Supervisors receive notice from Pioneer

By Daniel Brunty
The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors received a letter from Pioneer Community Hospital regarding a notice for the nursing home residents during their monthly meeting on April 30 at the Choctaw County Courthouse.
A hand-delivered letter from Pioneer was given to the supervisors at the beginning of the meeting. The letter was to inform the board that Pioneer will need written notice from the Board as to the Board’s decision regarding a successor operator of the Choctaw County Nursing Center. The notice must be received by Pioneer on or before June 13, 2014.
It also states that the information was required from the Board due to Pioneer’s requirement to give the nursing home resident’s 30 days’ notice of transfer. This written notice from the Board is only needed if the board does not find a successor for Pioneer.
The board members did not discuss the letter, and at the end of the meeting they spread a copy of the letter on the minutes.
The board members discussed the appointing of two members to the Board of Trustees for the Regional Economic Partnership of Mississippi. The partnership requires each Board of Supervisors from each of the three counties to appoint two members to the Board of Trustees, with the term limits being one member serving a two-year term and one a four-year term, with each subsequent appointment being for a four-year term.
Board President Chris McIntire stated he had discussed with Mayor Dick Cain and Choctaw County Economic Development District Board President Ron Bennett about serving terms for these positions. McIntire stated that they needed to make a decision on the appointees soon so they could begin moving forward with the partnership. McIntire said that both men would be willing to serve, and recommended that the board make a motion to accept the appointees. The board unanimously approved a motion to allow Mayor Cain to serve the two-year term, and Bennett to serve the four-year term.
The board was also addressed by The Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce new Executive Director Steve Anderson. Anderson introduced himself for the first time to the board, and gave the supervisors an update on the upcoming events being held by the Chamber, such as the Pine Tree Musicfest. Anderson expressed his interest with working close with the board in improving Choctaw County, and hopes that if they need anything they will contact him.
In other news, the board:

  • Approved agenda
  • Approved payroll
  • Approved to allow Constables Chris Coleman and Thomas Rabourne to attend the Mississippi Constables Association Convention from Jun 2-7 in Gulfport, with their expenses to be paid and reimbursed by the county.
  • Approved to remove a nonfunctional flat screen monitor from the county inventory.
  • Approved to ratify the proclamation of a local emergency, which was done Monday (April 28) prior to the severe weather, and to authorize all board members to sign on behalf of the county.
  • Approved request of postage from Tax Assessor.
  • Approved to advertise for the position of Solid Waste Operations Manager at a pay rate ranging from $13-$15 per hour.
  • Approved the request to work on the driveway of Leon Stevenson of 3839 Panhandle Road.
  • Approved to pay for a fire truck for the Union Volunteer Fire Dept, pending on results from a pump test and inventory check.
  • Approved a supplemental agreement for a state aid road project.
  • Approved the pursuing of acquisition of rights to a property to reopen McIntire Road.

The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors will have their next meeting on May 5 at the Choctaw County Courthouse.