Aldermen readvertise for road repairs

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Poplarville Board of Aldermen rejected the bids for asphalt and paving for the Road and Bridge Bond Program surface maintenance during Tuesday’s meeting.

The Board took bids from Warren and Warren Asphalt Paving, for $991,000, and Bush Construction Company, for $1,183,000, under advisement about a month ago. Concerns focused on whether there would be enough funding in the Road and Bridge Bond Program to address drainage problems, since those were a priority over paving. County Engineer Jason Lamb suggested the Board advertise for new bids in the fall, with a reduced scope of work.

In other business, the Board accepted a low bid of $22,980 from ABC Utility Company for water main relocation work on Martin Luther King Drive.

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The Board approved the removal of three people from the Poplarville Police Department’s list of official part time officers, Bertin Martin, Edmon Penton and George Boyd. The three were not interested in obtaining the 24 hours of continuing education required of part time officers, said Police Chief Greg Hartley.

In light of the removals, Hartley requested authorization to advertise for a part time police officer, which the Board approved.

The Board entered executive session to discuss litigation and personnel matters.

In other business the Board:

— Acknowledged Independence Day as a holiday for city employees.

The next Board meeting will be July 2 at 5 p.m.