The Union County Board of Supervisors this past week accepted a bid to construct an access road through the Martintown North Industrial Park on Hwy. 30 West. The road will go from Hwy. 30 near the Wal-Mart Distribution Center entrance across the property to County Road 54.

The low bidder was STE-BIL Grading of Waterford with a cost of $948,565. There were four other bidders with the highest total being $1,220,823 as compared to the engineering estimate of $827,128.40.

The board also signed an agreement with the New Albany Light, Gas and Water Department to run water and gas lines across the proposed industrial site as well. Funds will come from the Delta Regional Authority States’ Economic Development Assistance Program.

Supervisors will begin working on next year’s budget soon and Robby Parman, executive director of the Regional Rehab Center, spoke to the board the previous week asking that their allocation of $10,000 be maintained.

The center provides a variety of physical, occupational, speech and audiology there for children and adults at no cost to clients or their insurance companies.

It serves 21 counties and this past year provided1,169 clients with 35,856 services.

Thirty-one of the clients were from Union County and they received 2,576 services.

Eighty percent of the budget goes for client services with 10 percent for administration and 10 percent for fundraising since the center is non-profit and depends on contributions and allocations to operate.

In a personal appearance this week, Kevin Walls of Pontotoc County, candidate for the District 3 Senate seat, spoke briefly to supervisors.

Routine first-of-month bureaucracy was approved, including a note that the county jail served 5,676 meals at an average cost of $2.29 each and the medical examiner performed 18 death investigations.

Supervisors agreed to have ChemPro provide roadside weed control and, in personnel, approved part-time employment of Clyde Gullick as mower for the road department.

They approved making repairs to a Mack truck in the road department and to grant county employees an extra holiday July 5, as allowed by the governor.

Bids were received for paving County Road 101 and Murphree Paving appeared to have the low total at $131,862. The engineering estimate was $103,644.

They also approved a contract change with C-Spire to upgrade county internet service from 50 mbps to 100 mbps.

Finally, they accepted the low quote from G and O Supply of $1,945 for culverts for County Roads 43 and 101.

The next meeting of the board of supervisors is planned for 10 a.m. Monday, June 17, in the boardroom of the chancery court building.

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