April 17 flag election

to cost Alcorn County taxpayers $10,000

By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH - In a written report to the Alcorn County supervisors, Circuit Court clerk Joe Caldwell indicated the April 17 election on the flag issue will cost taxpayers $8,000 to $10,000. The Secretary of State's office is paying for the ballots and half the cost of programming the machinery.

In other action at Monday's board meeting, the supervisors approved a request from E911 director Teresa Burns to move radio equipment and a repeater system from the county landfill property to the courthouse.

"We have been having radio problems that have progressed," Burns said. By moving the equipment to the courthouse, the county will save $7,200 per year through the elimination of 20 telephone lines linking the E911 office, which is located in the courthouse basement and the radio equipment at the landfill.

The cost of installing a system at the courthouse will be $4,472, Burns said. "This will save money and correct a problem," she said.

The board also approved a request from planner Jack Griffith to apply for emergency funds to replace failed water pumps for the Farmington Water Association. Griffith will apply for a $25,000 Community Development Block Grant to put in two high service pumps. The water association is using backup pumps until the new pumps can be installed.

In other business, the board voted to declare an emergency on Smithbridge Road at the request of Supervisor Lamar Fields. A bridge on the road has been damaged by flooding and needs to be replaced, Fields said. High waters have kept District 1 crews from assessing the total damage, he said, indicating the road may have to be closed.

The board approved payment to Alcorn County Electric Power Association to move utility poles in the way of road construction projects. ACE billed the county $1,985 to relocate poles on Gift Road and $6,525 to relocate poles on Hinkle Creek Road.

Magnolia Regional Medical Center Interim CEO Diane Boatman gave a monthly update on hospital news. She said the hospital is scheduled for a Joint Commission survey this week. MRHC and the Home Health and Hospice Division will be surveyed simultaneously, she said.

Installation of the new central fetal monitoring systems is complete, Boatman said. This new system helps medical staff keep up with how the baby is tolerating the labor process, she said.

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