The Winston County Board of Supervisors covered a range of business in the Feb. 21 meeting.
The board first addressed several items with the Sheriff’s Department and Correctional Facility.
Sheriff Jason Pugh noted to the board the Sheriff Department receipt of a Community Emergency Response Training Grant in the amount of $6895 to provide citizen’s and sheriff’s personnel training in emergency response situations. Sheriff Pugh also received approval for the county to participate in the CrimeStoppers Program and aim to create a county chapter. The program will be funded with a $2 charge on all traffic tickets. The department will also apply for a $5000 grant from the state to aid the program. The sheriff’s department aims to work with the City of Louisville on the program. The city of Louisville is a member of the Golden Triangle Crimestoppers and the city aldermen took no action on the proposed county chapter in their meeting. The board also approved the purchase of $500 worth of deputy uniforms.
Tim Palmer, Warden of Winston Choctaw County Regional Correctional Facility (WCCRCF), received the board approval to renew the contract with Steve Puckett as a liaison between the facility and MDOT. The contract will renew until Jan. 2013 at the rate of $4,000 per month.
The board also approved increasing the meal cost at the facility by 5 cents per meal to $1.266 average price per meal. The calories of the meals would also increase to 3500 calories per day. The county will see about a $6,000 increase per year in cost with about 340 to 349 inmates housed at the facility.
The board also approved repairing the fingerprint scanner at the facility with the cost not to exceed $3,000. The board also approved a resignation and a hiring at the facility.
The board ordered all funds from the facility be deposited with Hancock Bank. The board also set up for Watkins, Ward and Stafford to oversee the funds and provide a profit and loss on all funds. The board also approved the salary of the chaplain and inmate accounts clerk at the facility with funds to come from the inmate welfare fund.
In other business, the supervisors:
Approved Circuit Clerk Kim Ming to have the circuit clerk’s office open Saturday, March 3 and Saturday, March 10 for absentee balloting for the upcoming congressional and presidential primaries. The board also approved placing voting machines at all polling places on March 12 for the March 13 primary election.
The Board tabled any appointment to the Airport Board for the joint county and city seat which ended on 2-1-12.
The Board tabled a decision on a tax exemption for Grayson Blu until Tax Assessor Larry Woodward had an opportunity to review the request.
Discussed with County engineer Jimmy Kemp on securing the right of way for Bluff Lake Road and gain permission to connect the Bluff Lake Road to Hwy 25. The board also approved placing a temporary culvert on Plattsburg Road.
Approved payment of $10,000 to Golden Triangle Planning and Development providing re-districting plans for the county.
Claudell Weaver with the Dean Park commission explained they were seeking the resignation of the current caretaker by the end of February and will make a recommendation for a new hire at the March 5 meeting.
County Emergeny Director Clarence Kelly gained board approval on several items including receipt of a $10.093 Emergency Medical Services Operating Grant for the county. Approved a statewide mutual aid compact. Clarified Noxapater and Louisville as the primary Jaws of Life dispatch with Shiloh and Nanih Waiya as the secondary departments. Approved paying $650 to reapir county fire tanker. Approved $220 to program emergency radios. Approved repairing the tiome clock in the Emergency Management Department.
Received information on the duties, training requirements, laws and a sample job description used in other counties for the position of EMS director. Kelly has notified the board of his retirement in May.
Approved hold car tag list.
Approved petitions for reduction of assessments for homestead rolls.
Approved the purchase of District 1 Supervisor’s Barn in the amount of $60,000.
Approved purchase of a computer for purchasing clerk and anti-virus licenses for all computers in the courthouse and county offices.
The meeting was held Tuesday, Feb. 21 due to federal holiday on Monday. The Supervisors are set to meet March 5 for their regular meeting.