County action paves way for MEMA meeting

Published 12:30 am Saturday, August 28, 2010

Warren County OK’d its half of the paperwork Friday to secure a $150,000 grant from the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security to revise its plan to include what the City of Vicksburg can provide during emergency responses.

City officials signed off on the application Wednesday. If approved, the grant would not require a local match.

Supervisors’ action paves the way for a meeting with the city and MEMA officials next week, on Friday, to hash out differences and delineate responsibilities during emergencies among local law enforcement, fire-fighting crews and others. Mayor Paul Winfield and Richard George, president of the county board, said the session will include an administrative employee or two from each entity, but not a quorum of each governing board. A draft sent to the state this month did not include the city’s role in the plan and arrived there three months later than the agency had asked.

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