Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Supervisors Meet New Eco/Devo Leader and Hire New Justice Court Clerk

The Winston County Board of Supervisors met on Monday, June 6 in a regularly scheduled meeting. The Board handled typical business throughout the day. First on the agenda was the new Economic Development Director Glenn Haab. Habb introduced himself to the Board noting that this was his first day on the job. Also present was current Economic Development Director Gerald Mills who requested the Board to consider a tax exemption for the old Georgia Pacific Headquarters building that is currently being used by Winston Plywood and the Winston Medical Center. The building is owned by the Winston County Economic Development Partnership and is currently on the tax rolls. Mills indicated that the building had been used by the Red Cross, FEMA, MEMA, Winston Strong, Winston County Hospital and Winston Plywood and that it would be and is revenue neutral. County Attorney, Hugh Hawthorn advised that the Board should take the matter under advisement until state statutes could be checked.

The Board also spoke with Mills concerning the mold abatement on the Teeter’s building. The Board noted that Pryor and Morrow had taken bids and these bids were under advisement at this point and should have some recommendations soon.

The Board then met with Paul Black from Winston Medical Center, who indicated that the hospital project was on schedule and on budget and the next major project would be to blacktop the road around the property over the next couple of weeks to improve access for further construction.


The Board then met with Dean Park Commissioners over specifications and bids for lights on the baseball field at the park and also the possibility of a carnival taking place at the park later this summer. The Board and the Commission both acknowledged the need to review the legal responsibilities and liability before such an event can take place.

The Board then took quotes on phone drops within the Courthouse for the new internet phone system. The contract with C Spire covers all aspects of the phone system except for the actual line drop throughout the courthouse.

Supervisors opened bids at 10:00 am for supplies and services for the County. Bids ranged from pest control, to chemicals, gravel and asphalt, pipe and Courthouse maintenance. The Board took the bids under advisement to allow for time to review for best price and usage.

The Board handle several legal and contractual issues ranging from paying the balance of the landfill tipping fees for Winston Strong through a solid waste grant and seeking authority for the Board President to sign a landlord’s agreement for Winston Plywood necessary for equipment financing with a private bank.

The Board signed a contract for re-appraisal services, were informed of homestead charge backs and budgeting procedures in the Tax Assessor’s office. Assessor Darlene Bane informed the Board that she had no need for the county provided cell phone and offered to turn it back to the county if desired

Circuit Clerk Kim Ming also requested payment for fees related to two indigent criminal appeals before the Supreme Court. These costs were $200 each plus court costs. 

County Attorney Hathorn informed the Board that the County's Lunacy budget was over budget due to the number of commitments so far this year. He also informed the Board of  the required purchase of a new recorder system for the courtroom at a cost of $6000 to be reimbursed by the state.

Winston County Sheriff’s Department provided a sample night club ordinance for the Board to consider to be used in Winston County due to recent issues. County Attorney Hugh Hathorn took the ordinance for further review. They also approved the lease of a new copy machine within the Sheriff’s office and for use by other offices. 

Circuit Judge George Mitchell introduced himself to the Board as a candidate for that position. Mitchell was appointed to that position on the retirement of Judge Morgan. Mitchell is from Eupora and the position serves 7 counties including Winston.

After dealing with additional housekeeping issues, the Board met in executive session to consider the hiring of a replacement for Kim Higgason, the Justice Court Clerk who resigned earlier. After discussion the Board approved the hiring of Mary Beth Thomas for that position.

The Board next meeting with be on Monday, June 20.