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The Simpson County Board of Supervisors meeting of July 15, 2021 was called to order at 9 a.m. and opened with prayer.
All Supervisors were present.
Ben Warren, Road Manager, presented the Road Manager’s Monthly Report, which was approved. Mr. Warren updated board on the rock and tar project. The work is being completed at Dry Creek Thursday and the crews will move to Hwy 28 West and begin work around the Corinth Church area Friday. Warren stated presently the crews are dodging the rain on ongoing projects. Mr. Warren asked the board to hire Damion McRae for the road department. The board approved the request.
Dr. Jane Hullon-Sims and Dr. Dewayne Middleton along with Co-Lin board members met before the board to update them on the progress of Co-Lin. Co-Lin has the cheapest community college tuition in the state. The newly constructed Career and Technical building located at the Simpson Campus is in operation and utilized by the students. New tennis courts have been completed at the Wesson campus. The Workforce program is seeing good enrollment with great success rate. Classes like CNA, Truck Driving , EMT, Electrical Lineman Classes. Wesson campus is developing a EPAC (Educational Performing Arts Center) Project. EPAC project will include a performing arts center and new coliseum.
Hulon- Sims asked the board to consider developing a scholarship for a Simpson County resident.
Sheriff Paul Mullins asked the board to approve Chantell Meadows as anew hire for a part-time dispatcher.
Also, Mullins asked the board approval for Lauren Welch to attend Crisis Call Handling Class August 26, 2021 at the Flowood Police Department at a cost of $150.00 reimbursable by Standards and Training. Mullins asked approval for the yearly renewal contract with PackTrack for K-9 Hero/Handler Joe Andrews at a cost of $100.00. The board approved all of Sheriff Mullins requests with none opposed.
John Killpatrick, the Emergency Management Coordinator, reported one new cell tower construction application, and an application for upgrade to an existing tower. The last month the E911 office received 1, 383 calls, 373 dispatch calls with a 15 minute response time. 9 structure calls were reported for the month.
Killpatrick advised the board the EOC Drone Class had been completed.
Scott Kelly with Scottland Timber LLC met before the board to discuss solutions for limb and debris waste removal. The board voted to enter into negotiations with Kelly on possible future projects.
Ryan Frederick with Public Service Commissioner met with the board to introduce themselves and let them know they are available for help with issues. Frederick noted the big concerns most districts have are concerning no call and broadband expansions. Work is in progress to help meet these concerns.
The board has been advised that information concerning the election machines might be discussed in the first session of the Legislator; therefore, the board is waiting to make a decision on purchasing the machines.
Mr. Rhuel Dickinson, County Administrator, presented his agenda of board authorizations. The board approved all of Dickinson’s agenda.
The meeting entered into executive session to discuss legal matters.
Future Board Meetings:
- Monday, August 2, 2021 – Regular Meeting
- Monday, August 16, 2021 – Recessed Meeting
- Tuesday, August 17, 2021 – Recessed budget work session
- Labor Day – September 6, 2021
A video of the meeting is attached below.
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