Library thanks supervisors for support

Published 10:53 am Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Lincoln County Library officials praised supervisors for their support during their meeting Monday morning.

Chairman of the Lincoln County Friends of the Library Board, Celeste Carty, and Henry Ledet, the director of the Regional Library system, came to thank the board for all that they have done to help with recent upgrades.

“We want to especially express our gratitude for the wonderfully paved parking lot,” Carty said. “It has been appreciated by our patrons and the employees.”

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Ledet and Carty brought to the board a “rocky road” cake, “which our pavement no longer looks like,” Carty said jokingly. She mentioned the newly remodeled children’s room with new chairs and specialized children’s computers.

They also briefed the board on ongoing projects to replace defective patron computers which visitors use to do research and apply for jobs online. Another project includes work to develop the young teens area of the library, funded by grants and gifts, as an area for teens to have access to the latest books as well as a place to do homework and research projects.

Ledet and Carty also requested that LaKeishia Bryant be reappointed to the library board, and the motion was approved.

Allen Laird of the Southwest Mississippi Planning and Development District came to discuss grants and grant deadlines. Laird said the deadline for a Small Municipalities and Limited Population County Grant had passed without the county’s knowledge.

“The reason initially we didn’t discuss the deadline on the Small Municipalities grant application is because Lincoln County as a county doesn’t qualify to apply,” Laird said. “But we forgot about we have a hamlet [Bogue Chitto] now that does apply.”

District 3 Supervisor Nolan Williamson said the board needs to be told about anything the county can get, and “don’t ask, just apply.”

“But the ones that have deadlines the board should be made aware of,” Tillmon Bishop, Chancery Clerk said.

Laird and the board discussed future projects and how to be more on top of what funds the county can seek.

In other business, the board:

• Approved solid waste refunds in the amount of $56 and $70.

• Approved a $1,500 budgeted item for Quinn Jordan, director of the Lincoln Civic Center, to attend a trade show in Nevada by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.

• Approved the application for the Emergency Management Performance Grant which Clifford Galey, Emergency Management Coordinator, requested the board sign as it helps fund his office.

The board entered into executive session for the purpose of discussing potential litigation.