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Page 4 The Woodville Republican, Thursday, January 29, 2015 Supervisors Pass Multi-Faceted... (Continued from Page l) In the section rifled "Cleaning of Private Proper- ty," the ordinance states that upon the failure, or refusal of any person so notified to properly dispose of garbage, fitter, solid waste, rubbish and/or yard waste from their property within 30 days after the issuance of a corrective notice sent by the county, the county may effect the removal of said garbage, rub- bish, litter and/or yard waste and charge the owner of such property for the actual cost of removal and assess the cost on the landowners property taxes. The board has hired Cen- treville resident Marlin Reid to act as the ordinance enforcement officer. The en- forcement officer and/or any other law enforcement officer of the county, are empowered to issue corrective written notices or citations t 9 persons found in violation of any of the provisions of the ordi- nance. And, any person or in- dividual may themselves file a sworn affidavit in Justice Court of Wilkinson County to be taken against any person in violation of the ordinance. A public hearing on the proposed solid waste ordi- nance was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 26. Very few comments were made by the handful of Wilkinson County residents in atten- dance. At the conclusion of the public hearing Supervisor Jennings Nettles made a motion to accept the 14-page ordinance. Supervisor Wil Seal seconded the motion. A vote of 5-0 approved the new waste law which will go into effect on February 1, 2015. In other action taken by the board on Monday, a unanimous vote approved the acceptance of a payment from Encana Oil Company for damages caused by heavy trucks using the Macedonia and Hiram McGraw Roads in the Third District. The total of the payment was $150,000. Chancery Clerk Thomas C. Tolliver, Jr., announced that he had received an email notice from FEMA request- ing that all board members, county administrators and emergency management di- rectors attend a two-hour course which will explain recent changes in the way claims are filed for disaster d amages. After a short dis- cussion the board approved Mr. T0th'veVs atendance at the meeting in New Orleans on Wednesday, January 28, as he is the county emergen- cy management director. County Administrator Lewis gave the board a re- port on the recent work com- pleted on the Jackson Point Read. The county requested and received permission from Mississippi Development Au- thority to spend a residual of $70,000 from the Sam Field Spillway construction project on repairs to the road which is the only access road to the spillway. "County-purchased lime- stone and clay gravel ma- terials were delivered to ported that Town of Wood- ville Attorney Amy Ryan had approached him requesting that the county consider entering into an inter-local agreement which would al- low the county to collect tax- es on mobile homes located in the corporate limits of the Town of Woodvilh. Lewis continued, "Tax As- PLEASE DON'T LITTER... Keep Wilkinson County clean! the Jackson Point Read by contract haulers. Once in place, private individuals and equipment spread the materials all along the 10- mile county road. I want to thank all of the individuals who helped on the project which has improved the road immensely," Administrator Lewis statedl '%Ve still have a little more work to do on the road." Lewis announced that he had received a reply letter from MDA concerning the county's request to release some $64,000 in fimdmg due Coleman Construction Co. for a bridge replacement project on the Ft. Adams-Pond Read in the Second District. MDA froze all county grant funds recently due to the fact that the county was behind two years in having their financ- es audited. Lewis said that MDA refused the county's request to release the funds. I think this leaves it up to the county to pay this money. Mr. Tolliver has assured me that the money is available at this time." On motion by Supervisor Richard Hollins and a second by Seal, the beard authorized the immediate payment to Coleman Construction. Once the county is up to date on their audits, MDA will reimburse the county for the $64,000 from the county's frozen grant funds. Mr. Tolliver also an- nounced that two audit firms were currently working on completing the past due au- dits for the county's fiscal years of 2012 and 2013, Administrator Lewis an- nounced that he had left a voice marl with local insur- ance agent Jerry Foster about renewal of the county's general liability insurance policy. "As all of you know, I have been working with the State of Mississippi to get a quote on the statewide insurance policy for counties," said Lewis. 