An archaeological survey will be done to determine if a weather-worn ditch on county Road 147 in the Hope community near the border with Tribal lands has any historical significance.

The issue was discussed during the Monday meeting of the county Board of Supervisors.

State Aid Engineer Marty Crowder said he had contacted an associate with Mississippi State University to carry out the survey.

Following that, he said, the findings would be sent to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

"They'll determine if there is any significance to the site," Crowder said.

Board President and District 1 Supervisor Keith Lillis asked what they would do if they found any items of historical value on the site such as arrowheads.

Issues such as that would be addressed as they are found, officials said.

The ditch in question is on county Road 147 in the Hope community near the border with the Tribal Reservation.

Lillis said there was a spot where excessive water had dug out the ditch at the bottom of a hill.

The plan was to fill the ditch with dirt and cover it with rocks.

"But, because it's near the Reservation we thought it would be best to check," Lillis said.

Crowder added that he hoped to have an answer in about a month.

In other action, supervisors:

• Approved an increase in the Sheriff's salary based on House Bill 1409. The allocation of funds for the Sheriff's office and jail were also approved.

• Approved a pay increase for Terrence Hill.

• Approved a FMLA request for Joyce Spivey.

• Heard a report from road manager Eddie Posey.

• Received the sales tax return for the Neshoba County Coliseum for May and June.

• Spoke with members of the Election Commission.

• Paid claims.

• Accepted a $40,000 state Department of Environmental Quality Waste Tire Grant.

• Heard a report from Bill Boyle with the Neshoba County Veterans Service Office.

• Heard a report from State Air Engineer Marty Crowder.

• Entered into an executive session over a personnel matter but no action was taken.