Supervisors fighting for $250K reimbursement
By Jody O'Hara
May 10, 2013, 10:13
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is balking at paying Stone County approximately $250,000 for the construction of the five storm shelters erected after Hurricane Katrina.
The Board of Supervisors discussed the issue at its Monday meeting and have people actively researching the situation.
"We're going to find a way to get this money," said District 1 Supervisor Joseph Davenport.
The board tasked Stone County Emergency Management Agency Director Raven James, County Comptroller Brian Ross and Board Attorney Scott Gibson with reviewing documentation associated with the grant and payments made to contractors.
Most of the problem seems to be with MEMA's contention that some invoices were duplicates.
"We had to borrow money to pay for completion of the shelters and we're paying interest on that money," said Board President and District 4 Supervisor Scott Strickland. "That money was borrowed in good faith that MEMA and FEMA would pay us back what they promised us."
The amount in dispute had been more than $500,000 before James and Ross had proven conclusively that the other $250,000 was due the county.
"Raven and Brian, through their tireless efforts, got us that money," said District 5 Supervisor Dale Bond.
Gibson seemed to have no doubt the county would eventually be reimbursed.
"We were told up front this was 100 percent reimbursable," he said.
In other action: the board approved $1,000 to advertise county resources for the Pat Harrison Waterway District Fourth of July fireworks show.
Heard from resident Stephanie Whitfield regarding problems with the surface of Roy O'Neal Road. Whitfield said the road was often nearly impassable because of muddy conditions.
"They're are enough residents on the road who pay taxes and deserve a road they can drive on without having to wash their cars every day," she said.
Accepted the resignation of W.C. Breland as a correctional officer at the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility.
Approved the hiring of Tracy Dale as a full-time correctional officer and Melissa Bankston Legnon as a part-time correctional officer.
Approved the hiring of Greg Taylor as a part-time road crew worker.
Approved Road Manager Vic Clark's request to transfer a Ford F-150 pickup truck from the Building and Code Department to the Road Department.
Approved travel and lodging expenses for Constable Louis Simmons to attend the 2013 Mississippi Constables Association convention in Natchez.
Approved the hiring of Tammy Lynn Rickman as a part-time dispatcher at EOC/911.
Approved travel and lodging for Coroner Wayne Flurry and deputy coroners Jimmy Duncan and David Lee to attend the Mississippi Coroner/Medical Examiner Association summer conference in Biloxi.
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