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The Woodville Republican, Thursday, March 5, 20154 Page 7 The Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on Mon- day, March 2, at which time they were informed of an emergency situa- tion involving individuals trapped at Lake Mary. As a result of this dan- gerous situation, the Board of Supervisors have declared the situation an emergency. Board Administrator Bruce Lewis told the board that the road leading into Lake Mary had been blown out as a result of the tor- rential rains on Sunday, March 1. "We have people trapped at Lake Mary due to the heavy damage to the road," said Lewis. "Percy's Creek jumped its banks and completely washed out the Lake Mary Road. These folks can't get out. We have sent Marlin Reid and a representative of the Natural Resource Conser- vation Service to examine the situation to see what the fix will be." Lewis continued, ,I think it is time for the county to quit wasting money on repairs to the Lake Mary Road. Because Percy's Creek is silted up, the creek is going to keep washing out the road when it rains hard. We tried to obtain a right of way to dredge out the Percy Creek channel last year, but two landown- ers, Alex Ventress and Dr. Baker Vinci, failed to sign the ROW agreement we presented to them. I think it is time for the county to take leSal action and con- demn the land and take what is needed for a right of way. If we don't dredge the creek channel, we will continue to have to rebuild the road every time we get a hard rain." Chancery Clerk Thomas C. Tolliver, Jr., asked the board to clarify action they took recently to give county employees a 5% pay raise. Administrator Lewis stated that the board or- de~:authorizes a 5% pay increase only. "But, if a department head wants to give his employees more than this, they can do so," said Lew- is. "But, they have to stay within their budget. These pay increases cannot lead to a department exceeding their budget." Supervisor Kenyon Jackson announced that he has been approved for a Mississippi Development Authority grant in the amount of up to $150,000. The grant includes a man- datory 10% match by the county. Supervisor Jackson announced that the money will be spent in Westside Heights Subdivision. Administrator Lewis stated that he had received complaints from several garbage customers re- questing hearings as pro- vided under the new Solid Waste Ordinance recently adopted by the board. "Essentially, these folks owe the county money for past due garhage bills and are objecting. Two are com- plaining that they don't owe the money because their garbage was not col- lected, and another is com- plaining that she can't get a vehicle tag because she owes back garbage fees. The county cannot forgive the $734 she owes the county in back garbage fees," said Lewis. "The board needs to appoint a hearing board to consider these complaints and ap- peals. These individuals cannot be county employ- ees." The board took no action on this matter at that time. Lewis continued, "We are beginning to locate illegal dumps across the county and have sent letters to six landowners stating that the dumps must be cleaned up or face legal action. Two of these individuals haye responded, and one has al- ready cleaned up the trash. If we don't hear from the other four, we will pros- ecute them under the new solid waste ordinance." Administrator Lewis said he was still in negotia- tion with Verizion Telecom- munications about the com- pany's request for a right of way across county property on Hwy. 61 South to install a new cell phone tower. "I have contacted the Mississippi Attorney Gen- eral's Office to see if we can grant access across county property to a private com- pany who is looking to profit from the granted right of way. I have not heard a definite answer at this time. I will keep the board informed." On motion by Supervi- sor Richard Hollins and a second, the board voted 5-0 to obtain an appraisal on the property and to sell the ROW to Verizion if this can be done legally. Administrator Lewis said, "I still haven't heard from Comstock Oil Compa- ny relative to the county's letter requesting payment for damages to the Will Floyd Road in the Fifth District which was caused by heavy oil field traffic. Their road permit is set to expire on June 30, 2015. With the board's permis- sion I will call Comstock and inform them that their road permit will not be renewed until they pay for the damages they and their sub-contractors have caused to this county road." Mr. Lewis t01d the board that he had met with Town of Woodville Board Attor- ney Amy Ryan about an inter-local agreement be- tween the town and coun- ty which would allow the town to house prisoners in the Wilkinson County Jail. "Attorney Ryan has pre- sented me with an inter- local agreement. I have looked over the document, and I only have