Librarian reports on Bolivar system
by Paisley Boston
May 06, 2014 | 2451 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
According to Assistant Director of the Bolivar County Library System Linda Kern, 60 percent of the county's citizens are library cardholders.

"We have over 100,000 people that come to our library system. People can come in and find out information on just about anything," said Kern.

On Monday, Kern presented the annual report for the library system during the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors meeting.

She said the library system is very proud of the fact that all eight libraries operate and offer the same services, regardless of their hours of operation.

"We try to make our hours so that they are accommodating and we do realize some of the branches are not open as much but anything over eight hours requires additional funding," she added.

"We are involved in several educational programs – we stay busy. I do not think that a lot of people realize all of the programs and services that we offer," continued Kern.

She said the library system offers programs that cater to all ages and she hopes the citizens of Bolivar County continue to utilize their services.

After Kern's report, Supervisor Preston Billings reintroduced the matter of signage for John F. Kennedy Memorial High School and Shaw High School.

"I introduced the idea of signage for the John F. Kennedy Hornets and Shaw High School at a previous meeting. The board agreed that we would not purchase signs for either school and I accept that but I am still seeking ways to obtain signage for at least one of the schools," said Billings.

"I would like to seek funds to place signs at both schools because both of them made history. The budgets for schools have been cut drastically and they are down to the bare bone," he added.

"They don’t have the money in their budgets to purchase signage; therefore, I have taken it upon myself to try to find funds for signage," continued Billings.

According to Supervisor Larry King, members of the board did not refuse to assist the schools with signage; it was simply a matter of them not being able to do it.

"The matter was researched and we found out that signage is something that must be handled by members of the school board and the community," said King.

Billings said he would personally try to help the schools.

The Mississippi Association of Supervisors Insurance company presented members of the board with a new insurance plan that insurance agent Leslie Scott said took over three years to devise.

"MAS now has a program that it is offering to counties for the first time. It took us three to four years to develop this type of insurance. We are proud to offer these types of services through our company," said Scott.

"We are trying to help lower premiums and cost for the county. It works just like your workman's compensation program that you are in now," she added.

Scott said this type of insurance was initialized in April and since then MAS has taken on seven counties as clients.

"We presented information and quotes to nine counties and of those nine, seven of them have signed with us. We have not been to a county yet that did not pay a lower price in premiums then they did the year before," said Scott.

Scott said the estimated savings for the nine counties is around $584,000.

Although Scott presented an extensive plan to members of the board, Supervisor James McBride made a motion to table the decision until further review.

Sheriff Kelvin Williams and Warden Ora Starks presented their reports jointly.

Williams presented two orders for authorization to attend the Mississippi Sheriff's Association Conference on June 2 and the National Sheriff's Association Conference on June 20.

Starks presented an order for the approval to pay an invoice to Landers Dodge.

The invoice was in relation to recently purchased vehicles for the Sheriff Department.

Executive Director of the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce Judson Thigpen presented the annual report for the chamber.

Judson began by saying, "We do a lot of things on annual basis and we remain involved with other chambers in various counties."

"We are in about our fourth month of our 16th Leadership Bolivar County class. This is a program started back in the late 80's," he added.

Judson also announced that the recently raised over $14,000 for their scholarship program

The chamber gives $400 to 37 graduating seniors in Bolivar County.

In addition to giving out scholarships, Judson said the chamber is also recognizing Teacher Appreciation week.

"The chamber placed a banner downtown and area schools also agreed to place banners in front of their schools in honor of teacher appreciation week," said Judson.

"We also requested that graduating seniors nominate their favorite teachers and we will be honoring those teachers," he added.

Road Manager James Pritchett made his report and announced that the county plans to begin road repairs in a few days.

Bolivar County Engineer Robert Eley presented orders to approve payment of invoices for Bolivar County SRF, Pearman Road drainage improvement and Bolivar County vacant lot.