'e are hoping to get a better insurance rate than what we are currently pay- ing." He then announced that he had received a request from Verizon Wireless to in- stall a new tower on private property on U.S. Hwy. 61 South. "The location is behind the county)s used tire collection site located at the county's industrial site," said Lewis. "Verizion is seeking a utility and right of way easement through our property. They will have to pay for the right of way to private property which is owned by Grady Melancon." The board authorized Mr. sessor Jeremy Ephion has in- dieated to me that he wants to be allowed to collect these taxes for the Towns of Cent- reville, Crosby and Woodville, on an additional payment fee to him." The administrator has asked Attorney Ryan to draw up the agreement for his rec- ommendation to the supervi- sors. Administrator Lewis said that Supervisor Kenyon Jackson had requested that he look into the taxation of partially completed build- ings. "I have had several con- stituents in my district ques- tion the taxes being levied on buildings under construc- tion," said the supervisor. Lewis reported that there are tax regulations that pret- ty much leave this question up to the board. Buildings under construction but not completed can be taxed at a partial assessment. Based on this information presented at the meeting, Supervisor Jackson made a motion that the taxes on the Caring 4 You facility on Hwy. 24 West be assessed at the lower 2013 tax level. The mo- tion passed by 5-0 vote. On motion by Hollins and a second by Seal, the beard voted unanimously to ap- prove the final acceptance of the bridge replacement proj- ect on the Donegal Road in the Second District. On motion by Nettles and a second by Seal, the board voted 5-0 to pay the annual Mississippi Association of County Engineer's dues for County Engineer Jim Mar- lowe. Supervisor Nettles re- quested beard authority to put the Turkey Creek Road in his district into the Fed- eral Lands Access Program for application for funding for a bridge replacement proj- ect. The board approved the submission of an application to be drawn up by Assistant County Engineer Doug Wim- berly of Jordan, Kaiser and Sessions Engineering Firm in-Natchez, A contingent of county res- idents appeared before the board to ask whether V'me Hollow in the Fourth District was a public or private road? They stated that the road is in such terrible shape that burials in the Wesberry Cem- etery at the end of the gravel road must be done using four wheel trucks following heavy rains. "And, to make matters worse, an individual has put up a locked gate across the road, and we can't get to the cemetery to do maintenance or to bury someone," said one MCDOWELL SIGNS WITH SMCC -- Centreville Academy senior John Marcus McDowell is pictured as he signed a scholarship to play baseball at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit. Mc- Dowell is the son of Yvette and Greg McDowell and the grandson of Catherine Sturgeon of Woodville and the late Louis Sturgeon, and of J. H. McDowell and Avis McDowell of Crosby. Pictured at the signing, front row, left to right, are as fol- lows: his sister, Katie Lyn McDow- ell; mother, Yvette McDowell; the signee, John Marcus McDowell; and his father, Greg McDowell. Back row, same order: CA Assistant Base- ball Coach Robert Bordelon, CA Head Baseball Coach Jason Horne and CA Headmaster Bill Hurst. -- Submitted Photo hire a qualified individual ourselves, or we can look into Adams County's offer to share theirs." Supervisor Nettles stated, '`we need to look at the dam- age on the north end of the Macedonia Road in my dis- trict. Heavy truck activity by Comstock Oil has tern this road to pieces." Administrator Lewis stat- ed, "Mr. Nettles, I sent Com- stock a letter about this, and to date, I have not received a reply." I_och Leven resident Mike Quirk made the following comments on Monday, "I want to thank everyone for everything they did in help- ing us put down the lime- stone and clay gravel on the Jackson Point Road. We had to borrow a motor grader from Smith Brothers because Second District Supervi- sor Richard Hollins refused to send the district's motor grader to help us. We are so happy to finally have a good road surface. We still have a long way to go to get it in top shape, The Jackson Point and Lake Mary Roads need to be maintained by the county and not ignored." Dorothy Foster, a resident of the Old Lake Lane which is a spur off the Lake Mary Road, appeared before the board to ask if this road is public or private. "The coun- ty has worked the road for about a quarter of a mile to Sonny's Bait Stand, but have never gone any further down the road," she stated. County officials agreed to study the matter to deter- mine if this road is public or private, and if private, how far down the road. Third District Supervisor Bill Bankston made a mo- tion to accepted repair work on 7,750 feet of the Hiram McGraw Road in his dis- trict. The work will be done by Goodrich Oil Company. The motion to accept the work was seconded by Seal and passed unanimously. Lynette Smith with Southwest Mississippi Planning and Development District informed the board that the county's applica- tion for home renovation funding for 15 county ap- plicants through the Special Needs Assistance Program had not been approved be- cause the ffmding had been exhausted. On motion by Jackson and a second by Bankston, the board approved the submission of a new ap- plication by SWMPDD for money from another fund- ing source, the Affordable Housing Program. The ap- plications will be for the same 15 county applicants. The motion was approved via unanimous vote. Supervisor Seal request- ed permission to advertise for the purchase of a used tractor for the First District. His motion was seconded by Hollins and passed 5-0. Supervisor Nettles also made a request for permis- sion to purchase a used tractor for his Fifth Dis- trict. This motion was also seconded by Hollins and passed unanimously. Circuit Clerk J. Lynn Delaney informed Supervi- sor Hollins that he had a lot of work to do to get the newly designated Ft. Ad- ams Volunteer Fire Depart- ment voting precinct in his district repaired and ready for the August, 2015, county elections. The county voted