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Supervisors approve new voting locations

PROGRESS: Pearl River County Engineer Les Dungan speaks to the Board of Supervisors Monday about permits for the Richardson-Ozona Road realignment project.  Photo by Alexandra Hedrick

PROGRESS: Pearl River County Engineer Les Dungan speaks to the Board of Supervisors Monday about permits for the Richardson-Ozona Road realignment project.
Photo by Alexandra Hedrick

The Pearl River County Board of Supervisors approved changing voting locations for three precincts for the upcoming general primary election in June.

Location changes were made to the Savannah 3, Ozona 3 and Carriere 5 precincts.

The Savannah 3 precinct, previously located at the Steep Hallow Volunteer Fire Department station, has moved to the Poplarville Airport Terminal Building at 4313 U.S. Highway 53 in Poplarville. The Ozona 3, precinct previously located at the Church of the Way on U.S. Highway 11, has relocated to First Baptist Church of Ozona at 164 Ozona Rd. in Carriere. The Carriere 5 precinct has moved from the Carriere Volunteer Fire Department station to the Pearl River Central School Community Safe Room at 7435 U.S. Highway 11.

During County Engineer Les Dungan’s report, he asked the board to authorize the submission of permits to the Mississippi Department of Transportation, addressed a request from the supervisors about removing the Movie Star building in Poplarville and discussed a lease agreement with Warehouse Timber Company for 2,200 acres of land.

Dungan said the permits are in connection with the Richardson-Ozona Road realignment project. He said the county still has more right-of-ways to acquire before moving onto the next step in the process.

Dungan said he had previously spoken with the supervisors about investigating the cost of removing the Movie Star building. He said the project could be completed at no cost to the county and there is the possibility of financial gain from demolishing the building.

Dungan said his company recently helped the city of Columbia remove the Orleans Furniture, Inc. building. The city was able to collect a net gain of $30,000 from the removal of the building by selling pieces of the old building, Dungan said.

Removing the building in Poplarville would also make it easier for the county to sell the property for future economic development, Dungan said.

While he didn’t disagree with looking into bids for the project, Supervisor Anthony Hales offered up a suggestion before moving forward with any plans.

“I know it’s county property, but it’s been a part of Poplarville for so long, I think there should be some discussion with the city before making any decisions,” Hales said.

Board President J. Patrick Lee agreed to speak to the city and continue to look into the options.

Dungan also approached the board about a lease agreement that was presented to him by the Warehouse Timber Company.

The county had previously conducted a study of a 2,200 acre piece of land in McNeill owned by Warehouse Timber. The company wanted to approach the board with a two-year purchase offer of $10,000.

Dungan said this would allow the county to sell the land to any future companies within the next two years for a set price of $10,000.

The board approved a motion to enter the agreement..

Later in the meeting, Supervisor Smith asked the board to draft a letter to the Waste Management dump about reopening on Saturdays. He said he has spoken with the management of the dump and they have unofficially agreed to reopen on Saturdays.

Smith said the county’s contract with Waste Management states the dump is required to be open Monday – Saturday. Waste Management began to shut down the site on Saturdays back in December.

Smith has stated at past meetings that constituents have called to complain about the dump closing on Saturdays.

In other business, the board approved:

—   A motion to pay back an individual or company for three years of tax payments after it was discovered the property they were paying taxes on had been double assessed.

—   A motion to bury an individual as a pauper after the person’s body was abandoned by family members. When the family was contacted about interring the man, after the family requested he be transferred to Picayune for the funeral, they informed the county they were unable to afford a burial.

—   The appointments of Billy Floyd Seal to the Pearl River Basin Development District board and Tanya Tynes to the Gulf Coast Mental Health Center board.

The board will meet again on Wednesday, April 16 at 9 a.m.