Supervisors hold special meeting to approve interlocal agreement

By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors held a special called meeting July 15 to approve three items.
In the 12 minute meeting, the board approved a resolution and inter-local agreement with Oktibbeha County for use of their tar distributor. Choctaw County will pay Oktibbeha County an agreed upon rate for the use of the distributor and operator.
The board also recognized a letter from the Town of Weir asking for the county’s help with a Reseal Project. District 3 Supervisor Chris McIntire, also board president, said Weir will supply all materials and the county will provide the equipment and do the reseal.
The third item in this special meeting was for the board to approve the annual $5,000 trustee fee for the 2011 bonds. The board approved that payment.
The next regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting will be Wednesday, July 31 at 9 a.m. in the boardroom at the Choctaw County Courthouse.
July 8 meeting
The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors held a short meeting on July 8, in between two other meetings.
The supervisors opened their board meeting at 9 a.m. then immediately recessed until 10:30 a.m. They took part in an outside inspection at the new hospital.
After returning and opening the meeting back up, the board opened bids for the slurry seal surface treatment and marking of the runway, apron and taxiway at the airport. The engineer’s estimate was $118,390. Two bids were received, TL Wallace Construction $171,509.76 and Vance Brothers Construction (revised) $143,839.60.
After reviewing the bids, Marty Crowder, county engineer, recommended to apply for a grant from the FFA for funds to do the project. He said the bid would not be awarded until FFA awards the grant to the county.
The supervisors and Steve Montgomery, Chancery clerk, discussed radio signal and strength of that signal to Bywy Volunteer Fire Department.
Montgomery said that narrow band does not allow anyone to talk as far as they used to. He said the problem area is between the Red Hills Mine and the Choctaw County line. Montgomery suggested, after research, to add another repeater to help BVFD. The board asked Montgomery to seek more information on this matter.
Also in the July 8 meeting, Bubba Hudspeth of Ackerman Forge brought the Board of Supervisors a second $10,000 check to pay towards his required payments to MDA for a previous loan he received to open the steel mill plant years ago. Hudspeth made a $10,000 payment in June also. He is still behind in payments.
In the meeting, Hudspeth said, “we just ran out of money.” He hopes by August the steel mill will be under lease.
“We appreciate your understanding,” said Hudspeth.
The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors approved to equalize the personal and real property tax rolls and to publish in the newspaper.
The board ended this meeting to attend a meeting with the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District at the Choctaw County Library.