County to discuss cooperation for BP funds

Holmes County Board of County Commissioners 10-8-2013

Holmes County Board of County Commissioners listen as County Attorney Jeff Goodman reads the One-Cent Surtax Ordinance during the second and final public hearing on Tuesday.

Cecilia Spears
Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 11:51 AM.

BONIFAY — Holmes County Board of County Commissioners agreed to listen to a request from Bill Williams, a consultant with SCG Governmental Affairs, LLC, during their meeting Tuesday for a special session to discuss the Restore Act.

Williams is representing area counties in their collaborative effort to seek BP funding due to the oil spill that occurred in April of 2010.

“There’s a pool of money from that oil spill and now they are trying to figure out how to dispense that money,” said County Attorney Jeff Goodman. “The Restore Act is an effort to get the different counties on the same page to gain better leverage to push towards obtaining that money. I’ll continue to go to these meetings and I hope that Holmes County will be willing to work with the other counties.”

Williams said that it would basically be a commitment made by the counties to include the Restore Act in their future plans and requested that the county appoint a mediator on behalf of the county, which after discussion they agreed on County Engineer Cliff Knauer.

After some discussion the Board agreed to discuss the matter in a workshop later.

After the final reading and public hearing for the One-Cent Surtax Ordinance the Board approved.

Resident Tamphus Messer was present to request the name of Besma Road be renamed after his father, Tom Messer.

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