No shake-ups expected from Supes

Staff Writer

Few changes are expected Tuesday when Clay County supervisors meet to elect new officers, rehire county employees, and set meetings and holidays during their annual organizational meeting.

"I don't expect any changes, nothing major. We never really have any controversy, but I never rule anything out. Still, I don't anticipate anything Monday," said Chancery Court Clerk Amy Berry, who also serves as the clerk for the Board of Supervisors.

Many counties select their chairman to serve four years, but Clay County rotates the chairmanship each year. Vice chairman Lynn "Don" Horton is expected to move into the chairmanship and the board will select a new vice chairman from among themselves.

They also will officially set their meeting schedule for the first Monday and first Thursday after the first Monday of the month as well as the fourth Thursday except for Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks when board members move the meetings because of the holidays.

Supervisors also will rehire all their employees and are expected to rename county engineer Bob Calvert, attorney Angela Turner-Ford, flood plain coordinator Randy Jones and other posts, Berry said.

The board meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the board room in the County Courthouse.

Supervisors also are expected Monday to finalize the purchase of the old Jitney Jungle/Pass It On building on Main Street from Community Counseling Services for $495,000.

That would be another step in the county's plans to renovate the 25,000-square-foot building and two-acre site into a new county justice center for Circuit and Justice courts.

The building will be a lease-purchase agreement through Golden Triangle Public Building Corp. a non-profit arm of Golden Triangle Planning and Development District organized to help local governments manage construction projects and financing.

Pryor and Morrow Architects are finalizing designs for supervisors to review. They've said they hope to complete the renovations for less than $3 million and pay no more than $325,000 a year for 12 years to
lease-purchase the building.

Work could start by this spring.