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STATE OF MISSISSIPPI                                                               COUNTY OF LOWNDES                                                       

March 5, 2012                                                                                  MINUTE BOOK #_____ 

         BE IT REMEMBERED that a regular meeting of The Board of  

Supervisors of Lowndes County, Mississippi, was held at The Lowndes 

County Courthouse, Columbus, Mississippi, Monday, the 5th day of 

March, 2012, commencing at 9:00 A.M.

PRESENT:

Harry Sanders                  Supervisor, District 1, Board President

Bill Brigham                     Supervisor, District 2

John Holliman                 Supervisor, District 3, Board Vice-President

Jeff Smith                          Supervisor, District 4

Leroy Brooks                    Supervisor, District 5

Tim Hudson, Esq.             Board Attorney

Lisa Younger Neese          Chancery Clerk

Mike Arledge                      Sheriff

Ralph Billingsley               Administrator, Lowndes County

  

County Staff Members

Members of News Media

County Citizens

The following proceedings were had:

                            

                                 CALL TO ORDER/INVOCATION

          - Call to order, Mike Arledge, Sheriff

          - Presiding, Harry Sanders, Board President

- Invocation, Mike Arledge, Sheriff

                      

                                                            I

                                          BOARD AGENDA

     Reference:  Agenda Review

 

            - Motion by Supervisor Brooks to adopt agenda as amended 

          - - Second by Supervisor Smith     

               - - - Vote  5-0    

(Exhibit A attached hereto and incorporated herein)

                II

                                                       BOARD MINUTES

      Reference:  Proffer of February 29, 2012, Board Minutes by

                          Chancery Clerk

    

            - Motion by Supervisor Brigham to approve February 29, 2012, 

  Minutes of Board of Supervisors’ Meeting 

              - - Second by Supervisor Holliman 

                   - - - Vote 5-0  

                                                                      III

                                                GORDON FLOWERS, Esquire

                                                        The Brunini Law Firm    

 

      Reference:  Tax Exemption Resolution – Eka Chemicals, Inc.

             - Motion by Supervisor Smith to adopt Resolution approving

               ten-year tax exemption (1-1-2012 to 12-31-2021) from ad valorem

               taxes for Eka-Chemicals, Inc. on property having value of

               $13,592,218.81 

           - - Second by Supervisor Holliman   

                - - - Vote  5-0   

 (Exhibit B attached hereto and incorporated herein)

                                                                      IV

                                                    JOE HIGGINS, CEO

                                 The Columbus/Lowndes Development Link

      Reference:  Silicor Materials, Inc. Project  (Formerly Calisolar)

      

(1)  Memorandum of Understanding

           - Motion by Supervisor Brooks to approve and authorize Board

             execution of Memorandum of Understanding among MDA,

             Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, Lowndes County

             Industrial Development Authority and Silicor Materials, Inc.

             contingent upon no material changes being made to said

             MOU as determined by County Administrator, Board of

             Supervisors President and Board Attorney        

             - - Second by Supervisor Smith 

                   - - - Vote 5-0  

(Exhibit C attached hereto and incorporated herein)

(2)  Fee-In-Lieu - Phase I & Phase II Agreements

            - Motion by Supervisor Holliman to approve and authorize Board

             execution of Phase I & Phase II Agreements to make payments

             in lieu of ad valorem taxes, said Agreements made and entered

             into by and among Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, MDA,

             Lowndes County Tax Assessor and Silicor Materials, Inc.

             - - Second by Supervisor Brigham 

                   - - - Vote 5-0  

(Exhibit D attached hereto and incorporated herein)

                                                      

                                                                V

                                           GEORGE CRAWFORD, Project Analyst

                              Golden Triangle Planning & Development District

A.    Reference:  Invoices

          (1)  Stark Aerospace

       - Motion by Supervisor Brooks to approve the following Stark

         Aerospace Katrina CDBG invoices:

        (a)  Neel-Schaffer – Engineering Services - $2,606.40

 

           (b)  Golden Triangle Planning & Development District – Admin - $919

             - - Second by Supervisor Smith    

                   - - - Vote 5-0

(Exhibit E attached hereto and incorporated herein)

         (2) Severstal

               - Motion by Supervisor Brooks to approve Severstal Katrina CDBG

                  invoice, to wit: 

                   Golden Triangle Planning & Development District – Admin - $4,000

            - - Second by Supervisor Smith    

                  - - - Vote 5-0

(Exhibit F attached hereto and incorporated herein)

    B.  Reference:  Community Development Block Grant Application -

                      Railroad Street/District 4  

- Motion by Supervisor Brigham to submit CDBG application

     for water project in Railroad Street area of District 4 contingent

     upon East Lowndes Water Association agreement to make grant

     match

     - - Second by Supervisor Smith    

           - - - Vote 5-0

                                                                    VI     

                                                 RALPH BILLINGSLEY

                                                   County Administrator

A.    Reference:   TRVWMD Resolution – Kincaid Creek

  - Motion by Supervisor Brooks to adopt Resolution requesting

    Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District assistance

    in correction of drainage problems in and around Kincaid

    Creek due to fallen tree

       - - Second by Supervisor Smith    

            - - - Vote 5-0

(Exhibit G attached hereto and incorporated herein)

    B.  Reference:  Land Transfer – Lowndes County Industrial Development

                                                   Authority

           -Motion by Supervisor Holliman to transfer 862 acres of land in

            Western Lowndes County to Lowndes County Industrial Development

            Authority for management

            - - Second by Supervisor Brigham    

          - - - Vote 5-0

    C.  Reference:  SR 373 Island Maintenance – Mississippi Department

                                         of Transportation

 

-  Motion by Supervisor Brigham to submit application and plan

    to Mississippi Department of Transportation for proposed island   

    landscape/maintenance on the right-of-way of SR 373

               - - Second by Supervisor Brooks    

             - - - Vote 5-0 

 (Exhibit H attached hereto and incorporated herein)

                                                               VII

                                                 TIM HUDSON, Esquire

                                                      Board Attorney

     Reference:  CAFB Joint Land Use Study Agreement – Matrix Design

                                                                                             Group, Inc.

           -  Motion by Supervisor Holliman to contract with

              Matrix Design Group, Inc. to provide services, supervision

              and labor necessary for formulation of Joint Land Use Study

   for Columbus Air Force Base

              - - Second by Supervisor Brooks    

            - - - Vote 5-0 

(Exhibit I attached hereto and incorporated herein)

                                                                VIII

                                                         RECESS                                                 

            

            - Motion by Supervisor Sanders to recess Board of Supervisors’ 

              meeting until March 15, 2012, 9:00 A.M.

              - - Second by Supervisor Brooks

                   - - - Vote 5-0 

       (WHEREUPON, the Board of Supervisors recessed at 9:55 A.M., 

         March 5, 2012)