Thursday, June 28, 2012
Board speculates on bond bill
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors is holding out hope that this year’s state Legislature may find some money for counties to help pay for items they need.
Gary Anderson, lobbyist for the board, advised supervisors that there is some speculation in Jackson that a small bond bill may be passed in July that will be tied to economic development. The Legislature is debating whether to put some bond money into the Local System Bridge Program (LSBP), the Rural Fire Truck program and some money for local school districts, he said.
Representatives with the Mississippi Association of Supervisors are working with the governor and lieutenant governor to press for counties to get some aid this year, he said.
But the bond bill, if it is approved, would be a reduced and slimmed down version of bond bills the state is accustomed to seeing, Anderson said.
He praised MAS for stepping up to the plate and offering strong leadership in Jackson.
“The Mississippi Association of Supervisors is gaining strength and helps what we are trying to get done, like it was strong in the legislative process in the 1980s,” he said.
Anderson and county administrator Larry Hall apprised the board that a resolution is being sought for support of local school districts to be included in a bond bill, if one is actually adopted. The school districts would supply the resolution asking for help.
Other issues discussed at the meeting included:
• concern voiced by supervisor Charles Terry that non-profit fund-raising in the intersections may be getting out of hand. He said there are some reports where church groups were taking up money in the middle of intersections and creating a possible hazard to citizens collecting the money.
• approved a $15,000 installment on a fire rescue truck to be paid to the City of Holly Springs. Three more payments are due on the truck, according to chancery clerk Chuck Thomas.
• approved travel for training. Four 911 employees will go to mandatory training and the county will be reimbursed for the expenses. Four election commissioners will travel to Grenada for training. Lucy Carpenter was recently given a certificate for training for circuit clerks.
• approved claims for $291,408.
• transferred old or damaged equipment to surplus property. The county takes off inventory any equipment that is no longer operable and sells what it can and disposes of the remainder.
• discussed replacement of several air conditioner units at the courthouse that have died.
• approved grants for new protective vests for patrolmen at the sheriff’s department. Vests must be discarded every three years, according to Cathy Brittenum, grant writer for the sheriff. The Department of Justice grant will pay half the costs of the vests and the sheriff’s budget will pay the rest.
• opened bids for used oil and for scrap metal. Universal Environmental Services was awarded the bid for the used oil and Martin Brothers won the bid for scrap metal.
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