Burn ban extended for the county

Published 5:20 am Thursday, September 7, 2023

The Jefferson Davis County Board of Supervisors met for the first September meeting Tuesday morning at the board room in Prentiss. Rev. Jessie Holloway opened with prayer before the board adopted the agenda.

The board extended the current county burn ban for two weeks and will re-evaluate the ban at the next board meeting.

Mona Gauthier with Pine Belt Mental Health gave a yearly report to the board.

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JDC County Engineer Les Dungan gave an update on the courthouse roof rehab project. Originally, bids were requested for repair of the entire roof, but the bids were too high and outside of the budget for the repair. The county reduced the scope and will now repair three areas of most importance. The repairs will be made through a grant awarded from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The unused portion of the grant will be held and coupled with a future grant to repair the remaining areas of the roof. The repair was awarded to E. Cornell Malone Corp for $98,000.

Dungan also reported that the landfill has been brought into compliance after the DEQ requested improvements for storm water drainage.

The NRCS EWP Contract for Dykes Road and Southerland Road was approved. The board also approved payment to AAA Contracting for $85,025.86 for paving in District 4 as part of the county wide paving project.

Approving school bus turnarounds in District 5 was tabled.

After an inspection by Otis Elevator Company, it was determined that the elevator in the courthouse was in need of repair to the pit scavenger pump. The board approved the repair for $5,360.63.

Quotes were received for roadside brush spraying for District 1 and District 5 from NaturChem and Kellis Vegetation. NaturChem was awarded the job for $17.940 in District 5 and $11,500 in District 1.

JDC Emergency Management Director Jocelyn Ragsdale reported that the county had been approved for disaster assistance for spring storms. She also submitted the StormReady application for the county; the Town of Prentiss is already a StormReady community.

Funding has been secured for the safe room at the Ronald W. Jones Memorial Complex. A 90-10 grant was awarded to the county with $6,825.60 of the project to be provided federally and $758.40 to be paid by the Town of Prentiss for a total project cost of $7,584.00.

In other news, the board approved the following without opposition before entering into executive session and adjourning:

Approved minutes.

Approved board president signing and spreading into the minutes the cafeteria plan documents.

Approved board president signing Pay Application #15 for the new just complex for $175,745.74.

Approved declaring inventory junk and transfer of inventory for District 3 and District 5.

Approved county offices closing on Aug. 23 afternoon due to city wide power outage.

Approved payment of invoices for Sam Graham Road project to Magco, Inc. for $412,825.73 and Dungan Engineering for $35,874.55.

Approved payment of 16th Section invoices to JDC Schools: 2.22 acres for $250, 1.00 acre for $125 and 19.50 acres for $1,365.00.

Approved overage on purchase orders for hot mix and cold mix for District 2 and District 4.

Approved destruction of records.

Approved claims.