Supervisors continue efforts to fund extension office renovation

Union County supervisors took the next step Monday in trying to get funds to renovate the County Extension Office at the fairgrounds. They formally approved the grant application discussed previously seeking $150,000 from the Small Municipalities and Limited Population Counties Program under the Mississippi Development Authority to help pay for the project. The Extension office is housed in a former fairgrounds exhibit building that dates back to approximately the 1940s, and needs both renovation and some expansion.

They also received some better news about a problem involving personal property tax assessments in the county.

At the end of June, Tax Assessor-Collector Randy Dunnam told supervisors he had learned that CKB Inc., which has been handling personal property assessments for the county, was not renewing its contract, which was to expire in 30 days.

Mike Hall is the person who has been working in Union County, although the company has been doing personal property assessments for other area counties as well.

Dunnam told supervisors this is the job that was done by Steve Coker before he left to become New Albany fire chief, but there was no one in his office who could step in and do the job Hall has been doing. And even if Dunnam were to move one of his staff to that position, that would only mean replacing that staffer in the original job.

This past Monday, the assessor-collector reported that he is now more optimistic about finding someone to do the assessments.

Dunnam said he has since learned the contract expiration date will be the end of August, not July, providing a little more breathing room, and that he is talking to a couple of possible replacements to do the assessments. He said he hopes to finalize some arrangement soon.

In other business supervisors:

  • Approved the July claims docket.
  • Approved the July board minutes.
  • Approved the August work schedule for the road department as required under the unit system of government.
  • Approved the solid waste register for July.
  • Approved a manual check for $150 and travel expenses for Tax Assessor-Collector Randy Dunnam to travel to Batesville for training Aug. 18-22. Dunnam will no have to stay overnight and may be able to use a county vehicle for travel.
  • Approved the required Continuing Disclosure agreement with Jackson law firm Butler Snow, who acts as bond agent for the county.
  • Approved renewal of contracts with Dr. Chris Park and Nurse Practitioner Paula Decanter, who provide medical services for the Union County Jail.
  • Approved a Mississippi Landmark Permit, needed so that damaged plaster in need of repair can be removed in the tax assessor-collector’s office. Supervisors already voted to have the courthouse roof repaired and cleaned, which must be done first to prevent further damage inside the building.
  • Learned from county fire coordinator Steve Coker that pump tests will be performed on county volunteer fire department equipment later this week. The tests probably will be conducted near the west end of the library parking lot.

 

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Union County Board of Supervisors will be at 10 a.m. next Monday, Aug. 11.