Board of Supervisors pursues tourism strategies

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Pearl River County Board President Sandy Kane Smith discusses what he would like to see in a county logo with Leilani Rosenbaum during Monday’s meeting. Photo by Julia Arenstam

Pearl River County Board President Sandy Kane Smith discusses what he would like to see in a county logo with Leilani Rosenbaum during Monday’s meeting.
Photo by Julia Arenstam

During Monday’s meeting, the Pearl River County Board of Supervisors discussed several options for designing a county logo to promote tourism.
Leilani Rosenbaum, of Shroomdom Inc., and Julie Bounds, of JuJu’s Signs and Tees, presented the Board with several drafted logos to choose from and requested feedback.
Rosenbaum said the county began the process in the early 2000’s and told the Board too much time had passed and the design should be chosen as soon as possible.
The Board is taking the matter under advisement, expressing interest in making sure the county is represented accurately and in an appealing way.
In other tourism news, County Administrator Adrain Lumpkin discussed plans to film a new video tour of the county.
The last video was produced four years ago and didn’t feature county leaders, Lumpkin said. Lumpkin said he would like the new video to include the Board as well as other prominent community leaders.
The video is expected to be filmed in April, Lumpkin said.
During Monday’s meeting, the Board also addressed several routine measures, including authorizing the purchase of a Livescan Fingerprint System for the Pearl River County jail at a cost of $19,960.
Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said the old system, which was purchased in 2008, has been broken for six months and can’t be repaired because replacement parts are no longer available.
County Engineer Les Dungan updated the Board about several project bids scheduled to be opened within the next month, including bridge repairs on Rock Branch Road and several culvert stabilization projects.
Dungan said the repair of the sinkhole on Main Street in Poplarville is nearly complete. The Pearl River County Utility Authority provided manpower and equipment at no charge to inspect the inside of the storm drain and determine what needs to be repaired to prevent future damage, Dungan said.
The Board approved a change order for the project so contractors could remove sediment and determine the scope of paving. Dungan said the project is expected to remain on budget using the remaining grant funds.
The Board approved a request from Chancery Clerk Melinda Bowman to hire a firm to index scanned documents from 1961 as part of records preservation efforts. Bowman said the second phase will involve scanning documents filed back to September 1945.
The Board budgeted $26,000 to her office to pay for the project, and Bowman said she will cover any additional costs from the fee account.
In a separate matter, the Board approved President Sandy Kane Smith’s nomination to reappoint Teresa Stafford to the Pearl River Community College Board of Trustees. Stafford’s five-year term is set to expire on Dec. 31.
The Board also discussed sending some Supervisors to the annual National Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Washington D.C. next year.
District I Supervisor Donald Hart and District IV Supervisor Farron Moeller said they plan to attend.
Before adjourning, the Board discussed plans to move forward with a town hall event in January. Lumpkin said they would likely hold three sessions, one in Picayune, one in Carriere and one in Poplarville.
The next Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 5 at 9 a.m.

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