Hearings set for sewage districts
by Rory Doyle
Feb 07, 2013 | 1349 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bolivar County Board of Supervisors held its first of two February meetings Monday at the First Judicial Courthouse in Rosedale prior to the official grand reopening ceremony of the historic facility.

The board had not convened in Rosedale since April of 2012 due to renovation projects.

The meeting began with a brief discussion of progress in the development of two new sewage utility districts within the Noblin and Stanton subdivisions.

Bolivar County Administrator Will Hooker and Supervisor Donny Whitten helped gather the mandatory 25 petition signatures from residents within each area.

Hooker thanked Melvin Trotter and Claude Boddie Jr. for assistance with the signatures while Whitten thanked Floyd Arbuckle.

The next step in the process is to hold a public hearing for citizens of both subdivisions.

The meetings will take place at the Second Judicial Courthouse in Cleveland on Feb. 12, with Noblin residents meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Stanton residents meeting from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

"We strongly encourage all citizens from these subdivisions to come to the hearings and ask any questions to learn about the upcoming developments," said Hooker.

Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams reported to the board that his department has been working successfully to control crime in the county.

Williams said the United States Postal Inspection Service recently praised the department for their assistance in the Dec. 12, 2012, robbery of the Winstonville Post Office.

"We did get an indictment on the guy who robbed the post office and they commended us for doing a good job in assisting with the investigation," said Williams.

Williams added that an official statement detailing the case would soon be released.

Bolivar County Correctional Facility Warden James Moore reported a positive trip that he, Williams and six officers took to the American Correction Association conference in Houston, Texas, in late January.

"We attended a variety of trainings to learn about different equipment, medications and even devices to help locate offenders with cell phones — something that's been an issue for us," said Moore.

"We recently hired an investigator who's doing a great job at cracking down on cell phones. We are now starting case files for offenders caught with them and they will be turned over to the DA's office."

Moore said the conference was very educational and helped prepare the staff for an upcoming audit this summer.

"Our goal is to be ACA ready at all times," said Moore.

Finally, Shaw Mayor Willie Mae Johnson was also on hand to ask for further board support in resolving problems with the city's outdated sewer and water systems.

The old pipes are causing a number of leaks, backups and accumulations throughout the city.

"This is a very big concern of ours and I'm here today to hopefully help get some more assistance," said Johnson.

District 5 Supervisor Larry King said he would continue to pursue support from the county road department.

Bolivar County Engineer Bob Eley added that culverts backed up with debris are likely contributing to the problem.