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The Woodville Republican, Thursday, June 18, 2015 Page As Of Monday, June 15... project. He alleges that all other landowners received payments for their land at the site, but that none was paid to the estate. "This project was all done before I became coun- ty attorney," said Admin- istrator Lewis. "The board attorney at the time of this bridge project was Ron Senko. I will have to check with him on this." At this point Wilkin- son County Circuit Clerk Lynn Delaney announced that there was a lawsuit in Circuit Court dealing with this particular estate seek- ing to define the actual ownership. Lewis stated to Clerk Delaney, "I would like to see a copy of this lawsuit to see what is going on." Mr. Lewis reported that no final report on the coun- ty's 2012 audit has been received. Clerk Tolliver said, "I know that the prelimi- nary audit report has been transmitted to the Missis- sippi Department of Audit for their consideration." Mr. Lewis announced that the county's solid waste disposal contract with current contract- holder WastePro was com- ing up for renewal on July 1. "Solid Waste Enforce- ment Officer Marlin Reid and I are trying to set up a meeting with WastePro officials to discuss the con- tract renewal and to lodge numerous complaints that we have concerning the quality of service we have received from them in the past year." Mr. Lewis reported that the tar emulsion tank has finally been installed. "We are getting closer and closer to starting road repair projects in this county," said Lewis. "All we are waiting on is the instal- lation of electricity at the A motion by Nettles and a second by Supervisor Richard Hollins and unan- imous vote authorized the advertisement of the county's intent to seek a new loan and interest rate. The notice is to be placed in The Woodville Republi- can and bids taken at the board's Monday, July 6, board meeting. Administrator Lewis ad- vised the board that he had been promised by C-Spire officials that the new cell tower on Hwy. 24 West ad- jacent to the Sportsman's Stop would be turned on and operating by Monday or Tuesday, June 15-16. "We will have to see if this actually happens as prom- ised," he said. The board announced that since the Fourth of July is on a Saturday this year, that the state has de- clared Friday, July 3, as a state holiday and it will be observed by the county. Administrator Lewis an- nounced that the tire waste trailer at the tire disposal site had been removed and that people were dumping tires on the ground. After Purchase Clerk Consandra Christmas made several telephone calls about this problem, she reported that another trailer will be moved to the site to hold waste tires until the trailer is full and can be hauled away. "We have a grant to pay for the disposal of old tires," said Lewis. "This doesn't cost the county a penny." County resident Mar- zette Payne sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors announcing that he was the sole heir to the estate of Sylvia Hillery. In the letter Mr. Payne states that the estate owns land at the site of the re- cently completed Donegal Road bridge replacement Fish Day Now Is The Time For Stocking CHANNEL CATFISH BLUEGILL (Regular & Hybrid) REDEAR LARGEMOUTH BASS BLACK CRAPPIE (If Available) KOI (If Available) 6-11" GRASS CARP FATHEAD MINNOWS Wilkinson County Co,Op in Woodville, MS Wednesday, June 24, from 8 a.m. until g a.m. TO PRE-ORDER CALL Arkansas Pondstockers 1-870-578-9773 WALK-UPS WELCOME g & L Contractors, Inc. _Wo00! Call ROBBY HARTNESS 225-405-6950 or email We specialize in all oil fleld work, dirt ork, land clearin road construction, fence rows andpond or lake construction (Continued from Page 1) site next to .the Wilkinson County Industrial Devel- opment Complex on Hwy. 61 South. We have gotten all of the other aspects completed using local con- tractors to do the concrete and electrical work, weld- ing on the tank and a crane to lift and install the tank on the concrete fittings. All of this work was done for about $3,000 and this cost will be split equally be- tween the five supervisor districts." Lewis said that he would order 5,000 gallons of tar emulsion for the tank. He noted that each dis- trict needed to have a "bar hitch" installed on their dump trucks which will be pulling the rock spreading equipment. "You can't pull the equipment without this type of hitch," Lewis commented. The supervisor also dis- cussed the need to rent/ buy a roller-packer ma- chine and a sweeper, but took no action. Supervisor Jackson an- nounced that he had been working with Diane Brooks at the WIN Job Center in Natchez. "I am trying to get a pro- gram in Wilkinson County where we can hire youth to work for the county during the summer. Applicants must be 16-18 years of age, from low to moderate in- come families and not have any health issues. They will be working 220 hours during six weeks this sum- mer. The estimated cost to the county for each hire is $2,700. We need to get go- ing on this so we can have it in place by July 1." Administrator Lewis re- ported that the supervisors cannot hire new workers this close to county elec- tions. "This is a state law. You cannot hire anyone new in your district after May, 2015," said Lewis. Supervisor Jackson said, "We need to get started to- morrow and let the WIN Job Center screen appli- cants." Applications for this summer job training pro- gram may be picked up at the Supervisor Board Room in the Wilkinson County Courthouse from Wednes- day, June 17, through Mon- day, June 22, and from the Centreville Town Hall on the same dates. Interviews for the se- lected