By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer
Barbara Franks says she does not owe Choctaw County $200 for a garbage bill for a house where no one lives. Choctaw County says she does owe for the bill.
Franks addressed the Choctaw County Board of Supervisors in the December 9 meeting. The address in question is 1941 Reed Road. She says no one has lived in the damaged house for years and that the electric is on for security reasons.
Chris McIntire, board president, said the Solid Waste policy states if electricity is one at a house then they will automatically receive a garbage can and a bill. He said the house in question is currently not receiving a bill since it was damaged in a tornado. The board approved to stop garbage bills for houses severely damaged in the tornado. McIntire said the $200 bill was for a period of time before the house before the bill was stopped.
“I don’t feel like I owe the county. I’m not going to pay the county,” said Franks.
McIntire said the Solid Waste Department has policies and rules that that supervisors must uphold.
No action was taken on this matter.
Also addressing the board was Jessie Baxter requesting that an antique gun be released to him from the Sheriff’s Department.
Sherriff Cloyd Halford said Baxter has proof that the gun belonged to his grandfather and recommended the board to release the gun. The supervisors approved to release the gun to Baxter.
On the same issue, Wayne Pritchard wrote a letter requesting the SO to release three guns to him. He claims they belong to him. After a short discussion, Halford objected to releasing the guns to him.
“I object to releasing any guns to Wayne Pritchard,” said Halford.
The board took no action on this matter.
The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors also approved:
-Agenda after adding two items.
-Solid Waste adjustments and assessments.
-Payment of $5,000 to the Bank of Kilmicheal for payment on the county purchased hospital equipment line of credit.
-To submit payment application to MDOT and the FFA for county grants to pay the contractor for the recent project completed at the airport. The county will pay the contractor upon receipt of funds.
-Utility agreement with Wake Forest Water Association for work on Phillips Road.
-Budget order to the tax assessor/collector on which accounts to settle the fee-in-lieu payments when she receives the payments.
-Authorized the tax collector/assessor access to use the provided breakdown of fund to settle the NRG and Quantum fee-in-lieu payments when made. Of the $1.69 million payment from Quantum, the county will receive approximately $875,000 and the school district will receive approximately $814,800. Of the $1.89 million from NRG the county will receive approximately $981,599 and the school district will receive approximately $913,000.
-Reduction in assessments for eight different people by request of Lori Kerr, tax assessor/collector.
-Agreement with Alpha Omega —— for the county to accept debit/credit cards and give the county elected officials option to participate.
-Bid from Russell Hampton for $8,177 to build a building for District 1.
The next Board of Supervisors meeting will be Monday, December 30 at 9 a.m. in the boardroom at the Choctaw County Courthouse in Ackerman.