Supervisors review ongoing road projects

From staff reports


The Winston County Board of Supervisors opened with review of road and bridge projects in the county.

County engineer Jimmy Kemp started with the public lands highway project on Bluff Lake Road should be completed soon and all items wrapped prior to December. With the completion of the project, the section of the Noxubee Hills Scenic Byway running from the four lane Hwy 25 through the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge to four lane Hwy 45 is now paved.

The completion of the project should encourage more travellers through the scenic byways area.

The board also discussed the general state of road repair in the county with Supervisor Mike Peterson noting that about 100 miles of reseal projects were needed in the county.

Supervisor Luke Parkes noted he was working on repairing the deficient Triplett Store bridge and that he hoped to have it repaired without much state aid funding to help insure state aid funds could be used for other projects in the county.

Parkes noted that the county could probably repair the bridge and road for under $75,000 but if state aid and advertising process were used the price could skyrocket to meet all the state requirements.

While discussing the poor road conditions, Supervisor District 4 Gloria Turnipseed brought up for discussion the possibility of requiring loggers to put a bond up for road repairs in case their trucks tore up the roads.

After a quick discussion, they agreed to table the discussion since timber was vital economic value to the county.

“They buy fuel, tags, and timber property owners pay taxes,” said Parkes. “If we place more regulations on timber companies we can harm the economics of the county.”

Kemp added,”Communication is key and getting the loggers to drive the requested roads.”

In other business, the supervisors:

• Discussed and approved homestead disallowances due to nonpaid taxes or dual homesteads.

• Discussed with Winston county EMA director Buddy King, the need for a formal order creating the EMA office since could not locate old order in the minutes.

• Recognize the county is National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant.

• Approve the Sheriff will be the third person to take charge in an emergency if the board of supervisor president or vice president are unavailable.

• Accepted the grand jury report.

• Approve advertisement for the sale of front end loader from District 4.

• Corrected an erroneous tax sale.

• Finalized the restructure of the bonds at prison which cost the about $50,000 but should save $250,000 for county over 4 years according to board attorney Hugh Hathorn.

• Approved upcoming holidays and leave.

• Approved court expenses.