County requiring two weeks’ notice for agenda items
When citizens, county employees or county officials want to address the Board of Supervisors, a new policy will extend the time frame for an appointment from five days to at least two weeks.
An “Agenda Request Form,” a single sheet that must be completed for each agenda item, asks for: date submitted, meeting date, name/title, department, email address, and a contact number.
The applicant must also check a Yes or No box next to each of three items: Board of Supervisors action required; reviewed by the County Attorney; and reviewed by the County Administrator.
The last item asks the applicant to fill in a dollar amount for the financial impact of the request and then check one or more of these boxes: no impact; increase budget; reduction; one-time; annually; change in current funds; and transfer funds.
Tunica County Board of Supervisors attorney Ellis Pittman has answered a Bill of Exception filed by Hollywood Casino-Tunica earlier this fall.
The answer was filed on behalf of Tunica County on October 31 with Circuit Clerk Sharon Granberry-Reynolds.
Tunica County has denied that Hollywood Casino is aggrieved by the adoption of the 2014-2015 budget and tax increase or that the Board of Supervisors failed to follow state statutes.
While admitting that the Board did increase taxes for Fiscal Years 2012-2013 and 2014-2015, the answer “denies that such increases were so substantial as to allege contrariness to Mississippi law.”
County supervisor accused of harassment
Few details are available surrounding the end of Beat 5 Supervisor McKinley Daley’s employment with Tunica County School district late last week.
On Tuesday, Nov. 11, Tunica County School Superintendent Bernard Steven Chandler confirmed that Daley was no longer employed with the school system. Daley worked as a security officer/hall monitor at Tunica Middle School. An investigation was conducted by district officials prior to the decision. An employee grievance was listed on the agenda for the Nov. 12 meeting of the school board, but Chandler did not confirm if the employee was Daley.
Circuit trial reverses Thompson verdict
After a day of testimony, Circuit Court Judge Johnny Walls found in favor of county administrator Michael Thompson in an appeal related to his Feb. 2014 arrest for driving with a suspended license. Walls’ verdict overrules a previous decision made in Justice Court.
“I feel relieved and vindicated on the defamation attempt to my character,” Thompson said following the decision. “I’m glad it’s now behind me and the truth has come to light. I hope the continuous tips and attacks against me will stop to allow me to get back to the business of fixing this county.”
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