applicants will be held at the Centreville Town Hall on Wednesday, June 24, from 10 a.m. until noon, and at the Supervi- sor Board Room in Wood- ville on Thursday, June 25, from 10 a.m. until noon. Supervisor Nettles asked Assistant County Engineer Doug Wimberly to look into the status of the bridge replacement projects planned for the Crooked Creek Road in the Fifth Supervisor District. "This road is a main travel route in my district," said Nettles. "We need to get this declared an emer- gency." "We haven't heard a Notice of Public Hearing on Budget The Wilkinson County Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the school district's 2015- 2016 budget, including all Federal Programs, on Thursday, June 25, 2015, in the office of the Wilkinson County Superintendent of Education at 488 Main Street, Woodvflle, Mississippi, at 10:00 a.m. The purpose of the hearing is to give the citizens of this school district an opportunity to comment on the receipts and expenditures of the district. The hearing is being conducted in compliance with the law as enacted by the 1986 and 1987 Legislative Sessions. The proposed budget, including all Federal Programs, may be seen in the office of the County Superintendent of Education, weekdays during summer office hours (7:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday) between now and the date of the hearing. Timothy Scott Superintendent of Education Wilkinson County thing from the feds on the two bridges which are be- ing programed and funded through Federal Lands Ac- cess Program (FLAP)," said Wimberly. "We will check on the status and let you know what we find out." Supervisor Hollins com- plained that there are two roads in the county named "Green Lane." "One is on Percy Creek and the other is off the Do- negal Road," said Hollins. "This creates problems with getting the residents of these two roads served properly. Emergency re- sponders and service pro- viders can't ever find the right road. We need to get something done." Clerk Tolliver said, "Each supervisor has the authority to name public roads. There is a process to follow. The board must pass an order changing a road's name. This is sent to the county E911 coor- dinator to be changed in the county's 911 system. The 911 department then sends the change to the national mapping system." Assistant Engineer Wimberly made a sugges- tion that he produce a list of all roads in the county which are duplicates, and present them to the board at their next meeting on July 6. "This will be a good way to start the process of rem- edying duplicate road and lane names in the county," said Wimberly. Centreville resident Charlie Floyd appeared before the board as the spokesman for a group of individuals wanting to or- ganize recreation for youth in Wilkinson County. He was joined by Da- vid Walker and Rev. Odell Franklin at the meeting. The three presented the board with several docu- ments which listed their plans, goals, objectives and mission statement for organizing and promoting recreation in Wilkinson County. A majority of the discus- sion centered on funding and where it will come from. Thoughts tossed around included the county or mu- nicipalities applying for grant money to pay for rec- reation facilities. Administrator Lewis suggested that the group present at the meeting consider applying for tax exempt status. The most common type of tax-ex- empt nonprofit organiza- tion falls under category 501(c)(3), whereby a non- profit organization is ex- empt from federal income tax if its activities have the following purposes: charitable, religious, edu- cational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering amateur sports, etc... "If you had tax exempt status then individuals could make tax free dona- tions towards recreation in this county," said Lewis. No action was taken on this matter. Mr. Tolliver said he had received a letter from the Mississippi Department of Revenue which shows that there were just over 8 miles of railroad tracks in the county. "This is no longer true. We don't have any railroad tracks in the county at this time. I will notify the Bu- reau of Revenue to change this matter," the clerk stat- ed. Circuit Clerk Delaney and Wilkinson County Sheriff Reginald L. Jack- son both stressed the need to purchase metal detec- tors to protect the integri- ty of the Wilkinson County Courtroom in the Wilkin- son County Courthouse." "The world is changing daily," said Sheriff Jackson. "There are threats being made all over the world, and even in southwest Mississippi. We must get a metal detector installed at the courtroom. And, while we are on the subject of public safety, we need se- curity cameras installed in the courthouse, and the board needs to seriously discuss closing some of the many entrances into the courthouse. There are just too many to be safe." Clerk Tolliver said he had federal funds avail- able to pay for the metal detector for the court room and requested that quotes Or estimates be provided. The next regular meet- ing of the BOS will be held on Monday, July 6, at 9:30 in the board room in the Wilkinson County Court- 1. ..... WCSD Support... (Continued from P.qge l) Supt. Scott said the school district policy man- ual was way overdue for updating to get up to cur- rent standards. "While we are updating the district policy manual, we also need to update the student and employee manuals as well," said Supt. Scott. The superintendent stated that he had received a cost estimate of between $18,000 to $21,000 to have these manuals updated to meet current state and fed- eral standards. On motion by Spiller and a second by Boyd, the board voted 5-0 to put