Tippah supervisors seek bids on Old Health Dept. building

RIPLEY – In a recent meeting, Tippah County Supervisors declared the Old Tippah County Health Department building as surplus and decided to seek bids for its use, and approved reimbursement to landowners for property which was double-assessed. The actions took place during supervisors’ recessed meeting held at the boardroom of the Tippah County Courthouse at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, according to board minutes. The following persons were present: First District Supervisor and President of the Board, Jimmy Gunn; Second District Supervisor and Vice-President of the Board, Gerald Brock; Third District Supervisor, Ronnie Dunnam; Fourth District Supervisor, Dennis Grisham; Fifth District Supervisor, Lamon McClain; Rodney McBryde, Clerk for the Board; County Administrator, Jim Owen; B. Sean Akins, Attorney for the Board and Road Manager, Larry Jackson. Supervisors approved the Nov. 14, 2008, minutes. The board took action on a home grant proposal. Tippah County recently elected to participate in the 2008 Home Investment Partnership Program Grant. Supervisors advertised to select an administrator for the grant funds in the event that the county’s grant application is approved. The Board approved the proposal of Bobby Rayburn of Rayburn & Associates. The board executed “Agreement Consulting Services” to hire Rayburn & Associates to serve as consultants and grant administrators to prepare the 2009 Home Investment Partnership Program Grant Application. Supervisors voted that the County shall pay the $75 annual dues to the Mississippi County Administrator’s Association to permit its County Administrator to be a member. Supervisors approved the county paying $100 to Joyce Rodgers for rent of the Cotton Plant voting precinct. Supervisors took action on election commissioner’s training. The Tippah County Election Commissioners are required to attend training. The County shall pay the expenses for each of the Tippah County Election Commissioners to attend the annual conference on Jan. 23-30, 2009, in Philadelphia, Miss., including the tuition costs of $275 together with expenses for travel. The board approved the claims docket. Supervisors approved the payroll docket. The Board of Supervisors determined that the county property located on Hospital Street in the City of Ripley which is known as the old Tippah County Health Department Building should be declared surplus property. The board agreed to seek proposals for the lease of the building. Supervisors voted 3-2 to purchase pipe from G & O Supply, Inc. at a cost of $2,000 which is below the bid price previously accepted by the board for pipe. Supervisors Dennis Grisham and Ronnie Dunnam voted against the motion. The Board shall specifically determine the future use of the pipe, supervisors said. Supervisors voted to pay the deputy clerk for election services. The Tippah County Election Commission with the approval of the Board of Supervisors executed a contract to pay the Deputy Circuit Clerk for services performed during the election. Supervisors voted that the County shall pay Crystal Palmer Graves the sum of $50 per precinct for the November general election. Supervisors approved reimbursement for property taxes. Land identified as PPIN 6627 was double assessed; and the purchasers of the tax sale should be reimbursed the property taxes paid by them, supervisors said. The County shall pay James Shipman the sum of $133.91 for the 2004 taxes and Luxahoma Properties the sum of $124.78 for the 2005 property taxes paid erroneously due to the double assessment. Supervisors voted payment of public defender. The County shall pay Attorney Joe T. Gay the sum of $847.50 pursuant to a Order issued by Circuit Court judge Robert Elliott for Joe T. Gay’s representation as a public defender for Connie Essary.

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