COFFEEVILLE – A Yalobushian who told supervisors that he was working to get his “affairs” in order, following a visit to the doctor last month, asked permission to be buried on his homeplace.
“I went to the doctor on the 22nd of December, he told me to get my affairs in order,” Robert Taylor explained to supervisors during the “first Monday” meeting held in Coffeeville.
“This is the last thing I am going to ask of you, let me be buried where I want to be,” Taylor added. In November supervisors had declined a request by Taylor to discontinue the use of the county’s curbside garbage service after Taylor explained he was taking his garbage to Lafayette County to be recycled.
“I want to be put in a crypt, above ground,” Taylor elaborated on the final details of his eternal resting place, and adding that Seven Oaks was going to handle everything. Taylor, who is middle-aged, told supervisors that he had lost a brother last year and heart problems were common in his family.
Taylor was channeled through the proper procedures after Board Attorney John Crow advised him to submit a petition requesting a private family cemetery, signed by the actual owners of the 36 acres, to the board. The land is owned by Taylor’s wife and brother-in-law. Crow also said the petition needed to specify where, on the 36 acres, he wanted to locate the private cemetery.
“If you will do that, petition in writing, the board can act on your request,” Crow explained.
“I can fulfill what you are asking, my brother-in-law was down for Christmas and we talked about it,” Taylor responded. “The spot where I want to be laid down is nowhere near the property line,” Taylor added after Beat Five Supervisor Frank “Bubba” Tillman pointed out a potential problem if the private cemetery was going to be located near the acreage’s borders.
“These things nationwide are getting attention,” Crow told supervisors after Taylor had exited the meeting room. “Above ground burial, sometimes without embalming.
Other business conducted at the first meeting in 2009 included:
• Voted to rehire John Crow as the board’s attorney. This vote marks three decades of employing Crow as the board’s legal counsel.
• Approved an increase in the charge to feed prisoners housed by the county. The charge for the service, which is provided by Yalobusha General Hospital, will go from $4.25 per prisoner per day to $6 daily.
Hospital Administrator Terry Varner told supervisors in November that the old price did not cover the price of the food.
• Removed a Poulan chainsaw, Spectra PA system and two speakers from inventory.
• Credited LSP Entergy Limited Partnership for 2008 taxes totalling $30,712.38. The company, which has infrastructure located as Enid Lake, paid a lump sum when it constructed a power plant in neighboring Panola County. Each year, the school taxes are deducted from the balance.
• Purchased a new laser printer for the Chancery Clerk’s office. The price for the printer was $899, with an $800 charge for software. McMinn told supervisors the printer would pay for itself in the long run, citing that the paper that checks are printed on will only cost three cents per check, compared to the 19 cents per check using the current check.
• Approved an application from Fly Timber Company to exceed the weight posted weight limit on County Road 10 in District Five while logging. A second permit was approved for Weyerhaeuser Timber, while logging on County Road 230 in District Two.
• Approved a request for travel for justice court clerks Doris Shaw and Carol Wilbourn to attend the state justice court clerks mid winter conference in Vicksburg from Feb. 18 – 20. This request was granted after a split 3-2 vote. Supervisors Vaughn and Surrette voted against the request.
“I don’t have a problem with them going, I have a problem with closing the offices so much,” Vaughn explained.
• Approved a travel request for Janet Purchase Clerk Janet Caulder and Board Attorney John Crow to attend the Mississippi Supervisors Association’s Mid Winter Conference Jan. 12 – 14 in Jackson.
• Approved a request for Frank Hyde to attend the state’s county fire investigator class from March 30 – April 1.
• Approved homestead corrections for 2008 taxes after receiving a list from Tax Assessor/Collector Linda Shufield. Thirteen Yalobushians had received disability prior to the beginning of the tax year and were eligible for the appropriate exemption. The list included:
William L. and Mary M. Carothers, Jerry L. and Nancy O. Dickey, Cynthia and Jimmy Harris, Milton and Edna Hervey, Joe A. Smith and Carolyn B. Smith, Jimmy Sossaman, George W. and Coy A. Stewart, S.T. White and Edna G. White, Merle Williams, Kenneth T. and Dorothy Denham, Hattie M. Elmore, Patricia Jenkins and Latonia Shaw.
Shuffield also provided homestead corrections for 2008 for Yalobushian who are over 65. The list includes Lettie R. Blackwood, Peggy G. Cummings, Shadwick Daniels Jr., Annis R. Gholson and Bettye B. Krupchak.
• Granted a petition for reduction in the tax assessment for 330 Superstop in Como. Shuffield said the square footage used to figure the assessment was not correct.
• Removed to Yalobushians from the homestead exemption. Richard Jason Goodwin and Ronald Lorenzo Crump were deleted from the list after Shuffield received notice they were filing in another county.
• Transferred $15,966.87 plus accrued interested from the District Three Road Bond fund to District Three. The money was left from millage assessed to District Three residents after a previous general obligation road and bridge bond was retired last year.