Area district officials work on county’s funding

Published 11:47 am Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Pearl River Basin Development District fine tuned their budget plans at the Board of Supervisors meeting Monday in preparation for next year’s spending for Lincoln County.

The PRBDD has requested $62,968 this year on behalf of Lincoln County, reflecting an increase from last year’s $60,610. The PRBD has received $200,000 from the Mississippi State Legislature to continue operation for the next fiscal year. The district also was granted funding for 2015 and 2016, while attempting to find a new revenue source.

Since 1968, the PRBDD has been working with the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors to work on special projects. The district has provided funds to update the Lincoln County Civic Center, helped with developments at Lake Lincoln, funded recreational projects in the city of Brookhaven and sponsored various other projects supporting Lincoln County.

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“We appreciate being able to work with the Board of Supervisors in the past and in the future,” said Mike Davis, PRBDD executive vice president.

Among other items at the supervisors meeting:

• The PRBDD officials presented the Pearl River Water District annual report to the board. The underground aquifers in Lincoln County are lowering at a normal rate, they said. The process is following state trends. “The slow dropping here is nothing to worry about,” said Jimmy Baldwin, who is over ground water management for the Pearl River Basin Development District.

• A request for more law enforcement assistance in Louisville was presented. The Louisville Red Hills Festival is approaching, and due to the recent tornado damages in the Winston County city, the emergency management team in Louisville is requesting help from Clifford Galey, director with Lincoln county Civil Defense/Emergency Management and two other Lincoln county sheriff deputies.

“They need the extra help,” said Galey. “The damages put a strain on law enforcement, so we would come to assist.”

Galey returned this weekend after a nine-day stint helping with emergency teams to stabilize the Louisville and Winston County areas. Cindy Galey, the Lincoln County deputy director and secretary and treasurer for the Mississippi Civil Defense Emergency Management Association, is still helping with the recovery.

The supervisors also:

• Transferred a pick-up truck from appraisal to the maintenance department.

• Changed the mileage rate reimbursement for county employees from 56.5 cents per mile to 56 cents per mile, following the state changes.

• Renewed a three-year contract with WastePro waste collection services.