Supervisors updated on departments
by Paisley Boston
Apr 08, 2014 | 1643 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ROSEDALE – During the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday in Rosedale, the Port Commission Director Robert Maxwell presented the port’s annual report.

"There are a lot of things going on down at the port. We have some things under construction down at the port and it looks like work is scheduled to be completed by July. Hopefully things will be up, running and ready for harvest season," said Maxwell.

"We are making our road repairs and we are going to add a lane but we are in search of some more funding sources so that we can add another lane," he added.

Maxwell said the road that leads to the port is not wide enough to hold all of the trucks but the port commission is working to improve the conditions.

"We want to try to get some kind of organized strategy. We are in the process of talking to our local senators and representatives to receive assistance with port expansion," continued Maxwell.

He said there are other ports that are trying to expand as well but the port of Rosedale has one advantage over them, which is land for expansion.

"A lot of ports are trying to do the same thing such as the port in Vicksburg. The advantage that we have is that we actually have some land but it needs to be developed and raised above flood stage," he said.

"Right now it goes underwater several times a year. We would have to work with several representatives to develop the land. We want to continue developing the port and bringing jobs to the county," he continued.

Maxwell said this is going to be a huge year for farmers and the port will receive a large amount of traffic.

After Maxwell completed his report Bolivar County Council on Aging J.Y. Trice presented his.

"We have been asked to take on Hinds, Madison, Sunflower, Sharkey, Washington and Issaquena," said Trice.

"We brought this program to Bolivar County because there was an increasing number of people that needed to go to dialysis and for your information I have to go to dialysis twice a week," he added.

"We appreciate the support that the board of supervisors has given us through the years. Each month of the year, there are more people turning senior age and that is why the federal judge has said that there is not any other transportation program in the state of Mississippi that does the kind of work for senior citizens that we do," he continued.

Trice said the Council on Aging is the oldest transportation program in the United States and he is very pleased to have been involved with it.

Supervisor James McBride said he is proud of the organization and he is happy to see it take on large tasks.

"I would like to commend the organization for taking on a task of this magnitude. In Bolivar County and in the Delta we have a number of people who do not have access to transportation," said McBride.

"Your agency has assisted so many individuals with getting to the doctor through the years. We appreciate what you do. You are visible in this county and you are an icon," he added.

Road Manager James Pritchett then presented his report.

"The city of Shelby is requesting assistance in its clean up project and to repair several potholes. Right now they are just working on the removal of household items and they plan to start the other phase of the clean up on a later date. They plan to start the citywide clean up April 11," said Pritchett.

Pritchett also presented requests from the Cleveland School District, Winstonville, Beulah and Benoit."

County Engineer Robert Eley gave an update on some ongoing projects within the county.

"Things are moving along well and we are trying to make sure that things are restored to their original conditions after the projects are completed," said Eley.

"There are certainly some provisions in our contract to restore property as close as we can to their original appearance. Obviously, if you dig a trench across someone's lot a year from now there is going to be a little bit of settlement," he added.

"I do not want to set up anyone's expectations and have them think that once the projects are finished everything is going to be perfect but we will do the best we can," continued Eley.

Eley said if any homeowners are not satisfied then he is willing to meet with them onsite to try and resolve any issues.

“I know that it has been an inconvenience but a lot of progress has been made too. I hope everyone continues to remain patients with us," said Eley.

EMA Director Bill Quinton said his office is getting in gear to host an Executive and Senior Official National Incident Management Systems class at the Bolivar County EMA Office on July 10.

"I recommend that all city officials attend this class, it is only three hours. I want individuals to come members of the board to be involved with this class. An identification number is required to attend the class," said Quinton.

"The class is for mayors, chancery clerks, supervisors and board attorneys. It will help prepare officials in case of a disastrous situation," he added.

The class is set to begin at 9 a.m. -12 p.m.

"It is only three hours long but individuals will receive 16 hours of training," he continued.

Quinton also announced there will be a Storm Spotter class at the EMA Office on April 21 from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.

"You don’t have to become a storm spotter after coming to the class. You would be surprised at the number of call we get from people who see clouds and think that they are tornados," said Quinton.

Representatives from the National Weather Service are set to teach the class.

Sheriff Kelvin Williams and Pritchett reserved executive sessions for matters of personnel.

There was no decision announced on either item.