OCH bidders to make presentations next week

District 5 Supervisor Joe Williams discusses the traffic calming policy provided by County Road Manager Fred Baggett during the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday. (Photo by Logan Kirkland, SDN)
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LOGAN KIRKLAND
Staff Writer

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved two special call meetings to allow the bidders on OCH Regional Medical Center to provide presentations to both the board and the public.

The special call meetings will take place on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Center.

Each bidder will have one hour to provide a presentation.

North Mississippi Health Services will provide its presentation on Oct. 25 while Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation will give its presentation on Oct. 26.

During the special call meetings, the board will not receive any questions from the general public. However, the board encourages citizens to submit their questions directly to the entities presenting through either email or before the meeting starts.

Board of Supervisors President Orlando Trainer said the board decided to approach both bidders to see if they were interested in providing presentations to the public.

Trainer said both bidders were "delighted" to provide presentations to help answer questions citizens may have.

"We wanted to be productive and I'm hoping that we have a crowd that comes out that's willing to learn more about those respondents," Trainer said. "Some things at this point, a lot of stuff is to be determined but there may be something that they may want to know and we wanted to do it that way that it would be fair to everybody."

When asked about the distrust between the public and the board, Trainer said when anyone is discussing and dealing with a topic of this nature the distrust is to be expected.

Trainer said the board will continue to do everything it can to be as informative as possible and if anyone has questions or concerns they can voice them at their meetings.

"I think that those respondents have a story to tell," Trainer said. "Then people can really kind of get an understanding of the possibility and the potential."

District 3 Supervisor Marvell Howard said having the special call meetings is a great opportunity for the public, because it gives them an opportunity to hear from "the horse's mouth."

"I've always wanted to get as much information out as possible and this will give the public another opportunity to hear from the respondents," Howard said.

The board plans to provide the public with a press release discussing the reasoning behind the special call meeting.

OTHER BUSINESS

• The board approved a policy on traffic calming. Traffic calming means the implementation of objects like speed bumps.

• The board approved the OCEDA budget.

• The board approved a resolution of intent to consider granting a tax exemption for E. ON Climate and Renewables North America. It's a solar electrical power generation facility. The majority of the entity will be in Lowndes County, but a percentage will be in Oktibbeha County. "By giving them the consideration of this exemption we are hoping that this will help this project become a reality." Trainer said county taxes are only exempt and not the school taxes.

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