HOUSTON – Chickasaw County Supervisors accepted a resignation and voted to delete a position as part of their regular second monthly board meeting last week.
Longtime County Coroner Andy Harmon tendered his resignation to the county and the board voted to delete the position of Department of Environmental Quality officer currently held by Lamon Griggs.
In tendering his resignation, Harmon said he was applying for retirement after 29 years with the county as deputy and coroner and it would be effective Dec. 31.
Harmon unsuccessfully ran for Sheriff this year and did not seek the post of Coroner. Newly elected Coroner, Michael Fowler is slated to be sworn in, along with all county elected officials the first week of January. Supervisors said Fowler, who currently served as assistant Coroner will serve the county until he formally assumes the post.
Harmon thanked the board for their support of the Coroner's office during his tenure.
The board entered executive session to discuss a personnel matter involving Griggs and after coming out of executive session voted to delete the post of County DEQ Officer held by Griggs. The motion to delete the post was made by District 3 Supervisors Russell Brooks and seconded by District 1 Supervisors Anderson McFarland. The vote was unanimous.
Board of Supervisors President and District 5 Supervisors Jerry Hall said the change was being made due to lack of funding for the post. State and federal dollars had funded the post that initially investigates complaints of illegal dumping, hazardous waste accidents and pollution concerns and then notifies the appropriate state and federal agencies.
Griggs will continue to serve as Baliff for Chickasaw County courts through Dec. 31.
Griggs is a candidate for Chickasaw County Sheriff and is running as an Independent against Democrat James Meyers.
The board also named Susan Schultz to the Dixie Regional Library Board. Schultz fills the post held by longtime Dixie Regional Library Board member Cecilia Fisher.
Brooks called Okolona Carnegie Librarian Stelle Ivy to see if this met her approval. Hall pointed out this appointment was to the regional board and no Okolona or Houston and regional funding is provided by the state.
In other business:
- The board heard a report from Brad Gates with ICC/WIN Job Center. Gates said the Houston WIN Job Center assisted 11,742 people last year, enrolled 181 in Adult Basic Education/GED and had 30 industries seek employees or training for employees through the center.
- The county approved its annual agreement with Tombigbee Regional Water District. District 5 Supervisor Russell “Wolfie” King and Brooks submitted water drainage projects for their districts.
- Supervisors approved their annual contract to fund the North Mississippi Narcotics Bureau. The agreement will fund the use of personnel to fight drug abuse across the county.
- Supervisors approved the purchase of a computer for the Chickasaw County Justice Court at $890.
- The county heard a request for speed bumps where County Road 101 meets County Road 406 and possibly a guardrail at the T-intersection. Supervisors said speed bumps are not allowed on county roads and a guardrail might make the intersection more dangerous. The board did direct County Road Manager Kenneth Funderburk to look at additional signage for the intersection.
- The board approved the moving of three utility poles by Natchez Trace EPA for $3,516.
Brooks pointed out when Okolona Power sought help with a drainage issue, it was denied and Okolona Power does not charge the county to move utility poles.
“I am going to vote to move them, but we need to remember this,” said Brooks.
The motion to move the poll was made by King and seconded by Hall. The measure passed unanimously.
- The board heard a report from Funderburk that the county is seeking to finish up its third round of mowing this season and he would like to hold off starting a fourth round to save the county money. Funderburk also said they would stop clearing ditches and pull gravel to the middle of the road in an effort to cut expenses.
- The board met with Andrea McMichael about changes in the county's insurance policy