By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal
The Winston County Board of Supervisors opened the new year by approving the same Board President, District 3 Supervisor Mike Peterson, and same vice president, District 2 Supervisor Luke Parkes.
The board also approved rehiring board attorney Hugh Hathorn and all county employees. The rehiring of the county employees occurred after more than an hour-long executive session to discuss personnel. Hathorn was also appointed attorney for the correctional facility. Peterson complimented Hathorn on the job he did for the county.
In other business, the supervisors: • Approved the December 17 meeting minutes. • Approved the claims docket except for payment to computer maintenance contract company Benecom since the county had recently updated its list of computers yet the premium had not changed. • Approved the county holidays match the state holidays. • Approved subcontracts on the Beth Eden Road Bridge Project and received updates on Yellow Creek Road Project and the Old Hwy 25 Road project. • Phyllis Benson of Golden Triangle Planning Development requested funds from the Teeter’s maintenance fund and grant to cover the recent roof repairs to the building. • Received a request from MSU Extension Service Director Mike Skipper for funds to create a raised bed garden on county property to use as a gardening educational center to help fight obesity and diabetes through proper nutrition. The board tabled the request to review the options and examine where the $5,000 in cost could be gained. • Approved solid waste fund bank drafts. • Examined the cost of tipping fees at the landfill to the county and a more economical way to pay the fees. • Approved court reporter expenses and November expense report. • Approved Sheriff Jason Pugh to hire two personnel to fill two empty slots in the department. The board approved the hiring of Keith Alexander and Jesse Roberson to fill the positions of David Edwards and Margie Bell. • Approved Sheriff Pugh to transfer funds in the amount of $9000 from a wireless communication fund to purchase and install new radios. • Approved upgrading the computer software in the chancery clerk’s office at $125 in the land redemption program. • Approved Yearly contracts except Benecom until could be examined and discussed with company.
The next regular scheduled meeting of the Board of Supervisors is Tuesday, January 22 at 9:30 a.m.