The County has completed the scheduled Hurricane Zeta cleanup last week.

County Engineer Jon Bond and project manager Nell Murray reported the vast bulk of storm-damage debris was cleaned up to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.

“The picking up of the debris is finished,” Murray said.

The county has removed over 8,000 cubic yards of debris, which cost more than $888,000 to clean up. The county also removed over a hundred hanging limbs and hazardous trees in the past two months.

All debris was taken to one site where it was chipped and burned. The remaining ash will be transported to a landfill near Long Beach where it can be properly disposed of, as required by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s standards.

As of last Tuesday, there were some larger trees and stumps that had not been removed yet. 

Bond said the rest would be picked up over the next few days.

Bond and project manager Nell Murray partnered to oversee the overall project. 

Murray has extensive experience with disaster recovery after working on the County’s cleanup project in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Murray said Bond has managed the Hurricane Zeta clean-up project well.

“I just want y’all to know what a smooth operation Jon runs,” Murray said. “He’s on it and on top of it every day… he just does a super job.”

As of early last week, Murray and Bond are submitting the final paperwork to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for approval.

The cost of the cleanup will total over $1.3 million. FEMA will cover 75 percent of the final cleanup project’s price. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency will cover an additional 12.5 percent. The County will finance the remaining 12.5 percent.

The Board also:

Approved inmate log and monthly reports for the Stone County Sheriff’s Department and the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility.

Approved the request to purchase four state-contract on vehicles for the SCSD. Approved two correctional officers to attend certification training at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center in March.

Voted to renew Swank Motion Picture’s contract with the SCRCF. The company provides surveillance camera support to the facility.

Approved monthly activity reports and revenue receipts for the County Building and Code Department. 

Approved a 50 cent pay increase for an Emergency Commutation Center employee.

Approved requests to sell a 1995 Case loader as surplus, purchase a Chevrolet Silverado with a service body to replace a 2008 service truck in need of major repairs for the Road Department.

Approved MEMA’s state-local disaster assistance agreement.

Approved the Stone County Emergency Management request to transfer equipment and request to seek quotes for a truck. 

Approved reports for the Justice Court.

Voted to not support the Marsy’s Law for Mississippi resolution.

Approved the Stone County Economic Development Partnership’s budget amendments.

Awarded the County’s emulsion bid to the lowest of two bidders, which was $1.75. 

Took the only bid for a dump truck under advisement.

Entered executive session to discuss a personnel matter and resumed regular session about 25 minutes later. No action was taken.

Discussed establishing a standard tax incentive packet for prospective businesses in partnership with the Stone County Tax Collector’s office and the Stone County Economic Development Partnership. The matter was taken under advisement. 

The Board adjourned until the next regular board meeting on Monday, March 1 at 9 a.m. at the Stone County Courthouse. 

Editor's Note: The Print version of this article misstated the percentage FEMA will cover of the clean-up cost.

The County has completed the scheduled Hurricane Zeta cleanup last week.County Engineer Jon Bond and project manager Nell Murray reported the vast bulk of storm-damage debris was cleaned up to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. “The picking up of the debris is finished,” Murray said.

The county has removed over 8,000 cubic yards of debris, which cost more than $888,000 to clean up. The county also removed over a hundred hanging limbs and hazardous trees in the past two months.

All debris was taken to one site where it was chipped and burned. The remaining ash will be transported to a landfill near Long Beach where it can be properly disposed of, as required by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s standards.

As of last Tuesday, there were some larger trees and stumps that had not been removed yet. 

Bond said the rest would be picked up over the next few days.

Bond and project manager Nell Murray partnered to oversee the overall project. 

Murray has extensive experience with disaster recovery after working on the County’s cleanup project in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Murray said Bond has managed the Hurricane Zeta clean-up project well.

“I just want y’all to know what a smooth operation Jon runs,” Murray said. “He’s on it and on top of it every day… he just does a super job.”

As of early last week, Murray and Bond are submitting the final paperwork to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for approval.

The cost of the cleanup will total over $1.3 million. FEMA will cover 12.5 percent of the final cleanup project’s price.

The Board also:

Approved inmate log and monthly reports for the Stone County Sheriff’s Department and the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility.

Approved the request to purchase four state-contract on vehicles for the SCSD. Approved two correctional officers to attend certification training at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center in March.

Voted to renew Swank Motion Picture’s contract with the SCRCF. The company provides surveillance camera support to the facility.

Approved monthly activity reports and revenue receipts for the County Building and Code Department. 

Approved a 50 cent pay increase for an Emergency Commutation Center employee.

Approved requests to sell a 1995 Case loader as surplus, purchase a Chevrolet Silverado with a service body to replace a 2008 service truck in need of major repairs for the Road Department.

Approved MEMA’s state-local disaster assistance agreement.

Approved the Stone County Emergency Management request to transfer equipment and request to seek quotes for a truck. 

Approved reports for the Justice Court.

Voted to not support the Marsy’s Law for Mississippi resolution.

Approved the Stone County Economic Development Partnership’s budget amendments.

Awarded the County’s emulsion bid to the lowest of two bidders, which was $1.75. 

Took the only bid for a dump truck under advisement.

Entered executive session to discuss a personnel matter and resumed regular session about 25 minutes later. No action was taken.

Discussed establishing a standard tax incentive packet for prospective businesses in partnership with the Stone County Tax Collector’s office and the Stone County Economic Development Partnership. The matter was taken under advisement. 

The Board adjourned until the next regular board meeting on Monday, March 1 at 9 a.m. at the Stone County Courthouse.

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