Supervisors discuss grant opportunities, disaster plan

By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal

The Winston County Board of Supervisors covered an array of business including discussions on grant opportunities and disaster planning in case of an incident like the courthouse fire in Webster County.

Patsy Patterson of the Golden Triangle Planning Development District outlined to the board several grant opportunities for the county.

Patterson explained that while the county as a whole was not eligible for a Rural Development Match Grant that District 3 and District 5 were eligible for a 15 percent match and District 4 was eligible for a 35 percent match. She added that the Rural Development grants were prioritizing safety equipment. District 4 Supervisor Gloria Turnipseed noted she would like to look at applying for a weather siren under the Rural Development match.

Patterson and District 3 Supervisor Mike Peterson noted that the Rural Development application process was very slow. No action was taken.

Patterson also explained that the Community block Development Grants with a 50 percent match application process begins in May and the priority for the grants this year was water systems. She advised the board to contact the local water associations to see if any would like to seek the funding.

Patterson also reviewed the HOME program requirements with the supervisors and discussed the limited chances of the county gaining any funds since it had received funds in 2009 and most do not receive until 5 years had passed from the last time received.

EMA Director Buddy King addressed the board about making plans in case a disaster like the Webster County courthouse struck Winston County.

King outlined he was developing a county contingency plan if such an incident occurred. Among his brainstorming was the creating of a response trailer possible with statewide team of experts to help county continue operations.

The Chancery Clerk’s office, Circuit Clerk’s office are examining the cost of turning all the past files into electronic documents. The board also talked with Warden Tim Palmer about the positive financial aspect of the Winston Choctaw County Regional Facility.

Palmer noted that the facility was operating in the black and should continue to have positive financial news.

Palmer also discussed the issues with contraband at the facility and the need for a physician at the facility.

In other business: • Approved January 22 minutes • Approved claims docket • Discussed with County Engineer Jimmy Kemp 5 subcontracts at Bethden Road project: American Field Service Corporation – $11,990.12 , Mississippi Paving and Construction, Inc., – $91,350.89; Atwood Construction, LLC – $15,720.00 ; Robbie Robinson, Inc. – $3,969.98; and Pro Turf, Inc. – $7,932.70. The subcontracts would cover railing, asphalt, stripping and signage along with grass for erosion control work. • Discussed the nearing completion of Yellow Creek Road project. • discussed the work on the Bluff Lake Road which is almost at 60 percent of work completed. Discussed the Loakfoma Road project has received notice to proceed with the work. • Discussed the Old Hwy 25 bridge project and working on right ways since environmental has been submitted. • Discussed preparations for the upcoming work on Plattsburgh Rural Hill project. • Discussed placing signage on Weir and Highpoint Road. • Received a library update from Beth Edwards on Winston County Library’s “good year”. Edwards was happy to report the library is once again open 6 days a week and enjoying lots of visitors. See a full library article in the March 30 edition of the Journal. • Discussed with Constable Ed Hunt on working with sherriff to place markings and lights on car for duty. Under state statue, constables purchase their own vehicles but the county purchases lights markings. • Approved correcting the board minutes of september 17, 2012, to accept interlocal agreement to transfer Coy Church Road and Kemper County bridge No. 101 to Winston County District 2 inventory • Received an update on Dean Park from commissioner Claudell Weaver.The board and Weaver discussed the possibility of adding the handicap bathrooms but needs more quotes on cost prior to proceeding with work. • Approved the offering of Employee RX cards. • Approved Caroline Moore guardian ad litem training. • Approved Chancery clerk training. • Approved emergency Water heater purchase at Department of Human Services. • Approved veterans training for Terry Kelley with two classes. • Approved solid waste deletions/ additions • Approved homestead changes and change orders including one sixteen section parcel that received a no and abstaining vote along with 2 ayes. •Approved redistricting training for Circuit Clerk. • Approved justice court $1038 supply purchase.

The next regularly set meeting is February 19 at 9 a.m.