Resident addresses property flooding
by Paisley Boston
Dec 17, 2013 | 2035 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bolivar County Engineer Bob Eley (left) discusses possible solutions to drainage issues in Mound Bayou with Supervisor James McBride and Board Attorney Linda Coleman.
Bolivar County Engineer Bob Eley (left) discusses possible solutions to drainage issues in Mound Bayou with Supervisor James McBride and Board Attorney Linda Coleman.
Lucille Pettis of Mound Bayou told the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors Monday said that she has been having drainage problems in her front and back yard.

"I am just a little woman from Mound Bayou who has a big problem," said Pettis as she aggressively addressed board in Rosedale.

"Water is coming from the front of the highway and from a county ditch into my backyard and every time it rains, water just sits there. The ditch never dries out because it needs to be cleaned," she added.

According to Pettis, the drainage problem has been going on for several years and she has even spoken to Sen. Willie Simmons.

She said Simmons informed her if the issue were not resolved erosion would take her property.

"I have a house that I have spent over $80,000 on trying to remodel it and every time that it rains I have water that just sits in my yard for days and it has even caused flooding," Pettis said.

"If it was anyone of you all's yard and your property was corroding, you would want something to be done about it. People have even been making jokes about being able to fish in my yard — one man literally put his boat in it," she added.

Pettis said that she truly believes that members of the board are simply not trying hard enough to solve the problem that she is having.

"I am tired of members of the board talking about it and not trying to do anything about it. I should not have to continue meeting with this board for years and years. I feel that you guys could be doing more than what you are doing," she said.

County Engineer Bob Eley said, "We talked about putting a pipe there to help with the drainage."

Board members did not render a decision about the matter but they ensured Pettis that Eley and Road Manager James Pritchett would go out to her property to further investigate the matter.

After the sizzling debate, members of the board discussed a proclamation from Gov. Phil Bryant concerning the days being observed during the holiday season.

Members of the board sought information as to when the courthouses in the county would be closed during the Christmas holiday.

"As you all know, there are 10 legal holidays in the state of Mississippi and the statue allows us to substitute one legal holiday during the calendar year if the board desires. The county cannot substitute the days that are in the governors proclamation," said Board Attorney Linda Coleman.

Both Bolivar County Courthouses will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

Employees of the courthouse are required to come back to work Dec. 26.

"I know some employees will be heartbroken over that but our governor has closed the chapter and said "No" to Thursday and Friday,"" said Supervisor Preston Billings.

Pritchett presented a request from Winstonville to fill potholes in the entire town but according to Supervisor Donny Whitten, the needs of the county come before the needs of municipalities.

"We have several roads in the county that need to be filled. The county roads come first," said Whitten.

Bids were presented for the Amzie Moore Home Construction Project and members of the board went into executive session to discuss litigation with the road manager, a decision was not made for either item.

Immediately following the meeting, a Christmas lunch was held in the courtroom for individuals from various county entities.

County Administrator Will Hooker also announced that members of the board are set to attend a Mid-Winter Conference in Jackson on Jan. 6-8 at the Hilton Hotel.