As the cost of paving county roads is less than budgeted, there is a possibility that the county-wide paving project will end up paving more roads than originally planned.
Dungan’s of Dungan Engineering told the Pearl River County Board of Supervisors at Wednesday’s meeting that now that about 13 miles of county roads have been paved, they estimate the average cost per mile to do this work is of $ 82,000. Since this average is lower than the original estimate, Dungan said he plans to be able to increase the number of miles that can be redone under the project.
Some of this work includes DBST paving. While DBST is not as strong as regular asphalt pavement, teams are working to strengthen the platform by grinding the existing road, shaping it, and then mixing it with a form of cement to make the platform. new, more solid platform. Dungan said the base is the key to DBST paving since the surface has no resistance.
State aid is also used to maintain certain roads. Dungan said patching and grading of West Union Road, Ceasar Road and part of George Ford Road will be patched. Since George Ford Road was not on the original list, his request to change the list by the Supervisory Board was approved.
Also during Wednesday’s meeting, the Board heard from Bill Porche, President of Olinde Porche Insurance.
He said his company primarily provides insurance policies for first responder services. The difference with its policies is that instead of paying for the value of a building, if a claim is approved, the carrier will pay the full cost of replacing the building, even if that cost is greater than the value of the structure. . No decision has been taken on this matter.
The Board also heard a sales pitch from Zach White, a communications strategist with OCV Apps. Emergency Management Director Danny Manley has asked White to speak to the board about the smartphone app his company is providing to counties and first responder agencies as he wants to find every way to keep up. the informed public.
The principle of the app is to keep the public apprised of emergency situations in the county, or simply to make the public aware of things that first responders are working on or the presence of dangerous situations and road closures. .
For a fee, OCV Apps creates the application and makes it available to the general public free of charge through the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Although there is no cost to the end user, the county pays the upfront payment of $ 15,000 to $ 20,000 and subsequent annual expenses of $ 6,500 to $ 8,500. White said the cost is primarily based on population, with additional charges for integrations and features. For example, some counties provide access to the prison population through the app or integrate the app with their social media accounts to make it easier to manage the app.
When asked if the county could charge a small fee to the end user, White said his company has never done this before because charging for the app could hamper the number of downloads.
Manley said the county is currently paying for a service called Active 911, so the county may eventually replace that service with the app. No decision has been taken on this matter.
In other cases, District III Supervisor Hudson Holliday has informed the board of directors of the previously discussed 900-acre property, which is a wildlife management area for youth. Since it fell into disrepair, Holliday has called on the county to take it back and make it a place where people can camp, fish, hike or even shoot at targets from a distance.
Holliday said he recently spoke with officials from the state, which currently owns the property, and the conversation ended on a positive note. He suggested that Council move on to developing a plan for the property and submit it to the state within the next 30 days.