Woman seeks relief from neighbor’s varmints
A Bogue Chitto woman hopes the Lincoln County Board Supervisors can exterminate the critters that visit her home from an abandoned property nearby.
The woman made the request through Ronnie Durr, a county employee who deals with nuisance and abandoned properties as well as finding and disposing of larger waste on county roads.
The property at 358 South Railroad Ave. was owned by a man who is now living in a nursing home in Illinois, Durr said.
It is a foreclosure and now owned by a loan company, he said.
“The lady next door is having all kind of trouble with varmints and everything else coming out of that property there,” Durr told the board Monday.
Durr is familiar with the unkempt property and its former owner. “He was the granddaddy of all junkers,” he said. “Now he’s no longer in the picture and he left the property in disarray. There’s all kind of stuff coming out of the yard into her yard.”
Board attorney Bob Allen said the woman must file an official petition with the Board of Supervisors so they can proceed.
“She’s in dire need,” Durr said. “If y’all can, help her out with that.”
A few weeks after supervisors closed Keystone Park as practice fields, residents representing two baseball programs have asked the supervisors for pieces of the surplus equipment at Keystone.
Keith Dickerson with Heritage Family Church on Hwy. 51 asked supervisors for a backstop he’d seen at Keystone.
“Whatever’s there, we’d like to try to get it if y’all are getting rid of it,” he said.
Lincoln County Chancery Clerk Tillmon Bishop sees the request as a win-win for the county.
“The county’s not going to be using it for anything and it’s just going to be sitting out there” Bishop said.
The county can’t give surplus equipment away, though it can transfer ownership to another government entity. Allen will research further to find the best solution for the board to be able to help Heritage with an equipment donation.
Curtis Oliver, a vice president on the board of Dr. A.L. Lott Youth Baseball League, also made a pitch for Keystone equipment.
Oliver requested a backstop, old drink box, dugout benches and a batting cage.
Allen said that since Lott is a park maintained by the Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Department, he thinks the board can transfer ownership of the requested pieces to the city and earmark it for Parks and Recreation.
Supervisors voted unanimously to accept from King’s Daughters Medical Center a community health interactive portal, which will be kept in the main lobby of the courthouse.
David Culpepper, director of marketing for the hospital, said the portal serves as an information station for the public’s use during regular business hours at the courthouse.
Individuals will be able to look up conditions by letter, then watch informational videos suited to their search.
The portal also includes a current database of all medical providers within the county. The list also includes physicians, nurse practitioners and medical providers not affiliated with KDMC.
The hospital also plans to put portals in the library as well as at least two pharmacies.
In other business, supervisors heard a proposal from David Clark, state sales manager for Mississippi Court Collections. Clark said the company, which was started in 2002, only serves Mississippi government entities.
Clark said the company can collect delinquent fees for Lincoln County at no cost to the county. The assessment fees collected with the fines pays for their service, he said.
The company can also administer payment agreements with those who owe fines to the county.
“We have found that if we can get an agreement in front of these people once we find them and can make it affordable for them on a monthly basis, they will work with us on getting those things paid,” Clark said.
Supervisors have used the debt-collection service Pioneer Credit to collect fines for Lincoln County Justice Court for several years.
The board went into executive session to discuss economic development and a follow-up to a legal issue, Bishop said.
No action was taken when the board came out of executive session.