By CARL SMITH
Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors President Orlando Trainer and Vice President John Montgomery were unanimously re-elected to their respective leadership positions Monday.
Supervisors also made several reappointments to key county positions, moves which reflected no turnover from previous administrators and managers. The board voted to retain County Administrator Don Posey, Board Attorney Jack Brown, Road Manager Victor Collins, County Engineer Clyde Pritchard, E-911 Director Jim Britt, Justice Court Clerk Nora Goliday and County Fire Services Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan.
Trainer and Montgomery were both picked for their respective leadership positions in October when District 3 Supervisor Marvell Howard stepped down as board president. Howard cited issues with personal time as the reason behind his resignation.
Trainer, the most senior board member, was unanimously chosen as president, while Montgomery was elected vice president during the first year of his first term.
“I think (the role of board president) puts a lot of responsibilities on the shoulders of its senior member, and that’s to be expected,” Trainer said. “I think Oktibbeha County has a great foundation laid out for it, great possibilities for it in the future and a lot of exciting decisions to make to get us there.”
Under his leadership this year, Trainer said he hopes the county develops a comprehensive plan soon which will streamline future growth and expansion.
“We need something that covers everything from A to Z, the sky to the ground and the floor to the ceiling. We have to use it as a mechanism to establish a plan of action of improvement to take the county to where it could be in the future,” he said. “We want to try and improve on things and move forward. I believe we should give the people the type of government they deserve and expect.”
Montgomery also said he was honored to be entrusted again with the leadership position.
“I know this job has many responsibilities with it, and I look forward to continuing to serve our county’s residents,” he said.
The board also took no action Monday on a tax abatement request from Maben-based Main Street Forest Products.
MSPF operations manager Bob Klimek approached supervisors seeking such a request, but no formal action can occur until the business produces required legal documents requesting the tax waiver. Klimek first requested the abatement in August, but supervisors tabled the issue due to Brown’s absence. The board’s attorney Monday asked the business to formally submit the required documents in order to pursue the waiver.
Supervisors previously said in August the county could grant a five-year ad valorem waiver to the company with a review-renewal option, but board members said Monday that agreement, if supported in the future, could match a three-year production contract the business currently has.