Supervisors put request for fire rating district hearing on hold


Kemper County Emergency Management director Ben Dud­ley presented a petition to the Kemper County Board of Super­visors during their Jan. 18 meet­ing requesting the board set a hearing on changes in the county’s fire rating districts.

After initially voting to accept the petition, after much discus­sion the board later voted to re­scind that vote until board attorney Rick Barry could look over the documents to make sure everything was in order. That petition was expected to be represented at the Feb. 7 meet­ing of the board, with a hearing to be potentially set at that time.

Dudley was clear that the peti­tion didn’t involved adding any fire protection districts or in changing those districts, but was directed more toward the fire grading districts.

Also during the meeting Kem­per County Sherrif James Moore noted that clean-up had begun on the area around the Kemper Neshoba Regional Correctional Facility in hopes of making it more difficult to get contraband into the facility. Moore also handed the supervisors the “call” report for the Kemper County Sheriff’s Department for 2021.

It was also noted that there had been some issues of mo­torists being stuck on roads that “go to nowhere” because of faulty information from their GPS systems. It was decided that bet­ter signage needed to be put up on those roads that were hard to travel and turn around on.

In other action the Kemper County Board of Supervisors:

— Approved the agenda, cur­rent claims, and payroll;

— Authorized the execution of a contract between Kemper County and Greenbriar Digging Service;

— Approved amended inter­local cooperation agreement be­tween Kemper County, the Town of DeKalb, and the Kemper County Sheriff’s Department re­garding Police Protection and Law Enforcement Services.

— Approved payment to Engi­neering Plus for engineering fees for the Neelytown Road project in the amount of $5,476.71;

— Approved payment to T.L. Wallace Construction for pre­stressed concrete Beam Bridge and HMA approaches for Neely­town Road project in the amount of $56,208.30;

— Approved Commercial Dri­ver’s Licenses classes for road and bridge employees;

— Approved application for the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program from Oct. 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022;

— Approved MAS association dues for 2022-23 for members Sherline Watkins and Polly Med­calf at $100 each;

— Approved Air Management Invoice in the amount of $21,435 for work on the Barney Brown Building.

— Approved paying of Circuit Clerk Association dues in the amount of $1,000 for Shirley S. Jackson;

— Approved Invoice of $2,813 to Air Management for work on the Emilia Resources building;

— Approved payment to Ram­say Construction for Courthouse Portico and Cornice Repair int he amount of $34,010;

— Approved LaTisha Campbell attending the Mississippi Justice Court Clerks Mid-Winter Work­shop in Tunic on Feb. 16-18, with payment of registration fee of $100 and lodging at Gold Strike Resort & Casino in the amount of $219.20;

— Went into executive session to discuss personnel matters and pending litigation.

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