In July 19 board meeting, it was brought to the Supervisor’s attention about the surveillance video cameras in the 911 dispatch room.
According to 911 Director Jackie Matthews and IT Specialist Slade Barnett, there are two camera systems in the dispatch room, one belonging to the county, and one controlled by ComSouth to watch over the equipment they installed. This causes privacy issues. Certain parts of the 911 system (NCIC information system) is federally protected and cannot have information shared but to only law enforcement.
“It is a federal violation if someone gets caught giving that information out or if someone can see it. They won’t be coming after you (supervisors), they will be coming after me,” stated
Sheriff Todd Kemp. “It is privileged information used by law enforcement only.”
Board Attorney Bill Hammack stated absolutely the cameras need to come out, but to let him look at contracts between ComSouth and the county first.
After discussion about a CAP loan to purchase five firetrucks, Beaverdam Fire Chief Jerry Satcher asked the supervisors when would it be Beaverdam’s turn. He stated the fire department only has one truck in operation, that they have been overlooked for many years and needed help. “We have an old tanker sitting out there. We can’t even use it. It doesn’t have brakes.” The Supervisors stated they would look into getting them some help.
Quitman Public Library requested the Supervisors help to purchase a new front door for the library with the county’s part to be $1535. The City of Quitman has already approved to pay $1435. By law, the city is responsible for the maintenance at the library. The county gives the library $125,000 in support per year. Motion was made and approved to not pay the amount for the door.
Quotes were accepted and lowest bids were approved for:
Truck tires for maintenance truck
*Lucas Tire - $788.00
Midway Service - $852.08
Nelson Tire - $926.88
BJ’s Tire - $968.40
Fence for Harris Park
*Southern Fence - $18,900
Bonner Fence – $19,845
Shubuta Park 30x30 building
*Phillips Building - $5991.96
Dixie Building - $6089.16
Concrete slab for Shubuta Park
*Clyde Kelly Concrete - $6956
Moody Concrete - $8910
Road Department- 8 tires
Southern Tires - $1740
Lucas Tire - $1600
*BJ’s Tire - $1522
Other actions approved included:
• Purchase two picnic tables for Harris Park
• To pay the Mississippi State Medical Examiner’s Office for morgue fees $450 and $2000 for autopsy fees
• To send David Bonner to a fall conference in October
• To turn the school district lawsuit over to new board attorney Bill Hammack
• To clean and scrub sidewalks
• To advertise for bids on generator for emergency management building
• To obtain a state CAP loan to purchase five fire trucks (Quitman, East Quitman, Harmony, Clarkdale and Shubuta)
The next meeting will be August 2 at 9 a.m. in the board room. The meetings are open to the public.