Supervisors Updated on Road Improvements in County

Lawrence County Supervisors, during their regular April meeting, were given a progress report on a road overlay project in the county.
County engineer Jeff Dungan said work is progressing on state aid routes that are being repaved during this year’s project. Board members approved change orders on the project to include some additional paving while the company is working in the area.
Approximately $28,435 worth of work will be done on Mason Street, Brookhaven Street and Jefferson Street in Monticello under the change order, with the town reimbursing the county for the cost. District five has agreed to pay for half the cost of Mason Street project, or $1,366.68.
In addition to the state aid roads and the work authorized by Monticello, supervisors are adding to the project to pave around the courthouse at a cost of $9,723.
Also, District Five will pave Conerly Road in Oakvale and a portion of  Highway 43 in the Arm area.
Dungan said the project will be completed in the next couple of weeks.
Dungan said he is working on a heavy haul permit procedure for chicken trucks operating in the count.
Lawrence County’s incoming economic developer Dave Nichols introduced Kenny Goza, of Copiah-Lincoln Community College. Goza discussed a new workforce development program, that will help develop employee resources for prospective employers.
Nichols pointed out that companies look in your area before it is even known they are looking. First impressions are key.
The ACT workforce program indicates that fifty percent of the people in Lawrence County that have been tested are in the gold level or above. The goal of the program is to create a work ready region, populate workforce data, and provide skill assessment tests that provide a nationally recognized credential for that person.
Supervisors agreed to back the program in the area.
Nichols also introduced Michael Perry, the new area manager for Rural Development. Perry discussed various programs that are available through USDA that can help the county develop.
Supervisors approved the termination of the current heating and air conditioning maintenance contract at the Lawrence County jail and entering a new one with Butch Wallace. The new contract is for $465 per month, a savings of $85/month.
Supervisors approved payments of $414,399 for the month.
During last month’s meetings, board members accepted a renewal of the county group health insurance that included a four percent rate increase, down from the 11 percent originally proposed by the underwriter, United Healthcare.