Winona paving project moves forwardBy AMANDA SEXTON FERGUSON,
WINONA – The Winona Board of Aldermen accepted a bid of $417,350.50 to pave Powell Street and several surrounding streets during Tuesday’s regular meeting of the board.
Murphy Paving Company was awarded the lowest and best bid on the project.
According to Winona Street Superintendent Tony Palmertree, streets to be paved in the project are Powell Street (both the east and west side of Highway 51), Dennis Street, Baron Street, Cemetery Street, Bar Cove, Maple Street, and O’Bryant Street.
This project was funded in part by a $300,000 allocation from the Mississippi Legislature last summer.
In other city business:
• Joby Jackson asked the board to look into a property line dispute between his property on Stafford Wells Road and the city’s property which holds the sewage lagoon.
According to Jackson, when he had his property surveyed, it was discovered that an additional 2.23 acres was actually part of his property to the south of the city’s.
“I’ve been paying taxes on it for 20 years,” Jackson said.
City attorney Ray Baum said Mississippi’s Adverse Protection Law doesn’t apply to a governmental entity, and that the city would have to declare the property surplus and advertise it for bids.
“I am willing to buy it back at the appraised price,” Jackson said.
The board voted unanimously to declare the property surplus and advertise for bids.
• The board voted to begin condemnation proceedings on property located at 515 Campbell Street due to tall grass.
• The board voted to be a sponsor of the upcoming Winona High School football coverage on WONA radio.
• According to City Clerk June Williams, the city has two additional projects to apply for Federal Emergency Management assistance in making repairs due to heavy flooding in the area between February 22 and March 29. Since Montgomery County was declared a federal disaster area following the floods, the city can apply for federal aid in making repairs due to the flooding. So far, the city has replaced a culvert on New Hope Road that washed out and a bridge on Old Highway 51 was replaced with federal funds. Two other projects, one on Stafford Wells Road and one on Mortimer Street, have not been funded or repaired. The board voted for Williams to submit an application to FEMA.
• The board voted to send Court Clerk Rachelle Heath to the Municipal Court Clerk’s Conference in Biloxi.
• The board voted to send City Clerk June Williams to the Fall Master Clerk Academy this fall.