Garbage pickup rates won”t increase for Oktibbeha County residents, at least for the near future.
The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to allow President Marvell Howard to execute the renewal of the county”s sanitation contract with Golden Triangle Service District Cooperative.
The six-year contract will see Oktibbeha County”s rate remain at $13 a month per residence, which covers pickup, dumping fees and payment to the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District, which handles billing.
“Rates are based upon profit and loss, so even though we don”t think they”ll increase in the near time there”s a chance it could in three or four years,” said District 5 Supervisor and Service District Cooperative President John Young.
Young said the rate increased by $1.50 per month three years ago.
The Golden Triangle Service District Cooperative has individual sanitation contracts with Oktibbeha, Lowndes and Webster counties and its entities.
The Golden Triangle Service District Cooperative picks up garbage, including rubbish no longer than 6 feet in length and 6 inches in diameter, once a week for 7,855 homes, 43 businesses and 36 churches in Oktibbeha County.
Pickup rates vary with each county contract.
In other business, the board approved a request for cash in the amount of $150,987.30 from Anco, the Corinth-based contractor of the Oktibbeha County School District central office building. Members of the school board completed a walk-through and approved corrected deficiencies. The final figure paid to Anco is adjusted since contractor went over the allotted days to complete the project.
However, there”s a drainage issue on the roof that Anco must fix. Anco representative Kevin Harvell said the manufacturer would have to come inspect the roof and decide what can be done without voiding the warranty.
Another concern for Howard and the board is the lack of communication between Anco and architect Pryor Morrow. Anco requested additional construction time, and Harvell said the request went unanswered. Without Pryor and Morrow approving the delays, some of which Harvell said were due to weather, it could affect how much Anco owes the county for falling behind on the project. Howard was unsure of the amount Anco owes the county because the issue has yet to be resolved between the architect and contractor.
“I”m disappointed it hasn”t been resolved already and the building hasn”t been totally completed,” Howard said. “I”m hoping in the next couple of weeks that everything is done and the building will be released to the school board. The overage for the allotted days for completion has to be dealt with.”
In other matters, the board also:
- Agreed to set a public hearing for a vicious-dog ordinance for 10 a.m., Sept. 13 in the boardroom at the Oktibbeha County Courthouse.
- Voted unanimously to take two different bids for 26 rifles for the Oktibbeha County Sheriff”s Office under advisement. Both bids are with Golden Gun LLC of Grenada. One bid is for $920 per rifle while the other is for $744.95. The total cost would be offset by a trade of confiscated guns.
- Voted unanimously to authorize Oktibbeha County E911 Director Jim Britt to apply for a federal Homeland Security grant to upgrade the county”s geographic information system and add a new server. Total cost of upgrades is $79,075.
- Approved the five-year renewal of Starkville Recycling”s lease at the property next to Southwire on C.C. Clark Road at an annual rate of $4,000.
- Accepted a $209,950 bid from Deep South Fire Trucks for a new fire truck. The truck will be funded through lease-purchase and will be delivered to the county in about 270 days.