Sheriff’s Department to purchase two vehicles

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of two vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department during a meeting held Monday.

A Nissan pathfinder for approximately $23,000 and a Dodge truck for approximately $26,000 will be purchased using drug forfeiture funds. Both vehicles will be used by investigators, and the narcotics division will use the truck, said Sheriff David Allison. The Board also approved a request from the Sheriff’s Department to sell three seized vehicles to Martin Auction.

In a separate matter, the Board acknowledged the bi-annual grand jury report from the Circuit Clerk’s Office. In the last six months, the grand jury heard 184 matters in the county, heard testimony from 39 witnesses and returned 135 indictments.

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The Board approved a contract change for additional cabling in the courthouse annex project. The change will add $7,200 to the contract with Intelicom. The additional cabling is for security cameras, some of which are in the old courthouse. The security cameras will cover the front and back of all three buildings.

In a separate matter, the Board heard an update about Hillsdale Road, which was damaged when Norfolk Southern had to repair a derailed train car caused during flooding from a large storm in May. County engineer Les Dungan said the county is currently in amicable negotiations with Norfolk Southern concerning how much the company should have to pay for road repairs. The company has asked the county to take a closer look at exactly what damage the company caused and what damage may have predated the train derailment, Dungan said.

The Board entered executive session to discuss ongoing litigation and personnel matters in the road department.

No motions were made after executive session, said Lumpkin.

In other business the Board:

—Acknowledged the final executed copy of the Pearl River County Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance.

The next Board meeting will be Wednesday Oct. 23.