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Lawyer hired to deal with FEMA loan

The Pearl River County Board of Supervisors approved entering a contract with attorney Eddie Favre of Bay St. Louis to “help with a FEMA Special Community Disaster Loan” at Monday morning’s meeting.

Lee said he had been told, through U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s office, that the $3 million loan had been forgiven and the county would not be expected to pay it back. The county recently learned that FEMA had not forgiven the loan and the county would be expected to pay back the loan.

“We had confirmation that it (the loan) was done. But now they have jammed it up with more bureaucracy and that’s what this amounts to,” Lee said.

Favre would receive four percent of any amount he is able to guarantee the county won’t have to pay back. If Favre is able to get the full $3 million forgiven, he would receive $120,000.

The board approved Adrian Lumpkin’s county administrator report.

“Looking through the county administrator’s report, it looks like we’re doing better than we have since 2008,” Lee said about the cash flow balance.

The board accepted a quote for $33,000 from ReflecTech to make repairs to the county courthouse. County Engineer Les Dungan said the quote included repairs to the courthouse’s lower flat roof, 36 windows, and brick and masonry sealer on the west wall.

The contract would include a one year warranty and Dungan said ReflecTech expects to complete the repairs in 60 days.

Jeff McClain, executive director of Pearl River County Utility Authority, updated the board on several utility authority projects.

McClain said the sewer line rehabilitation project from U.S. Highway 11 to Circle Drive is complete. He also said rehabilitation to the five sewer stations in Picayune should be completed by December or January.

Also at the meeting, the board:

— Approved a $9,600 quote for a thermal image camera for County Fire Marshal Albert Lee. Lee responds to all structural fires that take place in the county. The camera would help Lee find hot spots that could re-ignite after Lee and responders leave the site.

— Opened bids for purchase/lease agreements for a back hoe, loader, and excavators. The board voted to take the bids under advisement.

— Authorized the appointment of an assistant receiving clerk.

— Authorized the county clerk to advertise for asphalt, emulsion and an AS-400 computer server.

— Declared Thanksgiving holiday as Nov. 28 and Nov. 29, Christmas holiday as Dec. 24 and Dec. 25, and New Years holiday as Jan. 1.

— Approved for two sheriff’s department officers to attend complete traffic stops in Pearl on Dec. 17-19.