TYLERTOWN — Walthall County officials are exploring how to improve electrical service to the courthouse.
The damage caused by Hurricane Ida left the building in the dark for almost a week, while many nearby buildings had power restored much more quickly.
“We were out of power here for four days,” Tax Assessor Peggy Hilburn told supervisors. “That was bad for us, because people couldn’t come in and buy their car tags.”
Hilburn and Supervisor Ken Craft said he had flagged down a visiting electrical work crew to get power restored to the courthouse.
“A crew from Northeast Mississippi had us up and running in about 10 minutes,” Hilburn said.
She suggested that the county should look into having a separate feed from another power substation, and the board agreed to work with Entergy on trying to make that happen.
Supervisors also said the county had sustained damage to a building used by the Southwest Mississippi Planning and Development District as a food distribution center, to the Department of Human Services building and to a portion of the chancery clerk’s office in the courthouse.
In other infrastructure business, county economic developer Pam Keaton said Brigade Manufacturing had made three payments toward its reimbursement to the county for the installation of new air conditioning units in the county-owned building it occupies.
“They’re on track to pay that off as agreed,” Keaton said. “Then we can look at putting in another set.”
She noted that Tylertown is also installing air conditioning units in its industrial park building, which is occupied by Red Land Cotton.
County engineer Jeff Dungan informed the board that a hole developed at the end of a bridge on Beartown Road, which needs to be filled in.
He also reported that delivery of a culvert has been delayed for the replacement of a Buck Bridge Road bridge, and a change order of $25,000 was necessary to add more rip rap to a project on Brockdale Road.
The board also:
• Approved purchase of a computer for the sheriff’s department for $1,283.
• Heard a request from Tylertown Alderman Fred Magee Jr. to have Emergency Management Director Royce McKee to expedite distribution of tarps to homeowners who need them to cover storm damage.
• Approved a beaver control contract for $7,500.
• Learned Amy Walsh was appointed interim director of the county Extension Service.