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Tolliver, Jr announced that his office had just received a check for $80,000 which rep- resented the county's share of oil and gas severance taxes from the recent flurry of Tus- caloosa Marine Shale oil and gas activity currently under- way in the cotmW. "And, I am expecting a sec- ond check that could push this total to over $100,000," Tolliv- er added. "This money will be a big boost to the county's in- come and financial standing." Board President Bill Bankston asked Tolliver, "Can you tell us what month the payment is fort Tolliver replied, '~It does not say on the check. I can call the Mississippi Department of Revenue and get that infor- marion for you." With Thanksgiving coming later in the week the super- visors discussed the coming holidays and set the follo~ng county holidays: Thanksgiving- Thurs- day and Friday, November 27-28. Christmas -- Thursday and Friday, December 25-26. New Years -- Thursday and Friday, December 31, 2014, and January 1, 2015. County Attorney Bruce Lewis announced that he had obtained a Mississippi Attor- ney General's opinion about whether county taxes and penalties are part of a lien on a foreclosed parcel of property. The question was raised by Concordia Bank concerning property on which they had foreclosed. Lewis stated,'~he AG opin- ion clearly states that county taxes, penalties and interest are in fact a part of a lien on any foreclosed property. This applies to all financial institu- tions and not just Concordia Bank. Clerk Tolliver brought up the matter of individuals be- ing deemed NCM or mentally unstable by the courts and the fact that these individu- als lose the right to possess firearms if so ordered by the court. 'q'here is a new procedure for the courts to report these designations to NCIC where all records are checked by law enforcement agencies," Tolliver stated. "Court clerks like myself will have to attend training to learn the new pro- tess." Attorney Lewis announced that he was almost finished with obtaining all of the right of way easements for two bridge replacement projects on the Crooked Creek Read in the Fifth District. "I have an easement document to pick up in Natchez, and I am wait- ing on a response from the attorney for the Wilkinson County Board of Education. Once I have these, all right of way will have been obtained for these two projects." Attorney Lewis announced to the beard that the county has finally obtained a clear title to take over ownership of the Fort Adams Volunteer Fire Department building and property. 'q~fis has been a long process that is finally com- pleted and the county now wholly owns the building and grounds," said Lewis. He went on, "Now that we own this building which is handicapped accessible, I urge the board to pass a resolution changing the Ft. Adams voting precinct from its current location to the FA- VFD building. The current voting precinct building is in very poor condition, so the lo- cation needs moving." On morion by Supervisor Richard Hollins and a sec- ond by Supervisor Jennings Nettles, the board voted 5-0 to approve moving the precinct for all future elections." Chancery Clerk Tolliver announced that the total amount the county had to pay on the FAVFD's loan bal- ance with Rural Development was right at $38,000. On mo- tion by Nettles and a second by Supervisor Wil Seal, the beard approved the payment as noted. '~rhe FAVFD building needs a lot of work to get it back in good condition," Lewis noted. "I~e locks need chang- ing, doors need repair/replac- ing and the roof is leaking. We will get these repairs made in the near future so we can station a fire truck there for protection for area residents." County Administrator Lewis requested that he be given permission to advertise for computer equipment and sol, are needs once he and a computer consultant deter- mine what the needs are and can draw up specs for a bid. On motion by Nettles and sec- ond by Seal, the beard voted unanimously to grant this au- thority for advertisement. Lewis announced he had been working with represen- tatives from Plum Creek for a right of way for a proposed bypass around the north side of Woodville. "The purpose of this bypass is to route all heavy truck traffic around Wood~lle and for safety reasons, keep them from driving on Hwy. 24 right through the middle of town," Lewis reported. "Plum Creek seems very receptive to this proposal at this time. We will continue to work with them and other landowners on this proposal." Lewis announced that he is having minor repairs made to the exterior of the Tax As- sessor's office building. "There are rotted boards that need replacing to keep