Retiring supervisors commended for service

Published 6:07 am Thursday, December 14, 2023

The Jefferson Davis County Board of Supervisors met for the first meeting of the month Dec. 4 at the board room in Prentiss.

After prayer by Rev. Jessie Holloway, the meeting was called to order and the agenda and additions were approved.

Prentiss Assistant Fire Chief Michael Davis gave an update on the progression of the central dispatch. He presented the board with an agreement that will be reviewed by the attorney and brought back for further discussion at a future meeting.

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Bassfield Mayor Angie Ladner invited the supervisors to participate in the Bassfield Christmas parade this Saturday.

Dorothy Young with Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind reported that two vending machines and two snack machines have been delivered to the new detention center.

The vending program is part of the Business Enterprise Program which will employ a blind person to provide vending services to the new jail in Prentiss.

The new service will provide vending to the prisoners and will also be available to employees and staff as well.

This program not only gives a blind person the opportunity to work but also offers other Mississippians the chance to work, since the blind will need to hire a driver and helper for vending routes. There are currently 33 blind vendors in Mississippi.

JDC Superintendent Ike Haynes stopped by to commend the board for their work and offered appreciation to the three outgoing supervisors, Charles Reid, Bobby Rushing and Terry Mathis.

“Your work and cooperation, collaboration and care for the kids in Jefferson Davis County will never be forgotten,” said Haynes. 

“I appreciate every single thing you have done for the children of this county. On behalf of the school district, I want to thank you for what you have done, and I want to wish you all Godspeed in your next endeavors.”

A discussion was held regarding the flooding in the Chancery Clerk’s office when there is a heavy rain and  possible solutions to the problem. No action was taken.

Two quotes were presented for the purchase of and laptop and software that will serve as a diagnostic tool for the county’s diesel equipment. The software not only provides a diagnosis but is also a help center by indicating what parts are needed, where to locate the parts and how to install them. The board approved the purchase from for $5,776.97.

Kyle East with Dungan Engineering gave an update on the paving project on Hunnicut, Sam Graham and Santee Methodist Church. An inspection has been done on the courthouse roof repairs, with only minor issues noted to be fixed.

Board Attorney Wes Daughdrill gave his bi-monthly report.

In other board news, the board approved the following without opposition before the meeting was adjourned:

• Approved minutes.

• Discussion of enhanced 911 system.

• Approved Board President signing Pay Application #18 (final).

• Approved spreading into the minutes Town of Prentiss Certificate of Occupancy and AIA Certificate of Substantial Completion for Justice Complex.

• Approved purchase of diagnostic tool for District 1.

• Approved re-appointment of Tony Waits as trustee to Pearl River Community College.

• Approved of invoices: AAA Contracting for $81,410.55 and Dungan Engineering for $4,350.00, both for District 2.

• Approved deleting from inventory Asset Number 236, cellphone, from Emergency Management.

• Approved destruction of records.

• Approved advertising county resources in the Prentiss Headlight for the Christmas edition.

• Approved claims.