County begins new term

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 14, 2004

For Darryl Grennell, the first meeting of the year for the Adams County Board of Supervisors also served as an election of sorts &045;&045; to the post of board president.

The board unanimously approved Grennell as president. Grennell served in 2002 as the board’s president, then in 2003 as its vice president.

Grennell’s goals for the coming year include keeping all county departments up and running effectively.

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&uot;I want to work with the city government to enhance relationships between departments, such as the fire department,&uot; he said. &uot;One of my major goals is to try to improve the economic conditions of the community and promote industrial jobs.&uot;

Monday’s elections named Samuel Cauthen as the new vice president. The board also offered its congratulations to Cauthen who will serve as president of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors this year, and welcomed newly elected supervisors Henry Watts and S.E. &uot;Spanky&uot; Felter.

Board Attorney Marion Smith, County Engineer Jim Marlow, Road Manager Robert Powell and County Administrator Charles Brown were reappointed to those positions.

Brown, in turn, reappointed Patricia Powell as purchasing clerk, Rosa Wilson as assistant purchasing clerk, Angela Hutchins as inventory clerk and Fannie Campbell as receiving clerk. The board approved all four reappointments.

Following the elections, the board heard complaints from Rev. Chester Cain regarding a drainage problem that is causing erosion on Pine Ridge Road near his house. Cain said he first approached the board about the problem before Thanksgiving but has not seen anyone investigating the problem.

&uot;I’m here again this morning because the problem needs to be corrected,&uot; Cain said. &uot;It’s your problem, but it’s on us because the pipe is stopped up on both sides of the road.&uot;

Powell agreed to investigate the problem following the meeting.

Other matters discussed at the meeting included the following:

4Johnny Waycaster gave a report about roof repair at the mental health building on Liberty Road. The board approved his request to reject the two construction bids received and re-advertise in hopes of getting less expensive offers.

4Sheriff Ronny Brown was appointed to fill a vacancy on the E-911 board. Brown will serve four years alongside Natchez Police Chief Mike Mullins, who agreed to serve again when his term expired late last year.