EMS Director Wanda Stafford bids Holmes County goodbye

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 05:03 PM.

Board also accepted the resignation of Emergency Management Services Programmer Tiffany Majors. After 22 years of service Majors wrote in her resignation that she is moving on to become a major part of her family’s agricultural business.

  • After a long discussion about the need of a grader for District 1 the Board approved of “piggy backing” the Sheriff’s Office’s bid to purchase a John Deere grader for the price of $1,966 a month for a year-end pay-back and to address purchasing two more graders after the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s work to repair the county’s road was done.
  • Board agreed to help Ponce de Leon High School’s Agricultural Class with materials to build up the road leading to 30 acres used by the school to teach irrigation, catfish farming, soil conservation, crop growing and many other classes Agriculture Teacher Larry Sweat, Jr. informed the Board the class is now geared toward.
  • Board approved of low-bid contract with Blankenship Contracting in the amount of $33,000 to place a fabricated screen box in the sewer line near the prison to catch large items being flushed, such as sheets and shoes, and stop them from clogging and destroying the grinders at the new sewer plant in Bonifay.
  • Board approved Consent Items: Minutes for Regular Session on April 29 and Emergency Session on April 30; and Resolution with Tri-County Community Council.
  • Board approved of Traffic Signal Maintenance and Compensation Agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation, which is an updated agreement from the last one signed in 2002.
  • Chair Monty Merchant informed the Board they put out the LAP Sidewalks Phase I CEI Services out for bid but only received on bid the first time and the FDOT asked that he put the bid out again but this time only received one more for a total of two. Merchant said that he had not heard approval from FDOT to move forward and Board approved that as soon as they hear from FDOT that it will be put on the next meeting’s agenda.
  • Goodman informed the Board that the contract the county has with Preble Rish and Melvin Engineering is up for renewal in August, explaining that the original contract was for two years with the option to renew for a year after that before bids were to be placed. The Board approved to renew their contract for one more year.
  • Goodman gave an update that the Board had interviewed all seven applicants for the position of Public Works Director and the Board tabled the discussion until later when a decision would be made.
  • Board approved to put out a bid for rock in the ongoing FEMA work.

The next meeting is a special called session at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 19 and the regularly scheduled meeting is set for 6 p.m. on May 27.

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