By Amanda McBride The Choctaw Plaindealer
The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors approves a purchase of a new generator and maintenance agreements in their May 14 meeting.
The board opened bids for annual generator maintenance quotes. Two bids were received, Thompson Machinery and Taylor Power Systems. The supervisors took the bids under advisement.
After a discussion, later in the meeting the board approved to accept Taylor’s service agreement for $2,400 a year for all four generators that includes one annual service and excludes the automatic renewal.
The board also opened bids to purchase a generator for the new hospital. Two quotes were submitted: TAW Power for $387,395 and Taylor Power Systems for $336, 730.
After a discussion the board approved to accept Taylor’s alternate TD 1250 KW model for $336,730 which includes the required switches and to have the board clerk seek financing.
The supervisors also discussed the projected budget shortfall of this fiscal year. District 5 Supervisor Eric Chambers requested an approximate mil rate to plug into the published millage rate sheet to see what the shortfall will be in the levied funds.
The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors also approved: A $100 per month pay increase for Brandi Shumaker per Lori Fiebig, tax assessor/collector, request since her 90 day probation ended.
Travel for Lori Fiebig, tax assessor/collector, to a conference on July 15-19.
To reinstate John Sinclair’s homestead application per request from Lori Fiebig, tax assessor/collector.
Application for the Emergency Management Agency grant that pays 50 percent of the county’s EMA director’s salary.
Appointed District 3 Supervisor Chris McIntire to the Golden Triangle Regional Solid Waste Board.
To recognize a letter from the Department of Justice stating they do not object to the 2011 Redistricting Plan submitted.
Travel for Chris Coleman, county fire coordinator, to the Assistance to Firefighter one day workshop.
Request from Cora Saxton to have a private cemetery on her land.
For District 5 to work on private property on Dido Road to assist Choctaw Water Association.
The next Choctaw County Board of Supervisors meeting will be Thursday, May 31 at 9 a.m. in the board room at the Choctaw County Courthouse.
May 7 Board Meeting The Board of Supervisors also met May 7. In this meeting, the board met with Ray Evans with Community Counseling when he gave their annual update.
Evans said they “provide community based mental health services” to 300 citizens of Choctaw County.
He also said that Community Counseling budgets approximately $1.4 million for Choctaw County Community Counseling which includes the $14,000 a year from Choctaw County.
Jim Moore, representing the Reform Community, asked the supervisors for any help possible on creating a walking track around the Reform Ball Field. The supervisors said they would help with labor-if possible, but the request must be made from the Choctaw County School Board since the location is on 16th section land.
“We would be glad to assist in anyway the Board of Education wants us to assist,” said Chris McIntire, District 3 supervisor and board president.
The board continued discussions with Moore about the plan for the walking track, expenses and maintenance.
The supervisors also discussed the current budget shortfall situation. They discussed how much of a shortfall the county will have, how to cut costs and the budget for the next fiscal year.
In the May 7 board meeting the Choctaw County Supervisors approved: To transfer $32,915 from the General Fund 001 to the ambulance fund 126. Claims. Jail Report. Solid Waste deletions and adjustments. To advertise for bids to replace the current hospital roof, contingent on the asbestos inspection. To formulate a budget policy and/or start the budget formulation procedures. Travel for the county’s election commissioners to training. To publish the redistricting map and descriptions as required.