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Sheriff Mentions Budget Changes Due to Closures

by Hunter Dawkins

After providing the monthly report on the Harrison County Adult Detention Center at Monday’s monthly Board of Supervisors meeting at the county courthouse in Gulfport, Sheriff Troy Peterson mentioned the closure of the Community Work Center that inmates and supervisors work.  Going through numbers and discussing the duties along with food provided, the Board chose to address these within budget discussion Wednesday and Thursday.

Under the Comptroller’s request, the Harrison County Board of Supervisors authorized a transfer of $22,740.94 from the Pass Christian Henderson Point Water & Sewage District fund to the Harrison County Wastewater Fund and $197.39 from the County Farm fund to the General Fund.  The county enabled a payment of $98,11 to the City of Gulfport to closeout the Gulfport Water District fund.

In other significant actions, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved receipt of the Long Beach Water Management District docket of claims that were adopted at their July 15 meeting.

These claims authorized the Harrison County Chancery Clerk to pay $9155 to the city of Long Beach for Canal Maintenance pursuant to the Interlocal Cooperative Agreement, $8098.88 to Dukes, Dukes, Keating & Faneca law firm for the purchase of permanent drainage easement for Canal No.1, and $240 for attendance of members to their meetings.

Through the Board’s unanimous authorization, President of the Supervisors Dr. Marlin Ladner signed a letter to the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) for the Learning and Wellness Commons Water & Sewer project requesting the modification to extend the grant to the fall of 2021 for a job creation.

From the board’s agenda, unanimous approval was approved to send letters of support to the MDA for the application by Memorial Hospital in Gulfport for funding from the Gulf Coast Restoration fund to establish a multispecialty center for pediatric patients and implementing a virtual medicine program.

Additionally, the filing of the application for standard lease of public trust tidelands with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office was unanimously approved.

This was for the bridge replacement project on Clark Avenue in Pass Christian, designation Doug Rackley of Brown, Mitchell & Alexander to act as the Board’s agent.

The next meeting is at the Biloxi Courthouse on Monday.

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