By Austin Bishop

Kemper County Messenger



The Kemper County board of Supervisors voted unanimously to give Kemper County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Craig Hitt authority to pursue a $94K grant from the Mississippi Development Authority.

The grant, if awarded, would go toward getting an economic market impact assessment done on the property the county purchased with the idea of building an industrial park at the intersection of Hwy 16 and Hwy 39.

Hitt told the board that there was no matching grant required, meaning the county would not have to put up any money in order to gain the funds.  "The assessment would give us an idea of what type of (companies) might be interested in locating at the park and who might need to pursue," Hitt said.

District 5 Supervisor Chris Cole made the motion to pursue the grant, while District 3 Supervisor Justin Creer provided the second.

In another economic matter, it was noted that the workforce at Emelia Inc., located in the current industrial park at the incubator, continues to grow and the product lines produced by the Israeli-based cosmetics company are increasing as well.

"At least once a month they have people looking at possibly (working with the company to produce products) and they (Emilia) continue to invest money in the operation," Hitt said.

In other action the Kemper County Board of Supervisors:

— Approved current claims. Motion Creer, second District 1 Supervisor Pat Granger. Vote 5-0.

— Approved payroll. Motion Creer, second Granger. Vote 5-0.

— Approved the appointment of Betty Graham as a jury commissioner of Kemper County for a four-year term running from Jan. 1, 2017-Dec. 31, 2020, replacing her husband R.G. Graham. Motion Cole, second Granger. Vote 5-0.

— Approved the appointment of Peggy Joyner as a jury commissioner of Kemper County for a 4-year term running from Jan. 1, 2017-Dec. 31, 2020. Motion Cole, second Granger. Vote 5-0.

— Approved the appointment of Matthew Jackson as a jury commissioner of Kemper County for a 4-year term from Jan. 1, 2017-Dec. 31, 2020. Motion Creer, second Cole. Vote 5-0.

— Approved House Bill No. 1149 to reinstate the late fee on delinquent residential solid waste bills in Kemper County. Motion Granger, second Creer.Vote 5-0.

— Approved reimbursing deputy Cadre Hampton for the yearly data storage fee of photos captured on county patrol cameras in the amount of $71.76. Motion Cole, second Creer. Vote 5-9.

— Approved the allocation of $5,000 to Kemper/Winston Small Farm Incubator Project to continue the implantation of services to the Kemper County area. Motion Creer, second District 2 Supervisor Johnny Whitsett.

— Approved Terry Bostick to attend the Mississippi Coroners Association summer conference in Biloxi June 20-21, 2017. Motion Cole, second Creer. Vote 5-0.

— Approved Monday, May 29, 2017 as a state holiday for county employees in observance of National Memorial Day/Jefferson Davis' Birthday. Motion Cole, second Creer. Vote 5-0.

— Approved advertising for one or more new and used backhoes. Motion Creer, second Granger. Vote 5-0.

— Approved advertising surplus property for sale. Motion Granger, second Creer. Vote 5-0.

— Hired Isaac Sims for road crew pending background check. Motion Granger, second Creer. Vote 5-0.