Monday, March 6, 2017

Winston Co Supervisors Search for Assistance with FEMA Appeal

The Winston County Board of Supervisors met on Monday, (March 6) in a regularly scheduled meeting. First on the agenda were officials from U.S. Representative Trent Kelly’s Office. Supervisors requested assistance from the Congressman’s staff in negotiations with FEMA. FEMA has denied the reallocation of up to $2 million in funds that were not utilized in the repair of the Teters property after the 2014 tornado. Supervisors had hoped to apply the funds to repair of the Landfill Road and Harper Road that were heavily damaged by truck traffic in the cleanup process. Board President Luke Parkes told Kelly’s staff that “You may have to go and rassle with em. We’re going to need some help.”

Willy Weddle representing the Congressman indicated that their office would take necessary steps and contact FEMA on the matter. The Board subsequently approved the hire of a legal firm to represent the County in an appeal of FEMA’s denial.

Supervisors also heard from Steve Roberts with Renasant Insurance on updates and changes to the County’s current property insurance policy. After review the Board approved an insurance contract through Renasant for the next year at a slight savings of roughly $6000 over the previous year.

The Board received updates on the hospital construction from Administrator Paul Black, Economic Development Director Glen Haab – who asked for an executive session on some development issues and Dr. Billy Stewart of ECCC who gave the Supervisors a brief overview of the status of construction, athletics and enrollment at the school.

After discussion with Sheriff office officials, the Board agreed to negate a contract with Delta Elevators for maintenance and inspection of the courthouse elevator and entered in to an agreement with Kone that would provide better coverage and lower costs. Recent problems with the elevator brought several issues related to cost and service to light with the existing company.

In other business, the Board discussed the need for personnel to work with WCCRCF prisoners on trash pickup along county roads, noting that due to the lack of inmates available to do the work, roadways are getting into terrible condition. Currently there are a number of inmates available but that has not always been the case and some concern was expressed about the hiring of a fulltime employee that may not have sufficient inmate labor to work a full schedule. After review, the Board voted to advertise for a full-time position for a driver for county garbage trucks who may be able to do trash supervision or allow other county personnel to do so on an as-needed basis.

The Board also agreed to advertise for the position of Veteran’s Affairs Officer. Terry Kelly who currently holds that position is retiring.