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The Simpson County Board of Supervisors met on Friday, January 15, 2021.
Ben Warren Road Manager discussed with the board renting a soil stabilizer to repair some of the roads in the county that are beyond asphalt repair. The goal is to eat the existing damaged asphalt allowing the bed to set and re-asphalt at a later date. The board agreed to table the decision until next board to gather more information.
Chancery Clerk Tommy Joe Harvey advised the board all newly re-elected Election Commissioners have been sworn in.
Sheriff Paul Mullins was granted permission to hire James Morehead as a new part-time certified deputy. Joshua LaFleur was approved to be hired as a new full-time non-certified dispatch. Mullins advised the board approximately 15 new inmates were being delivered to Simpson County Jail Friday, January 15, 2021. Mullins advised the trash pickup on the county roads utilizing the inmates was going great.
The board approved to pay the membership renewal in the amount of $50 to the United States Police Canine Association.
John Killpatrick, EMC, updated the board on the COVID situation. The county is in great shape with supplies other than gloves. The county was up 10 positive cases this week. The county will have designated areas for vaccines in the coming weeks.
A total of 15,013 E911 calls were received during the year 2020.
A total number of E911 calls for the month of November and December were 2,256. The number is up from the same time in 2019 at 2042 calls. 15 New 911 address have been applied for.
County Administrator Rhuel Dickinson was granted permission to receive a donation refund from Horizon Timber, LLC in the amount of $150.00 for right of way on the Sofa Road Project.
The Board approved the resignation of Brain Barnard from the Simpson County Economic Development District. A new board replacement will be named at the next board meeting. Terrance Norwood was approved to fill the vacancy for District 1.
The membership renewal in the National Association of Counties for 2021 in the amount of $550 was approved.
The board approved the acceptance of $1000 for use of the old jail for filming a movie scene for one day.
The board approved the renewal dues in the Mississippi Justice Court Judges Association for Charles Sevell and Ted Blakeney.
The board approved the purchase of a new pickup for the Solid Waste Department at the State Contract Price of $25,036.
The board approved the appointment of Wendell James as Special Prosecutor in the case of State of MS vs Terrance Hollins due to the recusal of County Prosecutor Wesley Broadhead.
New Way advised they would be changing focus on their location for the offenders in Simpson County. The offenders will now be housed in Jackson and the site in Simpson County now will be a location for veterans.
Future Board Meeting:
- Monday, February 1, 2021 – Regular Meeting
- Tuesday, February 16, 2021 – Recessed Meeting
- Martin Luther King Jr./Robert E Lee Holiday – Monday, January 18, 2021.
- President’s Day Holiday – Monday, February 15, 2021.
No further business meeting was adjourned.
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