Supervisors continue service with Buffington for county website

ABERDEEN – The board of supervisors approved the continuation of services of webmaster Jim Buffington to maintain the county’s website during its regular-called meeting Friday, Dec. 21. Buffington has maintained the county’s website since 2005 and has worked with county administrator Mike King to update its look and functionality.
“Some of you have expressed an interest in expanding the site. There will be no cost to make the changes and we will continue at the $65 per month rate we’ve always had to maintain it,” Buffington.
The demo version Buffington displayed includes links to the county’s municipalities, the Chamber of Commerce, the Wren Water District and Code Red warning system, among others websites. As far as availability of video from supervisor meetings, Buffington said it would be easier to link straight into the Youtube page where they can be found.
Buffington and King have discussed monthly meetings in how to keep the information updated.
“This demo website is nothing more than several ideas. We can do anything we want it to be,” Buffington said.
In the wake of the recent bomb threat made to the Monroe County courthouse, tax assessor Mitzi Presley asked the board about more safety training. The county already has similar seminars, but agreed to continue the training.
Chancery clerk Ronnie Boozer informed the board about correspondence with the Mississippi Department of Revenue in regards to a pending lawsuit with four gas companies that will trickle down in the county’s 2013-2014 budget. The lawsuits are based on regular gas drills throughout the state.
“It looks like the state will lose this case. Monroe County is one of 14 counties that will have less revenue coming in because of it. We’ll be facing probably $40,000 less in revenues to our general fund and road department funding until the costs are paid back,” Boozer said.
On a different note, Boozer reported the county received an A-1 credit rating from bond rating company Moody’s in regard to the recently passed $3 million road bond, which ranks in the upper medium grade.
After hearing from county fire coordinator Bo Hill, the board approved to purchase 18 mobile radios and let the county’s fire departments hand the rebanding costs.
The board also approved:
– An order receiving and depositing Monroe County rubbish disposal industrial dumping receipts in the amount of $3,161 for the month of November 2012.
– An order receiving, depositing and disbursing engineering fees for State Aid Project no. LSBP-48 (15).
– An order approving Three Rivers Planning and Development District’s garbage bill write-off for the month of September 2012 in the amount of $1,007.80.
– An order approving Three Rivers Planning and Development District’s garbage bill write-off for the month of October 2012 in the amount of $867.40.
– An order approving Three Rivers Planning and Development District’s garbage bill write-off for the month of November 2012 in the amount of $881.40.
– An order receiving and filing vacation term, November 2012 grand jury report on minutes.
– An order receiving and approving updated list of all active school bus turnarounds presently in use by the Monroe County School District and authorizing the graveling and maintenance of same.
– An order authorizing the board president to sign acceptance of James Pest Control service agreement in regard to pest control for the Department of Human Services on a month-by-month basis.
– An order approving claim.

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