At Monday's regular meeting, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors voted to increase collection rates of the county's garbage customers from $13.25 to $15, following a motion by Supervisor Kenny Ware and a second by Supervisor Nelson Forrest.
The rate increase is due to an increase in cost to the county after the annual garbage collection contract was awarded to Waste Pro of Greenwood, the company that recently purchased Waste Services, which currently has the county's garbage collection contract. Waste Pro's bid was the lowest of two garbage collection bids submitted.
Also at Monday's meeting, Montgomery County Coliseum director Theresa Sproles informed the board of used hard-surface flooring currently available for sale in Hattiesburg - flooring that may be used for the Montgomery County Coliseum. Sproles said that although the used floor is significantly cheaper than purchasing a new floor, it is difficult to install. She said the floor will take three to five men three to five days to lay the floor and another day to clean it prior to use.
The board took the information under consideration.
The county received a grant in the amount of $40,000 from the Mississippi Development Authority at the urging of Senator Lydia Chassaniol (R-Winona) to purchase a hard-surface floor for the Montgomery County Coliseum so it may be used as an emergency shelter through the American Red Cross.
At Friday's month-end meeting, supervisors approved a request by Circuit Court Clerk Lanelle Martin to void any warrant that is more than one year old, as per MCA 191345 and the Secretary of State's office.
The board also approved Robert J. Zander as the architect for the upcoming project to replace the roofs on the Montgomery County Courthouse, the Courthouse Annex, and the Department of Human Services. The board approved the county to advertise for bids to begin the project.