Gold Star Monument Receives Funds

By BUSTER WOLFE,

The Gold Star Families monument that is tentatively scheduled to be unveiled on May 16 at Camp Shelby has received full funding, organizer Leonardo Scardino told the Board of Supervisors on Monday.

Scardino thanked the supervisors for their donation toward the purchase of the monument after he told the board on Feb. 20 that the monument only lacked $3,000 to pay for the display. Each of the five supervisors gave $500 during the Feb. 20 meeting after an executive session.

The cost estimate for the monument is $42,600.

“Camp Shelby has taken on the cost of placing monuments,” Scardino said told the board at the earlier meeting. “They already have prepared it; it is ready for it to come.”

The monument is 6.5 feet tall and 8 feet long.

The Gold Star Families monument is “for all parents that have lost a child or husband or wife in the military all the way back to World War I.”

Scardino’s 27-year-old son, Tony, had died of a heart attack while participating in a Land Navigation training exercise at Fort Gordon, Georgia. The four-panel granite monument that is a tribute to the families that have lost loved ones in service. Cut out of the panels is the silhouette of a soldier who is saluting, symbolizing those troops that didn’t return to their families.

In Mississippi, there are 1,121 Gold Star families.

In other action Monday, the Board of Supervisors:

heard from Becky Stewart, Domestic Abuse Center.

Approved a request from Karie Chatham of Kids Hub to place a pinwheel for each abused child in Lamar County outside each courthouse in April in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month.

heard from Chris Pfalzgraf, Pine Burr Council Boy Scouts of America, wishes to address the Board.

Approved the Feb. 22 Board Minutes.

New hire Steven Walters, Sanitation Temporary/Full-Time Hopper effective Feb. 28 at $10.50 per hour.

exhaustion of temporary/full-time position: Donald Brothers, Sanitation Hopper effective March 8.

court order: Resignation of Mary Holly Hammett effective Feb. 28.

Court Order: Appointing Tangi A Carter as Part-Time Public Defender for the County Court, Youth Court Division to serve for a term beginning March 1 and ending Dec. 31 at a sum of $750 per month.

family medical leave request: Bethany Martin County Court to begin March 6.

approval to amend the employee handbook policy on compensation for critical personnel as submitted by the County Administrator and Human Resource Manager.

Approved the Culvert Report as submitted.

Approved the Form 2 Report as submitted.

ordered publication of proceedings in accordance with Mississippi Code §19-3-35.

Approved the February End of the Month Docket in accordance with Mississippi Code §19-13-31.

Approved paying pay the March Claims Docket as submitted in accordance with Mississippi Code §19-13-31.

Approved paying the March monthly civil and criminal claims for constables as submitted.

received and entered clerk’s report of receipts and expenditures from the preceding calendar month in accordance with Miss Code, §19-11-23.

received and entered tax assessor/collector’s report of expenditures incurred during the preceding calendar month in accordance with Miss Code, §27-1-9.

Approved  advertising county resources in accordance with Mississippi Code §17-3-1 in the amount of $1,000 with First Priority of South Mississippi Annual Golf Tournament/Auction.

Approved  paying lawful expenses for Phillip Carlisle, District 4 Supervisor, to attend ADP’s 2018 Leadership Exchange trip to Auburn/Opelika, Alabama, Sept. 27-30. To be paid from Fund 014, District 4 Parks and Recreation.

Approved  advertising county resources in accordance with Mississippi Code 17-3-1 in the amount of $1,500 with Pearl River Community College to sponsor the SMPDD Lamar County Scholarship Program; to be paid from General Fund.

Approved  paying lawful expenses for Jack Smith, Tax Assessor/Collector, to attend the MACA Conference, July 8-12, in Biloxi.

Approved  paying lawful expenses for Sandra Barrett to attend mandatory Justice Court Clerk Conference, May 8-11 in Biloxi.

Approved  paying the lawful expenses of Officers Rickey Lee and Kane Kittrell to attend the MLEOA conference in D’Iberville June 10-15. Lodging will be provided for both officers as they are MLEOA board directors.

Approved  paying lawful expenses of Officer Chris Lowe to attend the DEA Money Laundering Class in Quantico, Virginia March 18-24. Lodging will be provided by the academy.

Approved  paying $220 National Rifle Association membership dues for Adam Jason Kessler, James W. Murray, Jr., James Michael Purvis and Lance T. Spiers.

Approved paying $160 NRA Law Enforcement Firearm Instructors recertification fee for Adam J. Keesler, James W. Murray, James M. Purvis and Lance Spiers.

Approved the board president to sign the JAG closeout form.

Approved the Tatum Camp Road fire protection contract between Oak Grove Fire Protection District and Northeast VFD.

Approved paying lawful expenses for George Stevens, FF Brian Neuman, FF Carla Neuman, FF Tyler Kinstle, Chief Mike Watts, Chief Andrew Pylant, Chief Johnny Elliot, Chief Rusty Moore and Chief Jimmy Cooper to attend the MS Firefighters Conference June 1-3 in Gulfport. George Stevens’ expenses to be paid from fund 121-250; all others from Fund 121-252.

Approved paying lawful expenses for Chief Andrew Pylant to attend the Active Attack Integrated Response Course (AAIR) - OPERATOR Class in Pearl at the MS Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy March 5-6 from fund 121-252.

Approved the asset deletion list as submitted and dispose of as indicated on the inventory deletion form.

Approved the asset transfer list as submitted.

Approved changes in Assessments as submitted by the Tax Collector/Assessor.

Approved changes in Homestead as submitted by the Tax Collector/Assessor.

Approved Tax Sale Cancellations as submitted by the Tax Collector/Assessor.

Approved surrendering old vehicle tags per attached as submitted by the Tax Collector/Assessor.

Approved changing the Land Use Classification from Single Family Moderate Density to Restricted Commercial. The Planning Commission did not forward a recommendation. The vote was 2-2. The property is located at 200 Weathersby Road. In Supervisor’s District 1.

Approved changing the Zoning of the property from R-2/Moderate Density Residential to C-1/Restricted Commercial. The Planning Commission did not forward a recommendation. The property is located at 200 Weathersby Road in Supervisor District 1.

Approved the Board President, Joe Bounds, to sign resolution authorizing Lamar County’s participation in the Pine Belt Household Hazardous Waste Day (Right-Way-to-Throw-Away-Day) event with the City of Hattiesburg, City of Petal, Forrest County and the University of Southern Mississippi.

heard  an update on the Community Rating System for flood insurance from Tara Coggins.

held for discussion the status of Ernest Cameron Road in District 3 for County maintenance.

Approved setting the speed limit at 35 mph on West Lake Road in Lake Serene Subdivision in District 4 per the recommendation of the Road Manager.

approval to make a finding of a hazardous driveway at 101 Rhodes Drive and West Fourth Street. Said driveway is a hazard to the resident and to the traveling public.

approval for the Road Department to correct the hazardous driveway at 101 Rhodes Drive and West Fourth Street.

Approved a Proclamation declaring March as American Red Cross Month.

reminded  that the Mississippi Blue Grass Reunion is this week, March 8-10, at the Lamar County Fairgrounds.

The next Board meeting will be at 9 a.m. March 22.

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