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February 12, 2015

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Woodville Board Votes... (Continued "I have the money avail- able at this time," said Mc- Curley. "The note with in- terest is now $75,961.45. I am asking the board's permission to pay this loan to United Missis- sippi Bank." On motion by Carter and second by An- thony, the request to pay the loan passed with a 3-0 vote. The board approved a permit request from the Second To None Social and Travel Club to hold a health fair in Woodville on Saturday, February 28. The vote was 3-0. City Clerk McCurley re- ported that she had final- ly received a payment 6f $5,100 from Bailey Cable Service. "This represents payment on three of the five quarters owed the town for cable franchise fees," said McCurley. "We are negotiating on pay- ment of the other two quarters." Clerk McCurley an- nounced that last year Wilkinson County Tax As- sessor/Collector Jeremy Ephion requested permis- sion to collect the Town of Woodville's taxes on mo- bile homes located within the town's corporate lim- its with the understand- ing that he would with- hold 3% of the taxes on each mobile home for his collection fee. In 2014, the town took no action on his request. The c(erk continued, "When I r6quested the tax information for mobile homes so we could collect the taxes due for 2014, I found out that Assessor Ephion had taken it upon himself to collect our tax- es without the authoriza- tion of town officials." The city clerk estimat- ed that the town receives over $5,000 per year in tax revenue on mobile homes inside the city lim- its. "We have been collect- ing taxes on mobile homes for the past 6-8 years," said McCurley. "I did not give the tax assessor au- thority to do this for us." Board Attorney Ryan was authorized to wrife a letter setting out this situation and to send copies to the Wilkinson County Board of Supervi- sors, County Administra- tor Bruce Lewis and As- sessor Ephion. The letter is to state that the collec- tion of mobile home taxes in the Town of Woodville was done without asking the town for permission to take this action." "There is no written agreement between the town and county to col- lect these taxes," said Attorney Ryan. "We will request that the assessor turn all of the tax money the Wilkinson County Tax Collector's office collected on mobile homes over to the Town of Woodville. He is not to withhold his fees." Attorney Ryan an- nounced, "Recently the Sanders family ap- from Page 1) proached the town about the possibility of purchas- ing land surrounding the Jewish Cemetery on Sligo Street in Woodville. "I have conducted an in- depth study of the matter and found that the town does not own this land. As best as I can find out a group calling themselves the Jewish Society owns it. We have no idea who they are, but this shows that the town does not own the land in question and therefore cannot sell it to anyone," Ryan stated. The board revisited the matter of employee rais- es for the third monthly meeting in a row. "Every one of the alder- man and I want to see our employees receive a pay raise, but the facts are very clear, we don't have any money to cover this extra expense. We didn't budget for a raise." Alderman Anthony, who has been the most vo- cal about giving employ- ee pay raises, stated, "I asked the city clerk about the amount budgeted for employee overtime pay to see if we can find money for pay raises for other employees." Clerk McCurley said, "We don't include over- time pay in our annual budget. I can tell you that it is a pretty small amount of money." Anthony continued, "I don't think that giving our employees a percent- age pay raise is the right thing to do. When we do this one employee might see a $40 increase and employees  on the lower end of our pay scale might see as little as $1.00 per hour raise." Mayor D'Aquilla said, "I told each and every one of the board members that the city clerk had agreed to meet with them any time, even after hours and on weekends, to go over the city's finances to see if there is any money available for a pay raise this year. And, only Al- derman Lofton went and discussed the town's fi- nances ,with thecity clerk. Mrs. McCurley and I have looked i and looked at the finances ' and the fact is, there is nothing there for any kind raise." The clerk stated, "We don't have any money for pay raises. I can't pay our installments to the Pub- lic Employees Retirement System. There are times when there is not enough money in the bank to cover employee payroll checks as they are presented to the bank. It is against the law for the mayor and I to sign checks if there is no money available to cover them." Mayor D'Aquilla said, "If we give a pay raise to our employees of just $1.00 per hour, it will add an additional $65,000 to our budget. We simply cannot afford this additional ex- pense at this time." Street Supt. Carter said The Woodville Republican, Thursday, February 12, 2015 Irwin Russell Club Welcomes New Year In At Thimmesch Home Friday, January 16, at three- was the appoint- ed date and time for the first meeting of 2015 for the Irwin Russell Club. Members con- vened at the home of Mrs. W. W. Thimmesch on Sligo Street for the monthly gath- ering. Following routine busi- ness, the program chairman for the hi, moon, Mrs. T. M. Bryan, presented an in- teresting report of the book My Years in France writ- ten by Julia Child and Paul Prud'nomme, the grand- nephew of her husband, Paul Child. The memoir opens with an introductory first sen- tence from Julia that speaks for itself; "This book is about some of the things I have loved most in my life: my husband, Paul Child; la bone France; and the many pleasures of cooking and eat- ing." Julia Child invented a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef, but as she confesses in this book, she was not always a mas- ter chef. When she moved to France in 1948 with her husband, who was to work for the USIS, she spoke no French and knew nothing about the country itself. But she immersed herself in the French culture and enrolled in a year-long course at the famed cooking school Cordon Bleu. This is not a book about food, but about a deliciously interesting life. At the conclusion of the book review, Mrs. Thim- mesch invited her guests into the dining room for re- freshments. A delicious party plate featuring pork loin over wild rice and broccoli salad was served at the long din- ing room table which was centered with a variety of beautiful camellias from her garden. Praline cheesecake and coffee were enjoyed for dessert. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, Febru- ary 13, at the home of Mrs. Prentiss Ferguson, with Mrs. Tom Rosenblatt serving as program chairman. at this point, "We could all cut back on attendance at non-essential conference and' conventions. All em- ployees and elected offi- cials need to do this." Mayor D'Aquilla stated, "This is a good place to start cutting back on the number of conferences we attend. We need to pick essential conferences and attend only one. We don't need to go to all of the meetings that are of- fered." The city clerk recom- mended that the board look at the employee health insurance plan. "We might be able to save some money here. The town pays 75% of employ- ee health benefits. If we could cut the premiums back, this will save the town money." Chief Stewart recom- EYE SPECIALISTS OF LOUISIANA IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE Wilkinson County Calendar Of Events To add events please call 601-888-4293 & email by noon Friday ADDITIONAL HOURS BEGINNING JANUARY 2015 FOR JAMES J. HOTH, MD Ophthalmologist TREATMENT OF DISEASES OF THE EYE Including Cataracts, Glaucoma and Lasik Evaluations WHITAKER EYE CLINIC 625 MAIN STREET WOODVILLE, MISSISSIPPI Page 3 Monday & Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For Appointments Call: 1-800-222-3908 or 601-888-6868 MEDIcARE/MEDICAID/PRIvATE INSURANCE WELCOMED WCCF Serves Jambalaya To Staff, Inmates JAMBALAYA EVENT VOLUNTEERS -- Volunteers with Free at Last Prison Ministries who helped with the first-ever Jambalaya meal at the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility in Woodville, are as follows, from left to right: Joel Lusk, Katy Pyle, Cindi Keith, Marcelle Nipper, DeDe Lusk, Charles Youngblood (in back), and Andi and John Bayer. -- WCCF Submitted Photo 800 POUNDS OF JAMBALAYA DONATED BY LA. RESTAURANTS Wilkinson County Correc- tional Facility in Woodx411e recently surprised its offend- ers and staff with a special dish of Jambalaya donated by volunteers and two Loui- siana restaurants. Warden Frank Shaw said the event was a first for the facility which houses over 900 offenders. He noted, "I have been in this business for over 30 years and a Jam- balaya delivery to offenders is my first." The popular southern meal, which consisted of rice, chicken and smoked the preparation and distribu- sausage, was a "special treat tion of the meal. They were and a real delight for all of joined by WCCF staff that our offenders," said Deputy Warden Tira Jackson, who oversees programs. The idea for the special event originated with John and Andi Bayer of Free at Last Prison Ministries from Baton Rouge, La. They ar- ranged to have the food donated by The Jambalaya Shoppe and Montalabano Seafood & Catering, both of Baton Rouge. Each restau- rant donated 400 pounds of the delicious delicacy. The Bayers arrived at the facility with a team of six vol- unteers to assist them with included both security and support staff. "Our staff and volunteers displayed great team work," said Jackson. "And the of- fenders were really excited about the meal. They loved the taste and the portion size." Shaw thanked Bayer and his team "for providing an amazing meal" for WCCF of- fenders and employees. "The expression on everyone's face regarding the meal was one of great satisfaction," he said. :iiiiiiiii!iii!i!i!iii!ii izliii LOCAL RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS- ES ATTEND 3RD ANNUAL TMS CON- VENTION & EXHIBIT -- Pictured at the event are as follows, left to right: Jody LaCoste, southeast business manager with Emergency Site Pro- tection located in Centreville, Edna J. Murray with Paul Green & Associ- ates' branch office in Wilkinson Coun- ty, and Wilkinson County Chancery Clerk Thomas C. Tolliver, Jr., who all attended the convention which was held in New Orleans on February 2-5. Submitted Photo mended, "The department heads could be exempted from a raise. I think we are all paid fairly. It's the employees that are suffer- ing. Give them a raise and not us." At the end of the meet- ing the board re-visited the matter of a pay raise for police officers, and on the recommendation of Chief Stewart, the board voted 3-0 to give Officer Clark a pay raise of $1.00 per hour. NO other town employee was included in the motion. The monthly activity report for January, 2015, was received from the Woodville Police Depart- ment as follows: Citations/Charges Filed Bad Check ................................... 1 Burglary ....................................... 1 Careless Driving ........................ 1 Disturbing The Peace ............... 1 Expired Tag ................................ 1 Malicious Mischief .................... 2 No Child Restraint .................... 1 No Drivers License .................... 1 No Seat Belt ................................ 2 Petit Larceny ........................ "....4 Poss. Controlled Substance ....1 Reckless Driving ........................ 1 Stalking ........................................ 2 Suspended License .................... 2 Jan. Fines Total .......... $3,102.63 Jan. Delinquent Fines Collected ........ $2,236.13 The next regular meeting of the Woodville Mayor and Board of Aldermen will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2, at the Woodville Municipal Building. 11 12 15 15 15 18 22 25 28 28 28 FEBRUARY Open AA Meeting, Woodville Municipal Building, 6 pm Hwy. Patrol-Drivers Licenses/IDs, J.R. Hamilton Bldg., 8:30 am-4:00 pm Chapel BC, Black History Month. Rev. Charles Bell, 3 pm Bleakhouse, Ordination Of Three Deacons, Rev. Reginald L. Jackson, 2 pm Mr. Olive BC/United Ministries Of Faith, Black History Month Celebration, 5 pm Open AA Meeting, Woodville Municipal Building, 6 pm Clarmount MBC, Worship & Praise Service, Rev. Michael White, 11 am-12:30 pm Open AA Meeting, Woodville Municipal Building, 6 pm Clarmount MBC, Annual Women's Day Program, Guest Choirs & Soloists, 6 pm Evening Star MBC, Annual Women's Conference, All Are invited. 4 pm St. Luke #1 BC, Youth Program for All Youth, Rev. Chades Bell, 6 prn NEED CASH? $25 To $300 . NOT A FINANCE COMPANY ALL BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL No Credit Check Same Day Service