squirrels and rain out of the building." Administrator Lewis told the board that the county ' is really close on getting into the recycling business. Equip- ment and recycling bins are in and ready for use" Administrator Lewis re- ported that the new 16-inch lip was installed on the Sam Field Spillway this past week. "I~e intent is to raise the lake level to satisfy the wants of the camp owners and fish- ermen" said Lewis. He continued on this sub- ject with, %Ve have about Now At All County Public & Private presented with gold winner medals and the MAIS AA State Championship trophy immedi- ately following the game. The state title victory increased longtime CA Coach Bill Hurst's wins total to 369 which is the most by any public or private high school coach in the history of the state. -- Woodville Republican Photo by Andy J. Lewis Beginning December 1, there will be big blue re- cycling containers located at all public and private schools in Wilkinson Coun- ty. "Don't throw it all away! Divert it." This is the message being sent to all county residents: please help divert from the land- fill items that can be re- cycled. All recycling is, really, is diverting things that you used to throw away, into a recycling bin. What's important is that you di- vert from the landfills the things listed below by putting them in the big blue recycling bins located on all Wilkinson County school campuses. What can be recycled? Plastics: beverage bot- tles, mustard, ketchup and mayo containers, shampoo bottles, clear and white milk jugs. Look for recy- cling symbol with #1 or #2, usually found on the bot- tom of the container. Paper and Cardboard: magazines, newspapers, phone books, catalogs, etc. junk mail and enve- lopes, office paper supplies, posterboard, corrugated cardboard boxes (flat- tened), boxboard (cereal and cracker boxes), paper egg cartons. Paper must remain dry. Metals: aluminum cans, steel vegetable and soup cans (all materials must be rinsed and free of all food.) DO NOT BRING THE FOLLOWING TO BE RE- CYCLED: glass, plastics #3-#7 (Styrofoam, plastic bags, solo cups, PVC, etc.) No wax coated cardboard (meat boxes.) Again, please make sure the Containers are rinsed and free of food. Caps are OK. No plastic bags. Please place recyclables in the bin "loose" not in plastic bags. Plastic bags can do a lot of damage to the recycling process. For more information, visit RecyclersDivert.org. $50,000 to $70,000 lei~ over in the spillway account that we want to ask permission to use it to make improvements on the Jackson Point Read. Since this is the only access to the spillway, we will ask that the remaining grant balance be spent on improving the road which is the only land access to the spillway site." County Assistant Engineer Doug Wimberly stated that he would get a letter off to the state making this request. Administrator Lewis an- nounced that he and Clerk Tolliver had met with Wood- ville businessman Jim Derbes about the possibility of leasing a building Derbes is renovat- ing as a "Courthouse Annex? for office space and storage. Lewis said, "Thomas and I looked at the building, and we feel that it will fit a huge need for more space. I urge all of the supervisors to go and look at the building themselves." Administrator Lewis in- formed the board that there has been heavy damage caused by oil field trucks and equipment on the county- owned Macedonia and Hiram McGraw Reads in the Third District. "We are' estimating that the damage is approximately $150,000, and we will be bill- ing two oil companies, Encana and Goodrich, for these dam- ages" Lewis commented. He then told the board that the county owns a 100-acre tract in northeast Wilkinson County that has been claimed by the Wilkinson County Board of Education and even leased for oil exploration. 'The tract is in a drilling unit and the board of educa- tion has leased it to Encana and been paid for the lease; said Lewis. '~[ have been in discussion with an oil com- pany, and they are worried about the question of own- ership. The opinion I have obtained is that Wilkinson County and not the Board of Education is the owner of this land. The state Forestry Commission, which man- ages all school lands, does not have this tract on their list for school ownership." Lewis continued, "It is my recommendation to the board that we offer this parcel for oil and gas lease. We don't want to be forced integrated. We need to lease this tract." On motion by Nettles and a second by Supervisor Richard Hollins, the board approved the advertisement for lease by 5-0 vote. Supervisor Nettles ques- tioned Administrator Lewis about the status of the pro- posed cell tower on Hwy. 24 West adjacent to