Supervisors discuss economic plans

By Amanda McBride The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors plan to join an “exploratory committee” for the possibility of an economic development partnership with Oktibbeha and Webster Counties. The supervisors discussed a meeting held at the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District with representatives from Choctaw, Webster and Oktibbeha Counties. “We are seeing more and more going to a regional alliance. I think it’s worth exploring,” said District 3 Supervisor Chris McIntire. He said the board needs to appoint two representatives to a committee to research the possibility of the partnership. McIntire added that all three counties “see the void of blue collar jobs” and that many issues are yet to be discussed. “It’s an exploratory committee for an economic development alliance with Oktibbeha, Choctaw and Webster,” said McIntire. The board agreed to appoint McIntire to the committee then ask the Choctaw County Economic Development Foundation to appoint someone from their board to the committee. McIntire said this committee has no official capacity. Also in the April 12 meeting, McIntire presented options of a possible amendment to the Solid Waste policy that would require citizens to submit copies of utility bills for the Board or Supervisors to review to see if that person is living there if they want to stop paying a garbage bill. He said it would require more work at the Solid Waste office and update in software. After a short discussion, all supervisors agreed not to amend the Solid Waste policy at this time. Ongoing personnel issues were also a topic in this Choctaw County Board of Supervisors meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, Chambers requested that written statement from him be entered into the board minutes and read the statement. The statement included events that happened in the April 9 board meeting. After discussion, Chambers made a motion to include his written statement into the minutes. District 4 Supervisor David Carter seconded the motion but was not approved with a 3-2 vote against it. The board approved — To recognize the resignation of Jeanith Burdine as payroll clerk and lateral transfer to the Tax Assessor’s office —The transfer of Lillie Anderson to payroll clerk and dissolve percentage match by Chancery clerk. —To recognize the lateral transfer of Sheila Reid to the Chancery’s Clerk’s office and set a percentage paid by the board. The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors also approved: Travel but no lodging for District 3 Supervisor Chris McIntire to attend the Planning and Development conference. After a short discussion, to give the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District authority to apply for the Solid Waste non- competitive officer grant for Choctaw County. Solid Waste postage request of $615 maximum. Solid Waste deletions and adjustments for March. To recognize certificates of attendance for Justice Court Judges Jan Hutchinson and Andy Stephenson from their Spring Training and conference.