The allegation that Oktibbeha County Engineer Clyde Pritchard has a conflict of interest in the potential replacement of the Oktibbeha County Lake Dam is unfounded, according to Pritchard and peer engineers from other counties.
Oktibbeha supervisors voted 3-2 on Monday to use county operating funds for County Engineer Clyde Pritchard’s to develop blueprints to replace the Oktibbeha County Lake dam.
Oktibbeha County leaders will spend the next two weeks figuring out the scope of a study of the county lake dam that the board of supervisors will consider authorizing at its March 16 meeting.
Oktibbeha County supervisors voted unanimously to authorize County Engineer Clyde Pritchard to draw up plans for the replacement of the Oktibbeha County Lake Dam after a public hearing in the chancery courthouse Monday night.
Supervisors gave unanimous permission Monday for a Jackson-based insurance adjuster to review the county’s insurance policy for any clauses that might cover the cost of replacing the Oktibbeha County Lake Dam.
County officials did not have to issue the second warning in a month for residents near the Oktibbeha County Lake dam to evacuate, after the lake lowered six inches Thursday.
Oktibbeha County officials will likely issue another warning regarding the Oktibbeha County Lake on Thursday or Friday, thanks to large amounts of rainfall in the area on Monday, county Emergency Management Agency director Kristen Campanella said in a press release this morning.
The Oktibbeha County Lake Dam that came close to breaching and forcing a mass evacuation in January has had structural problems since it was built in 1965, and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has been notifying county supervisors of this since 1985.
The high-alert warning level for the area surrounding Oktibbeha County Lake will continue through the weekend while six diesel-fueled pumps lower the lake to a safer water level, Emergency Management Agency Director Kristen Campanella said Saturday.
Walter Bell Road, just northeast of the Oktibbeha County Lake, hasn’t been there as long as some of its residents have.