Supervisors re-appoint county officials

By HASKEL BURNS,

Several prominent county officials were approved for their yearly re-appointments at Monday’s meeting of the Lamar County Board of Supervisors, including County Administrator Jody Waits, Road Manager Tommy Jones, Fire Coordinator George Stevens and Board Attorney Perry Phillips. 

Also included in the re-appointments were Don Walker as state aid engineer, Jason Cuevas as comptroller, Jordan Dement as purchasing clerk, Jackie Pierce as receiving clerk, Bob Byrd as inventory control clerk, James Smith as arson investigator and Ryan Pigott as assistant arson investigator.

Three court officials also were re-appointed at the meeting: Amy Singley Little as court reporter for County and Youth Court at an annual salary of $64,000; Emmett L. Coker as Youth Court Officer/County Court bailiff at an annual rate of $42,744 to be paid hourly; and Ruth Mossor as court administrator for County and Youth Court at an annual salary of $59,600 plus benefits.

In other action Monday, supervisors:

• Approved a 24-month lease agreement from Harley-Davidson of Jackson for two Harley-Davidson motorcycles at a rate of $350 a month, plus an installation charge of $750 per motorcycle for a police package.

• Approved to make a finding that neither Lane Line, which was the awarded striping bidder for the traffic light project at Old Highway 11 and Richburg Road, nor alternate bidder J.L. MCool Contractors, were able to fulfill that job request. Because of that, the board voted to approve McCraney Striping to fulfill striping requirements for the project as an emergency, and to stripe various roads throughout the county.

• Approved a conditional use to conduct vehicle sales, a vehicle service center and a garage/body shop at an unnamed property on U.S 98 just east of the Canebrake subdivision. Supervisors also voted to chance the Land Use Classification from Special Use Area to Residential Estate, as well as to change the zoning of the property from SU/Special Use to RE/Residential Estate.