Supervisors discuss senior center, budget, spending in August 13 meeting

By Joseph McCain

The Winston County Journal


The Winston County Board of Supervisors covered a lengthy agenda as well as working on the upcoming fiscal year budget figures.

Public hearing upcoming

As part of the budget planning, the board will hold a public hearing for fiscal year 2013-2014 on September 3, 2013, at 10:30 am in the Boardroom of the Winston County Courthouse at Louisville.

At this meeting a proposed 2013-2014 budget will be considered.

Winston County is now operating with projected total budget revenue of $11,563,492. Thirty three percent, or $3,815,95, of such revenue is obtained through Ad Valorem taxes. For the next fiscal year, the proposed budget has a total projected revenue of $10,966,693. Of that amount, 34.4 percent, or $3,772,542 is proposed to be financed through Ad Valorem tax levy. The board has proposed no tax increase.

Any citizens of Winston County are invited to attend this public hearing.

Rhonda Porter of the MidMississippi Regional Library Board and Winston County Librarian Beth Edwards pitched the library’s budget request and clarified how the Winston County library funds and budget are spent

Porter explained that every county sends in exact same dollar amount to the library system. Porter offered the board a nine page document on the supporting system services that the county funds are spent.

Porter noted that this is the fourth year they are struggling with out proper funding from the county.

Peterson noted that the library is a high priority and the board is examining and will do best to support.

Council on aging

Winston County EMA director Buddy King discussed with the board opportunities to create a senior citizen center by seeking grants and establishing a Council on Aging in the area. The board directed King to work with Bea Sullivan Fontenot and the other core group of seniors who have been working on the idea of a senior citizen center.

Fontenot outlined the seniors were seeking a place 5 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

King explained that he would help them establish a 7 member council on aging to help develop a plan and seek out grants for a senior citizen center.

Road maintenance

County engineer Jimmy Kemp reviewed the upcoming work on Mt. Calvary Hinze Road and the federal guidelines.

Kemp also discussed scheduling of maintenance inspection on all state aid projects. The inspections were set for December.

Kemp also reviewed the plans for the Triplett Store Road and the Old Highway 25 project.

E.L. Miles, a concerned citizen, addressed road issues in two districts of the county.

Miles asked for repairs on James Whitten Road and asked about repairs to McCully Road. District 4 Supervisor Gloria Turnipseed noted that they would be working on James Whitten Road to Shiloh Road.

Miles invited any citizens to report road issues to the board or contact him and he would be glad to report to the board.

In other business:

• Supervisor Luke Parkes thanked all those who had supported Ken McQueen on his recent injury at Nanih Waiya Attendance Center football practice.

• Opened garbage truck bids with three bids.

The truck had 3 bids turned in: Ingram Equipment Company $125,597; Empire $123,974; TriState $131,102.72. The item was table for review to verify specifications match.

• Approved Airport Terminal Grant (See full article in August 21 edition)

Mike Peterson noted that they received $660,542 for funding of terminal and infrastructure to build it. Peterson recognized supervisor Burr Warner for his work at the airport to help the projects.

“We are excited about the project,” said Board President Mike Peterson.

• Discussed garbage pickup in District 4.

• Finalized the tax roll for 2013. $2.8 million in personal property was added to the roll from Georgia Pacific and $400,000 was reduced for the mall area near Wal-Mart. Tax Assessor Larry Woodard not that the changes would have a $45,000 gain to the county and a $12,000 reduction.

• Approved coroner Scott Gregory to attend a conference in January as required.

• Approved court expenses.

• Reinstated two homesteads.

• Approved King to attend EMA event Sept 9 to 20 near D.C..

• Approve repair of windshield for district 1

• Approved Interlocal agreement to seek on bids for aerial mapping. The agreement is with 6 other counties.

• Discussed video visitation for segrated prisoners at the WCCRCF.

• Discussed where to locate funds for the payment and purchase for former Bagwell piano building in amount of $25,000.

• Approved cash in bank report

• Acknowledged expense summary publication.

The next regular meeting is September 3, 2013.