Supes praise Scott community
by Paisley Boston
Jan 22, 2014 | 5925 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bolivar County Board of Supervisors took the time to commend one of the municipalities within the county.

"The community of Scott is a nice community. They are operating expenditures properly and efficiently. It is our job to adhere to the needs of our municipalities but Scott does not call upon the assistance of the county often. This is a wonderfully ran community with a low crime rate," said Supervisor Andrew Williams.

"They should be an example for all municipalities," he added.

Supervisor James McBride also commented on Scott and said, "We encourage our municipalities to try to be as self-sufficient as possible. We are not pointing any fingers but we commend them for their efforts."

Before Williams and McBride gave sincere praises to the municipality, Sheriff Kelvin Williams and Warden Ora Starks presented a report for the sheriff department and the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility.

Williams presented two requests to members of the board for his dispatchers to attend various training programs — both requests were approved.

"I really appreciate the job that you have been doing sheriff but I do have one concern," said Supervisor Preston Billings.

"I am sure that you recall the incidents that we had in Eastgate with cars running into houses. I just want to know have you been looking into this matter? I think that the sheriff department needs to be proactive in looking for a way to resolve this issue," continued Billings.

Sheriff Williams said, "We have been looking into this matter but accidents happen. We have no problem with trying to find solutions to this issue."

Just when Williams and Starks seemed to conclude their reports, Billings voiced his concerns about the correctional facility.

"I am always concerned about the inmates and their well being. I just want to know what is being done about contraband? I have been hearing so much negative feedback from citizens concerning this issue," said Billings.

According to Starks, the facility has been investigating the matter thoroughly and has met with the commissioner of corrections to come up with some possible solutions.

Starks did not mention the solutions concerning the issue but she said the facility is actively communicating with various sources to render effective measures.

Bolivar County Code Enforcer Cynthia Blockett and a representative from C Spire Wireless announced there are repairs being made to the cell towers in Merigold.

"We are going to add three antennas to the tower to enable the use of 4G Internet services," said Blockett.

Billings said," I happen to do business with C Spire and I do know one thing about them, if the company provides service for you, you are definitely going to pay them."

Emergency Management Director Bill Quinton made a request to pay off two fire trucks.

The cost to pay off both vehicles is well over $42,000 and it was approved.

Members of the board went into executive session to discuss possible litigation and personnel matters with the Sheriff Williams.

No decisions were announced.