Supervisors discuss projects, repairs

Published 7:00 am Thursday, May 21, 2015

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BRIDGE REPAIR: County Engineer Les Dungan presents two options to repair the bridge on Old Kiln Road at Wednesday’s board meeting. The supervisors chose to use county funds for the bridge repair project. Photo by Ashley Collins.


The washout that occurred at a bridge on Old Kiln Road over the weekend was a topic of discussion at the Pearl River County Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday.

Pearl River County Engineer Les Dungan presented two viable options to repair the damage caused by a rainstorm this past Saturday.

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“We need to decide what direction we want to take,” Dungan said. “We could use either county or state funding.”

Dungan estimates the project, using county funds, would cost between $45,000 to $61,000 and will take an estimated six to eight weeks to complete.

The board chose county funding over the state aid option, the latter of which proved to not only be more expensive but would’ve taken longer to complete since the bridge would have to meet state requirements, Dungan said.

In the next couple of days, Dungan plans to find a contractor to get a quote. District IV Supervisor J. Patrick Lee said he would like the project to begin sometime in the next two weeks.

Also at the meeting, the board accepted a $40,000 donation from International Paper in Bogalusa to restore the Walkiah Bluff Water Park. The Pearl River Basin Commission also donated $40,000. The money will go towards several park renovations, including a new boat ramp and restrooms, Lee said.

Later at the meeting, District V Supervisor Sandy Kane Smith asked the board to write a resolution recognizing seniors involved in the Beta Club at Pearl River Central High School. Recently, the club donated playground equipment to the Troy and Betty Stockstill Park in Carriere, Smith said. The board approved a motion to write a resolution.

Smith also said he’s working with the Pearl River County Road Department to construct a four-way stop at the intersection of Anchor Lake Road and Lumpkin Road.

“There’s a lot of accidents that occur there because it is a high traffic area so we want to put these signs to avoid any issues,” Smith said.

In other business, the board:

–Approved personnel changes in Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department.

–Approved travel for the payroll and purchase clerk to attend the Delta Group Meeting in Hattiesburg on May 20, 2015.

–Approved travel for the county coroner and medical examiners to attend a convention in Biloxi, Miss. on June 30 to July 3, 2015.

–Approved travel for the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department to attend the State Jail Officers Certification in Gulfport, Miss. on June 8 to June 23, 2015.

–Approved lease purchases for one new Road Hog, two Kubota tractors and Diamond boom mowers for the Pearl River County Road Department.

The next board meeting will be Monday, June 1 at 9 a.m.