The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors is looking to take a conservative approach with CARES Act funding newly in hand.

The funds, stemming from pandemic relief, total $453,449.72. The board voted Monday to create a line item for the funds and to treat it as a reserve.

In other business on a light agenda:

Meeting for the first time in the new fiscal year, the board gave approval to numerous pay raises across the county offices, including, but not limited to, the sheriff’s department, 911, justice court, Veteran’s Service Office, Circuit Clerk’s Office and administration employees. Some of the employees receiving raises have achieved new certification levels.

The board took action to keep a couple of drainage projects with the Tennessee River Valley Water Management District moving forward – culvert replacements on County Road 315 and the clean out of Clear Creek in an area south of the culverts.

The board plans to meet with the county engineer on Oct. 19 for a two-hour briefing on bridge improvements and liabilities.

Supervisors appointed Joe Caldwell to the jury commission to finish the term of George Burns, which runs through 2023.

The board approved the rehiring of Sherri Bates as a part-time employee at the 911 office.

The board approved a grant agreement with Center for Tech and Civic Life for $19,523 for election-related expenses.

Sandy Mitchell informed the board of the upcoming Boston Butt 4-H Fundraiser, which benefits the Norbert Coleman Memorial 4-H Scholarship Fund. It is set for Friday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MSU Extension parking lot, with butts prepared b the Rollin’ Rumps BBQ Team. Whole butts will go for $35 with plate lunches selling for $10.

Contact the extension office for a ticket or call 286-7756. Pre-orders are due by Oct. 30.

Supervisors went into executive session for several items.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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