recently to change the Ft. Adams voting precinct from its current location to the FAVFD station location on Hwy. 24 West. County employee Marlin Reed announced that he had met several times with representatives of the Natu- ral Resources Conservation Service concerning severe damages to the Percy Creek and Millbrook Roads. "They have indicated that the county has a good chance of being approved for funding to help stabi- lize these two roads. They are also considering several other roads in the county," Reid commented. Supervisor Jackson an- nounced that he had re- ceived' two quotes to over- lay a part of the Hyde Park Road in his district. The quotes were as follows: Blane Construction of Natchez -- $28,750 Harry Stanley As- phalt of Prairieville, La. -- $29,000 On motion by Jackson and a second by Hollins, the board unanimously approved the acceptance of the low quote from Blane Construction. The board recessed until Monday, February 2, at 9:30 a.m. Lewis to stay in contact with individual. Verizion and negotiate an The board instructed Asst. I Sh  I easement with them. Engineer Wimberly to look IUSEg[_IOOS[_ FHe Speaking of cell telephone at the county records and to towers, Mr. Lewis stated that check if it is a public or pri- C-Spire has told him that vateroad. (ale Nekf they have the new tower and If the road is public, then will be installing it in the the beard authorized Ad- near future at the site located ministrator Lewis to write by Bernell McGehee adjacent to the Sportsman's a letter to the landowner in- Stop on Hwy. 24 West at the intersection with the Lake Mary Road. Administrator Lewis re- i6Ol.Sn.ms:, WINTER! 'SPECIAL', i I BEST PRICE & SERVICE IN MISSISSIPPI! Since 1976! I 5 or MORE AVG. STUMPS , I (24-inch diameter, 6-inches tall) I ,' S15ea ' Stump Grinding, I " (with truck access) Statewide, I Large Quantities Even Less Where Dry! Tree Removal , , s75 Minimum Jackson Metro! ,f Prlce, Oood Thru 3m/201S The Tree Barber Wayne K. Barber, Owner Matthew 16:26 i 601.371 -8733 structing him to take down the gate blocking the road. Supervisor Jackson thanked all of the individu- als who were instrumental in getting a broken utility pole removed on Natchez Street. "It was a very dangerous sit- uation," he commented. He continued, "Wilkinson County is the only county in Mississippi without a vet- eran affairs officer. We need to look at this. Veterans in this county are losing out on benefits that they are eligible for. We need to look at getting one for this county on a regu- lar basis." Administrator Lewis re- sponded, "-We can go about this in two ways. We can This Too Shall Pass There is the story told of the old minister who shared his favorite passage from the Bible. The passage appears in beth the Old and New Tes- taments and he found it re- freshing each time he read it. The passage? "And it came to pass..." As he went through good times in his life, the minister said he remembered the pas- sage and relished those times because, as the Bible prom- ises, "it came to pass." 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When we fill up our car for $20 when it was $50 last summer, surely we need to do so with pleasure for, no doubt, these prices will not likely stay for long. Families locally experienc- ing lost jobs and layoffs as off exploration and production grinds to a halt here and all over the world will hopefully find comfort in the ageless wis- dom from God's Word...this has surely come to pass. It will be interesting over the next few weeks to hear quarterly reports from man- agement of the operating com- panies still involved in the Tus- caloosa Marine Shale. I suspect the essence of the reports will be that they allbelieve the low prices won't last forever. Each company will likely offer plans to make it through this period and hopes for future explora- tion activities. We continue to see where fracking operations are being delayed here in the TMS and it wouldn't surprise me to see producing wells choked back. No doubt drilling is continu- ing to slow here.., and every- where. The next several months will be very interesting if this continues. Will debt financing arrango- ments need to be reworked for these companies to make it? Will entire countries declare bankruptcy? Will OPEC re- think cut back in production plans? Or... will low oil prices stifle alternative energy develop- ment thus creating a greater demand for oil? Will produc- tion numbers drop so fast that prices rebound to even higher than before? Wi]l the relatively young shale oil exploration industry become crippled and challenged to recover from these depressed prices? There are certainly more questions than answers. But, be assured.., reas- sured.., this has all come to pass. As it passes, there are still pre-production wells in prog- ress here in the TMS, as fol- lows: Drilling or Moving on: Wilkinson, Sanchez Mace- donia 2H and 4H (in time); Amite, Encana Reese 16H- 1, Encana McIntosh 15H-1; Tangipahoa, ch B-Nez 43H-1 and 2; Washington, Goodrich Painter ETAL 5H-1. Fracturing or awaiting frac- ture: Wilkinson, Goedrich 8H- 1 and 2, Halcon Rogers 1H, Halcon Creek Cottage West #1H, Sanchez Morris #2H; Amite, Goodrich T. Lewis 7-38H-1, Encana Longleaf 29H-1 and -2; Tangipahoa Parish, Kinchen 58H-1, Hal- con Franklin Post Prop H-1. Flowing baclc Wilkinson, Halcon George Martens, et. al. #1H, Comstk 2840 No. 1H; Amite, Encana Mathis 29- 17H-l, Encana ASh 13-1 and 2; Tangipahoa, Kent 41H-1. Provide feedback for this column to bernellmcgehee@ gmail.com.