BONIFAY — Holmes County Board of County Commissioners revealed the new Holmes County 911 Coordinator to be Clifton McGowan, during their regularly scheduled meeting on March 25.
If the name sounds familiar, that’s because he was announced as the county’s top choice for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Coordinator during the last regularly scheduled meeting, however, after salary negotiations McGowan turned down the temporary position in favor of a more permanent one, leaving the second runner-up, Wendel Whitehurst as the favorable candidate for the position of FEMA Coordinator, which he accepted.
It was during a special session held on March 17 by the Board that McGowan was formally voted in as the new 911 Coordinator for Holmes County.
Mayor Lawrence Cloud came before the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners on behalf of the City of Bonifay to request help maintaining a portion of ditch, estimated about two miles long, just outside the city limits for a period of six to eight months.
“As you know for the last six years we’ve been working hard to improve our water and sewer for the City of Bonifay, spending over $10 million in the process,” said Cloud.
Cloud explained that there was some emergency money coming from a grant where the City of Bonifay was at the top of the list, ranking number one, however there is still quite a bit of drainage issues since the last big rain and the city is requesting assistance from the county to clear debris and maintain a portion of ditch outside of the city limits to help with those drainage issues.
The Board agreed that they are interested in helping, however they must first consult their engineers to make sure they are able.
Holly Holt with the Holmes County Health Department requested assistance in getting a generator for the health department.
“If there’s a disaster we have immunizations that need to stay refrigerated; immunizations that cost a lot of money and are important to the health and well being of our residents,” said Holt. “It would be good to have a back-up generator just incase the power goes out so we don’t loose those immunizations or have to go through a hefty ordeal to make sure they remain cool.”
Board agreed to look into the matter.
Herman Knowles, Jr. came before the Board because of continual potholes in Ammons Road.
“I’ve been there for almost 10 years and that road just continues to deteriorate,” said Knowles. “The city has done their best to patch those holes, but since it is down hill and there’s heavy traffic, it doesn’t take long for those patches to ware out.”
Board agreed to allow one of their engineers to look at possible solutions.
Commissioner David Whitaker informed the Board that there are several people who have retired and suggested combining the two positions into one Public Works Supervisor.
After much discussion the Board agreed to look further into the matter to see what all that suggestion involved.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners is set for 9 a.m. on April 8.