Employment growth on tap for Emelia
There were two presentations with very positive news for Kemper County made to the Kemper County Board of Supervisors during its regular meeting on Monday morning.
Representatives from Emelia Resources LLC, which employees just under 100 people, told the board that they had just landed a new contract that could eventually lead to them making 30 new hires and possibly being in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The volume of work will also require them to need extra warehousing space.
The supervisors were informed that this new line they would be producing and packaging would be on a “permanent” basis, instead of a temporary one.
There was also discussion of needed repairs to the current county-owned facilities the company operates from.
In another matter Dr. Scott Alsobrooks, president of East Mississippi Community College, gave a report on the two-year school’s connection with Kemper County.
EMCC currently has 106 full-time students from Kemper County with 43 of the school’s 275 full-time faculty and staff members currently residing in the county. Every student from Kemper County received some kind of financial aid, totaling $624,268.93 for the 2020-21 academic year.
In another matter County Road Manager Glenn Williams shared a concern that the employees he supervises have with the county’s newly mandated direct deposit policy. Williams said he just learned of the policy late last week and that it was to be implemented on Wednesday of this week.
He noted that only 19 of the 42 employees under his direct supervision had signed up for direct deposit of their payroll check and that the other 23 had indicated that they did not plan to.
He told the supervisors that most of those not signing up didn’t have checking accounts and a handful of them would not be able to get one.
There was no discussion among the board members during the meeting about potentially chaining the policy. When asked after the meeting what would happen if his employees didn’t sign up, Williams responded “I guess we will see.”
In Other Action the Kemper County Board of Supervisors:
— Amended the agenda to add three items. (4-0, District 2 Supervisor Johnny Whitsett abetted)
— Approved the agenda. (4-0)
— Heard report from EMCC President Dr. Scott Alsobrook
— Approved residential 16th section land leases agreement for Walter McDaniel, Sr. and Samantha McDaniel. (4-0)
— Approved Ad Valorem Tax Exemption application from Emilia Resources (4-0)
— Order approving payment to Ergon Asphalt and Emulsion, Inc. for Demurrage charges in the amount of $360 for purchase order #194734 closed. (4-0)
— Order approving payment to Ergon Asphalt and Emulsion, Inc. for Demurrage charges in the amount of $270 and return freight in the amount of $618.64 total payment for $888.64 for purchase order #194733 closed.(4-0)
— Order approving payment to Ergon Asphalt and Emulsion, Inc. for Demurrage charges in the amount of $135 for purchase order #194760 closed.(4-0)
— Order approving payments to Engineering Plus in the amounts of $4,984.57, $17,036.16, and $16,208.65 for Project No. ERBR-BR-0035 (22)B Neelytown Road . (4-0)
— Order approving payment to Engineering Plus for Project No. ERBR-BR-35(01) Sunflower Road for $16,099.01. (4-0)
— Approved order approving payment to G.R. Joyner Building for new concession building for DeKalb Park payment No. 2 — final retainage only in the amount of $4,100. (3-1) (District 5 Supervisor Chris Cole opposed)
— Order approving payment to Engineering Plus for providing Financial Services and administrative assistant to gas District assistance and Kemper Economic Development in the amount of $5,293.23. (4-0)
— Order approving payment to D&E Construction for Kemper County Courthouse Annex final payment in the amount of $33,700. (4-0)
— Order approving payment to Norman Roofing for furnished material for re-roofing project installed insulation and membrane on building in the amount of $36,622.50. (4-0)
— Order approving payment to Norman Roofing for furnished material for draw on completed work minus gutters in the amount of $19,655.(4-0)
— Order approving mail log for Kemper-Neshoba Regional Correctional Facility for the month of September 2021. (4-0)
— Order approving all expenses incurred for sheriff department for the month of September 2021. (4-0)
— Order approving to spread on the board minutes the scary increase for the following employees: Dylan Fulton, Robin Fulton and Eric Scott. (4-0)
— Approved the purchase of three trucks and one Durango for the sheriff’s department. (4-0)
— Order approving overtime to be paid to Kemper County Clerk deputies for upcoming grand jury and special election for the following dates: Oct. 23, 8 a.m.-noon; Oct. 30, 8 a.m.-noon; Nov. 1, Election Day prep; and Nov. 2, Election, Day. (4-0)
— Order approving agreement with Mississippi Wireless Communications Commission. (4-0)
— Approved order approving Wes Kight & Associates appraisal report #1 in the amount of $30,000. (4-0)
— Approved order approving Kimes & Stone Construction Company, Inc. for Project No. 35-20-01 Contract No. 1 for new pavement on the following roads: Huffmaster Road, Neal McClelland Road, and Williams Road in the amount of $162,181.55. (4-0)
— Approver order approving payment to In Touch Psychological for examination on patient in the amount of $300.
— Order approving Stephanie Green as Deputy Purchasing Clerk. (4-0).
— Approval of board minutes for the month of September, 2021. (4-0)
— Approval of current and end of month claims for September, 2021. (4-0)
— Approval of payroll. (4-0).