The Neshoba County Board of Supervisors extended the local state of emergency until May 20 during their first meeting of the month.

The supervisors declared the state of emergency the day after the April 18 tornadoes which caused extensive damage in Philadelphia and Neshoba County. The declaration was for 30 days. Supervisors extended it until the day of their next meeting. Then they will consider whether to extend the declaration for another 30 days.

County Administrator Jeff Mayo said the county was continuing to receive damage assessments and gather information for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). The county is also picking up and burning debris from the storm. A debris specialist from the state is expected to visit Monday.

In another matter, supervisors met with Kawana McCary of the East Central Planning and Development District concerning a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). If successful, the county plans to use grant money to put in an elevator at the Neshoba County Coliseum to provide handicap access from the concourse to the arena floor.

In other matters, supervisors voted to:



• Approve the minutes of the April 15 regular meeting and the April 19 emergency meeting;

• Accept the jail daily meal log and detailed billing report. Supervisor also approved the hiring Malesia Thames. They also approved a software support agreement with PTS Solutions for $9,360;

• Accepted the resignation of a Sanitation Department employee. They also approved the Central Water Association’s requests for two road crossings at 11561 County Road 121 and 12390 County Road 339; and road bores at 10010 County Road 1353 and 13691 County Road 602;

• Approved an engineering invoice from HMGP Project #4175-0039 for $1,785. They also approved the application and certification of payment #6 HMGP 4175-0039 for  $15,316;

• Approval for Youth Drug Court coordinator Wesley Hazlewood to travel to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Conference July 14-17 at National Harbor, Maryland;

• Approved requests from Justice Court to send to spring conference May 9-10; to hire a deputy clerk; and, extend a contract with a consultant;

• Approved a travel request from Emergency Management to attend a statewide fire coordinator meeting on May 15. They also approved a request for Shea Tate’s employment status to be changed from part-time to full-time, effective May 6;

• Accepted the purchase clerk’s report for April; and ,declared May 27 as the Memorial Day holiday.