the project up for bids. Supt. Scott reported that the hill at the west end of the Wilkinson County School Complex on the Pinckneyville Road was eroding badly, and that he had received a price quote from Reverend Odell Franklin to correct the problem. "We need to do work to halt the erosion adjacent to Wilkinson County El- ementary School," said Supt. Scott. "Rev. Frank- lin has submitted a bid for $5,500." The project will call for work with a bull dozer, the addition of dirt to the site and seeding the area with grass. Board member Spiller asked, "Can't we ask the Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors to help us so it will cut costs." Supt. Scott said, "I don't think we can get the help we need from them." On motion by Spiller and a second by board member Fannie Bateaste, the board voted 4-0 * to approve the quote for the erosion work. Board member Boyd ab- stained from voting. The board heard a report from Kevin Thompson, a representative of Taylor and Sons, with an offer to take over the management and billing for the school district's health insurance plan. Thompson said that the company will consolidate the billing and review cur- rent coverages and make adjustments as needed with Section 125 of the em- ployee insurance., "This will be done at absolutely no cost to the school district," said Thompson. On motion by Spiller and a second by Smallwood, the board voted unanimously to approve the offer. The school district has advertised for a timber sale on Section 19, T4N/R2W for three or four times prior to the current request for bids. The school district again received no bid offers. "This is a very tough area to cut timber using modern tree harvesting equipment," said County Forester Charles Wellborn. "You pretty much would have to use the old meth- ods of cutting the timber with chain saws. The ter- rain is pretty rough in this school section." Forester Wellborn then recommended spending $16,290 of the school dis- trict's Forestry Escrow Fund to spray herbicide by air to prepare parts of three school sections for planting. The herbicide will kill any competing vegetation prior to plant- ing seedling trees. The three areas are Section 16, T2N/RlW, Section 15, T3N! RlW and Section 30, T1N/ R1E. On motion by Spiller and second by Smallwood, the board approved the recommendation by unani- mous vote. On motion by Bateaste and second by Boyd, the board voted 5-0 to approve a request from Darden Timber Co. for an exten- sion on a timber cut on Section 16, T3N/RIE: The timber sale will be extend- ed six months from June 17, 2015 to December 17, 2015. On Supt. Scott's recom- mendation, the board vot- ed 5-0 to declare null and void an Oil and Gas Lease on Section 15, T3N/RlW, because rental on the cur- rent lease royalty had not been paid on time. On mo- tion by Boyd and second by Smallwood, the board voted 5-0 to approve the recommendation. The board then turned around and voted 5-0 to authorize Supt. ScOtt to3 re-advertise for a lease on Section 15, T3N/RlW. The board voted 5-0 to authorize Supt. Scott to advertise for bids on gaso- line and diesel fuel for the school district. Supt. Scott was also au- thorized by unanimous vote to apply for Fiscal Year 2016 Preliminary Consolidated Federal Funds of $934,342 for Title I, and another $131,109 for Title II. The board approved the transfer of several students to other school districts either because a parent works in another district or the students' homes are outside of the school district's policy for distance to school. The board also autho- rized Supt. Scott to negoti- ate the price for the sale of School Bus No. 90-2. The school board asked the superintendent to look into getting the old school district driver's education car running and putting it up for sale by bid process. The superintendent read two resignations and a number of recommenda- tions for hire including a new band director. Each matter was approved by board vote. Board member Boyd abstained from the recommendations for hire because of a family conflict. School officials an- nounced that the district now has an 80% pass rate on the third grade reading assessment test. The dis- trict had a pass rate of only 57% on the initial test, htt,,i improved to 80% passing, i with the first re-test held in May. School officials stated that eight students from Finch Elementary School in Centreville and 12 at Wilkinson County Elemen- tary School failed the first re-test. These 20 third grad- ers will receive extensive remediation during sum- mer school and be tested again on Monday, June 29. Third grade students in Mississippi who fail the second re-test of the Mis- sissippi K3 Assessment Support System reading test cannot be promoted to the fourth grade, the su- perintendent reported. Supt. Scott announced, "I have received a public records request to release all of the school district employee's salaries. I have no problem releasing this information as it is public information. It is legal for the district to do this." On motion by Spiller and a second by Boyd, the board voted 5-0 to give the superintendent authority to comply with legal public record requests. The board went into ex- ecutive session at the end of the meeting to discuss personnel matters. No ac- tion was taken during the closed door session. The next regular meet- ing of the Wilkinson Coun- ty school District will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednes- day, July 8, at the district's main office on Main Street in Woodville. Natchez Salvage & Pads, Inc. Why b n wbcn 1 will do? USED AUTO & TRUCK PARTS Buy Here! Pay 00tere! USED AUTOS 601-442-3626 or Toll Free 1-800-759-0631