Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Winston County Supervisor Have Short Agenda

The Winston County Board of Supervisors met on March 3 in a regularly scheduled meeting with a short agenda. Here is a summary of that meeting:

  • The board met with Phyllis Benson of the Golden Triangle Planning Development to discuss the possibility of application for community development block grants. Benson briefed the board on details required for application and timelines.
  • The board dealt with a garbage bill issue on Zion Ridge Road.
  • The board approved the County’s claim docket and payroll claims docket.
  • Reappointed Patsy Clark to the East Central Community College Board for a five-year term through February 28, 2019.
  • Approved a 16 section lease amendment.
  • Acknowledged the attendance for Julie Cunningham at Chancery Clerk Training.
  • Tabled the approval of expenses for Constable Ed Hunt for a training seminar until further information can be established.
  • Approved a $1000 scholarship donation for the Mississippi Association of Supervisors Minority Caucus.
  • Was briefed by Warden Neal Higgason on personnel changes in the Sheriff’s Department and at the prison facility. Higgason also made the board aware of a recent incident at the prison that involved a fight among 30 to 40 prisoners. Higgason indicated that three prisoners were treated for injuries but no correctional personnel were injured. He indicated that the main aggressors involved in the incident will be shipped out of the facility and other action will be taken. The Warden did indicate that this highlighted the need for additional training and equipment at the facility.
  • County Attorney Hugh Hathorn briefed the board on the status of the 911 agreement with the city of Louisville and indicated that it was hoped that a final agreement could be ready for approval by the next board meeting. Hathorn also brought a documentation issue to light concerning the five-year tax exemption granted to a downtown property in 2010. The board took corrective action.
  • Hathorn also briefed the board on the status of several lawsuits concerning the County. There was considerable discussion concerning the possibility of the County filing a “bill of costs” in those cases where lawsuits were considered to be frivolous.


The board entered into Executive Session to discuss personnel and legal issues. The board’s next meeting is scheduled for March 17, 2014.