Smith and Holliday re-elected to preside over Board of Supervisors

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, January 4, 2017

County Engineer Les Dungan requested final payment for repairs to the storm drain on Main Street in Poplarville.  Photo by Julia Arenstam

County Engineer Les Dungan requested final payment for repairs to the storm drain on Main Street in Poplarville.
Photo by Julia Arenstam


The Pearl River County Board of Supervisors voted to re-elect President Sandy Kane Smith and Vice-President Hudson Holliday to their respective positions during Tuesday’s meeting.
County Administrator Adrain Lumpkin said that last year the Board approved a motion to elect supervisors to those positions every year.
District IV Supervisor Farron Moeller said he made the motion last year, but he believes Smith and Holliday “are doing a fine job.”
The Board unanimously re-elected Smith and Holliday to their current positions.
In a second matter of annual business, the Board approved a motion to reappoint non-elected county positions, such as the county administrator and county road manager.
Before adjourning early so Board members could travel to Jackson for a state Board of Supervisors conference, the Board approved a request from County Engineer Les Dungan to pay the remaining balance for the storm drain repairs on Main Street in Poplarville.
The Board approved the final payment of approximately $75,000, ending the project with a final cost of $142,000.
Dungan said he was “very pleased” with the finished project.
An excess of $3,900 remained in the project’s budget, Dungan said. Some Board members, including District I Supervisor Donald Hart, suggested asking the railroad company to repaint the bridge that has become an “eyesore” in downtown Poplarville.
Dungan said he would file the request with the railroad company.
He also said the contractor was working on Springhill Road, which is currently open, but will soon be partially closed for repairs.
The realignment project for Richardson-Ozona Road, Highway 11 and Highland Parkway is in its final stages, Dungan said.
The city of Picayune will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for Highland Parkway on Jan. 6 at 9 a.m.
Dungan said the city is also working with the Department of Transportation to install lights on that road.
In other news, the Board:
• Approved personnel changes for the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department.
• Approved a motion to issue a check to purchase a boat motor for the emergency management department.
• Approved reimbursement of an electrical permit fee in the Planning and Development department.
• Signed letters regarding the Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home emergency fuel and water plans.
• Declared Robert E. Lee and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthdays as a holiday on Monday, January 16.
The next Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18 at 9 a.m. The next officials and department head meeting is scheduled for Feb. 6 at 1 p.m.

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