Clerk: Grant is ‘causing problems’

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 30, 2003

WOODVILLE &045; At Monday’s meeting of the Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors, Chancery Clerk Thomas Tolliver voiced his frustration over the lack of information about a two-year-old grant to fund a new law enforcement center here.

&uot;As clerk of this board, by statute &045; not by Thomas Tolliver, but by statute &045; I’m supposed to have everything that you do filed away &045; not over here in your board room, but over in the clerk’s office,&uot; Tolliver said.

&uot;It’s a grant that should have been closed out a long time ago. It’s getting to the point where it is now causing some problems,&uot; said Tolliver, who was unsure how much money remained in the $300,000 Community Development Block Grant..

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Tolliver said his office has not been provided with copies of applications, deeds or blueprints related to the allotment, making it impossible for him to answer auditors’ questions about the grant.

Purchasing Clerk Consandra Stewart said she helped with the grant application and maintains &uot;unofficial&uot; copies in her files. But Stewart said the Southwest Planning and Development District is the coordinator for the grant.

In December 2000, the county used the grant to buy the one-story, brick building and four acres of land on U.S. 61 south of Woodville from local businessman Julius Carter at a cost $200,000, according to SPDD director Wirt Peterson. Of the grant, $50,000 was used to buy a used, modular jail, which was transported from Grenada County and assembled next to the office building at an additional cost of $20,000, said Peterson.

Another $7,000 in administrative costs have also been paid to the SPDD.

According to Peterson, $23,000 remains in the grant, including $20,000 in contingency funds, and $3,000 tabbed for additional managerial costs. &uot;It’s essentially completed, as far as the work that has to be done (on the grant),&uot; said Peterson.

Both the office building and the jail have since gone unoccupied, but supervisors did take action Monday to begin moving the sheriff’s department and justice court offices to the new site.