BONIFAY – The Holmes County Board of County Commissioners has decided to not move ahead with the purchase of the old Bonifay Elementary School property in a

3-2 vote.

Citing the uncertainty of being able to afford the utilities and insurance payments in the next fiscal year, commissioners decided not move ahead when the board met in regular session June 27.

Commissioner Danny Powell made the motion to move ahead with the purchase in the name of progress with Commissioner Bobby Sassnett in agreement. Commissioners Clint Erickson, Mickey Locke and Philip Music voted against the motion due to the uncertainty.

In other business, Holmes County approved the measure to join an interlocal agreement to help provide a management structure for the an estuary program set up for the Choctawhatchee Bay.

The Environmental Protection Agency has officially announced plans to fund an estuary program in Northwest Florida earlier this year by setting up a competition for $2 million that Okaloosa and Walton county officials had been preparing for for months.

The Choctawhatchee Bay watershed includes tributaries that run through Holmes and Washington County, leading to an interlocal agreement being proposed by Okaloosa County and Walton County officials so that the four counties can team up to expand the estuary program.

The agreement is meant to consolidate the counties’ respective efforts for collaborative management, restoration and protection of the bay and its watershed. Officials state that with the counties working together, revenues and grant proceeds that can fund these projects can be used to maximize the funding.

In other agenda items during Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners addressed the following issues:

• Approval of an extension on Old Mount Zion Road project due to a retention pond not being completed because of weather hold ups.

• Construction, Engineering and Inspection of Highway 181-C was approved in order to close the resurfacing project.

• EMS Director Steve Connell requested the boards approval of the transportation plan as it pertains to patients dealing with Baker Acts and the like. The plan is the same one that has been in use for many years and was approved by the commission.

Holmes County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in regular session at 9 a.m. on July 11.