Improving county radio communications discussed by Supes

By Amanda McBride

The Choctaw Plaindealer


Improving radio communications for Bywy Volunteer Fire Department was one topic of discussion in the August 5 Board of Supervisors meeting.

Steve Montgomery, Chancery clerk, said they have looked at different options of improving the radio signal between Bywy and the 911 Center in Ackerman. He said the best option is to install a new tower at Bywy VFD and will cost approximately $20,000.

Montgomery added that there is $10,000 in the Emergency Management budget from federal funds that needs to be spent. The county has a new repeater not being used that could be used for this tower.

District 2 Supervisor Larry McClain asked Michael Holmes, Bywy VFD chief, he the department receives funds from the Natchez Trace. Holmes said they have not received funds from them in about three years.

“I don’t want to spend the money, but we need it,” said Holmes.

He added that Bywy VFD has been serving the community for over 10 years and that their building is almost paid for.

Holmes said the tower could be placed at the department under their supervision and that they already pay the electric bill at the department.

McClain asked Holmes to check with the Natchez Trace for funding and report back to the board on August 12.

During this meeting, the supervisors heard objections to the land rolls.

Louise Howell was present at the meeting to object to land taxes on her property. She used to rent the house, in question, but does not rent it anymore. In Choctaw County, rental properties are set to 15 percent taxes. Since it is no longer a rental property, the taxes can be reduced to 10 percent.

The board approved to recognize her objection.

Quantum Utility Generation also filed an objection to their land taxes. Sean O’Donnell, chief financial officer, with Quantum asked the board and Lori Kerr, tax assessor, why their request for economic obsolesce was denied.

After a long discussion, the supervisors approved to recognize Quantum’s objection.

The Board of Supervisors has until the end of August to review and consider the two tax objections.

After hearing the tax objections, the board entered into executive session to discuss current litigation with Brandywine Health Services. No action was taken in executive session. After ending the executive session, the board approved a settlement with Brandywine and to sign documents.

A public hearing was held on the county’s application for a CAP loan to purchase a fire truck for Union Volunteer Fire Department. The CAP loan is from MDA and is for $197,000 at two percent interest for 10 years. No objections were filed.

The board then approved to authorize the CAP loan.


The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors approved:




-Jail inspection.

-Amend agenda to add CAP loan public hearing and hospital payment.

-To forward any payments from Ackerman Forge to MDA immediately.

-Advertise for sale of three graders-two from District 2 and one from District 3.

-Advertise for bids to purchase one or more graders

-Payment to Pryor & Morrow on the hospital for $452,606 and $10,237 on the medical office building.