The Simpson County Board of Supervisors held their recessed meeting on July 15 to discuss county business.
Road Manager Ben Warren presented his monthly report. He spoke briefly on the tar and rock project and said the work would be completed at Dry Creek and the crews will be shifting to Highway 28 West near the Corinth Church area. He explained that rain has been a factor in completing the project; however, Warren said, after talking to others he has learned that the rain helps the tar and rock seal better after it dries.
Ryan Frederick appeared before the board on behalf of Public Service Commissioner Dane Maxwell. Frederic spoke briefly about broadband expansion and no calls.
He said Southern Pine as the primary service provider for the area has a relationship with TEC and has obtained money for the purpose of broadband expansion. Mississippi obtained approximately $980,000,000 under the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. The money will be invested in the state for broadband expansion. Mississippi received the second largest allotment of money from the fund.
Fredrick said Chairman Maxwell has assessed damages pertaining to no call “north of $10,000,000” and the next step is tracking down the people responsible.
Dr. Jane Hullon-Sims, Dr. Dewayne Middleton and Co-Lin board members appeared before the board to share information on Co-Lin Community College, which serves Simpson County. Hullon-Sims stated that Co-Lin has one of the lowest college tuitions in the state at $1,500 per semester. She said universities are Co-Lin’s biggest competition, and she wants students to give Co-Lin significant consideration because they have much to offer.
She said, “I don’t think students and parents realize the significant savings before them when a student chooses Co-Lin.”
The $6 million dollar Career and Technical Center located at the Simpson Campus is fully operational and being utilized by students. The Workforce programs starting this fall will include CNA, Truck Driving, EMT, Electrical Lineman classes, and night welding. Wesson campus is developing an EPAC (Educational Performing Arts Center) Project. EPAC project will include a performing arts center and new coliseum.
Hullon- Sims asked the board to consider developing a Simpson County resident’s scholarship. She wants to establish a Co-Lin Scholarship to attract more Simpson County students to Co-Lin.
Sheriff Paul Mullins presented Sheriff’s Department matters. The board approved the hire of Chantell Meadows as a part-time dispatcher.
The board also approved Lauren Welch to attend Crisis Call Handling Class August 26 at the Flowood Police Department at a cost of $150 reimbursable by Standards and Training. The board also approved the yearly renewal contract with PackTrack for K-9 Hero/Handler Joe Andrews at a cost of $100.
The meeting entered into executive session to discuss legal matters before adjourning.