By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer
Appointing a new Choctaw County Airport Board topped discussion in the October 1 Ackerman Board of Aldermen meeting.
Choctaw County Supervisor Board President Chris McIntire attended the meeting to discuss the Airport Board. McIntire said there is no airport board at this time and would like to know the board’s opinion on asking the Choctaw County Economic Development District board to serve as the airport board.
He said the CCEDD board is interested in using the airport as an economic development tool and to possibly build hangers and a fueling station at the airport.
Kevin Null, town attorney, said the two boards might need to amend the original inter-local agreement.
Mayor Dick Cain and the board agreed for McIntire to address the CCEDD board about becoming the airport board.
The Board of Aldermen approved to raise water and sewer rates effective December 1. The average water bill will increase approximately $3.25. The board also approved to increase the required deposit from $100 to $150. The new rates will take effect December 1.
Ward 2 Alderman Tommy Curtis made the motion to increase the water and sewer rates with a second from Ward 3 George Rooks. It was passed unanimous.
The Board of Aldermen also approved: -To payoff the total Town Hall building debt of $210,000 using funds in cds. It should save approximately $50,000 over the life of the bonds.
-To credit delinquent taxes-person and mobile homes.
-To credit delinquent Water and Sewer accounts receivable.
-Fixed assets deletions for FY 12-13.
-Limited scope audit FY 12-13.
-Municipal Compliance Questionnaire.
-Transfer of monies from Water and Sewer to General Fund.
-Christmas Holiday Open House and candy/decorations budget of $400.
-Reappoint Mike Thomas to the Golden Triangle Regional Solid Waste Board.
-Tonya’s certificate of attendance for court clerk training to be placed in the minutes.
-To send letters ordering clean up on the following properties: Old Chevrolet Place, Burnt House at 56 S. Commerce St., 72 Keller St., Old Hotel (Sides) and the Morrow House-white car.
-Hire Justin Brown and Barry Jo Miller as part-time police officers at the request of Police Chief Kevin Stark.
-Travel for Mayor Dick Cain and Alderman at Large Carl Phelps to the Small Town Conference in Jackson on November 20-22.
-Travel for Mike Brasher, Public Works director, to MS Rural Water Fall Conference in Batesville on October 22-24.
The next regularly scheduled Board of Aldermen meeting will be Tuesday, November 5 at 6 p.m. in the boardroom at Town Hall. The aldermen meet the first Tuesday of every month.