BONIFAY – Holmes County Board of County Commissioners gave the go ahead to purchase land for a future county annex.

A visionary committee was put together in January to look for properties for the project. Committer member Mike Alvis brought the property before the board when they met in regular session December 12.

The 58 acres tract of land sits at the corner of Deacon Road and County Road 173. The purchase price of the land with the timber still in place is $259,000. The county is expected to use a combination of funding sources to purchase the property. $223,000 would come from funds set aside from the sale of the old fairgrounds, and the remaining $36,275 from contingency funds.

County Attorney Brandon Young was tasked with updating the job description for the County Coordinator position that was recently vacated by Wesley Adams.

Young is expected to bring the proposed description to the January 8 meeting where commissioners will vote on it. Once approved, advertising for the position will begin. County FEMA coordinator Joey Marsh will help fill the jobs duties in the interim.

A new heating/cooling unit for the Council on Aging was approved for purchase. The $6,000 cost will be split between COA covering $2,000 and the county covering the remaining $4,000 out of contingency funds.

In other items, the board accepted the resignation of Emergency Management Program Assistant Stephanie Worley. Worley’s last day will be January 4.

Holmes County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in special session at 8 a.m. on January 9.