At their monthly meeting in their newly-renovated Carrollton board room, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors voted to move forward with bridge construction by accepting the lowest of two bids.
A motion from Beat Three Supervisor Marvin Coward and a second from Beat Four Supervisor Claude Fluker gave the nod to J.J. Ferguson of Greenwood to construct the bridge. The board voted unanimously in favor of J.J. Ferguson.
The Greenwood company’s bid of $1,448,960.60 beat out Natchez-based Dozier Construction’s bid of $1,843,133.20.
In the past two years, the county has been involved with a tug-of-war eminent domain battle to get started on the 50-plus year old bridge on Highway 430, where Carroll County runs into Leflore County.
County engineer Robert Willis was present at the meeting and said the process leading to construction could take six weeks, with scheduling and approval from State Aid.
Music marker honors legends
Carroll County music legends Willie Narmour and Shell Smith will be honored with a historical music marker, according to one executive.
Allan Hammons, representing the Mississippi Country Music Trail, informed the board and asked for their consideration of a historical music marker to be placed at the Carroll County Courthouse. With the cost of the marker around $8,000, Hammons asked the board for a $2,000 investment in hopes of continuing the U.S. 82 Blues Trail through the state.
“We’re asking for your consideration for an investment,” Hammons said. “This would be similar to the John Hurt marker in Avalon. This needs to go to the state and for them to say it’s a go.”
A motion from Beat One Supervisor Terry Herbert and a second from Beat Five’s Rickie Corley gave the nod to invest in the marker. The vote passed unanimously, and the money will be taken out of advertising and county resources.
In the 1920s, Narmour and Smith were celebrated recording artists during the Great Depression and were famed for their song Carroll County Blues.
County leases Lowery Building
Behind a Corley motion and a Fluker second, the board voted unanimously to lease out the Ruth Ann Lowery Building, the small building at the corner of Mulberry and U.S. Highway 51.
The new leasers of the building will be Caring Hearts Home Care, LLC, a company that specializes in home nursing and 24 hour care.
The board voted unanimously to lease the building to owners Lynn and Francis Gomiller, for one year with a 30-day notice. The new company will also be responsible for building insurance, utilities and other bills. The board agreed to lease the building at $200 a month.