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Supervisors pass ad resolution

The Lincoln County Board of Supervisors on Monday passed a resolution that could aid funding for a baseball complex expected to be completed by the 2016 season.

The resolution starts the process for the state legislature to allow supervisors to sign an extended advertising contract. Currently, supervisors are not allowed to sign contracts longer than the length of their term. If the resolution passes through the legislature, supervisors would be able to obtain a corporate sponsorship for the complex complete with naming rights. Chancery Clerk Tillmon Bishop said that this would be much like the Mississippi Brave’s park in Pearl being named Trustmark Park.

Sen. Sally Doty (R-Brookhaven) brought the idea to Quinn Jordan, one of the leaders of the baseball complex initiative. Doty noticed that other towns were able to pass bills to allow for these extended contracts. However, Doty needed something to prove the county supported the initiative.

Doty said she planned to have a bill drafted Monday afternoon and filed by today. Doty said she did not foresee there being any issue with the bill passing.

Currently the board is issuing bonds to cover funding for the complex.

Although no action was taken, the board did discuss the city’s returned proposal regarding permissions surrounding Hansel King Sportsplex in executive session. Bishop said he believes the board is getting close to where they need to be to proceed with the project.

In other business:

• The board accepted Circuit Clerk Dustin Bairfield’s sole source letter for electronic poll books. Bairfield said the office already has grant funds in hand to purchase the tablets. Bairfield said the electronic poll books would eliminate issues with the wrong ballot being received as well as prevent cross-over voting.

• The board voted to renew their health insurance with the same carrier.