the Sports- man's Stop. "I spoke to C-Spire last week and was told that the tower had been ordered for this location. I was told that they should finish tearing down the old car wash on the location and install the tower next month," Lewis respond- ed. Supervisor Nettles then asked about co-pay for medi- cines on the new health plan for county employees. '~imes are tough, and it is hard for bur employees to come up with money out of their pocket for their medi- cines," said Nettles. Administrator Lewis re- plied, '~ e do have co-pay on certain drugs of $24, $50 or $75. Our plan will pay for the entire costs of some drugs. Our employees need to ask their doctor for generic brands of drugs instead of name- brands. Drug costs are a lot cheaper thfi's way," Sheriff'Reginald L. Jackson announced that the Amite County Sheriffs Department has a s~lemental drug plan . that pay~r medidnes "I will look into this sup- plemental insurance and re: pert my findings back to the board" Lewis stated. County resident Connie Hollins appeared before the board at which time she asked numerous ques- tions and received responses from county officials about budgeting, poor road condi- tions in the Second District, grants, loans, matching loan payments from oil compa- nies for damage to county roads and tax breaks for businesses. Administrator Lewis said that while private individu- als and equipment were working on the Lake Mary Read, that the Second Dis- trict hauled several loads of gravel to the Jackson Point Road. "This gravel was paid for by private donations. The only cost to the county was for the Second District to haul it to the Jackson Point Road." (Continued on Page 2) Holiday Cookie Tasting In Woodville Sat Nov. 29 Avoid crowds and long lines -- shop in your home- town this holiday season! Participating retail busi- nesses will welcome shop- pers into their stores on Saturday, November 29, by offering refreshments, door prizes and a chance to win one of four $25 gift certificates. Custom- ers are asked to make at least a $10 purchase in the store, and that pur- chase qualifies the shop- per to receive a Shopping Card. That card must be stamped by the business owner. Shop at all seven participating stores, and your card will be placed into the drawing for a $25 gift certificate. Drawing will take place by Tues- day, December 1; $25 Gift Certificates may be used in the following partici- pating retail businesses: Participating Retail Merchants, Hours, Loca- tions: Opposite Ends, Hours 9 a.m. to 8 p.m 651 Main Street; Better Half Gifts & Accessories, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m 367 US Hwy. 61 N; Vintage Cafe, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m 651 Main Street; Woodville Gifts & Flow- ers, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m 751 Main Street; Wilkin- son County CoOp, 8 a.m. to noon, 1315 US Hwy. 61 S; Main Street Market, !0 a.m. to,8 ~.m - 613 Man Street; Canova's Fine Gifts, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m 616 Main Street. Locally owned business proprietor Brenda Single- ton Lee comments, "Keep your dollars here at home. Taxes from those dollars repair our streets, support our schools and build our community." Local busi- nesses also create local jobs. So shop your home- town Woodville and Wilkinson County! Christm; Open HouseAt Woodville Welcome Station The Woodville Hospital- WCES, Finch and WCCA ity Station is holding a--will again help decorate Holiday Open House on the tree in the spirit of the Thursday, December 11, season. from noon to 4 p.m. "We would like to invite The Christmas tree will the public to come out and be on display that day. The join us on the llth," said three kindergarten classes Hospitality Station Direc- in Wilkinson County -- tor Nanette Carter. . SAM FIELD SPILLWAY LEVEL HAS BEEN RAISED -- After numerous complaints from camp owners, fish- ermen and recreational boat own- ers concerning the low level of Lake Mary, the Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors hired a construction company to install a steel T-beam to the lip of the water control structure that will raise the level of the lake a total of 16 inches, a level agreed upon by pier owners along the banks of the lake. The company completed the week-long project on Friday, Novem- ber 21, which involved sandbagging the spillway to stop water flow and then drilling holes into the concrete structure to install large bolts to se- cure the beam in place. The photo at top shows the T-beam in place before the lake level rose enough to start flowing over the beam. The lower photo shows the end of the beam bolted into the spillway head wall. -- Photos by Treva Reid