Supervisors plan courthouse expansion

By Joseph McCain

The Winston County Journal


The Winston County Board of Supervisors covered a range of plans and actions Monday, June 17 in their regularly scheduled board meeting.

The board discussed the possibility of purchasing a building to add to the courthouse space. The board worked with Phyllis Benson of the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District to apply for a grant to purchase, repair and remodel a building to add space for the work of the courts and courthouse.

“This is something we really need,” said Board President and Supervisor District 3 Mike Peterson.

The county would be responsible for a 10 percent match of any grant funds awarded from the state. The maximum grant request if $150,000 but the Supervisors voted to request only $125,000 for the project. The board is hoping to purchase part of a building and receive the rest as a donation.

In other business the supervisors:

• Discussed creating specifications for advertising bids for a new garbage truck since one of the trucks is constantly in the shop which delays garbage pickup in the county.

• Reviewed the prices on the yearly supply bids including items like gravel, slag, and other road maintenance and repair items.

• Discussed personnel at the Winston Choctaw Regional Correction facility in executive session.

• Voted to close a small portion of Old Lake Road near Noxapater.

• Approved Sixteen Section item.

• Approved setting up a separate line account for signs on the roadways to separate from E-911 funds.

• Approved two demand checks.

• Approved reimbursing the city of Louisville for paving county portion of Hillcrest Subdivision road. The $29,000 paid to the city will come from District 3 and district 5 road funds.

• Approved the county sign interlocal agreement with 20 other counties to bid out aerial mapping of the county .

• Discussed Open Carry law and courthouse. See full article in today’s edition.

• Approved $330 expenditure at park and accepted $220 in park fees.

• Requested quotes for a new computer at Veteran’s office.

• Approved a litter control ordinance. The board had discussed the problem of illegal dumping in the county and the recent awarding of a $14,000 grant ot the county to help cleanup the illegal dumping.

• Approved ordinance to collect 911 taxes on internet phone service companies. Buddy King, EMA director, noted that the state gave the county the right to collect the taxes in 2010 and that the companies had been collecting the tax and Winston County needed the ordinance to receive the monies.

• Approved July 4 and July 5 as holidays for county workers.

• The next regular board meeting is set for July 1.