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Discussion to continue on county grant

April 1, 2012


The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to discuss the application process for Community Development Block Grants during its 10 a.m. meeting Monday.
A representative from the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District will be in attendance during the meeting and will join discussion.
District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer said the county could seek a grant which will assist in the construction of a new county health department facility.
Members of the Oktibbeha County Health Department approached supervisors in March about the need for a new building. A letter delivered by District Administrator Karen McPherson stated a new facility would help alleviate many growth-based problems the organization is experiencing, including a lack of patient privacy through the building, fire hazards, inadequate space and a lack of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The letter encouraged supervisors to approve a CDBG grant to cover half of the estimated $1.27 million for the 8,500-square-foot facility.
CDBG grants are due in May, and matching funds would need to be secured by July.
County Road Manager Victor Collins said he expects the board to make a final selection on a bid for a new county asphalt distributor truck. The new unit will spray CRS-2 liquid asphalt and replace a two-man unit built in the 1980s.
The board opened four bids from three Mississippi companies for the distributor truck in March. The bids ranged from $134,742 to $151,037. A $146,968 bid from Empire Truck Sales of Jackson for a 2013 Freightliner truck equipped with a 24-foot spray Entyre distributor was recognized as the lowest bid after it was revealed the $134,742 bid from the same company did not meet specifications requested by the county.
The board took the bids under advisement in a previous meeting and passed them to Collins for review.
Collins will also deliver a general road report to the board, and supervisors could execute a grant application for a new backhoe.

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