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Bd. Of Supervisors Accept Concordia Bank Bid Offer For $375,000 Loan

The Woodville Republican of Woodville, Mississippi

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As has been the practice of the Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors for a number of years, the current administration voted to borrow enough money to operate from late in this year until property tax monies start rolling in after the first of the next year.

The current board advertised in The Woodville Republican recently their need to borrow $375,000 to meet financial obligations as provided by state law as a tax anticipation loan. The money will be used to pay salaries and bills owed by the county.

The board received bid offers from the two local banks as follows: Concordia Bank, interest rate of 2.79%; and United Mississippi Bank, interest rate of 2.89%.

Board Administrator Bruce Lewis said that the bids were opened on Thursday, October 29, and by authorization of an order by the board, he accepted the low bid of Concordia Bank.

"The money has been provided and is in the county's bank account," reported Chancery Clerk Thomas C. Tolliver, Jr.

Administrator Lewis presented the board of supervisors with a number of items as follows:

Suggested that due to the heavy rainfall over the past two weeks, that the supervisors vote to lift the countywide burn ban. Motion by Supervisor Kenyon Jackson and a second by Supervisor Wil Seal. Vote of 5-0 to approve the lifting the ban on outdoor burning.

Announced that the Wilkinson County Health Department had informed him that they needed a list of the names of county employees eligible to receive flu shots to be paid by the county. "They have also requested that they be paid for the flu shots they give at the end of the day," said Lewis. "And the Health Department wants to give employees their shots, all on the same day during a short time frame." Administrator Lewis also spoke with the Field Health System clinics in Centreville and Woodville. "They will also provide shots to our employees, and will bill the county for the ones they give," Lewis said.

Reported that he had been in contact with the company contracted to take the mandated aerial photos of the entire county. "I have a copy of their revised contract, and I am approving it for the board president's signature," said Lewis. He also reported that Wilkinson County is the southernmost county contracted with this company. "All of the other counties with a contract for aerial photo mapping are located north of us. I told the company that since we get warmer earlier in the spring than the other counties, that they need to consider doing us before February 1. After then we will start greening up if we have a mild winter."

Announced that he had reviewed the contract for C-Spire Telecommunications to provide high speed internet service to the Wilkinson County Courthouse. "They will have to extend the fiber optic line up Main Street from the Church Street intersection. Lewis said, "Since the fiber optic line will pass right in front of the Woodville Public Library, I have requested a quote to add them to the high speed line. I will present the quote to the Woodville Library

Commission so they can contact the State Library Commission to make sure they will reimburse the local library commission for all expenses to connect to the fiber optic cable and for monthly contract fees. They are to let me know if they want access to this high speed internet line."

Announced that Circuit Clerk Lynn Delaney reported that the Mississippi Secretary of State's Office has agreed to award Wilkinson County a grant of $15,200 from "Help America Vote Act" funding which will be used to repair the elevator in the Wilkinson County Courthouse. Administrator Lewis said he would get two quotes to see what it will cost to get the elevator up and running properly. Supervisor Seal said, "Thanks, Lynn for your hard work in getting us approved for this grant money."

Announced that both of the Wilkinson County Veteran Service Officers have attended certification courses as required before they can begin serving the needs of the veterans living in Wilkinson County. Services for county veterans are currently being provided in Centreville and Woodville four times a month, rotating back and forth weekly between the two towns.

On motion by Supervisor Wil Seal and a second by Supervisor Jennings Nettles, the board voted 5-0 to set the following holidays for county employees:

Thanksgiving — Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27.

Christmas — Thursday and Friday, December 24 and 25.

New Year's — Thursday and Friday, December 31, 2015, and January 1, 2016.

On motion by Supervisor Seal and a second by Supervisor Nettles, the board also voted 5-0 to purchase a Holiday Closing ad in The Woodville Republican.

Supervisor Jackson made a motion to purchase new decals and to replace the two-way radio in the vehicle used by West District Constable Willie Thompson, and for incoming East District Constable Johnny Clark. Supervisor Hollins seconded the motion which passed by a 5-0 vote.

On motion by Nettles and a second by Jackson, the board voted unanimously to declare an emergency in the county due to damages to roads, bridges and culverts caused in the past two weeks by heavy rains. "This will allow the county to apply for possible funding to make the necessary repairs to get affected county roads back in safe condition," said Clerk Toll-iver.

Wilkinson County Superintendent of Education Timothy T. Scott and Board of Education Business Manager Nakia Stewart, appeared before board to request that the county change the way they list property tax monies made available to the school district.

"We are not requesting any more tax millage from the county," Stewart stated. "We only need you to break it down from one disbursement of 5.7 mills to two separate accounts of 3.0 mills to the school district's Debt Service Fund and the other 2.7 mills to the school district's Shortfall Fund. If the county agrees to do this then they will send the money in exactly as we report it to the state."

On motion by Nettles and a second by Hollins, the board agreed by 5-0 to begin reporting the monies allocated to the school district in this manner.

Assistant County Engineer Doug Wimberly presented the supervisors with the recently completed "Annual Bridge Inspection" report.

Wimberly said, "Every district has about 4-6 bridges that are in serious need of repairs or replacement. There are about 25 total bridges in this category according to this latest report. Of this number 1-2 in each district have already been closed to traffic due to their unsafe condition."

After completing business on the meeting agenda, the board recessed until Tuesday, November 17, at 9:30 a.m.

Once recessed, Supervisor Nettles requested that the board reconvene so he could present his district's

The Camp Van Dorn WWII Museum in Centreville will host an Open House on Sunday, November 8, between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., in observance of Veterans Day and a celebration of the facility's 10 year anniversary.

The public is invited to visit to pay tribute and honor to veterans of all branches of military service and show their appreciation for the great service and sacrifice these men and women have made to keep our country free. Avery special invitation is extended to all veterans to attend.

For the occasion an exhibit will be on display highhghting the museum's beginning and its activities for the past ten years.

The exhibit will also remain in the museum though out the month of November.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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