End of Year Business Addressed

By: Stan Torgerson
By: Stan Torgerson

The Lauderdale County supervisors’ last meeting of the year was not one of major decisions. Instead, the board tied up a number of loose ends and postponed others to a later date.

It began by issuing a proclamation honoring county employees for their work following Hurricane Katrina.

"Be it resolved that the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors does hereby offer its praise for the excellent work that was performed by each and every member of the Lauderdale Count Road Department and the Lauderdale County Central Garage," read Supervisor Eddie Harper.

Col. Erik Hearon, Commander of the 186th Air Refueling Wing, made a presentation concerning the National Guard unit that is being phased out through the BRAC process.

"The plan is that the aircraft will not move until the fiscal year of 2011 which doesn't start until October 2010," said Col. Erik Hearon, 186th Wing Commander. "Now we've got a number of different future missions that we're working on, none of which are subject to discussion at this meeting."

Maurice Kahlmus, who heads Weems Mental Health Center, presented the supervisors with his organization's 2006 budget.

"On the first page, if you look where it says total personnel and follow that all the way over to the far right, personnel costs are budgeted at $11,000,465 for the fiscal year," said Kahlmus. "That's throughout our nine county area. Now Weems has about approximately 260 employees throughout our nine counties but 147 reside or rather work here in Lauderdale County."

The supervisors also approved a $500 donation to the Martin Luther King Day Celebration Committee, authorized county volunteer fire departments to advertise for three new fire trucks, approved a request from the town of Marion in seeking grants to help build a $750,000 water treatment plant and extended the present agreement with the city of Meridian for use of the county jail until Jan. 31. Further negotiations on that will be held in January.

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