A local fire chief has recommended annual inspection of county fire trucks, which he said should save money in the long run.
Chief Bobby Jackson addressed the Webster County Board of Supervisors on Aug. 6 about a Cumberland Fire Department pumper that has developed a leak in the pump or tank. Supervisors have taken under advisement two repair quotes that Fire Coordinator Barry Rushing presented to the board at its previous meeting.
Jackson, at last week’s meeting, asked the board to consider taking bids for once-a-year inspection of all Webster County fire trucks, including pump tests. He and Rushing, who was also present, said this would cost less in the long run by avoiding problems such as the leak. No action was taken.
Planner George Crawford of the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District met with the board about applying for a Small Municipalities and Limited Population Counties Grant.
He previously met with supervisors June 29 about the grant, which could be up to $150,000 and requires a 20 percent match. The board discussed possible projects but no decision was made; the application deadline is Aug. 31.
Board members voted to hire Daryl L. Redd as a road hand for District 1 on a 90-day trial period effective Aug. 7 and Deangelo Liggins as part-time deputy effective Aug. 6. They also voted to allow the county election commissioners to attend an associational training seminar Jan. 22-25 in Biloxi.
The board voted to object to the chargeback of the homestead exemption to John David Peacock so that the tax charge will be removed from the tax roll “as it properly should be.”
Supervisors went into executive session for discussion of personnel but took no action after returning to open session about 40 minutes later.