By David Howell
WATER VALLEY – Two county-owned sewage aerators originally intended for use in wastewater treatment at Mississippi Beef Processors, LLC, will be loaned to the City of Water Valley. The aerators have been sitting unused in the sewage treatment plant on county-owned property near Oakland.
Supervisors agreed to loan the aerators to Water Valley during a recessed meeting held Monday, April 18, in Water Valley.
“We have a request from Water Valley for two of those aerators. They need two aerators down there on the sewage lagoon,” District One Supervisor Tommy Vaughn explained.
Vaughn said the county had 11 or 12 aerators at the sewage treatment plant, located adjacent to Windsor Foods.
“That (sewage treatment plant) was designed for the beef plant,” Vaughn explained, adding that only one aerator is sufficient to provide oxygen for the wastewater released by Windsor Foods.
Other business conducted in the meeting included:
• Approved an application from Fly Timber Company to exceed the posted weight limit while logging on County Road 200 and County Road 436 in District 1 and 2.
• Authorized a land use agreement with the Mississippi Air National Guard, allowing helicopters to land at the Emergency Operating Center (EOC) building.
“It is for a training exercise,” Yalobusha Emergency Management Agency Director Frank Hyde explained to supervisors. The agreement allows the Air Guard to land on the county-owned property until January, 2012.
• Approved a half-page advertisement in the Mississippi Association of Supervisors magazine. The ad will cost $200 and will run in one of the bi-monthly issues scheduled to publish from May 2010 to June 2011.
• Awarded a bid to Dye Construction of Natchez to replace a bridge on County Road 428 in District 2. Dye Construction was the lowest of four bids, bidding $304,097.50. The project will be funded through the state’s Local System Bridge Program.
• Granted permission to County Extension Director Steve Cummings to tweak regulations concerning the use of the county’s Multi-purpose Building in Coffeeville.
“There have been some birthday parties that have been a little more than birthday parties,” Cummings explained.
• Discussed implementing a program allowing county inmates to work off fines. The program would allow county inmates to be compensated minimum wage to pay off fines.
• Approved travel for District Two Constable to attend the state’s constable convention. Travel was also approved for Deputy Coroner Debbie Jackson to attend training.
• Entered executive session to discuss a pending eminent domain court action in connection with a bridge replacement project on County Road 131. Supervisors voted April 5 to acquire property owned by former Tax Assessor/Collector Guy Dale Shaw for bridge right-of-way.
Meeting with supervisors during executive session to discuss the matter was State Aid Road Construction District Engineer Jerry Gilliland and County Engineer Robert Willis.
A second topic, updating a lease agreement with Avery Outdoors, was also scheduled to be discussed in the closed session. Avery Outdoors is located in Coffeeville in a county-owned building.