County has new airport projects coming up

At their regular Monday meeting, the Union County Board of Supervisors approved issuing a check for $9,875.03 to the City of New Albany as their part of a new hangar project at the county airport. The city and county are sharing costs but the city is handling administrative tasks for the airport. Recently, airport officials announced receiving a $1 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration that will pay for resurfacing the entire runway, taxiway and aircraft parking areas. The county and city will have to come up with a match of $33,680 each to get the million dollars.

Supervisors also approved a State Aid Road program to use slurry seal on the Cotton Plant road (CR 81). Slurry seal is a mixture mostly of emulsified asphalt, fine sand water and mineral filler, designed to age well and provide good traction. Board members also said they want to work out the proper procedure to ask the contractor to use the seal on some other road sections in other districts. Since they will not be State Aid projects, the money will just come out of the county road budget and may require a formal quote, but this could also reduce the overall cost of the work, getting it done while the contractor is set up in the area.

The county board still had learned of any progress Monday in finding an approved facility to house mental patients from the community.

The county had contracted with Region IV Mental Health Services to take care of patients for the past three years – a system officials said worked very well – but Region IV abruptly announced closing of the facility at the first of July. The alternative is housing the patients in the Union County Jail and providing for their needs at county expense.

Chancery Clerk Annette Hickey, the county official who deals with mental patients and commitment proceedings the most, said she would get back in touch with Robert Smith, the director of Lifecore Health Group, which was formerly Region 3 Mental Health. That director was trying to come up with an alternative plan Union County could use.

In other business supervisors:

  • Approved paying county bailiffs for work done. P. J. Doyle will receive $60 and David Garrison, $120.
  • Approved paying county election commissioners for their per diem claims. Graham Spencer, First District, will receive $756; Bill Azlin, Second District, will receive $840; Barbara Reed, Third District, will receive $840; Mike Beam, Fourth District, will receive $924; and Wayne Wilhite, Fifth District, will receive $840.
  • Approved paying Circuit Clerk Phyllis Stanford $840 for services as county registrar.
  • Approved removal of the Drug Court Fund and payment of cash balances to Lafayette County. Chancery Clerk Hickey said the function of the court is being moved to Jackson.
  • Approved travel, lodging and registration for the justice court clerks’ association conference Sept. 3-5 in Bay St. Louis.
  • Elected County Administrator Terry Johnson as the county’s audit representative. The state auditor’s office, which will be auditing the county, requires someone be designated to maintain communication with the state office.
  • Approved deleting a typewriter from the inventory of the county extension office.


The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Union County Board of Supervisors will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4.