The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors will hear a presentation on the countyâ€™s emergency preparedness plan 9 a.m. Tuesday at the county courthouse.
Oktibbeha County Emergency Management Agency Director Jim Britt said periodical review is mandatory for the countyâ€™s basic emergency preparedness plan, and Tuesdayâ€™s submission to the board meets all federal and state requirements. Specific information about the countyâ€™s emergency plan was unavailable last week due to Brittâ€™s deployment to the Gulf Coast during Hurricane Isaac.
â€śWeâ€™ve gone through our process and done the necessary updates,â€ť Britt said. â€śItâ€™s a good, functional plan that Iâ€™m very comfortable with and that meets all standards of compliance.â€ť
In other county business, Road Manager Victor Collins says two trucks will begin spraying outlying Oktibbeha areas this week as a part of its mosquito spraying program.
Also, Collins said a new asphalt distributor truck will arrive for county usage this week. In March, supervisors accepted a $146,968 bid for the 2013 Freightliner truck equipped with a 24-foot-spray Entyre distributor after a lower bid did not meet county specifications.
County officials said a new distributor not only would replace antiquated equipment, but it would also cut down on work time. With a spray range of above 20 feet, road crews can make fewer passes while working on projects.
Besides work time, the new implement will also reduce stress upon workers. The countyâ€™s old distributor required an employee to control it directly at the machine, exposing the worker to harsh conditions. The new unit features computer-controlled distribution.
â€ś(A new distributor) will make our projects go a lot faster. It holds more material and will require less fill-ups,â€ť Collins said in March.
â€śOur old distributor requires two men (to operate). Itâ€™s kind of hazardous because during the summer its 100 degrees outside with a man (working the distributor and) standing over 175-degree asphalt. You get over that machine in the summer for a while, and Iâ€™ve seen times when our workers almost passed out. As many roads as we have to work on, it will be a big help to us.â€ť