HOUSTON – The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors approved drafting a letter of support from the board for the Natchez Trace Electric Power Association in hopes of helping them receive funding from the state.

“The reason we are coming here this morning is, as you know we are in the middle of the broadband deployment project, and there's some federal funds that have become available to the State of Mississippi, they've got $163 million that's designated for infrastructure and the treasury guy said that they prefer that money go to the co-ops like Natchez Trace,” said NTEPA General Manager Shawn Edmondson. “We've put together two projects to send in to the governor, he has until Dec. 27 to respond. We're asking for a total of $13.4 million. $4.6 million of that will be for our Houston District and then $8.8 million for our Calhoun City District.”

He went on to explain that the reason they are asking for less money for the Houston District is because they have previously received $10 million in grant money, and that will be added to any funds they may receive from this money.

“This would help us continue to not only get this to every member that we serve, but to keep the pace going that we've got now so that we don't have to slow down.”

The legislature is asking for letters of support to go along with the applications.

District 5 Supervisor Margaret Futral made the motion for the board to provide a letter of support, and District 1 Supervisor Anderson McFarland seconded it.

The motion passed unanimously.

Supervisors also:

-- Held a moment of silence for former Sheriff Jimmy Simmons. 

– Opened bids on the Indianapolis Glove Company Building in Houlka. They received one bid from Houlka Holdings in the amount of $50,000. It was taken under consideration so that the board attorney could draft a deed.

– Approved a $1,000 donation to be applied to the Sheriff's Special Fund.

– Approved the 30-day solid waste delinquent list.

– Approved an increase in the real roll.

– Approved a homestead rejection.

– Heard from County Engineer Kyle Strong.

– Approved Thomas Wayne McIntosh for the Road Department.

– Approved Toby Gathings for the Road Department.

– Approved for the Purchase Clerk to get quotes on millage.

– Approved culvert requests.

– Tabled renewal rates for health insurance from their current provider.

– Approved moving forward with getting quotes on roof and gutter repairs on the Houston Courthouse.

– Approved naming Tommie Morgan Solid Waste Secretary.

– Approved the inventory removals.

– Approved a transfer of funds from Clarksdale.

– Approved the Land Redemption Report.

– Approved buying an ad in the Okolona Messenger Christmas Edition.

– Approved $2,000 annual donation to the Okolona Main Street Association.

– Approved claims for payment.

– Heard from Natosha Stephens about County Road 52.

– Recessed until Monday, Nov. 29.

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