By Alexandra Hedrick, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Board of Supervisors member Sandy Kane Smith and Emergency Management Agency Director Danny Manley updated the board on the progress of getting the HVAC units running efficiently at the three FEMA safe rooms, in Picayune, Carriere and Poplarville.
Smith was acting board president at Monday morning’s meeting in place of J. Patrick Lee, who was absent to take care of his father, Smith said. Board member Anthony Hales also wasn’t present at the meeting.
Smith said he and Manley met with Mississippi Power Co. last week about the units’ energy efficiency problems. Mississippi Power is conducting an energy audit to give the board an evaluation on how much has been spent to run the HVAC units.
The Mississippi Power engineer conducting the audit specializes in heat loss and gain, Smith said.
Smith said he thinks they are on the right track. Manley said the county can’t move forward until the mechanical room is sealed off.
“I appreciate Danny. He’s put a lot of hard work into this,” Smith said.
Manley said the units are supposed to turn off once it reaches 55 percent humidity, but the units have never reached that humidity level.
County Administrator Adrian Lumpkin said he had a conference call last Thursday with a mechanical engineer and architect about the safe rooms. He said a new mechanical engineer has been placed on the safe room project, but the original architect has not changed.
Lumpkin said the county has a one-year warranty for unit parts and a five-year warranty for equipment with the one-year warranty expiring on Feb. 11. He asked for Board Attorney Joe Montgomery’s help in drafting a notice to the company informing them of the continuing problems. Montgomery agreed with Lumpkin that a notice should be sent out requesting an additional year on the warranty.
Lumpkin said he wants to extend the warranty because the board won’t know if the problems have been truly fixed until the summer comes again and the units are put under that amount of stress. He said if the units are repaired in February, they are not under the same amount of stress as in the summer months because of the cool temperatures.
Lumpkin said the power bill to run the Poplarville Safe Room is between $1,500 and $2,000 a month.
Manley saidre working properly and efficiently in Jackson and Mobile.
Also at the meeting, the board:
— Acknowledged the Circuit Court order accepting K.C. Hightower’s resignation as public defender and Nance Stokes’ appointment to the position.
— Accepted a proclamation to recognize Oct. 6-12 as National 4-H week. Members of Connie Williams’ Lucky 13 4-H Club read out the proclamation to the board and audience.
— Approved reimbursement of $731.70 for residential building permits that never moved forward in the process.
— Issued a check to VFIS Insurance for a property and casualty coverage insurance policy for county volunteer fire departments.
— Acknowledged reimbursement of $70,000 for the Rural Fire Truck Grant.
— Authorized partial payments for real, business, personal property and mobile homes; to close Tax Assessor petty cash accounts for the 2013 fiscal year and reopen the account for the 2014 fiscal year; and the accounting report for the cash money drawers.
— Acknowledged 31 bad checks written to the Tax Assessor office; canceled checks that people never cashed in the amount of $2,811.81 to be placed in the general fund; delinquent personal property and mobile home taxes; delinquent 16th Section lease taxes; tax sale strikes; and real and personal reduction of assessments.
— Issued a check for $5,003.81 to OneBeacon Insurance Group. OneBeacon Insurance Group issued the county a check after one of the Road Department vehicles was damaged in a car accident. The county later received a check for damages from the offender’s insurance company. The county decided to return the check sent by OneBeacon.
— Acknowledged the appointment of Russell Foster to the Pearl River Valley Opportunity board.
The board went into executive session to discuss business transactions, Montgomery said.
The board adjourned until Oct. 23 at 9 a.m.