County to issue equipment bonds

By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times WALTHALL — Webster County officials voted last week to issue bonds to pay for new tractors and mowers in each road district.

The Board of Supervisors passed a resolution Nov. 5 declaring its intention to issue $500,000 in negotiable notes and directed the clerk to advertise them for sale on Nov. 30.

The county budgeted half a mill in the current budget to repay the bond issue, which will fund the purchase of new tractors and mowers. As reported before the new budget was adopted, board President Pat Cummings said the tractors and mowers will replace aging equipment that must be constantly repaired.

Most of the tractors the county now has are 1970s models. Board members said the purchase of the new equipment will save money and repair time in the long run because the county spent at least $100,000 in equipment repairs during the last budget year.

The notes will be repaid over five years and the first payment will not be due until the next fiscal year.

Other Business At the request of Sheriff Tim Mitchell, the board amended his budget by increasing funding for full-time deputies by $6,000. Supervisors also voted to implement raises for sheriff’s office bookkeeper Wanda McCarter and deputies Toby Britt and Jeffrey Mann retroactive to Oct. 1. In other business Nov. 5, the board voted to

• hire Pauline Quinn as a bailiff. • raise the salary of Deputy Tax Assessor/Collector Ann May. • reimburse Circuit Clerk Deborah Hood Neal for taking two voting machines to Jackson for repairs on Nov. 2. • take a Ford F250 truck off the sheriff’s office inventory and put it on the Homeland Security inventory to be used for Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security purposes. It is being swapped out with a Ford Excursion that Webster County EMA has been using.

Previous Meetings Records show that the Board of Supervisors handled these matters on the respective dates: Oct. 1: The board voted to enter into a contract with lawyer Jan Butler for him to provide legal services on civil forfeitures under the same terms and conditions as last year.

Supervisors also voted to amend a State Aid project by adding an existing bridge site on the south end of Old Dancy Road to current reseal program.

Oct. 15: The board voted to:

• accept the resignation of Jane Norman in the tax assessor’s office effective Nov. 30. • note upon the record the order of the state Department of Revenue approving the assessment rolls and to spread a copy of the order upon the minutes. • spread upon the minutes a letter from the Revenue Department certifying that Webster County has complied with state law in regard to reappraisal, and to transfer all funds in Reappraisal Compliance to the General Fund. • buy a 1995 F-800 dump truck from Oktibbeha County as an intergovernmental sale and transfer by negotiations only. The consideration for the purchase is $7,500, which the board found to be the fair market value of the truck. • pay an invoice from Jamie’s Body Shop for $1,000 for painting the sheriff’s 2003 Crown Victoria in August. No requisition was ever submitted. • rejected the only bid received on five junked Sheriff’s Department vehicles that were posted for sale and directed the clerk to post readvertisement of the vehicles with bids to be opened Monday. • make an interfund loan of $53,000 from the General Fund to E911 so it can pay Doss Electric for a generator bought for the 911 Center. The loan will be repaid as grant funds from MEMA become available.

Oct. 18: Eupora Alderman at-large Dan Burchfield addressed the board concerning a hazard mitigation grant for severe weather sirens that was approved Sept. 28.

The board then directed the president to sign the grant application and the maintenance agreement to maintain the sirens. When the grant is accepted each municipality will be responsible for the match and maintenance of the equipment.

Oct. 23: The Board of Supervisors had a recessed meeting the night of Oct. 23 with the Webster County Board of Education at the Central Office Building boardroom in Eupora.

In addition to Cummings, supervisors Robert Hitt, Randy Rico and Doug Burgess attended, along with board attorney Buchanan Meek Jr. and Chancery Clerk Russ Tuner. School Board members Nancy Davis, Etty Brown and Keith Hudspeth also attended, along with Superintendent Jack Treloar, Business Manager Heidi Young and bond attorney Jim Young of the Young Law Group.

According to the School Board minutes, Young discussed and explained the limited tax note resolution adopted by the Board of Education on Oct. 2.

Minutes of the Board of Supervisors state the School Board and superintendent assured that additional tax millage to repay the bonds issued would be the last resort in meeting the repayment obligation. Per the members present, reimbursements from the school’s insurance company and from FEMA/MEMA should be enough to meet the needs for repayment, records show.

Oct. 31: Supervisors directed the chancery clerk to apply for the FY 2013 Emergency Medical Services Operating Fund, which is $6,092. They also voted to:

• allow the chancery clerk to attend the Legal Responsibilities Workshop Nov. 14-15 in Greenwood. • allow Deputy Sheriff Adam Contreras to attend the Instructor Development Course at the North Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Center in Tupelo on Nov. 5-9. • allow Deputy Sheriff Justin Brown to attend the STORM Conference Nov. 6-8 in Vicksburg. • spread upon the minutes the final amended budget for FY 2011-12.