BONIFAY – Talks of constructing a helicopter landing pad in Gritney have ended due to lack of funding.

Plans to construct a landing zone off Tobe Retherford Road in Gritney were underway to save the county mobilizations costs since the contractor is currently working in the area. However, due to lack of funding the construction of the landing zone at a cost of $6,000 has been halted.

Commissioners agree that having landing zones placed throughout the county would be beneficial to citizens.

“It would be a real benefit to residents of the county to have these in the area,” said Commissioner Bobby Sassnett.

Finding funding during the next budget cycle is a priority according to Chairman Danny Powell.

“Important items such as these really need to be looked at during budget time,” said Powell.

Commissioners approved a motion to replace a half mile of milled asphalt on Cody Taylor Lane. The road is county maintained and was last done 14 years ago. Landowners Cody Taylor and Harry Marshall will be splitting the $4,400 cost with the county.

In other items, Attorney Brandon Young brought forth the Local Option Gas Tax agreement to the board stating that each municipality’s mayor will be invited to the second meeting in June to sign the agreement that will go into effect in October.

Young also advised the commission that the employee policy and procedure manual will be brought to the next regular session for approval.

County Engineer Cliff Knauer updated commissioners on the Small County Road Assistance Project (SCRAP) on Highway 181-C is under negotiations with the contractor to help reduce the cost of the project by $61,000. Once completed, the notice to proceed on the work will be granted.

Holmes County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in regular session at 6 p.m. on May 22.