County Board approves Communiversity Project resolutions

Staff Writer

The Clay County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved to amend a resolution to include the interest rate in the county’s $1 million portion of funding for the East Mississippi Community College Communiversity during yesterday’s meeting.

Golden Triangle Development LINK Chief Operations Manager Joey Deason said the interest rate was not known yet, but Clay County would pay around $65,000 per year, with around $15,000 of that each year being interest, for 20 years for the $42 million total project.

Deason said the original resolution was approved about a year ago along with Oktibbeha and Lowndes counties.

Deason said state and federal funds would be used first, and then funding from Clay, Oktibbeha and Lowndes counties would be used for the project.

Chancery Clerk Amy Berry said Communiversity would be a building at the EMCC Mayhew campus where elementary and high school students can go on field trips where different stations will be set up to showcase different work skills, such as welding, computer skills and manufacturing.

“The goal is to create a link between education and careeropportunities in our area to encourage kids to get an education and find a job,” Berry said.

Deason said construction on Communiversity had already begun.

Also during the meeting, the board opened a bid from BankFirst for $60,000 with an interest rate of 2.29 percent to construct a community center in Una.

The board unanimously approved a motion to table accepting the bid until more research on the project can be done after a recommendation by Board Attorney Angela Ford.

The board also unanimously approved travel requests for Deputy Chancery Clerks Vicki Ray and Nikki Code to travel to Jackson to attend Mississippi Domestic Violence Registry Training Classes hosted by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office.

The board recessed until 9 a.m. on July 5.

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