By Daniel Brunty
The Winston County Journal
The Winston County Board of Supervisors discussed airport improvements and maintenance at Dean Park during their regular meeting held on July
21 at the Winston County Courthouse.
After opening the meeting with prayer, the board met with Louisville/Winston County Airport Board President Mike Forster. Forster began by giving the supervisors good news. He informed the board that the Airport Board was advised that the city and the county will receive $385,544 regarding the Airport Improvement Program for the upcoming year from the FAA. They were able to receive more than their normal allocation for an airport of it size by making special applications for new projects.
“What that will allow us to do, is that a small portion of that will be used to pay for the expense of removing obstructions on the South end of the field, which will allow our larger airplanes to be able to land more safely,” Forster said. “The rest of the funds will be used to build an extension on the ramp area. The reason we need the ramp area is because the State of Mississippi MDOT and the FAA granted us $344,000 to build a new hangar for the Taylor jet.
Forster informed the board that bringing that jet to Louisville is extremely important to the airport, because the operator of the jet would like to put a second airplane here. The plan of the Airport Board is to build a 10,000 square foot hangar next to the new terminal building. At that time Forster informed the board that the terminal will be open within the next few weeks, with the Grand Opening and dedication to be held on September 27.
Taylor Air will sign a 20-year lease, which will pay for the upkeep of the hangar. Once the lease is concluded, the city and county will own the hangar. If they continue to lease it, they would have the right of first refusal on it, then that would convert into a standard lease, which will create a new source of income for the airport at that time.
Forster then asked for approval for the grants and necessary signatures to accept them. After a few minutes of discussion, a motion was made on each grant and all were approved unanimously.
County Engineer Jimmy Kemp addressed the supervisors after Forster’s exit. Kemp began by informing the supervisors that $32 million dollars will be available through State Aid that they are trying to distribute to counties. The funds can be used on State Aid paved routes. Kemp stated that the average that Winston County could receive would be 1.3 percent, about 360,000 roughly.
Kemp also discussed the BR project on Shiloh Road and Mill Creek Road. He stated that the project had been approved by the court, which will free the county to advertise for it as well as ask the program to replace the bridge on Mt. Pleasant Road. Kemp stated he needed signatures from the supervisors for the program, and have them sent back to State Aid immediately because they are handled on a first-come, first-serve basis. A motion was made for the proposed BR project by Kemp, and it passed unanimously through the board.
Next, Kemp informed the board that yearly bridge inspections would be soon. Kemp stated he would need the board to make a motion to accept the yearly bridge inspection maintenance for the amount of $23.560. A motion was made and it was passed unanimously by the board.
Next to address the board was Chairman of the Dean Park Commission Jack Miller regarding maintenance and safety issues at the park. They also discussed when they would be reopening the park, as well as requesting for a replacement refrigerator for the park. A motion was made to purchase the refrigerator, and it was passed unanimously by the board.
The board was then addressed by Community Counseling County Administrator Juliette Reese. Community Counseling is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and Reese was on hand to present the board with a plaque recognizing them for their support of Community Counseling and the mental health needs of the county for those 40 years. The board accepted the plaque on behalf of the county.
Board attorney Hugh Hathorn gave the board an update on pending lawsuits with the county. The redistricting lawsuit in which the county was a part of was dismissed on July 15. Hathorn informed the board that there would be no additional billing from their attorney in this matter. He also informed them of the upcoming Tim Rogers vs. Winston County litigation at the Airport, and asked the board to make a motion to pay Daniel Coker Attorneys at Law $216 for services. A motion was made and it was passed unanimously by the board.
The board then went into executive session to discuss personnel and litigation matters. After returning from executive session, the board informed everyone that no action was taken during the session.
In other news, the board:
Approved July 7 meeting minutes
Approved cash in bank report for June 2014
Approved order correcting June 16, 2014 board order for payment to Osmond Roofing Systems (no change in dollar amount)
Acknowledged election of Scott Gregory as Vice-President for the MS Coroner/Medical Examiner Association
Adopted Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (EMA)
Approved Emergency Management Grant Program Application from EMA Director Buddy King
Approved 16th section lease amendment for Malcolm Hailey
Approved 16th section residential lease for Demetrice Jones
Approved 16th section driveway easement for Thomas E. Coleman
Approved release for bond for completion of Tri-Miss Services, Inc.
Approved to authorize demand check for payment to Specialized Emergency Response Training, $150 for Patrick Hall, WCCRCF
Acknowledged receipt from MS Department of Revenue that they have received the tax roll from the Winston County Tax Assessor’s Office
Approved purchase of binders at a price of $665.82
Approved transfer of $13,999.04 from General Fund to correctional bank account
Approved car tag holds
Accepted Department of Homeland Security Grant for purchase of K-9 transport truck
Approved purchase of K-9 transport truck via grant
Acknowledged disposed cases from Circuit Clerk
Approved retirements and new hires from WCCRCF