Among other business at Monday’s Lowndes County Supervisor meeting, the board honored the New Hope Lady Trojan Slow Pitch Softball team with a resolution for capturing the 2011 5A State title. Coach Tabitha Beard and Assistant Coach Connie Sharp accompanied the girls to the Lowndes County courthouse Monday. Coach Beard accepted the resolution on behalf of the team.
The state title was the Lady Trojans 5th consecutive. They’ve won 11 state titles out of the past 12 years since 2000. It was the school’s 14th state title overall for the girls slow pitch softball teams. Coach Beard said their record this year was 29-7. The girls went undefeated throughout the district playoffs and state championship series.
EMA Administrative Assistant Shelley Swails came before the board with a newly named road for E911 purposes. The road was named Dallas Drive.
Neel-Schaffer Engineer Aaron McNeal came before the supervisors to request approval of the FAA grant for The Columbus-Lowndes Airport.
Attorney Steve Edds (of Baker-Donelson) was next up with a Bond issue for purchase of land for Aerospace Park. Edds said up to 13 million in bonds to purchase land will be sold to the Mississippi Bank. The bank will issue its bonds, and those will be purchased by the USDA. Edds said the interest rates on those bonds are 3.75%. The term will be 30 years. He asked for a resolution form the board to conclude the transaction.
Board President Harry Sanders made a motion to adopt and approve the resolution. It was seconded and passed unanimously.
Lowndes County Tax Assessor/Collector Greg Andrews came before the supervisors seeking approval for the 2011 Tax Rolls, which had been approved by the State Tax Commission. Andrews said the assessed value for the county was $915 million.
Andrews also asked for a refund for Lizzie Hinds in the amount of $492.08.
Andrews was asked by Sanders if the assessed value of the county will reach $1 billion this year. Andrews said it would for 2012. Andrews also opined that Lowndes County ranked 2nd in the state in industrial base (2nd to Jackson County, he said), and would likely take over 1st in the state with $46 million more in industrial base.
Harry Sanders then said, “Thank you, Joe Higgins.” (Higgins was in the boardroom, but responded, “no, thank you.”)
County Administrator Ralph Billingsley was next up with the two applicants for the District 5 E911 post that became available when Joe St. John resigned. The applicants were Charles E. Gene Holcombe and Keith Worshaim. District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks made a motion to appoint Worshaim. It was seconded by District 4 Supervisor Jeff Smith. The motion passed unanimously to place Worshaim on the E911 board.
The next board meeting will be held next Tuesday, November 15th at 9 a.m.