By Ray Van Dusen/Monroe Journal
ABERDEEN – With regrets, the Monroe County Board of Supervisors received a letter at its Friday meeting from Monroe County Home administrator Angela Shackleford expressing her notice of intent to terminate the service.
The Monroe County Home is the last of its kind in Mississippi, offering a living situation for people who don’t have a place to go or the ability to make it on their own.
“It’s so hard for them because it’s been in their family so long and they’re so close to the residents. She timed this to now because there’s such lower number of residents and she wanted to make the transition before anyone else would want to move in,” said District 3 supervisor Carol Crawford.
Shackleford has placed most of the residents elsewhere and the board’s main concern was that all of them had been provided a place to stay.
The county maintains and owns the building and helps with the utility bills. According to Crawford, the County Home services will end in early December. It’s uncertain how the building will be used once vacated.
Board attorney John Creekmore is preparing a resolution accepting Shackleford’s decision to close the County Home and offer appreciation for all of the family’s efforts throughout the years from the supervisors’ standpoint.
The future of the former county health department building was also discussed during Friday’s meeting. Upon review of the building, mold has been found on the interior walls and it’s in need of a new roof. The board didn’t take action, but District 5 supervisor Robert Tomey suggested making a wishlist of how to repair and maintain the building for the next 10 years, but the issue remained as to continue to use it for storage or tear the building down completely.
“I’ll remind you since it’s over 50 years old, you’ll need to go through the Department of Archives and History to proceed with whatever you decide to do with it,” said road manager Sonny Clay.
Also during Friday’s meeting, resident Rebecca Carter approached the board with a proposal for a half acre fenced-in walking track for dogs and owners that would help fund an additional animal shelter to alleviate the overcrowding of the Aberdeen Animal Shelter and Amory Humane Society.
“Users would pay a fee for six-month and one-year memberships. I think if the people of Monroe County supported it and paid $50 every six months, we could eventually build a new shelter,” Carter said.
The board reviewed the renditions of the proposed park and is taking it under advisement.
Board president Billy Kirkpatrick clarified a motion stated from the Nov. 5 board meeting in which the supervisors actually voted 5-0 to accept the fact there wasn’t a protest to the road bond issue rather than actually voting to continue with the issue.
Kirkpatrick said the road bond issue hasn’t been brought to the board for a vote and the possibility of pursuing it is still on the table. Supervisors continue to weight the options, which include a shorter term bond encompassing less time and money than the original idea of a 20-year $5 million road bond.