By Ray Van Dusen
ABERDEEN – As with several previous board of supervisors meetings, speeding on county roads was the hot button topic Sept. 25. Discussion of the county’s issues with speeding led to brief discussion of another hot button topic – state legislation allowing counties to use radar.
“It’s amazing that we’ve told the supervisors association, the sheriff’s association and the coroners association that we support using radar, and there’s still opposition,” said Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley.
Deputies can write reckless driving tickets, but not speeding tickets.
“Changing the sign to lower the speed limit isn’t going to fix the problem. If it’s not enforced, it’s not going to fix the problem,” said District 5 Supervisor Robert Tomey.
Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said he’s alerted the Mississippi Highway Patrol to certain areas of the county he’s received multiple reports about regarding consistent speeding. In a similar topic, Monroe County Road Department Manager Sonny Clay informed the board he received his first request of moving the county’s speed monitor to a residential neighborhood. The speed limit there is 25 miles per hour.
A public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 6 regarding speeding.
In other business, the board gave approval to grant right of way easements for AT&T to bury fiber optic cables in areas including White Rock and Egypt roads.
According to Clay, the federal government came out with grant money to give more rural areas high speed Internet access.
Board attorney David Houston reported on a lawsuit filed against Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell and others regarding the recent seizure of certain properties.
“These items were seized lawfully as part of the investigation, and this person filed it as theft, as money was taken that was bequeathed to her,” Houston said. “I think it’s a done deal. The sheriff was obligated to seize these things until the court deems who these items need to go to.”
In other business, the board approved:
• A lease agreement with Renasant Bank for the county to store garbage carts at the former Amory Garment location ahead of the county’s agreement with the City of Amory for solid waste pickup. Renasant Bank is providing the space at no cost to the county.
• Contracts with Merit Health Gilmore Memorial to provide a nurse and prisoner care for county inmates effective Oct. 1. The contract is nearly identical to a previous contract with Pioneer Community Hospital for the same service. Gilmore will require an additional $1,000 per month.
• The low bid of $350,867.20 from Colom Construction Co, Inc. of Ripley for bridge projects on Burks and Crump roads.
• The low bid of $160,846.88 from Parsons Earthworks Inc of Iuka for construction of a bridge on 109th Street in Amory.