By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer
The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors began the process of helping a new industry locate in Choctaw County.
In the September 30 meeting, the board approved a resolution declaring their intent to grant certain ad valorem tax exemptions for Mississippi Forge. The exemptions are for two five year periods. The second five year period will only be granted if Miss. Forge meets certain requirements such as job creations and investments.
With the tax exemption, Mississippi Forge will pay school and fire taxes.
Mississippi Forge will open in the former Ackerman Forge location in Ackerman. Part of their initial investment plans to create 60 jobs with an estimated payroll of $2.8 million.
Also, Bubba Hudspeth, previous owner of Ackerman Forge, made a payment of $47,000 to the county on his loan from the Mississippi Development Authority. This payment makes him current through January 2014.
Allen Gamble, hospital administrator, attended the board meeting to discuss current missing county hospital equipment that is used at the hospital and nursing home.
Gamble said that Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw and Diane Pyron, county inventory clerk, have found or replaced all but five items. He said Pioneer plans to replace those items.
The supervisors and Gamble also discussed five hospital beds that are being used at the nursing home, without permission, that were purchased for the now closed Senior Care Unit. Gamble said that Pioneer is actually making the lease payments on the beds even though the lease is in the county’s name.
After much discussion, the board decided to have their attorney draft an amendment to the lease to allow Pioneer to use the beds.
The supervisors also discussed problems with the nursing home roof and how one or two areas need immediate attention. Steve Montgomery, Chancery clerk, presented two quotes to repair portions of the roof. The low bid is from Dixie Roofing for $22,975.
After more discussion about problems on the roof, District 5 Supervisor Eric Chambers suggested hiring an architect to make sure repairs are done correctly since there will be some electric work required. After a short discussion, Board president Chris McIntire agreed to consult an architect.
The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors also approved:
-Transfer $17,000 from Fund 225 to Fund 097 (E911).
-Purchase radio tower for Bywy Volunteer Fire Department for $9,690.
-Solid Waste assessments.
-16 section lease for Ketia Shumaker.
-To hire Rebecca Pate and Towanda Jones as part-time 911 dispatchers as requested by Glenda Whitmire, 911 director.
-Registration fees for Melinda Newlin, at the Sheriff’s Department, to attend a ServSafe re-certification class.