a few sug- gested changes. In the agreement the town agrees to pay the county the same per-day housing rate as the state does, agrees to trans- port' their own prisoners and agrees to pay for medi- cal and dental needs. The agreement will note that the county does not house juvenile offenders. The document also requests a two-year term. It is my opinion that we agree to a one-year, renewable term instead of locking our- selves into two years." Lewis continued, "I will make changes and present the revised document to Attorney Ryan so she can present it to the Woodville Board of Aldermen. If they approve, I will then get ap- proval of Sheriff Reginald L. Jackson and the Board of Supervisors before put- ting it into effect." Lewis stated, "At the re- quest of the board, I per- sonally met with Justice Court Judges Robert Ward and Ernie Smith about the possibility of them hold- ing court at the Wilkinson County Justice Court Of- fice on Hwy. 61 South. Both judges said that there is, no adequate space to hold court at this location. The room is too small for a case involving a number of peo- ple. Currently Judge Ward holds court in the main courtroom at the Wilkinson County Courthouse. Judge Smith says he moved his court to the Woodville Mu- nicipal Building because of the number of water leaks in the courthouse." Lewis continued, "And, they both said they wanted the Justice Court Clerk to attend all court sessions in order that she can col- lect any fine monies levied or collected during regular court sessions." Administrator Lewis said that county employee Mar- lin Reid was working on the lengthy county inventory of vehicles, equipment and other smaller items includ- ing ATV's, power saws and lawn mowers. "We can't locate a lot of the smaller items listed on the inventory. We don't know where a lot of it is lo- cated," Lewis stated. "The inventory shows that the county has 12 ATV's, but there is nothing there to tell where they are being housed." Chancery Clerk Toll- iver stated, "As Wilkinson County Emergency Man- agement Director, I have a list of who checked out these ATV's which were purchased using Home- land Security funds. They are not lost." Lewis responded, "We have found a lot of items which are broken down or not in useable condition. If they don't run and are junk, we need to remove them from our inventory. We are paying lots for in- surance on stuff that is just sitting there. This is a huge waste of money." Administrator Lewis next discussed the need to have the front glass of the county trackhoe replaced. "It is broken out and needs a new windshield," said Lewis. "He said that he had received one quote, and would be obtaining an- other." On motion by Supervisor Wil Seal and a second by Supervisor Jenn Nettles, the board authorized Ad- ministrator Lewis to fur- ther pursue the matter. The board discussed at length the need to pur- chase additional equip- ment to increase the coun- to meet our needs, it will be a huge step towards giv- ing us the ability to repair our county's paved roads," said Supervisor Seal. On motion by Seal and a second by Jackson, the board voted unanimously to look into a lease/purchase agreement and financing to purchase these items. Assistant County Engi- neer Doug Wimberly pre- sented three items to the board for their approval as follows: Request to program a bridge on the Percy Creek Sand Road in the Second District. Request to program a bridge project on the Per- rytown Road in the Fifth District. On his recommenda- tion, the board accepted the low bid of Blain Com- panies in the amount of $100,246.00 for repair work on the Macedonia Road. On motion by Supervisor Bill Bankston and a second by Seal, the three items were approved by unani- mous vote. On motion by Jackson and a second by Seal, the board voted 5-0 to au- thorize Lynette Smith of SWMPDD to submit an ap- plication for the Affordable Housing Plan on behalf of the county. Second District residents Dorothy Foster and Rhonda Quirk appeared before the board to complain about widespread drainage prob- lems on the Lake Mary Road and other areas. "The ditches are full of dirt and water is back- ing up in some places and washing out roads in oth- ers," said Foster. "The county needs to dig out and maintain ditches along county roads. Administrator Lewis asked Chancery Clerk Toll- iver about some $180,000 in funding left over from the MEMA grant the coun- ty received following the historic flood of 2011. ."The money is available ty's ability to repair pa,~ed according-to information I roads. ....... received recently fro~:~'th~ "We need to purchase a tank or tanks to buy the tar emulsion in bulk instead of having to drive our pothole patcher to pick up the tar," said Lewis. "And, Supervi- sor Seal is recommending that the county consider purchasing a portable rock spreading machine." "If we could buy a storage tank and a