bid to Davidson Hauling.
Forster also mentioned that the airport will receive over 1 million dollars in investment over the next 12 months, and they are receiving lots of support from the FAA as well as MDOT. He also thanked the city and county for their continued support.
Forster then asked for a motion to authorize the Mayor to sign the paperwork regarding the grants and the work orders.
The board then met with Winston County EMA Director Buddy King to discuss the Resolution for Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. King explained how the document has been vital in the helping the county in the recovery process. The reason for the document is MEMA has assisted guiding the county through the process of handling an emergency such as the storms in April. MEMA hired a National Emergency Management agency to develop the plan. The document is valid for Winston County until September.
King explained how the document provides information from surveys, allows for access to certain programs, disaster history, plans on making the community safe, strategic plans, and other disaster –related information. King then asked for the board to approve the document for the county. A motion was made and it was passed unanimously.
The board also met with FEMA representative Bob Haywood, who was accompanied by MEMA representative Mike Ferdinand, to discuss the National Recovery Framework. Haywood began with a little background about himself, followed by introducing Federal Coordinating Officer Terry Quarrels and Gregg Kennedy, Mayor of Smithville.
Haywood then gave a background of how the program came to fruition, followed by explaining the phases that the county is presently in. “What we are talking about tonight is looking at the future of your community and really asking yourself where are the opportunities and where are the challenges that come out of this disaster or have come more obvious or more apparent or critical to the community post-disaster,” Haywood said.
Haywood then mentioned some of the challenges that the county is facing, including almost one-fourth of the homes in the area were damaged or destroyed, loss of jobs and the economic impact, and the loss of the hospital. Haywood explained how this program can assist with thinking through these issues strategically, so a more effective process can be created, including a creation of a document that can be accessed in times of emergency to help ensure a sustainable and resilient community.
Haywood then explained the different aspects of response and recovery, which includes the sub-categories of Preparedness, Short-Term, Intermediate, and Long-Term. Next, Haywood explained the purpose of the National Disaster Recovery Framework. They are:
Defines how federal agencies will more effectively support states, tribes, and communities recover from disasters.
Clarifies roles and responsibilities for community recovery stakeholders at the federal, state and local levels.
Describes key principals for community recovery planning.
Promotes communities engaging and considering the needs of all its members in community recovery planning efforts.
Emphasizes a continuum of community recovery activities.
Next, Haywood explained the key features of the NDRF. Those are TEAM (includes state/local/territory/tribal governments, federal agencies, faith-based and non-profit organizations, communities, private sector and the general public), Flexibility (scalable to the size and needs for community recovery, Establishes (federal agency operational and coordination structure), Introduces (recovery support functions – RSF’s), Presents (3 positions that manage/coordinate community recovery – Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, FDRC; State, Territorial or Tribal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, SDRC; Local Disaster Recovery Manager, LDRM).
Next was an explanation of the Recovery Support Functions. The National Disaster Recovery Framework introduces Recovery Support Functions (RSF’s): groupings of designated federal agencies that can support local governments by facilitating strategic problem solving, recover planning, improving access to community recovery resources and supporting coordination among governmental agencies, nongovernmental partners and community stakeholders.
Haywood then explained the Core Principals of the NDRF. “We take these core principals quite seriously,” Haywood said. The first one listed was Leadership and Local Primacy. “Your recovery must happen under your local leadership. You are the primary owners of the community, not us or the state. You are in charge. You are in control.”
He then explained the other core principles, including Unity of Effort, Partnerships and Inclusiveness, Individual and Family Empowerment, Psychological and Emotional Recovery, Public Information, Timeliness and Flexibility, Resilience and Sustainability, and Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning.
In other news, the board:
Approved minutes of Public Hearing on CDBG projects
Approved to set hearing to determine if certain property is unclean or unsafe, which is located at 124 Armstrong Street, owned by Flora Edwards,
Approved payment to Calvert Spradling Engineers for $9,156.25 for professional services on proposed Edwards Street project
Approved payment to The Policy Center for $34,815.00 for annual insurance premium
Authorized contract with MS Bureau of Narcotics for Barry McWhirter- enclosed
Acknowledged new court fines pay schedule- enclosed
Acknowledged new pay schedule for Landfill Trust accounts-enclosed
Approved appointment to Utility Board: James R. Wilson’s five year term expired June 30, 2014
Approved appointment of Tourism & Recreation Tax Board: Steve White’s three year term expired July 1, 2014
Approved appointment of Zoning and Planning Board: Paul Hogue’s five year term expired on July 1, 2014
Approved request to hire a Police Rookie Patrolman at $13.00 effective July 24-enclosed
Approved request for Todd McCullough to attend the Turfgrass and Ornamental Field Day, at MSU on August 26, cost $25.00
Accepted low quote from J. C. Cheek Contractors for grassing the landfill @$1,725.00 per acre
Approved invoices to be paid for Landfill purchases from 401-204-701 for cell construction. Michael’s Tree Service $23,200.00
Approved Debris Removal/Debris Monitoring/ Consultants: payments TBD
Discussed Winston Plywood Facility, including 1) lease terms, 2) debris removal costs, 3) update on Memorandum of Agreement
Discussed future of Academy Park
Discussed city owned property in Stringer Industrial Park and authorized Mayor to negotiate sale of property