Monday, November 7, 2016

Supervisors Updated on WMC Construction

The Winston County Board of Supervisors met in a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, November 7. Here are the highlights of that meeting:
  • The Board received an update on the construction progress of the Winston County Medical Center. Work is on schedule and the administrative and clinic buildings are expected to be completed by the end of the year. The hospital itself is on schedule. Some inspections are in process now with sheetrock and painting work going on. Construction of the nursing home community houses is well underway and everything is indicating a completion date of April 28th.
  • The Board also approved to request advertising for bids for work at Dean Park which includes the lights at the baseball field.
  • The supervisors met with County Engineer Jimmy Kemp and received an update on several projects including the Noxubee Hills Scenic byway and the submission of a biennial report of the project. 
  • The Board was also updated on the status of the new radio system to be implemented by the county. The Dispatch configuration should be completed this week and hopefully the radio system will be in place and training begin soon.
  • After discussion with the County Attorney, the Board also approved a slight increase in daily rates to Alliance Health Care in Meridian for mental commitments by the county. County Attorney Hathorn indicated that given the current situation in Mississippi and the lack of state facilities, the County had little alternative but to utilize Alliance in some situations. 
  • The Board acknowledged a request for extensions for several FEMA projects that included the Annex project, parts of Dean Park and parts of the Teters Building.
  • The Board also acknowledged a resolution by the Talladega Watershed District to reimburse some property owners due to overcharges in the previous year’s assessment. The funds to reimburse will come from the district’s funds and not from County funds. 
  • EMA director Buddy King informed the Board of the seriousness of the drought situation in the county - noting the county burn ban had been extended till at least November 18th and encouraged supervisors and the media to inform people of the dangers and the seriousness of the situation. Given the extended dry weather, almost anthing can start a fire. King asked the public to be careful with trash burning, cigarettes and any kind of activity that might create sparks.