Supervisors discuss possible airport improvements

By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer

Possible improvements to the county airport was briefly discussed in
the March 28 Choctaw County Board of Supervisor meeting.

Mark Carruth addressed the board about possible improvements or
additions to the county’s airport that would turn it into a “revenue
stream and economic development tool.”

Carruth submitted a handout before the meeting outlining his plan
then in the meeting briefly mentioned a couple improvements. He
suggested building hangers and charging rent for them and adding a
fuel station.

Marty Crowder, county engineer, added the county could get a 90
percent grant from the FFA and a 5 percent grant from MDOT of the
total project.

Chris McIntire, board president, said the costs would be shared with
the Town of Ackerman and that it would be a budgetary matter for both
boards. He said the supervisors and the Ackerman Board of Aldermen
would need to review the plan. No action was taken.

The supervisors approved a request from the Ackerman High School
Government Association requesting to rename a portion of Highway 9 to
the Phyllis Graham and Steven Moss Highway. It would be from the
Webster County line to the city limits of Ackerman. The board
approved the resolution and said they would pass it along to District
35 Rep. Joey Hood to be approved by the legislature. Both Graham and
Moss were teachers at AHS that lost their lives in a school bus
accident in Calhoun County.

On a different matter, the supervisors also had several long and
heated discussions about the 2011 hospital bonds and the
restructuring of those bonds with concerned citizens.

The supervisors heard two different insurance presentations in their
March 28 meeting. One presentation from Jack Gordon presenting Blue
Cross Blue Shield health insurance quotes and an update on property
insurance quotes from Mike Hughes, with Weaver Insurance. No action
was taken at this time.

Before ending the meeting, District 5 Supervisor Eric Chambers
presented the 2011 audit findings to the board. They briefly
discussed some of the findings. No action was taken.

The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors approved:
-Payroll
-Reduction on assessments
-Application for payment from Johnson Construction for $565,065 for
work done on the new hospital and $20,21 for work on the new medical
office building and to forward to the bond trustee.
-Solid Waste assessments.
-Declared a District 4 tractor as surplus property with a value of
$5,000. This tractor will be sent to an auction on April 6.
-To give Steve Wright, board attorney, authority to respond to the
Attorney General after a complaint was filed against the county by
Joy Marshall.
-To closeout the Reform-Sturgis Road Project-culvert stabilization.
-CDBG resolution allowing the Golden Triangle Planning and
Development District to send in the application for Reform Water
Association.
-Postage request from the tax assessor.
-Travel for the supervisors to attend the Mississippi Association of
Supervisors Convention in June in Biloxi and the comptroller/Chancery
clerk workshop in April.
-To close the hospital trustee bank accounts.
-An inter-fund transfer from Fund 325 to Fund 001-General Fund of
$151,832.92 to payback the loan.

The Board of Supervisors will meet Monday, April 8 at 9 a.m. at the
Choctaw County Courthouse.