Pearl River County Board of Supervisors Addresses Infrastructure and Initiatives

Published 5:29 pm Wednesday, May 8, 2024

On Monday, the Board of Supervisors convened with all supervisors present, addressing several agenda items ranging from infrastructure projects to county initiatives.

Darrell Fuller updated the board on the Poplarville Airport Rehabilitation project, estimated to cost $2,157,987. Fuller requested the release of funds totaling $64,889 for the project. The project aims to replace the runway, taxiways, and apron while extending the overrun by 100 feet. Funding sources include $2,157,987 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), $119,888 from the state, and $55,000 from the Airport Board. The board approved the request.

Following Fuller’s update, Lindsay Ward, the Economic Development Director, provided updates on grants received through the Mississippi Development Authority Site Development Grant Program. The Industrial Park secured a $250,000 grant, matched 50% by the county, while the Technology Park received a $50,000 grant, with a 25% match from the county.

Ward also briefed the board on the year’s Gulf Coast Restoration Fund (GCRF) funding. While $30 million is typically allocated annually, last year saw $20 million already allocated, resulting in the suspension of this year’s funding round by legislative decision. Ward assured the board of continued efforts to secure funding for Pearl River County projects and opportunities.

County Administrator Adrian Lumpkin updated the board on the County Garbage plan, unveiling the current strategy, which involves creating the Pearl River County Solid Waste Authority (PRCSWA). The plan outlines a contractual agreement between the board and PRCSWA for residential garbage collection, disposal, and billing, alongside establishing zones within the county based on road miles and residences. Waste haulers will be contracted for each zone, with administrative fees remitted to the board for enforcement.

Lumpkin concluded by presenting the Road Petition Packet, allowing residents to submit requests for road repairs and the acceptance of private roads into the county. Key highlights of the packet include a minimum of 10 signatures from property owners adjoining the road, reports from the Road Manager and County Engineer, and endorsements from at least two supervisors not from the district where the proposed route is situated.