County borrows for radios, patrol units

Published 11:53 pm Monday, March 4, 2019


NATCHEZ — The Adams County Board of Supervisors agreed Monday to borrow $532,780 through a 5-year financing agreement at 3.3-percent interest with Delta Bank to pay for new emergency response radios and four new Dodge Durango patrol units.

The board previously approved the purchase of 44 mobile radio units to be installed in county vehicles and 44 handheld radios to be used by both the Emergency Management and Adams County Sheriff’s Office from Harris, an electronics manufacturer for commercial and government uses, for $403,100.

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Meanwhile, four patrol units for the sheriff’s office would cost $129,680 total, and the county would later be reimbursed for $84,380 through a U.S. Department of Agriculture Grant.

District 3 Supervisor Angela Hutchins and District 4 Supervisor Ricky Gray were away at the National Association of County Officials conference in Washington, D.C., during Monday’s meeting when financing arrangement was approved by a vote of 3-0.

Following Monday’s meeting, Adams County Attorney Scott Slover said both purchases were included in the county’s budget.

Slover said the county regularly rotates the its older vehicles with newer models to prevent costly maintenance issues.

In other matters during the Adams County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday morning, with Hutchins and Gray attending via conference call, the board:

  • Unanimously approved bridge repairs on Verucchi Road.
  • Unanimously approved a motion to advertise for a grass cutter job in the road department to replace an employee who had recently announced a resignation.
  • Unanimously approved a bid from Truck Works for a $140,965 truck used for limb and brush removal and unanimously approved a motion to seek a financing arrangement for the bid.
  • Unanimously approved board orders for tax adjustments for businesses that were re-assessed upon request by their owners and added a new steel fabrication business to the tax roll.

At 10 a.m., Hutchins and Gray ended their conference call and were absent for the remainder of the meeting. While they were absent, the board approved the following by a vote of 3-0:

  • Approved the promotion of two 911-dispatch employees from part-time to full-time status to replace two employees who resigned.
  • Approved a contract with Gordon Red for bridge repairs on Quitman Road for $8,260.