County supervisors approved property insurance plan

From staff reports


The Winston County Board of Supervisors in the Dec. 16 meeting approved changing property and liability insurance companies to gain a take advantage of the lowest premium offered while gaining several changes.

The board approved moving the insurance to Zurich which has represented the county in years past and did have as Steve Roberts of Renasant Insurance described as the best price for the county needs.

In addition to offering the lowest premiums, Zurich also offered 17 million in total property coverage as blanket coverage and lowered the law enforcement liability deductible from $25,000 to $10,000.

The board members noted each supervisor would review all equipment values to make sure not over insured or under insured on any equipment.

Roberts complimented the county on managing any past claims well which helped keep the premium in line.

In other business, the supervisors:

• Discussed health insurance and how to handle supplemental offers since the board felt many employees were confused by the numerous supplemental offers.

• Received an update on the Winston County Library from Beth Edwards.

Edwards provided details of library usage, discussed involvement with schools and the seminars provided at the library including two on the affordable healthcare act. She also noted the resignation of Pat Fuller from the library board.

• Discussed with county engineer Jimmy Kemp the grant application to continue work on the roads included in the scenic byways system and Noxubee Refuge area. The new grant available is an 80 percent grant with a 20 percent match from the county.

• Acknowledged Scott Gregory at the president of the District 5 coroner’s association.

• Approved the cash in bank report and discussed the prison budget along with excess revenues of the prison and general revenue and expenses. Board president asked for a detailed breakdown of where the prison excess revenues where transferred and which bills had been paid from the funds.

• Approved payment to court reporters.

• Approved payment to chancery clerk for Homestead services.

• Approved homestead reinstatements provided by state.

• Discussed homestead disallowances.

• Approved vacation days following holidays for a few staff members.

• Approved for first of January payment for chancery biannual payments.

• Discussed changing timeclock at prison facility after talking with the warden.

• Added two experienced officers at the facility and one part time.

• Approved purchase of oven and dishwasher for prison.

• Discussed tax statements for the county property taxes and noted that mailing statements is a courtesy by the county and not a requirement.

• Approved insurance bills for two water tankers at county fire departments purchased from the forestry department.

• Held an executive session on the Proposal for inter local agreement on 911.

• Approved purchase of sheriff car cameras and intoxicalyzer with DUI grant funds to reimburse later.

• Discussed the efficiency of county garbage pickup after talking with Waste Pro representive.

“We have some of the cheapest garbage collection in the state since we use prison labor and have worked out own routes,” said supervisor Mike Peterson.

The next regular meeting of the Winston County Board of Supervisors is January 6 at 9 a.m.