Supervisors to allow VWSD to use polling machines

Published 9:00 pm Monday, January 22, 2018

The Vicksburg Warren School District will be able to use county polling machines for their special bond election.

During their special called meeting to make up for last week’s meeting that was postponed due to the inclement weather, the Warren County Board of Supervisors approved an interlocal agreement with the school district, circuit clerk and election commission for the use of the county equipment and other support that is needed to hold the election.

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The cost of the election will be at the expense of the school district, according to board of supervisor’s attorney Blake Teller.

“This is similar to what we typically do with the city when we help with their elections,” Teller told the board. “County personnel will maintain control and operation of the machines at all times.”

In December, the Vicksburg Warren School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to go forward with a recommendation from Dale/Bailey Architects of Ridgeland that calls for massive renovations to the two existing high schools, the construction of a new Academy of Innovation between Vicksburg and Warren Central junior highs and infrastructure improvements at all district elementary schools.

The project is expected to cost $132 million; $83 million will come from a proposed bond issue that must be approved by 60 percent of Warren County voters.

The election on the bond will be held March 27 with Vicksburg and Warren Central high schools serving as precincts.

The additional $49 million will be paid for with a loan that will fit within the current VWSD budget as funding for the two mega-schools rolls off the books.

In other matters, the board:

• Approved a lost/stolen report from the Warren County Sheriffs Office involving a $900 rifle suppressor.

According to Inventory Control Clerk Dexter Jones, the report he received stated around Dec. 1 the officer noticed the department issued suppressor on his rifle was missing. The officer recalled seeing the suppressor when he cleaned the rifle in his home. The officer believes he may have placed the suppressor in the rifle’s black nylon gun case, but cannot locate the gun case. The rifle is secured under the backseat of his patrol vehicle, which he said is always locked.

• Approved the mileage reimbursement change per the Department of Finance and Administration for the State of Mississippi to .545 per business mile for the use of a personal vehicle and .18 per business mile if a government vehicle is available for the use of a personal vehicle

• Approved a consulting contract with Elevator Technical Services, Inc., on the elevators in the courthouse

• Approved inmate telephones contract with Ally Telecom Group

• Authorized advertising for sealed bids for the library roof project

Adjourned until their next scheduled meeting on Monday, Feb. 5 at 9 a.m. in the courthouse.