Supes discuss various business
by Paisley Boston
Oct 22, 2013 | 1623 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Bolivar County Board of Supervisors met in Rosedale at the First Judicial Courthouse to discuss new business, old business, and to review various requests.

EMA Director Bill Quinton presented an order to apply for an Ambulance Emergency Medical Operating Fund grant for Bolivar County in 2014 and for approval to spend $20,000 with Delta State Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies Department.

"The EMSOF Grant money is guaranteed to each county as long as you meet the requirement to accept it. Bolivar County has chosen to do things a little different. We escrow the money until we have enough to buy another ambulance. We buy an ambulance around every four years," said Quinton.

Quinton said he also wanted approval to spend over $10,000 to have a map of the county done.

“This mapping system will be good for the county. We are putting layers in for the tax acessor's office. It will also upgrade our mapping system, which has not been updated for several years. We are not where we should be, but this mapping system will allow point to point GPS mapping."

The Center of Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies works with communities like Bolivar County so it may benefit from using maps and mapping technologies.

Sheriff Kelvin Williams presented several orders, a few of which were related to the current issue of the implementation of a task force.

He presented orders for his officers to attend various workshops that involved training for interrogation and firearms.

He also presented an order to purchase car tags for the new vehicles.

On the agenda for new business was a presentation by Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation, Founder and President, Freddie White-Johnson.

She requested a monetary donation towards the foundation's resource center.

According to White-Johnson, the foundation is striving to build a cancer resource center in Ruleville, and she has received donations from entities, such as the Leflore County Board of Supervisors, Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and many other private donors.

"We have other board of supervisors in other areas who have made donations to the foundation. We are also soliciting support from Bolivar County. As of now, we have identified and helped 52 women to get free mammograms in Bolivar County. About three weeks ago, volunteers stood in front of Wal-Mart and signed up over 22 women to receive free mammograms. One of the ladies that we signed up was asking for financial support because her husband had just recently been diagnosed with Leukemia and she had lost her job. Since that day, the foundation has worked very hard to aid this lady in any and everyway possible. We need funds to continue helping individuals," said White-Johnson.

According to White-Johnson, the foundation plans to start groundbreaking around this time next year for the new resource facility.

Towards the end of the meeting, members of the board displayed the recent American Institute of Arts Award that was presented to the board on Oct. 17 for the recent renovation on the Rosedale Courthouse.