rock spreader director of MEMA," said Tolliver. "Can this be used on the Lake Mary Road?" Lewis asked. "It is set aside for the Jackson Point Road, but the county could request a change in scope to move this funding to the Lake Mary Road," said Tolliver. Mrs. Foster then asked, "What about the public boat landing on Lake Mary. Who owns it?" Administrator Lewis re- plied, "It was built by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and who is on the title to this land, I don't know at this time." "Something needs to be done now that the land- ing on the Homochitto River has been closed by the landowner," said Fos- ter. "The public landing on Lake Mary is too steep and dangerous. Also, there is very little parking there. This is making it harder for people to access Lake Mary." Lewis replied, "I will contact the Wildlife and Fisheries to see if we can get something done to im- prove the landing." Supervisor Jackson stat- ed, "I received a call from the Driver's Education Department at Wilkin- son County High School. They want permission to use the parking lot at the Wilkinson County Indus- trial Complex (old Fruit of Loom) for four days for driver's training for stu- dents." Administrator Lewis said, "I don't see a problem if the school district will agree to add the county to their liability insurance coverage in case something happens while they are us- ing county property." ,On motion by Jackson and a second by Hollins, the board voted 5-0 to ap- prove the request. Administrator Lewis announced that the board would enter executive ses- sion at 11 a.m. at which time he, the board and Chancery Clerk Tolliver would meet with the coun- ty auditor -- Scott Neiman of McComb -- about the 2012 audit that Neiman has been working to com- plete. "We will discuss the delay in completing the audit and see if Mr. Neiman has any comments or recom~er~c~la~i tions to the board as to. the reas~r~ for th4~ ~lel~iy~iff:'56n~-n' pleting the 2012 audit," said Administrator Lewis. No information has been made as to the results of this closed door session. The next regular meet- ing of the board of super- visors will be in the Board Room in the Wilkinson County Courthouse on Monday, March 23, at 9:30 a.m. Join Arbor Day Foundation 10 Free Trees Shemekia L. Bailey Candidate For Supt. Of Education (Continued from Page 1) You, as citizens and vot- ers, can share in my vision and goals by electing me as your next Superinten- dent of Education, and by becoming an active support system which can be done by being informed of edu- cational reforms, policies, and procedures and the effective implementation in the Wilkinson County School District. Collectively, we can help our children to become successful, produc- tive citizens in society. Your support in academics, the athletic program, and other extra-curricular activities will help move this district in the right direction. My dedication to my ca- reer in education stems from my supportive family and friends and from my past job experiences which have allowed me to grow both per- sonally and professionally. I am the daughter of Mary La- nus Lacey and Alfred Lacey, and the mother of two chil- dren. I am currently a prin- cipal at Jefferson County Upper Elementary School located in Fayette, MS. I graduated valedictorian of the WCHS class of 1997. I received post-secondary edu- cation degrees from Loui- siana State University of Baton Rouge, LA and Alcorn State University of Alcorn State, MS respectively. According to Albert Ein- stein, the definition of in- sanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different re- sults. On Tuesday, Novem- ber 3, 2015, do something different and vote to elect me, Shemekia Lacey Bai- ley, as your next Superin- tendent of Education. You will definitely get different results. "Placing Children at the Core of 21st Century Education" Sincerely, Shemekia L. 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Communication to parents through email and voice messages on status of student's academic/atten- dance, progress as Well as school news. PROJECTED GOALS A. Make more scholar- ships (free rides) avail- able for more students increasing each year. B. Add college prep and college credit class- es available for students completing high school requirements early. C. Add adult learning opportunities for young mothers, individuals returning to school/con- tinuing school, and GED instead of formal educa- tion requirements. D.~ Improve parent visibility in schools to decrease disciplinary actions. E. Treat every stu- dent as though they were our own, and so they are "our heri- tage." Projected Immediate Changes: 1. Make scholarships (free rides) available for more students by at least 15% in four years. 2. Add college courses with credits for students completing high school requirements early. 3. 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