Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Supervisors Meet with FEMA/Discuss Hiring Policies and Partial Tax Payments

The Winston County Supervisors held their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, September 15th and reconciliation of projects and FEMA reimbursements were a major topic. FEMA representatives were able to sign off on 4 projects related to recovery and expenses due to the April 28 tornado. These included:

· Debris removal at the Teeters facility necessary for the mobile hospital placement at $676952.76

· Protective measures costs of $172,329.51

· Rebuild costs for Buildings K & L at the Teeters facility in excess of $6 millions dollars each. These costs may change as the County hires an architectural and engineering firm to estimate costs further.

The Board also heard from Carolyn Hampton who raised questions about the County’s hiring policies – specifically about job postings. Hampton asked if there was a standardized policy that would allow the public to be aware of job opportunities.

The Board noted that the Winston Choctaw County Regional Correctional Facility utilized the WIN Job Center for employment purposes but that District jobs were not always posted noting that each Supervisor is inundated with job requests on a weekly basis. After discussion, the Board asked legal counsel to investigate policies in other counties and to bring the matter back up in future meetings for further discussion.

In other matters, the Board approved a request from County Tax Assessor Larry Woodward to allow taxpayers to make partial payments on real estate taxes in the future. State law allows the collection of 50% of a tax by February 1st of each year, 25% by May 1st and 25% by July 1st if approved by the county board of supervisors. This option would not be allowed on delinquent taxes and unpaid amounts would be subject to interest. After discussion, the measure passed on a 4-1 vote with Peterson voting no on the motion.

Woodward indicated that the collection system was in place to accept the partial payments and that the policy could be revisited after the first year.

Supervisors also heard from Winston Medical Center CEO Paul
Black concerning insurance payments of $576,283.64 for rebuilding costs of the nursing home and approved a lease arrangement to allow Fresenius to expand the dialysis building that is currently under repair.

Other issues before the Board included:

· A public hearing on the County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan

· Lack of bids on equipment

· Discussed several bills

· Approved amendment of the 2013-2014 budget to reflect actual

· Approved a 16th section lease

· Tabled discussion on audit contracts for the 2014-2015 year

· Heard from WCCRCF Warden Neal Higgason concerning the termination of an employee and the need for a doctor at the facility including options

· Heard from Circuit Clerk Kim Ming that the American Legion – Union Hall building should be repaired and ready for the upcoming election.

· Approved an amendment of a contract with Broaddus to meet FEMA/Federal regulation standards to qualify for reimbursement

· Went into executive session to discuss a personnel issue.

The Board’s next scheduled meeting is set for October 6, 2014. The full Board minutes are available upon the the County’s website when completed.