By Daniel Brunty
The Choctaw Plaindealer
The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors approved the hiring of an E-911 employee during its July 5 meeting held at the Choctaw County Courthouse boardroom.
The board met with the county’s E-911 Director Anita Davis regarding filling a vacant position in the department. During the board’s May 1 meeting, it approved an advertisement of an open position in the E-911 department with a pay rate based on experience and qualifications.
Davis explained how she had conducted a number of interviews with potential candidates and narrowed the selection down to three applicants. The board reviewed the applicants, and asked Davis for her recommendation among the three.
Following a brief discussion, District 5 Supervisor Eric Chambers made the motion to employ Lanette Weeks as an E-911 dispatcher at the rate of $9 per hour pending successful completion of background checks. Board President Joey Stephenson seconded the motion and the board voted unanimously in support.
During the board’s June 20 meeting, Chambers made a motion to request the Board Attorney to send a letter to the Justice Court Clerk requesting her semi-annual report show full names in accordance with 9-11-19 of the Mississippi Code. Chambers wanted this done for the board’s minutes and records reflect that the code was followed regarding the names.
Chambers asked during the July 5 meeting if the names had been added to the semi-annual report following the board’s motion during the June 20 meeting. Chancery clerk Steve Montgomery stated he informed the clerk and conclude it was an error with the data system that was resolved. He also stated that he had the updated reports with the full names.
Board attorney Kasey young stated that she had not sent the letter regarding the issue at the current time. Chambers stated that since the June 20 board order called for the board attorney to send the letter, he requested that Young should still send the letter since it was approved.
District 3 Supervisor Chris McIntire suggested that the order be rescinded because the matter that letter was requesting to be resolved was already resolved, so there would be no need to send a letter for a request that was already fulfilled.
Following a brief discussion, McIntire made a motion to rescind the board order to request the Board Attorney to draft and send a letter to the Justice Court Clerk regarding the Mississippi Code on full names on the semiannual report of fines due.
Stephenson seconded the motion and the board voted by majority in support with Supervisors Fondren and Chambers voting against.
During the meeting, the board:
· A motion was made by Joey Stephenson to recognize the letter from Richard Montique dealing with the Pioneer Bankruptcy. District 4 Supervisor John Shumaker seconded the motion and the board voted unanimously in support.
· A motion was made by Joey Stephenson to increase the limit of the tax exemption for Southeastern Timber Products to $17,000,000.00 with the amount of the actual exemption being determined by the Assessor. Chambers seconded the motion and the Board voted unanimously in support.
In other news, the board:
· Approved agenda
· Approved minutes
· Approved claims
· Approved payroll
· Approved sixteenth section land lease agreement of Thomas E. Jones and authorize board president to sing on board’s behalf
· Approved Domestic Violence Protection training for Justice Court employees, mandated by the Supreme Court, Sept. 11
· Authorized vendor Nancy Stafford place
· Approved jail inspection
· Approved travel for deputy clerk to attend PERS workshop
· Approved inventory deletions (340-322, 340-330, 230-017, 100-071)
· Recognized recognize the edit rolls presented by tax assessor of personal and real tax rolls and authorized board president to sign on board’s behalf
· Authorized chancery clerk a purchase order in an amount not to exceed $16,433 for replacement of courtroom a/c units
The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors held its next meeting July 12 at the Choctaw County Courthouse.