By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer
The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors held their first meeting of the year on January 6.
The meeting mainly consisted of opening and reviewing annual bids to purchase gravel, pipe, culverts and limestone. After opening and discussing all bids the board approved to recognize all bids received. They also approved the lowest bidder for each category.
The supervisors also opened bids for keeping of the county funds for 2014. Two bids were received but only one legal bid. Regions Bank’s bid did not follow specifications. The board approved the bid from Renasant Bank to keep the county funds for 2014.
The board briefly discussed lease payments for the county owned building (Bounds Clinic) as brought up by District 5 Supervisor Eric Chambers. Pioneer Medical Center of Ackerman, Dr. Prosser’s clinic, is located here. The supervisors approved a lease payment of $1,300 beginning in August. Pioneer Health Systems has not paid any lease payments on this building. There is no written lease at this time. No action was taken at this time.
A Drug Free Workplace was also discussed in the January 6 meeting. The county’s workman comp insurance will give the county a five percent discount for implementing this program. Steve Wright, board attorney, is researching how state law will require the county, to provide this program before the board approves it. No action was taken at this time.
The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors approved:
-The board president and chancery clerk as signatures on cash requests for the Reform Water Association project.
-Resolution authorizing the county to hold a public hearing on a possible HOME grant application. The public hearing will be January 30 at 10 a.m. in the courthouse.
-Bid from Hood Construction to install a metal roof on the old jail building for $9,100. The other sealed bid was from Ray Shearer for $9,850.
-Sealed bid from Pete Odom for $500 to purchase two used generators from the county as advertised. Only one bid was received.
-To allow the tax assessor/collector to publish Homestead Awareness advertising once each month until April in the newspaper.
-Reduction in assessment for Ginger Eaves as requested by Lori Kerr, tax assessor.
-Recognize CAP loan award letter to the county for $10,000 to purchase a fire truck for Union Volunteer Fire Department. This truck is already ordered.
-Order to reappoint Steve Wright as board attorney for 2014 in a 4-1 vote. District 5 Supervisor Eric Chambers voted against the reappointment.
-Recognize Sheriff Cloyd Halford’s hire of Becky Pate as a part-time dispatcher at $9 per hour.
The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday, January 21 at 9 a.m. at the courthouse.