Logger’s possible fine discussion with Lincoln County School Board postponed

Published 10:58 am Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Lincoln County School Board members this week postponed a decision to determine whether a logger should pay the school district a penalty for cutting timber on the wrong side of a marked boundary line on 16th section land.

Kurt Smith of Hardly Able Logging will go before the board at their next scheduled meeting Oct. 3. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. at the district office on East Monticello Street.

Superintendent Mickey Myers said the issue, which was set to be discussed for a second time Sept. 19, was postponed because Stan Long, the district’s 16th section land manager, could not attend.

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Smith could face a fine of more than $42,000 for what he told the board at a meeting Sept. 6 was a “human mistake.”

The board declined to make a decision at that meeting to allow Long time to get some paperwork together to present to board members.

Executive session

The board, within moments of opening the meeting, voted to go into executive session to discuss one student matter and two personnel matters.

Upon entering into open session 35 minutes later, the board denied a request by a private provider in the student matter, too no action in one personnel matter and tabled the other to wait for more information to be presented, Myers said.

In other business, the board:

• Approved a recommendation by Bogue Chitto Principal Jay Rayborn to hire Shonda Lawson as janitor and custodian.

• Approved a request from Myers for permission to revise the district’s policy to add all employees who drive school-owned vehicles to be randomly drug tested.

• Approved a request by Long to give three 16th section leaseholders until Nov. 1 to pay their land taxes before going forward with termination.

• Rescinded the vote taken on Aug. 19 to allow Dudley Allen a 1-acre lease on section 16-6-8.

• Approved a travel request by financial director Sam Steward to attend the Central Access Software Training Conference to be held Oct. 19-21 in Biloxi.